Samar Al-Bulushi

Samar Al-Bulushi is a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at University of California, Irvine.


In the wake of last Saturday’s horrific bombing in Mogadishu, social media commentators have been…


The Politics of Spectacular Violence

The masked gunmen who stormed Nairobi’s Westgate Mall on Saturday did one thing right. In targeting a site at the epicenter of elite consumerism in the upscale neighborhood of Westlands, they galvanized worldwide attention. As the mainstream media offers us a play by play of the unfolding hostage crisis, and as my Twitter and Facebook newsfeeds are flooded with declarations of anger and sorrow—sentiments I of course share– two things are apparent.