Friday, August 21, 2009
Link Carnival (Formerly Link Parade)
1) Judge Judy: Judy Bachrach Plays Judge, Jury, and Executioner
Over at Muslimah Media Watch Safiya (of Safiya Outlines) writes incisively about Judy Bachrach's ridiculously Islamophobic article "Twice Branded: Western Women, Muslim Lands" (No, I did not link to that shit. If you want to read it there is a link in Safiya's essay. Or you could just follow your nose...) MMW's essays are always reliably good and if you are a white, western feminist who thinks her secular feminist ideals put her at odds with Islam, this is the blog for you. And this post, which elegantly deconstructs the Feminist Orientalism (yes, that is a thing) at work in articles like Bachrach's, is a great place to begin. Too often, Orientalist and Islamophobic attitudes expressed on the putative US "left" via discourses like feminism are unquestioned. This post questions the hell out of them. Go and read it.
tags: Politics is Culture, Representation, Islamophobia, Orientalism, Feminism, Fear Mongering
2) The Kominas: National Tour
Ted Swedenburg's great blog hawgblawg covers Arab and Muslim culture and politics and he reports that (Muslim/Punk) Taqwacore icons The Kominas are gearing up for a national tour. Good.
tags: Culture is Politics, Performance, Mark Your Calendars, Upcoming
3) My Life As a Deaf Child, part 1
Speaking of Muslim punks... friend-of-the-blog playwright Sabina England, who blogs as Deaf Indian Muslim Anarchist at The American Dream is Dead has written a terrific memoir in three parts. Here are the links to part 2 and part 3. Some of you may know Sabina from the interview she did here at the Pomegranate and some of you may be new to her smart, funny, crazy work. (I told her recently that she is Batman: always working out, loves studying the criminal mind and driven by righteous purpose. Seriously, if she starts wearing a cape get the hell out of Gotham.) This memoir is good way to discover her as an artist and I encourage you to check it out.
tags: Culture is Politics, Review, Representation
4) Toronto gallery that severed ties with Palestinian rights activist found in violation of city’s non-discrimination code
Muzzlewatch, a site that "tracks efforts to stifle open debate about US-Israeli foreign policy" follows up on an earlier post about how artist/Yiddishist/Klezmer performer Reena Katz's community-based art installation at Toronto's historic Kensington Market area lost the funding of the Koffler Center for the Arts when they discovered her support for Palestinian rights. While no one suggested at the time that her politics, which were not an element of the proposed piece, were the cause for the cancellation, Katz and curator Kim Simon write, "The Koffler Centre for the Arts dissociated from Katz and the commissioned project in early May, 2009 because of her political work for Palestinian human rights, and subsequently sent a defamatory press release across the country, falsely claiming that Katz supports the extinction of the State of Israel. Since late May, we have been in legal negotiations with the Koffler about moving forward with the project and we have now reached an agreement." Further, the Toronto Arts Council (TAC) has determined that the Koffler Centre violated the City of Toronto’s non-discrimination policy with their actions. In May Muzzlewatch reported, "Theirs is a simplistic, narrow and ultimately pathetic form of Jewishness which primarily worships Jewish nationalism --a form of idolatry-- and tries to impose a mythical monoculture on a rich, varied and argumentative tradition-- which has a history of including political Zionists and non or anti-Zionists." Can I get that on a t-shirt?
tags: Politics is Culture, Zionism, Installation, Anti-Art
5) Amnesty International ends role in Leonard Cohen's Tel Aviv concert
Amnesty International has withdrawn from a role coordinating the distribution of funds to charity for Leonard Cohen's upcoming concert in Tel-Aviv. This comes on the heels of pressure from pro-Palestinian activists. Proof that the boycott works, folks. But... Amnesty took great pains to make clear that it takes no official position on the boycott. Sure, okay.
tags: Zionism, Culture is Politics, Palestine/Israel, Boycott
Discuss amongst yourselves.