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The trap of Re-Orientalism

“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” wrote Rudyard Kipling, a man with a silly name who only had a career because West met East and immediately mugged it, running...

Dead Brown Bodies vs. Hurt White Feelings

I'm writing this on April 13. Exactly a hundred years ago, today was the day of the Punjabi New Year, celebrated by the Sikhs as Baisakhi. At Baisakhi, 1919, the British Indian army massacred...

Is the UK using citizenship to avoid its responsibilities?

When UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced the decision to prevent Shamima Begum from returning to the UK, many were thrilled—including Bangladeshis.

August 23, 2019
August 23, 2019

The trap of Re-Orientalism

“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” wrote Rudyard Kipling, a man with a silly name who only had a career because West met East and immediately mugged it, running...

April 19, 2019
April 19, 2019

Dead Brown Bodies vs. Hurt White Feelings

I'm writing this on April 13. Exactly a hundred years ago, today was the day of the Punjabi New Year, celebrated by the Sikhs as Baisakhi. At Baisakhi, 1919, the British Indian army massacred...

March 1, 2019
March 1, 2019

Is the UK using citizenship to avoid its responsibilities?

When UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced the decision to prevent Shamima Begum from returning to the UK, many were thrilled—including Bangladeshis.

February 15, 2019
February 15, 2019

White Headstones and Black Bodies

Tucked away in the hills of Chittagong, and between the overgrown temples of Maynamati, are white stones bearing the names of the African men buried beneath them. We refer to their graves as...

February 1, 2019
February 1, 2019

Being American Can't Be Easy

There are certain advantages to being Bangladeshi. (This is not actually true, but for now let's pretend.)