Welcome to the 28th issue of The Funambulist, Our Battles. For it, we commissioned the brilliant Durban-based architecture graduate Roanne Moodley to produce drawings for five of the six “battles” featured in it. These “battles” constitute punctual uprisings in the history of longer political struggles between anticolonial, antiracist, and/or antiauthoritarian movements and the forces of state oppression. This issue gathers only a few of the numerous battles that we would have loved including in it: the 1973 student revolt against the military junta in Athens (Eleni Karanicola & Nikolaos Patsopoulos), the 1976 Soweto uprising against the Apartheid (Terrence Mkhwanazi), the 2011 Egyptian Revolution (Aya Nassar), the 2017 organizing against white supremacy in Charlottesville, VA and Durham, NC (Taryn Fivek & Loan Tran), the 2017 victorious abolition of the colonial Entrada parade in Santa Fe by the Red Nation (Jennifer Marley), and the recent 2019 occupation of the Hong Kong Legislative Council by young protesters (Sampson Wong). As usual, our contributors are not bystanders of these histories of struggles: all of them live with the conditions inherited from the event they describe in the following pages. Four of this issue’s contributors were part of the battles themselves, and one was even the main protagonist.

As usual, our News from the Fronts section that opens each issue and complements the main dossier, includes articles reflecting on ongoing struggles. In this issue, we cover the solidarity actions with the Wet’suwet’en indigenous struggle in Turtle Island (Deborah Cowen), the Lebanese Revolution (Bassem Saad & Edwin Nasr), the fierce fight against the Islamophobic citizenship law in India (Sarover Zaidi), and the Romani struggle in Europe (Sarah Carmona).

Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Editorial assistant: Caroline Honorien
Head of Strategic Outreach: Margarida Nzuzi Waco
Collaborator for the issue: Roanne Moodley
Contributing Copy Editor: Carol Que
Contributing Translator: Raphy Wofsy

Past Issues

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They Have Clocks, We Have Time

An issue to challenge the colonial standardization of time, its measurement, its retrospective reading as "history," its practice, its memorial production in U.S. sundown towns, Ireland & Palestine, Warsaw & Paris, the Indian Subcontinent, the Horn of Africa, the Sahara, in dictatorial and bordering regimes, and more.

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35

Decolonial Ecologies

Indigenous, Black, and racialized settler perspectives on the impossibility for ecologies to operate without decolonization in Turtle Island, the Caribbean, Oceania, Brazil, and the Congo.

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34

The Paris Commune and the World

An internationalist issue to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Commune, dialoguing with communal experiences in Syria, Venezuela, China, Martinique, Mexico, Tunisia, and more.

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33

Spaces of Labor

Space as racial/gender capitalist exploitation; space as unionized/organized resistance in Bangladesh, France, Mexico, Lebanon, the U.S., Palestine, Canada, and Spain.

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32

Pan-Africanism

The Pan-African political project, from the Haitian Revolution to the future; from Accra to Lisbon; from Dar es Salaam to Harlem; from Algiers to Cape Town.

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Politics of Food

Anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, maroon, indigenous, reparative perspective on food and cooking from the Carribean, the Indian subcontinent, Palestine, Algeria, Europe, and North America.