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

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

“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 · 2 Comments

Watching academics: power dynamics at conferences

I went to an academic conference the other week. It was in the USA (at Brown), which was in itself strange and disturbing (it’s 12 years since I was last … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

The first 9/11 – forty years on

September 11th is now, of course, remembered chiefly for Al-Qaeda’s attack on the World Trade Centre. Which, whatever evils the US government may have committed, and whatever horrors global capitalism … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Rosenbergs’ Last Letter

Today is 60 years since Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed by the US government. Here are actor David Strathairn and playwright Eve Ensler reading the Rosenbergs’ final letter to … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

As’ad Abukhalil on Leila Khaled and Syria

Several people have, in recent days, sent me this post from As’ad Abukhalil’s Angry Arab News Service. One of Abukhalil’s informants in Turkey was at an event in Istanbul entitled … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Decline and fall of civilisation, young people today etc etc

I’m not in a strong position to complain, since I benefit from sources of cheap second-hand books, but I found this rather depressing: Especially since it was stamped on this: … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Be very afraid…

One of the scariest things about the USA is the people who (get elected to) run it. People who have political control over massive armies and nuclear arsenals, enormous economic … Continue reading

May 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ghassan Zaqtan

M. Lynx Qualey notes here that Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan was supposed to be touring in the US this month, but a week into his planned dates still has no … Continue reading

April 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

The CAMERA never lies?

So, amongst the small slew of hate mail and spectacular volume of spam my Guardian piece on travel to Palestine has inspired, today I got this interesting little email: From: … Continue reading

November 29, 2011 · 18 Comments

Disowning London

Really, I do this time. Yes, I was born and raised on its outskirts, though I high-tailed it outta there as soon as possible. I was amused to join the … Continue reading

July 3, 2011 · 1 Comment

New article: Antony Loewenstein interviewed

Electronic Intifada, 8th June 2011: “The Murdoch press is obviously known in Britain and America — it’s not confined to Australia — for being pretty antagonistic towards Arabs and Muslims. … Continue reading

June 8, 2011 · Leave a comment

Reading Chaim Potok

There is a wrenchingly powerful passage in Chaim Potok’s The Promise, in which an elderly Rabbi, a great Talmudist who has survived the Holocaust in Eastern Europe and come to … Continue reading

April 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Being Childfree in Australian politics

A couple of weeks ago some woman from America got all whingey with me on Twitter for using the word ‘childfree’. Apparently it’s not nice to use the word childfree, … Continue reading

February 8, 2011 · 4 Comments

New article: How Europe aids the Occupation – David Cronin interviewed

Electronic Intifada, 20th December 2010 In his new book Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, journalist David Cronin traces the intricacies of the relationship between the State of Israel … Continue reading

December 20, 2010 · 3 Comments