Queen Arsem-O’Malley focuses on grassroots labor organizing, youth-led social movements, anti-carceral feminism, and critiques of mainstream media.
“Keep Your Friends Closer,” by Isabelle Nastasia. Mask Magazine, April 2015.
“Vulnerable people have been materially supporting one another always…. I’m realizing more and more that keeping my phone on and picking up every single time might be the most radical thing I can do these days.” On creating support networks, looking out for each other, and friends who save your life.
Avi Asher-Schapiro focuses on US foreign policy, politics in the Middle East and South America, and technology issues.
“As Colombian Oil Money Flowed To Clintons, State Department Took No Action To Prevent Labor Violations,” by Matthew Cunningham-Cook. International Business Times, April 8, 2015.
Hilary Clinton campaigned in 2008 against a free-trade agreement with Colombia, citing the government’s troubling human rights record and history of intimidating trade unionists. But as secretary of state, she reversed her position, praised Colombia’s human rights record, and ignored the complaints of local labor activists. Some digging by IB Times’ Matthew Cunningham-Cook has now revealed that at “the same time that Clinton’s State Department was lauding Colombia’s human rights record, her family was forging a financial relationship with Pacific Rubiales, the sprawling Canadian petroleum company at the center of Colombia’s labor strife.”
Cole Delbyck focuses on LGBT politics, East Asia and representational issues in film and television.
“Chairman Mao Invented Traditional Chinese Medicine,” by Alan Levinovitz. Slate, October 22, 2013.
My only encounter with “traditional Chinese medicine” is gua sha—a skin treatment that leaves you with bruises for weeks and awkward questions in the gym locker room. Who knew Mao Zedong was responsible for exporting this voluntary form of abuse abroad as propaganda to prey “on the human desire for magical solutions to intractable problems?” In 2013, the US Senate designated October 7-13 as Naturopathic Medicine Week, which indirectly celebrates the contributions of the Chairman, who, in fact, never believed in Chinese medicine in the first place.