Libya: Young fighters on the front against Haftar in the Battle of Tripoli

Strongman Khalifa Haftar’s offensive on the Libyan capital has seen a generation of inexperienced, and largely ignored youngsters rise up in defence of their city. Haftar’s April offensive on Tripoli is bogged down and in trouble. His Libyan National Army (LNA) suffered a major setback on 27 June with the loss of Gharyan, a strategic city about 100km south of the capital. Holding off against … Continuer de lire Libya: Young fighters on the front against Haftar in the Battle of Tripoli

Khalid Abdel Rahman: “Nothing is insignificant, nothing is ordinary”

Khalid Abdel Rahman is a fine artist based in Khartoum, Sudan. According to The Arts Council of New Orleans, who hosted last summer the exhibition A Disappearance, he « has a highly distinctive signature style of abstract architectural scenes of middle class neighborhoods in Khartoum. Documenting a middle class that is slowly disappearing due to either working with the government or leaving the country searching for … Continuer de lire Khalid Abdel Rahman: “Nothing is insignificant, nothing is ordinary”

The religious and ideological factors of violent extremism

by Amel Boubekeur* Analysing the ideological dimensions of Jihadism is a controversial exercise. While the Euromed Survey was not primarily designed to tackle this dimension, some questions incidentally related to it and respondents were also offered the possibility of expanding on it in the framework of open questions. Many researchers, journalists and politicians find it difficult to accept that such violence can be politically or … Continuer de lire The religious and ideological factors of violent extremism

Jeffrey Lewis: “Tuli was, in some ways, part of my family”

Underground legend Tuli Kupferberg (1923-2010) was always the oldest man in rock and roll, co-founding the Fugs in the winter of 1964-1965 when he was already in his early 40s. Being twice the age of Dylan, Reed, Jagger, et. al, never stopped Tuli from consistently being more outrageous. Latter-day bohemian torch-bearer Jeffrey Lewis befriended Tuli in the early 2000s, and has personally organized “Tuli-day” memorial … Continuer de lire Jeffrey Lewis: “Tuli was, in some ways, part of my family”

Toby Goodshank: “My strongest and best work…”

Brooklyn-based artist and former member of The Moldy Peaches, Toby Goodshank is coming back with a new LP (on March, 9th).  Dream on Me ”explore(s) compulsive daydreaming, escapism and discorporation as a method of navigating growing pains, mental illness, abuse of power, the death of my parents, being old/out of touch and on the prowl, and feeling invisible.”It should be enough for arouse your curiosity… … Continuer de lire Toby Goodshank: “My strongest and best work…”

Antoine Bondaz: “China and North Korea are in hostage to each other”

by John Harrison. On January 10, 2016 North Korean announced it had successfully detonated its first hydrogen or “H” bomb. Although experts were more than sceptical about the veracity of the claim, international condemnation came thick and fast. With this announcement just two days after his birthday, the country’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un taunted the world, thumbing his nose at the UN Security Council ban … Continuer de lire Antoine Bondaz: “China and North Korea are in hostage to each other”

Jeffrey Lewis: “Every night is a challenge”

UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France, Jeffrey Lewis is back on the European roads. The opportunity to talk with him about music, of course, but not only… Scribouille: A marathon tour in Europe is coming. After so many years, what still motivates you to come on stage? Jeffrey Lewis (J.L.): It’s not really a “marathon” tour. It’s just about three weeks. Usually all of … Continuer de lire Jeffrey Lewis: “Every night is a challenge”