Monday, August 24, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Somehow I made it into the front page photo for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's reporting on the George Floyd rally in Fayetteville, held at the Town Square on June 2, 2020. In case you couldn't tell, that's me on the far left. My t-shirt says: Abolish ICE, and it's from DSA.
I grabbed this off of twitter in November 2019, and I can't find the original tweet, sorry. Zeina Ashrawi Hutchison is a Palestinian American and a Bernie Sanders 2020 VA State Delegate & National Delegate to the DNC. I'm pretty sure she's got her son on her shoulders.
Friday, August 14, 2020
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Orphaned Land were founded in 1991, led by Jaffa-born singer Kobi Farhi. Mark Levine discusses them in his book Heavy Metal Islam, and he calls them an "Oriental death-doom metal" band. Their orientation is very much about peace, and according to Levine, they have lots of fans in the Middle East outside of Israel. Kobi is Ashkenazi, the band's lead guitarist until 2014, Yossi Sassi is Mizrahi (Libyan-Iraqi). Given their political orientation, I don't regard this use of the kufiya as appropriation, but rather a signifier of solidarity/identification with Palestinian/Arab culture. I'm not much of a metal head but I respect Mark Levine's opinion about their virtuosity. Here is a YouTube video of one of their songs, to give you flavor of what they do.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
I'm sorry, I didn't keep track of the source, but the first image has been posted via rightwing websites and social media outlets. It's interesting, as it combines imagery of the USA patriot of 1776, in his tricorne cap, with the kufiya, often worn by rightwing militia types in the US, as I've documented in previous posts. The second image (again, I didn't keep good records) shows some armed men, exercising their 'free speech' rights not to wear masks and to carry guns in a USA café, spring of 2020.
#kufiyaspotting: Tim Minchin as Judas Iscariot in the 2012 Broadway Revival of Jesus Christ Superstar
Someone finally told me about this.
It appears from the images I've looked at that Tim Minchin was always garbed in a black-and-white kufiya scarf for his role as Judas Iscariot in the 2012 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.
I guess the kufiya must have figured as a negative marker? I don't know, I've not seen the show. In any case, here are a couple photos of Minchin in his Judas role.
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