Fighting Mental Prisons: In conversation with Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi

The French have long recognized the literary merit of Abdellatif Laâbi’s work. His writing, often compared to that of Pablo Neruda and Nazim Hikmet, was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 2009 and the Grand Prix de la Francophonie of the French Academy in 2011. Thanks to a gifted young translator,… Read more“Fighting Mental Prisons: In conversation with Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi”

Soul and the City- words from graffiti artist Mohammed Ali

Interview with Mohammed Ali first appeared in the New Internationalist reproduced with kind permission in the December issue 2012. What are your early memories of Graffiti? Flicking through Subway Art by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant. Growing up in the 1980s, I remember how the book opened my eyes to New York… Read more“Soul and the City- words from graffiti artist Mohammed Ali”

The #COMETOGETHER exhibition, revolution and the Gulf Ripples of the Arab Spring felt in the Gulf States.

The article appeared in the New Statesman 5 October 2012. The #COMETOGETHER exhibition opening in London’s Brick Lane may be about modern and contemporary art by Middle Eastern artists, but it is also about how revolution has affected seemingly stable Gulf States.   As Stephen Stapleton, organizer and founding member of… Read more“The #COMETOGETHER exhibition, revolution and the Gulf Ripples of the Arab Spring felt in the Gulf States.”

Education is Ideological: Tunisian Education

  Op-ed was published in Tunisia-live.net July 2012. Reproduced with kind permission. Tunisian education is undergoing rehabilitation. Whilst much progress has been made in terms of developing pedagogical theories and increasing student engagement, the threat of strike by the Union of Teachers for June suggests that much still needs doing.  “Education,” as… Read more“Education is Ideological: Tunisian Education”