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Bhakti Shringarpure

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Notes from Western Sahara: An Interview with Fatma El-Mehdi

[Gdeim Izik protests of 2010. Photo by Kirby Gookin.]

As the Arab Spring spread across several countries in the Middle East and North Africa, American philosopher Noam Chomsky argued that it did not originate in Tunisia, as is commonly understood. “In fact, the current wave of protests actually began last November in Western Sahara, which is under Moroccan rule, after a brutal invasion and occupation,” Chomsky stated. “The Moroccan forces came in, carried out - destroyed tent cities, a lot of killed and wounded and so on. And ...

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Bhakti Shringarpure

 

Bhakti Shringarpure is a writer and academic who received a BA in Literature from Bard College and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York. She focuses on literature emerging from civil wars in the aftermath of European colonialism with an emphasis on narratives of nation, violence, gender, and the figure of the "other." She has written for several independent magazines and journals and currently teaches postcolonial literature and theory/criticism in the English department at Hunter College. She is the editor of Warscapes, an independent online magazine that provides a lens into current conflicts across the world.