The Funambulist Nº14

Toxic Atmospheres

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2017

Toxic Atmospheres consists in a different approach to space and bodies to the strictly physical one usually described in The Funambulist. Its editorial argument draws on the concepts of “being-in-the-breathable” (Peter Sloterdijk), “the weather” (Christina Sharpe), and “combat breathing” (Frantz Fanon) to resolutely politicize what is usually approached through an environmentalist perspective. The toxicity described throughout its pages are the atmospheric conditions of colonialism, imperialism, and/or capitalism. This includes the use of weaponized chemical agents such as teargas (Dariouche Kechavarzi-Tehrani) or agent orange (Ylan Vo), colonial and nationalist political programs testing and mobilizing nuclear weapons (Samia Henni) or energy (Lisa Torio), methane pollution as a part of US settler colonialism (Sonia Grant), the hegemonic designation of toxicity by European pharmaceutical companies (Chanelle Adams & Sarah Boisard), the need for Black microclimates of emancipated air (Christina Sharpe), a story on waste management in Lebanon (Jessika Khazrik), and a curing center on the US-Mexico border (Alexandra Cortez). The issue also contains political reports about the occupied Golan Heights (Aamer Ibraheem), LGBT organizing in Thailand (Patnarin “Trong” Wongkad), and the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar and Australian detention camps (Imran Mohammad).

Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Part-time assistants: Flora Hergon & Noelle Geller
Contributing copyeditor: Maxwell Donnewald
Contributors: Aamer Ibraheem, Patnarin “Trong” Wongkad, Imran Mohammad, Dariouche Kechavarzi-Tehrani, Ylan Vo, Samia Henni, Lisa Torio, Sonia Grant, Chanelle Adams, Sarah Boisard, Christina Sharpe, Jessika Khazrik, and Alexandra Cortez.

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2 | FROM THE BLOG: THE COLONIAL AND GENTRIFYING VIOLENCE OF ARCHITECTURE IN JAFFA
Léopold Lambert

4 | EMPTYING THE JAWLAN, CONSTRUCTING THE APARTHEID
Aamer Ibraheem

6 | A NEW LGBT POLITICAL PARTY IN THAILAND?
Patnarin “Trong” Wongkad

8 | THE GENOCIDE OF ROHINGYA IN MYANMAR, EXPERIENCED IN DETENTION ON MANUS ISLAND
Imran Mohammad

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12 | INTRODUCTION

Léopold Lambert

16 | THE COLONIAL GAS MACHINE: TEARGAS GRENADES, SECULAR HUMANIST POLICE, & THE INTOXICATION OF RACIALIZED LIVES
Dariouche Kechavarzi-Tehrani

22 | LAST GHOST: SCIENTIFIC, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND SOCIAL LEGACIES OF AGENT ORANGE IN VIETNAM
Ylan Vo

28 | TOXIC IMPRINTS OF BLEU, BLANC, ROUGE: FRANCE’S NUCLEAR BOMBS IN THE
ALGERIAN SAHARA

Samia Henni

34 | FUKUSHIMA RISING: DECONSTRUCTING THE NARRATIVE OF THE 3/11 NUCLEAR DISASTER
Lisa Torio

40 | ATMOSPHERES OF OIL & GAS: THE FOUR CORNERS METHANE CLOUD AND CONTESTS OVER LAND IN THE SAN JUAN BASIN
Sonia Grant

44 | PHARMACIE GASY: THE NEOCOLONIAL INSTRUMENTALIZATION OF TOXICITY TO DISCREDIT HEALING IN MADAGASCAR
Chanelle Adams (text) & Sarah Boisard (illustrations)

48 | PODCAST TRANSCRIPT: ANTIBLACK WEATHER VS. BLACK MICROCLIMATES
Christina Sharpe

54 | I AM NOT YOUR HISTORY
Artwork & text by Jessika Khazrik

58 | STUDENT PROJECT: A CURING CENTER AGAINST CYSTIC FIBROSIS BETWEEN CIUDAD JUAREZ AND EL PASO
Alexandra Cortez