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The Ghosts of the Housing Crisis – a Critique of State-Housing

  Which ghosts have been folded into life and through the effacing of which ghosts concurrently, erased, forgotten and folded out towards death? A spectre is haunting Aotearoa… The spectre of colonization. The housing crisis is an assemblage hooked into

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Should New Zealand have a Holiday to Commemorate the Land Wars?

(I wrote this like 8 months ago, its a bit outdated.) The Land Wars of New Zealand, despite having little space in public consciousness, were among the most significant events in the production of modern New Zealand. These wars began following

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The Role of Maori Land Rights Activism in the 1970’s in Reacquiring Maori Land

As a nation-state where the indigenous population has been denied de-colonization and self-determination, alienation from land has been among Maori grievances since the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840, which had contrarily promised Maori sovereignty over their lands.

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Spaces of Oppression: The Convergence of Feminism with Imperialism

The female subject has been imbricated into the reproduction of the ‘Self’ to continue Orientalist discourses within nationalist formations of exceptionalism. Yet gender exceptionalism does not mark the end of patriarchy, but its reproduction through the female figure. It renderes

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A Memorial to the Victims of The MSF Hospital Bombing

Even to those concerned about civilian casualties in the ‘War on Terror,’ innocent lives lost due to War on Terror policies can often become faceless numbers. Number which are often murky and unknown, often intentionally covered up, often justified as opposed

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Orientalism and the Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

From the Democratic-leaning supporters to the Republican-leaning opponents, Orientalist conceptions have dominated Western representations of the Iranian Nuclear Negotiations. While many differing perspectives on the topic exist, the two dominant voices in this controversy have found common ground through evoking an us/them

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Abu Ghraib torture and the Orientalist Construction of the ‘Muslim body’: A Critique of US Exceptionalism

The disturbing images of torture in the US-led Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq sent shockwaves around the world as graphic photographs of US guards torturing and humiliating Iraqi detainees spread across cyberspace in 2004. The images displayed naked bodies heaped

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