Ayesha Kazmi

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Activism Street: Street Protests and Anonymous

In The Political on 28/09/2011 at 15:41

This article was originally published at http://www.presstorm.com

New York City’s Zuccotti Park has been “Liberty Park” to some for a week now. The number of protestors fluctuates between 200 and 500 at any given moment. Many of them routinely head home to shower, rest, regroup and return.

So what is it about this leaderless, directionless, “revolutionary” Occupy-Wall-Street movement that appeals to the protesters’ loyalties? Read the rest of this entry »

A Day of Hate?

In The Political on 15/09/2011 at 23:53

The 10 year anniversary of 11 September has come and gone. Sunday, 11 September, 2011 in itself was an occasion in its own right.

Building up to the 9/11 anniversary “event”, material floods bombarded the public with items recapping a diverse body of stories to stir the mood. Despite the fact that these sources came from a variety of places and backgrounds, Americans, Europeans, Muslims, Arabs and Pakistanis, the underlying messages carried a similar tone (save a small handful): 9/11 changed the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Updated – UK Riots: From the Periphery

In The Political on 05/09/2011 at 21:51

The original version of this article was published at http://www.cageprisoners.com on 12 August 2011. This article was updated for http://www.presstorm.com on 5 September 2011.

British society has learned numerous lessons from last month’s riots. Perhaps, however, not ones many had hoped for. Just days after the riots broke, emergent was an unmistakable one-dimensional narrative aimed at stoking fear and panic. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Years after 11 September: Where are You Now?

In The Political on 01/09/2011 at 01:29

I can’t possibly be the only person in the western world who is scared to death when thinking about the future – and I say this as a member of the cozy middle class. The middle class is no longer feeling cozy. Rather, it’s beginning to feel quite tight.

I suspect that there are quite a few of us middle-class folk feeling this way. A once privileged people, many are now finding themselves curiously concerned with class politics while being edged closer Read the rest of this entry »