“How does it feel to see 200,000 people coming to New York for your book launch?” asked Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, when introducing journalist and author Naomi Klein at the New School before a talk about her new book on climate change, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. While that number may be an exaggeration, there is no doubt that Klein’s “change everything” mantra is energizing the 350-organized movement threatening to “Flood Wall Street” by Monday, September 22. Not only Wall Street is under deluge; today’s People’s Climate March, billed as the largest ever march of its kind, intends to have its say during the UN Summit on climate change. Klein’s book has provided a rallying cry for the marchers: “to change everything we need everyone.”

warscapes at the People’s Climate March

6350, climatemarch, peoples climate march, bill mckibben, naomi klein, new school, march, rally, warscapes,

Twenty five years ago this week in Kent, UK, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) detonated a 15-pound bomb within the Royal Marine Music School. The blast killed 11 members of the Royal Marine Band Service, and wounded 21. Most of the victims were teenagers. 
"The attack holds resonance for the age and number of the victims and the location…This particularly bloody memory of the long and violent era of Northern Ireland’s occupation provides a lens for current conflicts. Taking a look back, we can see that while treaties have been signed and troops removed, there is still incredible tension in Northern Ireland, stemming from divisions imposed by the British Empire.”
Garrett Connolly for warscapes 
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Twenty five years ago this week in Kent, UK, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) detonated a 15-pound bomb within the Royal Marine Music School. The blast killed 11 members of the Royal Marine Band Service, and wounded 21. Most of the victims were teenagers.

"The attack holds resonance for the age and number of the victims and the location…This particularly bloody memory of the long and violent era of Northern Ireland’s occupation provides a lens for current conflicts. Taking a look back, we can see that while treaties have been signed and troops removed, there is still incredible tension in Northern Ireland, stemming from divisions imposed by the British Empire.”

Garrett Connolly for warscapes 

6warscapes, pira, northern ireland, england, conflict, short read, non fiction, bomb, ireland, occupation,

"According to the 2007 “Campus Sexual Assault Study” sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, more than 50% of incidences of campus sexual assault occur in the first few weeks of the fall term. A 2003 Department of Justice Report supports these findings, as does a 2008 study, “Risk of Unwanted Sex for College Women: Evidence of a Red Zone,” published in the Journal of American College Health. Freshmen are particularly at risk. They are often new to independence and naïve to real dangers lurking behind the university party scene. The story of Anna, a college student of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, is enough cause for concern.

The New York Times recently featured an article, “Reporting Rape, and Wishing She Hadn’t,” about Anna’s experience with the university investigation of her case. The article focuses on the lethargic, inconsistent, and dismissive handling of Anna’s case, ranging from failure to protect victim privacy to a general lack of support.”

Sarah Luft for warscapes on the Red Zone

6rape culture, victim blaming, college, take back your power, red zone, uconn, hobart, warscapes,

My Demands of the US Literary Market

In Alison Flood’s article, “Writers attack ‘overrated’ Anglo-American literature at Jaipur festival,” writer and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo (author of Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers) says, “Our reading habit has been stolen and changed…our reading habit is more Anglo-Saxon, more American…all the poetry, all the alternative things, have been pushed away by mainstream society.” 

6literature, contemporary American literature,

Human Zoo in Norway Re-occupies Space of European Superiority

The Norwegian artists Mohamed Ali Fadlabi and Lars Cuzner are recreating, as part of a nationwide commemoration of 200 years of the Norwegian Constitution, a “human zoo” as a way of provoking an engagement with Norway’s colonial past. 

6Norway, human zoo, Eurocentrism,

Denial Through Silence

A novelist revisits the Rwandan genocide from 20 years ago and takes the French, African and international establishment to task for a deliberate “denialism.”

6Rwanda, Rwandan genocide, denialism,

Responsibility Without Capacity

On Thursday, April 17, armed youths broke through the gates of the UN Mission in South Sudan and opened fire, killing forty-eight people and injuring a hundred more before UN peacekeepers could repel the attack. 

6Sudan, UN,

Monsanto and the Other Chemical Weapon

Western concern over weapons of mass destruction overlook a chemical weapons threat closer to home: Monsanto.

6Monsanto, GMOs,

Racial Segregation Still Rampant in Campus Greek Life

Last week, the University of Alabama’s Student Government Association Senate passed a groundbreaking resolution to support the full racial integration of the university’s Greek Life system.

6greek life, segregation, Alabama,

Progress or Empty Promises in Cambodia?

A few weeks ago, I detailed the issue of nationalist politics and ethnic identity in Cambodia.

6Cambodia, Tim LaRocco, ethnic identity,

City of Smoke and Dreams

In “Narcopolis” Jeet Thayil’s prose both captures and mirrors the multiplicity and heterogeneity of the cityscape’s inhabitants.

6Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis, Bombay, India,

Public Education and the “Culture of Expectation”

Last week, the popular Facebook page Humans of New York featured a photograph of a white teacher in Harlem, the largely African-American neighborhood in Manhattan. 

6Crystal Stella Becerril, humans of new york,

Mirroring West Papua

Photos of West Papuan political refugees attempt to raise international awareness about war crimes.

6West Papua, political refugees, Rohan Radheya, photography,

Africa 99 Anyone?

I am forty years old now, and you know forty years is a whole lifetime; you know it is extreme old age. To live longer than forty years is bad manners, is vulgar, immoral.

6Bhakti Shringarpure, African literature, Africa,

A Call to Arms: Witnesses to Genocide Look Within

Médecins Sans Frontières has published riveting internal documents from the organization’s struggle to respond to the Rwandan genocide.

6Médecins Sans Frontières, Rwanda, genocide,

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