Baltimore and the Economics of Violence

Ismail Qaiyim Opinion, US

Baltimore is a city colored by the ripples of the economic ‘race to the bottom’ which defined the last quarter of the 20th century. As cheap labor and ‘heavy strings attached’ Foreign Direct Investment turned several Late Developing Countries into hubs for the transfer of working and middle class American jobs, densely populated urban centers, like the one where Freddie Gray was arrested, were turned into zones of desolation.

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 …

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. …