The Exploding Head Blog and Podcast

What’s happening around the world?

  • Are our democracies failing somewhere?
  • Are any authoritarian regimes opening up?
  • Have we learnt to talk about our painful history and name exactly what happened?
  • What’s the human behind the political? And how do we move forward?
The Exploding Head podcast on Anchor - politics

“Now that I have seen, I am responsible.”

I saw this written on the West Bank separation barrier, in Bethlehem, many years ago.

And I can’t get it out of my head ever since.

Yet honestly, I don’t think I want to. I want to acknowledge that responsibility instead, in the minor ways that I can.

You might hear more questions than answers in my articles and podcast. But I believe this is where we start.

Listen to my podcast on various platforms here or listen to it directly on Spotify!

For my resources just on Palestine, please see this page.


Listen to my most recent episode here:

Iran, Ukraine, And Logical Fallacies

Being for a people’s revolution is not the same as calling for a coup (in Iran). And calling for a negotiated settlement hoping it will end a brutal war is not the same as supporting the invader (in Ukraine).
In order to have discussions where we actually aim to understand what the person means, we have to notice logical fallacies. We have to create space for nuance.

The Margin is Scary, Yet Brazil Did Vote Against Fascism

In so many of my articles, my hope is hidden. Not in this one though. As Lula comes back to power in Brazil, we are all hoping for some healing, recovery, and bridging the divisions deepened by the hateful and violent policies of Jair Bolsonaro.

Beware The Façade of Political Representation

Behind what might appear as political representation and diversity we might find something quite not right. The representation itself can become a façade – so we have to be careful. In my episode, I talk about the new British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, the violent immigration policy of Lithuania, and what Israel attempts to remind the world of.

Our World Is on Fire. Where to Look?

This episode is not here to convince you that climate change (or, rather, climate emergency or climate crisis by now) is real. Instead, in it, I give you three questions to keep in mind when we deconstruct the debates around it. These questions both shape the narrative and, in a way, they become the narrative itself.

Will The Fragile Democracy of Brazil Survive?

As voters in Brazil are choosing their representatives today, choosing their president can determine the country’s direction in ways that go beyond a specific party.
This election is extremely important not only because Brazil is a presidential republic (meaning, its president has significant powers) and world’s 12th economy. It’s because, to put it plainly, if Lula wins, the are fears of Bolsonaro not taking his political loss as leaders in democracies do – and that would have significant consequences for Brazil and the rest of the world.

Loading…

Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.

Don’t miss an update! Follow The Exploding Head

Get new content delivered directly to your inbox.