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Redefining protest in Ethiopia: what happens to the ‘terror’ narrative when Muslims call for a secular state?
Open Democracy: In seeking respect for the principle of secularism, strict separation between Church and the State, they draw on enlightenment rationality. They also employ theological and subversive genres—subversive in the postmodernist sense of the term. They chant ‘Allahu Akbar!! [God is great], they carry the white ribbon, and appropriate non-verbal modes of expression to expose and counter the narrative of the state.. Insofar as terrorism figures as a significant trope in the strategy of the state, the protestor’s strategy aims at ‘disruption’ i.e., disrupting the state’s narrative of violence and terrorism, and therefore denying it the very weapon it needs to justify its own violence against protesters. Read More…
SOCEPP: The regime inn Addis Abeba whom those claiming to fight modern slavery call democratic is engaged in the trafficking of young women to the Arab countries of the Middle East, Egypt and Libya. And latest reports indicate that close to a hundred of these trafficked women are suffering in Arab jails after having been tortured. Read More…
"SURVIVAL" (our title)
“The road rises and falls, undulates, zigzags, extends, and branches off into countless roads that meet back at the beginning. How many times must we start from the beginning? We survived much death. We defeated forgetfulness and you said to me: We survive but we do not triumph over the hunter. I said to you: Survival is the prey’s potential triumph over the hunter. Steadfastness is survival and survival is the beginning of existence. We persevered and much blood flowed. Much more blood than what we needed for its identity, or what identity needed for its name”.
Source: M. Darwish’s book “In the Presence of Absence”