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Maisaa Youssef

Cancer, Ethnicity, and the Bodies of Others

[Cancer cells. Source: Wikimedia Commons]

For Maral G. H. (2004-2016) Cancer, I have learned, insists on the visibility of ethnic belonging.[1] Cancer shrinks the topography of one’s world. Lives, interests, desires, abilities, relationships all recede, sometimes gradually and sometimes with blinding speed, to the contours of the body—what the body is able to sustain, what the body is capable of, what the body allows for, where the body is able to go. Cancer narratives and discourses wage their most fierce ...

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Reading Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantanamo Diary

[The entrance to Camp 1 in Guantanamo Bay's Camp Delta. Photo by Kathleen T. Rhem.]

“You are holding me because your country is strong enough to be unjust.” Guantánamo Diary, written by Mohamedou Ould Slahi,[i] depicts the continuing incarceration of this Mauritanian national in the military detention facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The book tracks Ould Slahi’s multiple interrogations on three continents, his secret rendition to Jordan and then removal to Afghanistan, torture, degradation and isolation in Guantánamo, and his ongoing ...

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Maisaa Youssef



Maisaa Youssef holds a PhD from the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She works in international development and her research focuses on issues in contemporary political theory and biopolitics.