On citogenesis, and no distinction of resistance

I just finished writing a 400-word article outlining an image from colonial Malaya for a workshop I am attending tomorrow. The organiser apparently mistyped my email and sent the assignment to some Ana Fauzi out there, and just forwarded me the email. The assignment entails all workshop participants to look for an image of our interest taking place during colonial Malaya and which institution/archive/personal collection the image belongs to, along with a few words on why we choose the image, why the image is connected to our decision to participate in the workshop, and what we hope to learn. I chose this image and wrote a whole article about it to be presented to the workshop tomorrow.

I finished reading André Aciman’s memoir Out of Egypt today, on his life as a boy with his Sephardic Jew family in Alexandria and their daily lives and struggles as President Gamal Abdel Nasser came into power and called for pan-Arab unity in Egypt. As Nasser began a series of nationalisation and reforms in the country, his anti-imperialism government decided to expel people of British, French, and Israeli nationalities and roots — and to this extension, the Jews as well. His story of the state of exile can be compared to those of Edward Said’s Out of Place and Gini Alhadeff’s The Sun at Midday, who, like Aciman, were also largely raised in Egypt. I have several thoughts about the book, of which I will write about later.

Today I learned that there is a term for lies that were cited on Wikipedia which were then picked up as a reliable citation: citogenesis. And there’s a whole listicle of them. Could you also guess the longest Wikipedia entry? It’s the Timeline of Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Elections.

Also, I couldn’t stop thinking of this passage from the article on Black-Palestinian solidarity:

For Brown, many of the conversations she heard in Palestine resonated with similar issues in the United States, such as “dealing with the obsession over ‘non-violence’, the fear of being co-opted by those who would call themselves allies who don’t experience oppression quite the same to as us.” She said the nonviolence piece struck her the most: “A [Palestinian] sister said in a meeting that until recently, [Palestinians] didn’t have the distinction between violence and nonviolence — it was all resistance. I think that is so powerful as Black Americans find themselves caught up in this faux binary of good versus bad protester, and that assignment, to one or the other, is often handed down by those in power.”

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