It’s “fire season” in California, where I live, which means that at this moment there are roughly 6 large forest fires blazing in a 50 mile circle around where I live. That, consequently, means that literal ash is falling from sky, covering things, in a miniature version of what happened in Pompeii in 79AD (on August 24th). It’s making it hard to breathe, to the tune of “worst air quality on Earth”, which means we have to stay indoors, during a heatwave in an area where no one has air conditioning. If you do have air conditioning, just know that recirculated air increases the risk of contracting COVID-19 (in public buildings). So that’s all just peachy. 2020 seems to have a never ending bag of awful tricks, and it makes me wonder if the worst will happen in the coming months. I don’t want to think about what the worst IS, but I am bracing myself.
Part 2 of our discussion of the fallout of protests surrounding the death of George Floyd and others. There have been ripples felt across the world, with similar protests happening across Europe. The effects have even been felt in Sudan and across the Middle East. This is especially poignant because of the death of Sudanese-American Yassin Mohamed at the hands of sheriff’s deputies in Central Georgia. We’ll discuss the background of racism that has lead people to ignore these events and much more. #BlackLivesMatter
As promised, we have a full podcast episode about the recent protests, police brutality and racism in America. The siblings are back, the takes are hot, the anger is real. Let us know how you feel. #BlackLivesMatter
With the country seething and roiled with protests against police brutality towards black and brown people, I wanted to put down some of my thoughts. That’s mostly about the state of the protests, and the white folks I’ve observed participating. While their hearts are mostly in the right place, there’s a patina of white privilege that colors the protests and their behavior during those protests. Give it a listen and let me know what you all think.
Sara’s take, so please take a listen and know that more is coming.
As the hiatus goes longer and longer, there are too many things to leave till our schedules align. So we’ll be posting mini-episodes we are referring to as “What Sucks Today”. Hopefully, you’ll like them, even if the subject matter is not something that brings joy.
Today is the first anniversary of the 29th of Ramadan massacre in Khartoum, when the Military Transitional Council stepped aside and allowed the RSF (Janjaweed) to sweep into the sit in protest with guns and fire, leaving hundreds dead. We had a full episode about it, but I wanted to commemorate the day with a short comment. This is especially relevant against the background of the protests currently taking place in the United States sparked by yet another murder of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis, MN.
What Sucks This Week is the not so sudden realization that there is a creeping authoritarianism abroad in the world. We’ve been seeing it from the United States to Central Europe to South America to the Sudan. Let’s discuss.
The Old Sudan rears its ugly head, with the massacre of protestors at the sit-in at the qiyada in Khartoum. A date that will go down in infamy. There’s nothing funny about this.
The follow up to our intro into the current political situation in the Sudan. The Bashir regime has fallen, only to be replaced by a transitional military council. What will happen next? Should we be happy? Should we be angry? Let us break it down for you, on What Sucks This Week
What Sucks This Week is the recent attack on a mosque in New Zealand. This heinous act is the stuff of nightmares, and is the result of the Islamophobic rhetoric oozing out of the mouths of western leaders and pundits for the past 18 years. As always, innocents pay the price and there’s nothing funny about that.