Deathscapes

Unsewing My Lips, Breathing My Voice: The Spoken and Unspoken Truth of Transnational Violence

Deathscapes

Three 'Justice Now' placards for David Dungay held in a row outside the court.Rally outside Coronial Inquest into David Dungay’s death in custody, 2018. Photo: Joseph Pugliese.


‘Israel, Palestine, the Gaza Flotilla, forged passports, Right of Return, Lebanon, cluster bombs, people smuggling, boat people, terrorism, Australia, Afghanistan, Iraq, one breath, two breaths, three breaths, four.

Transnational state violence effortlessly crosses borders. It is disguised and camouflaged in the blood of propaganda and enslavement of the human soul through nationalist music, development of penal and legal institutions dividing people into the free and imprisoned, the citizen, the asylum seeker, the stateless and the refugee. Detention centres, prison cells, surveillance streets, all fill up with wasted human potential.

What are we breathing when the air is thick with the stench of blood and hate? Whose hands are dirty and who gets to wash them? I ask Transnational Violence who does he think he is and I get only silence!’

Omeima Sukkarieh, ‘Unsewing My Lips, Breathing My Voice: The Spoken and Unspoken Truth of Transnational Violence’, published in ‘Combat Breathing’ Special Issue of Somatechnics 1.1 (2011) edited by Suvendrini Perera and Joseph Pugliese.


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