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46. Hong Kong, Disappearances and the Emotional Cost of Disinformation

This is a conversation with Shui-yin Sharon Yam, a US-based Hongkonger academic who has been writing on various topics. It is a long conversation about Hong Kong, being a member of the diaspora who may not be able to go back, how Hong Kongers can learn from other people’s experiences with disinformation, as well as […]

45. Ethiopian Migrants’ Saudi Hell/Anti-Gov Protests in Ethiopia

a conversation with Ethiopian journalist Zecharias Zelalem on his recent investigation into the horrific living conditions that Ethiopian migrants are living in in Saudi detention centers, as well as his overview of the recent protests in Ethiopia following the murder of popular Oromo singer Hachalu Hundessa.

43. The World’s Most Technologically Sophisticated Genocide is Happening in Xinjiang

This is a conversation with Rayhan Asat and Yonah Diamond, authors of a piece for Foreign Policy entitled “The World’s Most Technologically Sophisticated Genocide Is Happening in Xinjiang.” In addition to both being lawyers, Rayhan is also the sister of Ekpar Asat who was forcibly disappeared by the Chinese Communist Party in 2016, and she’s […]

42. It Sounded Like The World Itself Was Breaking Open

I spoke with Lebanese writer and translator Lina Mounzer about witnessing and experiencing the Beirut explosion on August 4th, 2020. So far there are 157 deaths, 5,000 injuries, US$10–15 billion in property damage and an estimated 300,000 people left homeless. The blast was linked to about 2,750 tonnes (3,030 short tons) of ammonium nitrate – […]

38. My Father and Syria’s Forcibly Disappeared

This is a conversation with Wafa Mustafa, a Berlin-based Syrian journalist. We spoke about her father, Ali Mustafa, who was forcibly disappeared by the Assad regime on July 2nd 2013. Wafa highlights the fact that those who are forcibly disappeared are often depoliticized and coated in ‘humanitarian’ language. We spoke about how she participated in […]


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