Coal Mining Accidents in Turkey

On 13 May 2014, an explosion occurred at a mine in Soma, Turkey, which caused a mine fire for two days. Rescue operations ended after four days, and the official death toll stands at 301. However, some miners dispute this official figure, claiming that “more than 18 bodies still trapped in the mine.” Mine accidents…

Berlin-Friedrichshain in Twenty (or so) Graffiti

Friedrichshain is a borough in Berlin. It’s a heaven for graffiti. It is also where i live, and where i walk or bike daily. Graffiti #1 Graffiti #2 Graffiti #3 Graffiti #4 Graffiti #5 Graffiti #6 Graffiti #7 Graffiti #8 Graffiti #9 Graffiti #10 Graffiti #11 Graffiti #12 Graffiti #13 Graffiti #14 Graffiti #15 Graffiti…

The Self-Centered Politics of the Greens: Hipster-izing Refugees

She’s young, she’s beautiful, and she’s all over Berlin. She appears to have South European or Middle Eastern origins. Her face is calm and serene, and her brown eyes looks straight into yours. She has a simple, elegant, and discreet make-up: Dark blue mascara, and light red lipstick. Same goes to her earrings, in the…

Recreating Memory in Syria: Zarzour, its Mosque, and its Shia

Since the beginning of the uprising in Syria, news were rife with stories of damages inflicted to religious buildings, first as the work of the Syrian Regime, then as of the Rebels. These damages range from destruction due to fighting, to looting, and to vandalism (i will not use the word desecration, since it’s a…