Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: Jerusalem, Interrupted

Electronic Intifada, 11th January 2017 Whether Arabic or Aramaic has been the dominant tongue, or Islam, Judaism, Christianity or paganism the majority religion, the city has always been a patchwork; … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Font imperialism

Anyone who can read Arabic but lives in the Anglophone world rapidly becomes used to seeing Arabic text turned into gibberish by Western word processing and layout software. For some … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · 8 Comments

New review: ‘Garden State’ at the Mosaic Rooms

Electronic Intifada, 28 May 2015 But the images also have a larger narrative; the Carmel forest — insofar as any landscape in an inhabited region is “natural” — is not … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: Jean-Pierre Filiu’s history of Gaza

Electronic Intifada, 28th October 2014 Gaza was a key strategic point, the last source of water before the Sinai, from the perspective of armies and merchants heading from the Levant … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

“For 9 months she fought in the Turkish army, up Beersheba way”

Came across this magificent snippet in an edited volume of the letters of Helen Bentwich, from her time in Palestine at the end of World War One and during the … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Glasgow: action against glorification of WW1

Received by email today. There’s a news report on the action here: Dear friends and comrades, Please circulate throughout your networks. To sign on email: whitefeatherclubglasgow [at] gmail.com We the … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

New review: ‘Do-Gooders’ the movie

Electronic Intifada, 3rd February 2014 Ruthven is whisked off with “her own private PR woman and a jeep with tinted windows” to visit USAID programs. The water projects each cost … Continue reading

February 3, 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

Qitty litter

In comparison with some of this government’s other activities of late, the classification of qat as a Class C illegal drug ranks fairly low in the scale of timewasting, racism … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

I met Murder on the way…

As with much of the rest of Australia, Sydney’s street names bear the stamp of its British colonial past – Pitt, George,Sussex and so on. One of the main thoroughfares … Continue reading

June 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

New article: Israel appropriating historical sites for colonial ends

Electronic Intifada, 18th April 2011: Maale Adumim is apparently, like some of the Etzion Bloc settlements (which are increasingly selling themselves as wine tourism destinations), seeking to add heritage tourism … Continue reading

April 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Institute for Anarchist Studies Winter 2011 awards

I have reason to be grateful to the Institute for Anarchist Studies. They gave Manchester Radical History the first small grant which helped us get going, not just by publishing … Continue reading

April 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

Australian Multiculturalism

A lot of bullshit gets spouted about multiculturalism, mainly by people who like their ‘other cultures’ somewhere nice and distant which they can visit on holiday. Here’s an entertaining take … Continue reading

February 23, 2011 · 1 Comment
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