Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

AMEWS post-election position statement

ASSOCIATION FOR MIDDLE EAST WOMEN’S STUDIES (AMEWS) POST-ELECTION POSITION STATEMENT November 16, 2016 The Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS), an affiliate of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · Leave a comment


Characteristically wise and horrible words from Ghassan Hage: You chose the wrong place to douse yourself in petrol and set yourself alight Janarthanan, Don’t even expect to make the front … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 1 Comment


With the ‘lawful’ decision on the killing of Mark Duggan by London police officers, there is really little to say that Linton Kwesi Johnson doesn’t say better in License fi … Continue reading

January 8, 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

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

Sabreen Kadhim and the halfwits at the UK Border Agency

I’ve had occasion to get all irate and ranty about the impact of the UK Border Agency on art in this country before. Sadly, the cluelessly racist pairing of the … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · 4 Comments

New article: 'In Australia, Is 'Say No To Burqas' Say No To Immigration?'

The WIP, 10th June 2011 “The women’s rights argument against the burqa, Ho claims, is “the most insidious part of the debate.” In Australia such views have been routinely put … Continue reading

June 10, 2011 · 2 Comments

He called Desmond Tutu a WHAT?

They’re a classy lot, these Sydney Zionists. On Wednesday night, I was lucky enough to be invited to a small ceremony at which Fiona Byrne, the Mayor of Marrickville, was … Continue reading

June 9, 2011 · 2 Comments

Stephen Lawrence

It’s hit the news today that two men are to stand trial for the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 – the murder that led to the official (though hardly … Continue reading

May 18, 2011 · 1 Comment

My First Troll

This actually happened a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve been a bit busy lately and have only just taken the time to look properly at my first real set … Continue reading

March 10, 2011 · 3 Comments

'Walk the Proud Land'

Killing time in Unley shopping centre today, I came across the DVD of a 1956 Western called ‘Walk the Proud Land.’ The blurb on the back described it as: “The … Continue reading

December 20, 2010 · Leave a comment