For Palestinians in the West Bank an ever growing array of movement restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation have become part of a troubling routine: growing settlements combined with economic and political pressure make movement as such a question of survival. And yet the routine of crossing borders, of heading for new places and the refusal to leave have also become forms of everyday resistance that challenge this military occupation.
Anthropologists tend to insist on acknowledging the differences of cultural phenomena, thereby often rendering their research useless to non-anthropologists. Are we trapped of being never more than the critics of psychologists, economists and pundits? Drawing on our research from the Global Social Media Impact Study, we discovered that there could be a solution: ‘Yes-But’.
In the web series ‘An African City’, five highly qualified and fashion obsessed young women decide to return to the continent where their ancestors were born – to Africa. Is this the new African elite?
Under another Netanyahu-led government, Israel will soon return to ‘business as usual’. But one political novelty stands out from the shadows of the recent elections: the increasing visibility of the Palestinian citizens of Israel.
In the face of a dying two-state solution and amid growing discontent about Israel’s uncompromising politics, their cause is quickly moving centre-stage. They are ever more willing to confront the systematic inequality they experience as Israeli citizens. And they demand historical justice in alignment with Palestinians living under occupation. As Palestinians, yet Israeli citizens, they have become a force to be reckoned with. Their cause deserves our attention.
It has never been easier to meet people from all over the world. Social networks and dating sites make it possible. More and more couples are meeting via the web – and across international boundaries. The seemingly borderless digital world is limited though, by national borders that are insurmountable for many, depending on their nationality. What does this ongoing development mean for people from third countries subject to visa requirements if they have found a partner in Europe?
“Many people have died, some people fainted, we ran out of water and we ran out of food. Also we ran out of petrol. We ran out of everything, we were hopeless in the sea, the wind was just taking us from one point to the other.” This story of Sunday, a refugee from Nigeria, is one of the many ones I’ve heard while working in Malta—an island swallowing human lives in the name of immigration controls.