Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: Speed Sisters

Electronic Intifada, 23rd March 2016 Marah, with whom Betty maintains a sometimes bitter rivalry, comes from Jenin refugee camp but, contrary to the camp’s conservative image, is backed by her … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Reviewed: ‘Pinkwashing Exposed’ film

Electronic Intifada, 15th September 2015 In 2012, the Seattle LGBT Commission — a body which advises the city’s mayor and council on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues — announced … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gulf War One and the BBC’s banned songs

As the result of a Twitter conversation with SOAS’ David Wearing which started with the 39 Steps and worked its way through the works of John Buchan, Greenmantle, BBC Radio … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

“Thinkin’ ’bout burning the Walmart down”

Finding out what musicians actually think on political and social issues can sometimes be a risky business; they’re not usually as downright dim as sportspeople often seem to be, but … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

New review: The Honourable Woman

Electronic Intifada, 12th September 2014 The title, like much of the series, seems deliberately multi-faceted. Does it refer to the ennoblement of central character Nessa Stein (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal), … Continue reading

September 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

On suicide, depression and euthanasia

When the actor Robin Williams died recently – more specifically, killed himself – there was the usual outpouring of comments about suicide and the wider issue of depression. As ever, … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · 4 Comments

Injustice

Yesterday’s ‘lawful killing’ verdict on Mark Duggan, shot by police in North London, sends a clear message: that the lives of black men in Britain today are still cheap, and … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Communique from Subcomandante Marcos: 20th Anniversary of Zapatista Armed Rebellion

The breaking of the first day of 1994 saw one of the most exciting movements of recent decades reveal itself, the EZLN (Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional – Zapatista National … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

New review: Kite-flying film shows Gaza’s kids grow old too soon

Electronic Intifada, 10th December 2013 In July 2010, approximately 7,500 children gathered on a beach at Seifa in northern Gaza to fly kites. They were aiming to beat their own … Continue reading

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

New review: ‘In the City’ at London’s P21 Gallery

Electronic Intifada, 21st October 2013 [T]he works shown in In the City stress the interaction between cultures and between tradition and modernity. They assert that Middle Eastern and North African … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

UK Border Agency vs art/sanity (AGAIN)… and an intemperate rant against UKIP

Facebook is bad for my blood pressure. Usually because of its commercialised intrusive horribleness (although AdBlock still goes a long way…), but also because of information like this, from yesterday: … Continue reading

May 4, 2013 · 8 Comments

Rant warning: on capitalism, the Western media and different types of explosions

It is a commonplace which has, in a few days, spread from the leftist Twittersphere to the liberal media (hell, even Owen Jones is doing articles on it now) to … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · 4 Comments

Segovia at the Alhambra/clearing out Thatcher

Being back in Manchester for a spell, I’ve sadly fallen straight back into my habit of flicking Radio 4 news on on my way to the kettle first thing. This … Continue reading

April 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Gaza and the internet…

It seems fitting, since I’ve spent today holed up in bed with my impressive collection of germs and my trusty PC, that my new heroes are the faceless geeks at … Continue reading

November 17, 2012 · Leave a comment