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  • Climbing the Deadly Curves of COVID-19 and Capitalism

    March 22, 2020 by

    Rolled up on a leftover toilet paper tube, this image represents the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States from March 1 to 14, showing the cumulative number of cases known on each of the days in that period of time.   When rolled out on the Sidewalk Museum of Congress (SMoC) located outside 1st… Read more

  • Patterns of Occupied Palestine and Kashmir: Part 4 of Uncountable

    March 3, 2020 by

    On June 14, 2018 two people representing similar struggles in two different parts of the world were murdered. One of them, 21-year-old Ahmad Ziad Tawfiq al-‘Aassi lived in occupied Palestine, and the other, 50-year-old Shujaat Bukhari lived in occupied Kashmir. For almost half a century, Kashmir has been ruled from Delhi with the utmost brutality…… Read more

  • One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and an Impeachment

    November 21, 2019 by

    (includes a recipe brought to you by Discomfort Foods) In February 2018 on Fox News, Laura Ingraham ended her interview with former CIA director James Woolsey by asking him if the United States continues to “mess around in other people’s elections.” To which Woolsey, as though tasting the tasty lie in his mouth, replied: “Welllllllll… Read more

  • Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 3 of Uncountable

    October 23, 2019 by

    Two things in America create “bipartisanship”: support for Israel’s apartheid regime and support for endless US war and intervention around the world.  — Ali Abunimah, October 16. It’s September-October and I’m sitting at my Sidewalk Museum of Congress (SMoC) studio outside Kansas’ 1st District Rep. Roger Marshall’s office embroidering portraits of the Palestinian al-Farra family,… Read more

  • SMoC: Who Says Kansas Is Flat?

    September 16, 2019 by

    See also on LA Progressive The Sidewalk Museum of Congress (SMoC) located outside 1st District Rep. Roger Marshall’s office at 200 E. Iron Ave., Salina, KS, 67401 is an anti-status-quo palette of dissent against the status quo of establishment politics and its allied mainstream media, and of elite museum spaces. This resistance space has every color… Read more

  • Unfinished Portrait: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan

    September 11, 2019 by

    Originally posted on Patterns of an Occupied Planet:
    A work that brings us face-to-face with some of those who have died in the US-led invasions and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfinished Portrait, acrylic gouache, 2008 (continuing.) The work so far has seventy-eight 12 x 12 x 3/8 inch panels painted in desert-camouflage colors to represent the first 344,926 people who…

  • Was it a Thumbs Up Sign or a Finger Gun Pointing at Us?

    August 10, 2019 by

    See also on PINK TANK I have to say it doesn’t take very long for Kansas’ 1st district Rep. Roger Marshall and his staff to feel like as though they are the victims of their constituents’ concerns and not the other way around. This time it started on Sunday, August 4 with some singing and… Read more

  • Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 2 of Uncountable

    July 31, 2019 by

    What do Shahed Amer al-Bayoumi, Abdel-Raouf Salha, Arafat Jaradat, Ayoub Asaleya, Mohammed Suleiman, Sawsan Ali Dawud Mansour, Mohammad H., Isma’il Muslem Hamad Abu Bteihan, Ala Ziad Abu ‘Aasi, Fadi al-Darbi, Atef al-Maqousi, Jaber Ibrahim Abu Hweige, Fadiyah Jaber Abu Hweige and Muhammad Jaber Abu Hweige have in common? They are Palestinians between the ages of… Read more

  • Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 1 of Uncountable

    June 20, 2019 by

    See also at PINK TANK There is no one poster child who embodies the struggle of the Palestinian people living in the shadow of Israeli settlers and military occupation. Every Palestinian child, woman, and man will tell you intricate stories of what life and death is like under the perennial burden of occupation, and what… Read more

  • Message From Madeline to Donald: “You are Bullying the People”

    March 11, 2019 by

    See also at Common Dreams This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water — Donald Trump, INDEPENDENT, September 29, 2017. This is a three-part photo essay accompanying an article by Stan and Paul Cox, titled ‘Vulnerable Americans Are Still Trapped in the Ruins Left by Hurricane Maria.’ Superpower Neglect: There’s Something About a… Read more

  • “Maria! Maria! Nos Destruyó Maria!”

    March 11, 2019 by

    See also on CounterPunch Maria! Maria! nos destruyó Maria! (Maria! Maria! it was Maria that destroyed us!) — Socoro Rolon, Sierra Brava, Salinas, Puerto Rico, February 5. This is a three-part photo essay accompanying an article by Stan and Paul Cox, titled ‘Vulnerable Americans Are Still Trapped in the Ruins Left by Hurricane Maria.’ Superpower… Read more

  • “Living Here and Not in the Street is Worth Gold”

    March 10, 2019 by

    See also at Countercurrents Living here and not in the street is worth gold — Wilma Miranda Ramos, Sierra Brava, Salinas, Puerto Rico, February 8. Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. One and a half years later, many of the island’s more than 3 million U.S. citizens continue to be forgotten and ignored by… Read more

  • Cross Stitch Pattern for Mother of Exiles

    October 28, 2018 by

    Please go to PINK TANK to read the corresponding article titled Mothers of Exiles: For Many, the Child-Separation Ordeal May Never End. Finished work Material: 22 3/4 inches x 11 1/4 inches 14-count Aida cross stitch fabric tapestry needle size 24 six-strand DMC 100% cotton Embroidery Floss #919, #500 (two skeins), #501 (two skeins), #502, #503,… Read more

  • Mothers of Exiles: For Many, the Child-Separation Ordeal May Never End

    October 22, 2018 by

    Priti Gulati Cox and Stan Cox See also at PINK TANK From the early days of the Trump administration, the White House and Justice Department have obsessively sought to separate asylum-seeking parents from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The American people and the courts have mounted fierce resistance to this sadistic practice, but Trump’s men… Read more

  • A Confrontation With Kobach’s Chamcha (Lackey, in Hindi)

    October 8, 2018 by

    See also at CounterPunch As I write this, Kris Kobach, the ‘He Was Trump Before Trump’ Republican nominee for Governor of Kansas, along with Donald himself, are getting ready for a rally in Topeka at the Kansas Expocenter. Kobach’s campaign manager and chamcha (pronounced chum-cha) @jrclaeys tweeted recently in regard to the rally: As you can… Read more

  • Finding Her Voice In a Deaf “Homeland”

    September 28, 2018 by

    See also at SALON Our “liberal” media push back when riled up MAGAheads spit venom laced with ignorance and stupidity. But the same media turn a deaf ear to the many articulate voices for justice and accountability that have been rising from all across this fracked nation, in their respective communities. And while the media spends… Read more

  • Arms of America: From Yemen to Florida

    April 7, 2018 by

    See also at CounterPunch by Priti Gulati Cox and Stan Cox Mutant Freedom, chainstitch embroidery on khadi, 48 x 28 inches, 2008 The United States government views human rights not as the foundation of human dignity but as an impediment to corporate profits. — Haley Pedersen & Jodie Evans, AlterNet, January 11, 2018. In the United… Read more

  • The Assassination of Dissent, at Point-Blank Range

    October 16, 2017 by

    See also at Alternet If I were to describe Islam in three words, there is nothing there besides sex, crime and murder. So the question for you is not whether Rohingya will stay here or the Musulman will leave here…. Now, what’s the question is that everyone is being brought here (The banner in the back… Read more

  • India Celebrates Democracy, Kashmir Cries Hypocrisy

    August 15, 2017 by

    See also at Countercurrents India wants to reap the benefits of Islamophobia from which the world is suffering…. the Indian government has to reconcile its own people to body bags coming from Kashmir…. If the Indian people were told the truth that Kashmiris don’t want to be with India, and the struggle here is sustained by… Read more

  • Zionutva: A Hate Story

    July 28, 2017 by

    See also at Countercurrents Sandwiched between the months of June — which saw the 50th anniversary of Israel’s Palestine occupation — and August — the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence from British rule and India’s subsequent occupation of Kashmir — this July can perhaps be remembered as a month when two nationalist ideologies — Zionism… Read more

  • The Salina Resistance

    May 23, 2017 by

    The Salina Resistance is part of the Indivisible Movement, and we resist the Republican assault on civil rights, on economic rights, on the Earth, and on decent, respectful relations with human beings around the world @salinaresist. A bland ribbon-cutting ceremony turned very quickly into an impromptu town hall, minus signs, I might add, as seen in this picture where a… Read more

  • March 8, 2017, Yet Another Day Without a Dalit or Adivasi Woman

    March 7, 2017 by

    See also at CounterPunch We must create a society in which women – including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, [Dalit and Adivasi women], disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women – are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from… Read more

  • The Indomitable Teesta Under Attack….Again

    February 10, 2017 by

    See also at Countercurrents # 7 in the series JatiIndia: A Flag of Atrocities Caste, Present and Future In this JatiIndia flag, caste is represented by the victims of Modi and his Hindu nationalists in Gujarat, the present by the face of the indomitable Teesta, and the future by the nation’s Constitution, which will remain… Read more

  • 11/8: America’s Got President & India’s Got No Cash

    January 25, 2017 by

    See also at CounterPunch Misfortune Stuffed Chapatis (recipe follows at end) It was about 8:00 on the morning of November 9 in Mumbai, India. I sat down with the internet to talk with my husband Stan in Kansas, where it was 7:30 pm November 8. Like many other now-shell-shocked Americans, he was watching what we thought… Read more

  • Kashmir: Now You Don’t See Me, Now You Don’t

    December 23, 2016 by

      JatiIndia: A Flag of Atrocities Caste, Present and Future An interview with MuslimPress Why did you choose the name “JatiIndia” for your work? What’s the significance of this name? Inequality exists in societies all across the globe. Designed by Brahmanism (which came before Hinduism), the caste system is a uniquely cruel and immutable version… Read more

  • Unfinished Portrait: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan

    September 11, 2016 by

    A work that brings us face-to-face with some of those who have died in the US-led invasions and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfinished Portrait, acrylic gouache, 2008 (continuing.) The work so far has seventy-eight 12 x 12 x 3/8 inch panels painted in desert-camouflage colors to represent the first 344,926 people who have died in these wars. Below is one of… Read more

  • Asymmetric Peace Post 9/11

    September 7, 2016 by

    See also at Countercurrents I got involved in the whole drones process because I was representing people in Guantanamo Bay. And when President Obama came into office he says we’re going to close Guantanamo Bay and fairly quickly it dawned on me that yeah he didn’t like Guantanamo, so they were just going out and killing… Read more

  • Jill Stein in Topeka KS, July 02

    July 4, 2016 by

      Watch a 21-minute video of 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein speak at the Ramada Inn. Here’s part of what she had to say: “It’s time to forget the lesser evil and fight for the greater good like our lives depend on it. Because they do. Knowing that we have 43 million people who have… Read more

  • All That Glitters is Feardom – Go Green, Not Purple

    June 28, 2016 by

    See also at CounterPunch cross stitch embroidery, 2016 If Salvador Dali were around today he might have captured the mood of the nation best in a painting. But, you could simulate one for yourself by piecing together these wildly varying, discordant sentiments in your head: “She is an extremely ambitious liberal interventionist hawk….[and] was the leading… Read more

  • Broken Green

    May 25, 2016 by

    See also at CounterPunch Farmer couple, Manohar and Mamta Mohale, December 26, 2011, Amla village, Amravati District, Maharashtra, India. As the Narendra Modi government turns 2 today (May 26, 2016), here’s something to reflect upon. We consumers wake up every morning and allow ourselves to be manipulated by the ideology of monoculture imprisoning various facets of… Read more

  • The Lid’s Off the Petri Dish (Includes a packaged meal)

    April 18, 2016 by

    See also at Countercurrents Trumpapatti Orange is the New Orange, Machaironi and Cheese Lukewarm Dinner, box design, gouache and pen and ink on paper, 2016. East Meets Worst Back in 2014, Narendra Modi’s slogan in his ultimately successful campaign for the prime ministership of India was Achhe Din Aane Wale Hain (Good Days Are Coming.) His… Read more

  • Give Us Today….

    April 18, 2016 by

    Banana leaf, katoris (bowls), urine, feces, broom made with chapatis, rice, dahi (yogurt), pickle, green chilli, tadka (tempering), filtered water in steel tumbler. I clean toilets in 20 houses everyday. I use a tin plate and broom to remove the excrement that has collected in the toilet, I collect the excrement in a basket, and… Read more

  • The Face of Mother India

    March 29, 2016 by

    See also at Countercurrents gouache on paper, 2016 “My face today is the face of the fight in Bastar”, said Soni Sori recently. An Adivasi mother, school teacher and a member of Bastar Aam Admi Party, Sori was attacked with what was termed, “acid like substance” by unknown assailants in Chastisgarh on February 20. In her… Read more

  • Jatiindia: A Flag of Atrocities Caste, Present and Future

    March 29, 2016 by

    See also at Countercurrents The title for this series of painted flags, Jatiindia, is my name for the country of India, a nation of jatis (castes). India still practices this worst form of social exclusion in the world, now more violently than ever in this neoliberal age. The flag design: The saffron color of the top… Read more

  • Jatiindia: A Flag of Atrocities Caste, Present and Future

    March 29, 2016 by

    See also at CounterPunch Rohith Vemula, acrylic on paper, 2016 We are so cutoff from those targeted by our governments and their corporate bedfellows, and our histories are so saturated with unspoken atrocities, that there are not enough elite hands in this world to participate in this vision I describe below. And it would also mean… Read more

  • Served by Birth, Service Bai Birth

    March 29, 2016 by

    See also at Countercurrents cross stitch embroidery, 2016 While I sip local Merlot with my maid-cooked eggplant parmesan made with Haiko (supermarket) shopped ingredients, she opens her purse. Breaking a small piece of tambakoo from its packet, she cups it in her left palm and rubs it a little with her right thumb before planting it… Read more

  • One Pound Capitalism and a Pinch of Democracy Under a Cold Sky

    March 29, 2016 by

    See also at Countercurrents Over 65 million people live in slums in India. An eyesore and a thorn in the side of modernization and development that benefits only the country’s elite, the dwellings of these millions that make up the country’s labor force and their families, are continuing to be bulldozed and demolished by the world’s… Read more

  • Spontaneous Histories, Bungled Borders and Perennial Victims

    March 29, 2016 by

    See also at CounterPunch India and Bangladesh share a 2,500-mile border. Ending a dispute that has lasted almost 70 years, at midnight Friday, July 31, 2015, Bangladesh and India finally closed a deal to swap border territories and thereby untangle their wildly convoluted border. To do this, the two countries initiated the exchange of more than… Read more

  • Out of the Shadow of Caste and Into Our Consciousness

    March 29, 2016 by

    See also at CounterPunch Nobody is me, There are many like me. My life has no worth in my country’s popular consciousness and my violators roam freely. I am a Dalit, an Adivasi, and no upper-caste hands hold signs with our names. I live and die and am reborn in their shadow….their calculating minds, their violent… Read more

  • Maansik Sampatti (Intellectual Property)

    March 29, 2016 by

    a performance/installation using commercial soil, sand, cotton seeds and broken green glass bangles, 2011 Between 1995 and 2014, over 300,000 farmers have committed suicide in India. Toward the end of the performance/installation slides featured above you see broken green bangles-a sign of widowhood-sprouting from the soil. Green bangles are traditionally worn by a married woman, and when… Read more

  • Hey Ram

    November 25, 2015 by

      hand-embroidery on khadi, 2008 Before we talk about who has the right to resist exploitation and who does not, we first will have to see the seeds back in the hands of our farmers, the looms back in the hands of the weavers, the water back under the ground of villages, the mineral resources… Read more

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