Beyond the Limits of Labor: Race and Consumption in Modern Society

Ismail Qaiyim Opinion, US

“I didn’t hire you to think.” An invisible activist is faced with the reality that his revolutionary ‘brotherhood’ passed over his humanity, in favor of him the mascot. Concepts like class struggle and wealth redistribution beckon a sense of action. Yet in the U.S., action and orientation appear to be at odds in the discussion surrounding race and labor. Race …

Three Muslim students killed in extremist attack – where is the media uproar?

Soumaya Hamdi Discussion, US, World Politics

Three young Muslim students have been shot dead in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by self-proclaimed ‘anti-theist’ Craig Hicks, 46. The victims are recently wedded Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and his sister-in-law Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. As more information emerges about this horrific attack in a quiet neighbourhood, a deafening silence can …

Choking Justice: Eric Garner and Directionless Dialogue

Ismail Qaiyim Discussion, US, World Politics

Amid widespread protests, U.S. Department of Justice investigations into state police departments, and abundant media coverage, the only commonality concerning the implications of unarmed police killings in American society is an ironic and confounding lack of consensus. There is a schism between those that unconditionally support the police and others that are calling for complete policing reforms. Then there is …

Trauma and Denial: Michael Brown and the American Psychosis

Ismail Qaiyim US, World Politics

America is experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Much like the battle-wounded that struggles to cope with the heart wrenching realities of war, American society falls into bouts of depression and rage. From the race riots of the depression era to the social unrest following the deaths of civil rights era figures, race in America is inherently linked to instability. …