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    Who’s Happy About Abu Dhabi’s “Island of Happiness”? It’s Not the Construction Workers

    August 18, 2014  —  

    In this episode of Forms of Life, Nato Thompson speaks about the harsh conditions faced by workers in Abu Dhabi.  More
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    Now Eat My Script: Writing the Experience of Syrian Refugees

    August 4, 2014  —  

    “It seems we kill the intimate moment of death each time we record it,” observes the silent narrator of Mounira Al Solh’s Now Eat My Script, a video that ruminates on representations of violence in the context of Syria’s civil war.  More
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    Running Orders: A Poem for Gaza

    July 28, 2014  —  

    More than 1,000 Palestinians—the vast majority of them civilians—have been killed during Israel’s latest assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, which is home to roughly 1.8 million Palestinians. Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s poem conveys the harrowing experience of receiving Israeli warnings of imminent strikes and having nowhere to run.  More
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    The United States Wants the World to Forget These Prisoners

    July 21, 2014  —  

    A product of the war on terror, Communications Management Units (CMUs) have cut hundreds of Americans—most of whom are Muslim—off from the outside world, often by labeling their acts of dissent “terrorism.”  More
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    Ramadan Soaps: The Workers Will Not Be Televised

    July 11, 2014  —  

    During Ramadan, watching TV series—many created specifically for the month of fasting—becomes a social event for millions of Muslims around the world. Here, Monira Al Qadiri manipulates soap operas produced in the Gulf to highlight a missing figure: the migrant worker who cleans up the lavish homes where melodramatic scenes unfold.  More
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    Editor's Letter

    There was something natural, even inevitable, about birthing a platform for artists to weigh in on the news at Creative Time—an organization that has been commissioning artists to engage with urgent social and political issues since its inception four decades ago.

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