Issues / Human Rights

We can be sure, however, that as long as Liberty Square and occupations around the world remain sites of contestation, disputed spaces riven by multiple claims, they will continue to be spaces of appearance, stages for actors, action, and the spectacular production of democracy.
Sometimes, just when you least expect it, symbolism steps right up and coldcocks you. So how about this headline for - in the spirit of our last president - ushering America's withdrawal from Iraq right over the nearest symbolic cliff: "U.S. empties biggest Iraq base, takes Saddam's toilet." They're talking about Victory Base, formerly - again in the spirit of thoroughly malevolent symbolism - Camp Victory, the enormous American military base that sits at the edge of Baghdad International Airport and that we were never going to leave.
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