‘Ghosts of Sugar Land’: A Journey of Loss
Mark’s isolation is distinct from that of his friends, but the subject of Bassam Tariq’s Ghosts of Sugar Land is as much the emotional losses suffered by Muslim American men as it is their political alienation from the state.
June 17, 2020
Assam & the Hindu Nationalist Citizenship Law
Home Minister Amit Shah has promised to take the citizenship register process piloted in Assam nationwide—in order to rid the nation of its largely imaginary “infiltrators” before the next general election, scheduled for 2024.
January 6, 2020
The Info War of All Against All
This topsy-turviness, where the old associations between words and images are being ripped apart and reconstituted in new ways, is not reserved to the right. Activists, spin doctors, propagandists, and preachers on all sides apprehend what they see as a unique moment to remake political meanings.
August 23, 2019
Kashmir on the Edge of the Abyss
What will happen now? The Congress Party and the parties to its left will bleat on about Article 370 and refuse to accept that it has been their own policies and silences that paved the way for Modi to push through his party’s demands. Fear and opportunism have silenced liberal India.
August 13, 2019
Somali and American, a Minnesotan Community
Established by European settlers in the nineteenth century, it was once referred to as “White Cloud.” But today, this town of 68,000 inhabitants has seen a growing number of Somali refugees arrive in the last two decades to work in meat factories or to attend the local campus of the state university.
July 2, 2019
The Supreme Court Looks Away
This Supreme Court might not let Trump get away with shooting someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue, but it will look away when he targets some 150 million Muslims because of the faith they practice. That is exactly the wrong message to send this president.
July 2, 2018