Musings

Refugees in Indonesia: A Reflection on May 18 Academy

“I feel less than a human being,” says Mozhgan Moarefizadeh, an Iranian refugee in Indonesia. A smart, beautiful 26-year-old woman, Mozhgan had to flee her home country with her family due to political reasons. Their destination was Australia. What they thought would be a short transit in Indonesia turned out to be a long, 6-year… Continue reading Refugees in Indonesia: A Reflection on May 18 Academy

Musings

Love in the Time of Corona: How We Got Married Online on Zoom

Readers, I married him.Between Sydney and Surabaya, it was online, last minute, and currently unrecognised by the state — but all that cease to matter because at the end of the day I’m just happy and thankful that I’m married to the wonderful man that I love. Alhamdulillah. ♥️⁣ ⁣A bit of a backstory about… Continue reading Love in the Time of Corona: How We Got Married Online on Zoom

Book Review

First, They Erased Our Name: A Rohingya Speaks (2019)

“I would have liked to tell him about everything that has happened to me. I would have liked to tell him about Arakan, our land that was confiscated, the arrests, imprisonment, the humiliation and torture, my house that was stolen, and the continuing persecution of my family who are held hostage under the apartheid system… Continue reading First, They Erased Our Name: A Rohingya Speaks (2019)

Book Review

The Hate Race (2016)

“There was a rhyme my mother has told me at home which always confused me: ‘sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me’. Names did hurt though. The words did hurt. They hurt deep inside my chest. They hurt inside my head. They hurt inside my heart.”⁣ — Maxine Beneba… Continue reading The Hate Race (2016)

Book Review

The Thing Around Your Neck (2009)

“She wanted to … tell him how unnecessary it was, this bloodying and binding, this turning faith into a pugilistic exercise; to tell him that life was a struggle with ourselves more than with a spear-wielding Satan; that belief was a choice for our conscience always to be sharpened. […] He told her … that… Continue reading The Thing Around Your Neck (2009)

Book Review

Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy (2017)

“The first step is developing an open and critical mind, taking the doctrines that are standard and questioning them. […] Anything you look at, every one of these things, you have to ask yourself: Is this true? A pretty good criterion is that if some doctrine is widely accepted without qualification, it's probably flawed.”⁣ This book is a written account of David Barsamian’s interviews with Noam Chomsky on a range of current world affairs: from the state surveillance, Middle East and ISIS, Israel and Palestine, the Trump presidency and American politics, to climate change.

Book Review

The Near and the Far, Vol. 2 — ed. David Carlin and Francesca Rendle-Short⁣⁣ (2019)

“In short, to survive a heartbreak a young poet only needs: (1) A dazzling dress/shirt, no need to be new, (2) a piece of premium tissue, (3) a pair of undented running shoes, (4) a novel by an author with a visibly long name, (5) an empty instant noodles cardboard box, (6) the album Blue… Continue reading The Near and the Far, Vol. 2 — ed. David Carlin and Francesca Rendle-Short⁣⁣ (2019)