Edward Said:
On Hijacking Language and Creating Facts

[Published in  Inknagir. Ed. Vahan Ishkhanyan. Yerevan: No. 3.] Since 9/11, the word “terrorism” has become a catch phrase for anything suspicious:  “See Something, Say Something” is plastered across New York City’s buses and subway stops; the ongoing journalist debate continues between Hitchens, Chomsky, Cockburn and…

Out of Iraq and Other Colonial Metaphors

[Published in « Re-Public », Ed. Nelli Kambouri, 2008] In Sydney Pollack’s Out of Africa, contains one of the greatest moments of cinema Kitsch in which Meryl Streep’s character, Karen Blixen, ships her personal effects across Kenya to her coffee plantation.  After having her “servants” carry these…