Talking about privilege can be uncomfortable, it can easily make us defensive, and it does have the power to prevent us from taking significant action. That’s why, we have to talk about it!
Although my articles didn’t stop, my podcast did take a needed break.
Now, I’m back for the second season of The Exploded Head. In its intro episode, I review what I’ve talked about already and give you some ideas of what I’ll be covering in the near future.
Dehumanisation is a prerequisite for some of the darkest things we’ve witnessed in our history. Slavery, genocides, torture, mass killings – just to name a few, and it’s one heavy list already. That’s why, we have to learn to notice it and to call it out.
Gaza might not be bombed anymore yet so much remains. The blockade, the occupation with all of its mechanism, apartheid, and so many questions.
One of these questions sounds simple but it so important to ask:
Who can hold Israel accountable?
Israeli bombings of Gaza have a context that we need to address and, when needed, deconstruct. Building on my previous episodes, this is exactly what I do in this one.
Instead of appeasing those who are promoting the mainstream narrative, we have to say it as it: Gaza is under a brutal attack. The last time Israel invaded it, it killed 500 children. Let’s not wait to see such numbers again.
What is happening in Sheikh Jarrah?And what has been happening in East Jerusalem in general? We can’t analyse this situation without assessing its context. In this case, that context is colonialism.
Human Rights Watch has just released its report on the Israeli policies in the Occupied Territories and in Israel itself. The verdict: these policies make up a system of apartheid.
In my episode, I talk about this report and what broader questions we should ask when it comes to how international organisations assess any Israeli policies.
Can we turn something as exclusive as an independence day into something else?
And why should we want that anyway?
The dance between democracy and authoritarianism: that has been the main topic of my articles and my podcast. That dance can take different forms. And Brazil presents to us yet another one.