ECHO librarian Becka talks a little about the evolution of poetry in Iran and one of its most powerful 20th century voices Forough Farrokhzad is known as one of the most talented, innovative and controversial poets of 20th century Iran. In a tremendously short period Farrokhzad changed poetry, even literature, in Iran forever. Farrokhzad, repressedContinue reading “Forough Farrokhzad: mirror, thread and innovator”
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October 2020: how we are doing community test and trace
The success of our little group of volunteers, working with no funds, no pay and across language barriers, begs the question why this appears to be so difficult for some big states.
September 2020: After the Moria fire
Covid-19 has only made more stark the violence that the camp system does to people who live in it. There are better ways to house human beings. Malakasa camp is now in quarantine – arbitrary detention – again. A 61 year old man died this week. The camp system must end.
July 2020: Culture and Imperialism
“‘We cannot fight for our rights and our history as well as future until we are armed with weapons of criticism and dedicated consciousness.’”
June 2020: The New Normal
There’s been a lot of talk of the ‘New Normal’ to describe how life has evolved or been interrupted as a result of the spread of Coronavirus. In some ways it’s a useful idea: a tool to help settle into the long-term repercussions of the virus; even a way to continue to take care of one another. But it’s also important that we don’t lose sight of what shouldn’t ever be considered ‘Normal’.
May 2020: Thoughts on mutual aid
Whilst Greece has been in lockdown, we’ve been delivering meals to those stuck without them with the Athens Food Collective. How come it’s only the volunteer grassroots organisations that have been providing this support? What is mutual aid and why do people do it? And what pit-falls does our library fall into with the so-called charity industrial complex?
April 2020: Thoughts on fear
A deadly virus has arrived, and we are scared.
January 2019: alternatives to walls
What have we been up to in the last year? As well as some thoughts on what Europe could do instead of militarising its’ border walls
The ECHO blog has arrived!
The ECHO for Refugees blog is finally here! This post gives a long-awaited ECHO update, recent involvement and a reflection on the World Cup.