Articles by: Priti Gulati Cox

Black Women’s Lives Matter in the USA and the UK: Breonna Taylor and Belly Mujinga

Black Women’s Lives Matter in the USA and the UK: Breonna Taylor and Belly Mujinga

Why impose punishment before the facts have been fully assembled? Why have the chief and the mayor created a termination document amped up with hyperbole? Unfortunately, the answer is that this termination is a cowardly political act. — Attorney of former Louisville Metro Police Detective Brett Hankison, WDRB, June 25. A cowardly political act has been done indeed. Not toward[Read More…]

June 29, 2020 Human Rights
A Walk With George Floyd in Tiffany’s Shoes

A Walk With George Floyd in Tiffany’s Shoes

What I can’t do is change my skin color for y’all… Just like when I go to work everyday, it’s a choice… no matter what happens in that day, good or bad, I chose it. When I was born I didn’t choose that. I didn’t choose to be the color I am, but I’m proud of who I am and[Read More…]

June 18, 2020 World
American While Black

American While Black

The State’s knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on a Black man’s neck. That’s what it took BLACK LIVES MATTER America to take to the young but deadly pandemic streets like there was no tomorrow. And it’s been the same since. Michael Cruse… killed a man before for running a stop sign… He was fired from the police department…[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 World
This Summer We’ll Hear the Silencin’ / 70K Dead in the USA (and Counting)

This Summer We’ll Hear the Silencin’ / 70K Dead in the USA (and Counting)

Photo by John Epic taken outside Kansas’ 1st District Congress member @RogerMarshallMD’s office in Salina, Kansas, May 4 Yesterday, May 4, marked the 50th Anniversary of the Kent State University Massacre in Ohio, when the U.S. National Guard showered bullets into young anti-Vietnam war protestors killing four and wounding nine. According to David Paul Kuhn, author of The Hardhat Riot:[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 World
Patterns of Occupied Palestine and Kashmir: Part 4 of Uncountable

Patterns of Occupied Palestine and Kashmir: Part 4 of Uncountable

Aaj Woh Kashmir Hai Mehkoom-O-Faqeer Kal Jise Ahl-E-Nazar Kehte Thay Iran-E-Sagheer (Today that land of Kashmir, under the heels of the enemy, has become weak, helpless and poor Once known among the wise as Little Iran) — Allama Muhammad Iqbal, poet and philosopher of Kashmiri origin, “The Poet who Introduced Language of Resistance in Kashmir,” New Frame, July 11, 2019[Read More…]

March 3, 2020 Human Rights
One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and Leonard Peltier’s Thanksgiving Statement

One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and Leonard Peltier’s Thanksgiving Statement

(Includes a meal brought to you by Discomfort Foods) I’ve been living on Custer Street in Salina, Kansas since the day I moved to the United States from India in 2000. At that time I had no idea who General George Armstrong Custer was and what he had stood for. Now I do. On Thanksgiving Day I was in my[Read More…]

November 30, 2019 World
One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and an Impeachment

One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and an Impeachment

(Includes a recipe brought to you by Discomfort Foods) In February 2018 on Fox News, Laura Ingraham ended her interview with former CIA director James Woolsey by asking him if the United States continues to “mess around in other people’s elections.” To which Woolsey, as though tasting the tasty lie in his mouth, replied: “Welllllllll aummmm yum yum yum yum[Read More…]

November 22, 2019 World
Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 3 of Uncountable

Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 3 of Uncountable

Two things in America create “bipartisanship”: support for Israel’s apartheid regime and support for endless US war and intervention around the world. — Ali Abunimah, October 16. It’s September-October and I’m sitting at my Sidewalk Museum of Congress (SMoC) studio outside Kansas’ 1st District Rep. Roger Marshall’s office embroidering portraits of the Palestinian al-Farra family, most of whom were killed[Read More…]

October 25, 2019 Palestine
Was it a Thumbs Up Sign or a Finger Gun Pointing at Us?

Was it a Thumbs Up Sign or a Finger Gun Pointing at Us?

I have to say it doesn’t take very long for Kansas’ 1st district Rep. Roger Marshall and his staff to feel like as though they are the victims of their constituents’ concerns and not the other way around. This time it started on Sunday, August 4 with some singing and chalking on Rep. Marshall’s sidewalk. The chalking included images as[Read More…]

August 16, 2019 World
Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 2 of Uncountable

Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 2 of Uncountable

What do Shahed Amer al-Bayoumi, Abdel-Raouf Salha, Arafat Jaradat, Ayoub Asaleya, Mohammed Suleiman, Sawsan Ali Dawud Mansour, Mohammad H., Isma’il Muslem Hamad Abu Bteihan, Ala Ziad Abu ‘Aasi, Fadi al-Darbi, Atef al-Maqousi, Jaber Ibrahim Abu Hweige, Fadiyah Jaber Abu Hweige and Muhammad Jaber Abu Hweige have in common? They are Palestinians between the ages of 9 and 69 who have[Read More…]

July 31, 2019 Palestine
Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 1 of Uncountable

Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 1 of Uncountable

There is no one poster child who embodies the struggle of the Palestinian people living in the shadow of Israeli settlers and military occupation. Every Palestinian child, woman, and man will tell you intricate stories of what life and death is like under the perennial burden of occupation, and what that means for the land beneath their feet, their usurped[Read More…]

June 22, 2019 Palestine
Fela's house

“Maria! Maria! it was Maria that Destroyed Us!”: The Human Story

This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water — Donald Trump, INDEPENDENT, September 29, 2017 Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. One and a half years later, many of the island’s more than 3 million U.S. citizens continue to be forgotten and ignored by the federal government. Earlier this year, Stan Cox and I stayed[Read More…]

March 14, 2019 World
Mothers of Exiles: For Many, the Child-Separation Ordeal May Never End

Mothers of Exiles: For Many, the Child-Separation Ordeal May Never End

 Co-Written by Priti Gulati Cox and Stan Cox From the early days of the Trump administration, the White House and Justice Department have obsessively sought to separate asylum-seeking parents from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The American people and the courts have mounted fierce resistance to this sadistic practice, but Trump’s men will not be deterred. Separation continues despite[Read More…]

October 22, 2018 Human Rights
A Confrontation With Kobach’s Chamcha (Lackey, in Hindi)

A Confrontation With Kobach’s Chamcha (Lackey, in Hindi)

As I write this, Kris Kobach, the ‘He Was Trump Before Trump’ Republican nominee for Governor of Kansas, along with Donald himself, are getting ready for a rally in Topeka at the Kansas Expocenter. Kobach’s campaign manager and chamcha @jrclaeys tweeted recently in regard to the rally, “It’s gonna be YUGE! #ksleg #RemainRed #MAGA.” As you can see Claeys’ chamchagiri[Read More…]

October 9, 2018 World
Finding Her Voice In a Deaf “Homeland”

Finding Her Voice In a Deaf “Homeland”

Our “liberal” media push back when riled up MAGA heads spit venom laced with ignorance and stupidity. But the same media turn a deaf ear to the many articulate voices for justice and accountability that have been rising from all across this fracked nation, in their respective communities. And while the media spends its umpteenth week covering, non-stop, what the[Read More…]

September 28, 2018 Human Rights
Mutant Freedom, chainstitch embroidery on khadi, 48 x 28 inches, 2008

Arms of America: From Yemen to Florida

Co-Written by Priti Gulati Cox and Stan Cox The United States government views human rights not as the foundation of human dignity but as an impediment to corporate profits. — Haley Pedersen & Jodie Evans, AlterNet, January 11, 2018. In the United States of America it’s all about the quantity, not the quality, of so-called freedom. That may be because[Read More…]

April 6, 2018 World
“All I Wish is for Palestine to be Free” — Freedom Fighter Ahed Tamimi

“All I Wish is for Palestine to be Free” — Freedom Fighter Ahed Tamimi

The Palestinian cause is not just for Palestinians, not even just for Arabs. The Palestinian cause is a humanitarian cause. What makes me happy is to see the humanitarians of the world stand with us in solidarity to free our land. — Ahed Tamimi, Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi—Message From A Freedom Fighter. In 1976, the Palestinian villages[Read More…]

February 24, 2018 Palestine
Kancha Ilaiah & his controversial book Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu

The Assassination of Dissent, at Point-Blank Range

If I were to describe Islam in three words, there is nothing there besides sex, crime and murder. So the question for you is not whether Rohingya will stay here or the Musulman will leave here…. Now, what’s the question is that everyone is being brought here (The banner in the back reads: Drive Out Rohingya Save India Protest.… Thank[Read More…]

October 15, 2017 India
This flag titled The sang-bazan (stone pelters) of Kashmir is #11 in the seriesJatiIndia: Flags of Atrocities Caste, Present and Future. 

India Celebrates Democracy, Kashmir Cries Hypocrisy

India wants to reap the benefits of Islamophobia from which the world is suffering…. the Indian government has to reconcile its own people to body bags coming from Kashmir…. If the Indian people were told the truth that Kashmiris don’t want to be with India, and the struggle here is sustained by them primarily…. the public opinion in India too[Read More…]

August 14, 2017 Kashmir
Zionutva: A Hate Story

Zionutva: A Hate Story

Sandwiched between the months of June — which saw the 50th anniversary of Israel’s Palestine occupation — and August — the 71st anniversary of India’s Independence from British rule and India’s subsequent occupation of Kashmir — this July can perhaps be remembered as a month when two nationalist ideologies — Zionism and Hindutva — that have thrived on these two[Read More…]

July 28, 2017 India
March 8, 2017, Yet Another Day Without a Dalit or Adivasi Woman

March 8, 2017, Yet Another Day Without a Dalit or Adivasi Woman

We must create a society in which women – including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women,[Dalit and Adivasi women], disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women – are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments. –Statement from Women’s March’s Unity Principles, with[Read More…]

March 7, 2017 Patriarchy
Fifteen Years After The 2002 Gujarat Pogrom,The Fight For Accountability And Justice Continues

Fifteen Years After The 2002 Gujarat Pogrom,The Fight For Accountability And Justice Continues

Salim Khan, a Muslim driver was burnt alive after a message was passed on the police wireless that a Muslim driver was coming that way. On the night of February 28, when people were attacked in Vatwa, all they could see was heads and more heads. Swords were being waved in the air, shots were fired by privately owned guns.[Read More…]

March 1, 2017 Communal Harmony
The Indomitable Teesta Under Attack….Again

The Indomitable Teesta Under Attack….Again

7 in the series JatiIndia: A Flag of Atrocities Caste, Present and Future For more than a quarter century, journalist/activist Teesta Setalvad has worked tirelessly to ensure that India’s Constitution serves the people. Her most well-known work involved exposing, through her group Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), the atrocities committed by Hindutva extremists in Gujarat in 2002. As part[Read More…]

February 10, 2017 Communal Harmony, Editor's Picks, India
One Pound Capitalism, a Pinch of Democracy, and Misfortune Stuffed Chapatis./ By Priti Gulati Cox

11/8: America’s Got President & India’s Got No Cash

It was about 8:00 on the morning of November 9 in Mumbai, India. I sat down with the internet to talk with my husband Stan in Kansas, where it was 7:30 pm November 8. Like many other now-shell-shocked Americans, he was watching what we thought would be the finally-final episode of America’s Got President. The look on his face said[Read More…]

January 26, 2017 India
Now You Don’t See Me, Now You Don’t-JatiIndia: A Flag of Atrocities Caste, Present And Future

Now You Don’t See Me, Now You Don’t-JatiIndia: A Flag of Atrocities Caste, Present And Future

An interview with MuslimPress Why did you choose the name “Jatiindia” for your work? What’s the significance of this name? Inequality exists in societies all across the globe. Designed by Brahmanism (which came before Hinduism), the caste system is a uniquely cruel and immutable version of this phenomenon because it has been conveniently sanctioned by the Hindu religion. The Indian[Read More…]

December 22, 2016 Annihilate Caste, Kashmir
President Obama: Before The Empire Falls, Free Leonard Peltier And Mumia Abu-Jamal

President Obama: Before The Empire Falls, Free Leonard Peltier And Mumia Abu-Jamal

Man, I dream of just being able to paint. Go to sleep when I want, get up when I want, eat when I want. Try to enjoy what’s left for me. Talk to the little children—be an elder for my people.—Leonard Peltier, United States Penitentiary, Coleman I in Florida, July 4, 2016. This is not a good time to be[Read More…]

October 25, 2016 Human Rights
Camouflage squares representing veteran suicides.

Unfinished Portrait

Unfinished Portrait is a project in perpetuity, tracking the footsteps of our post- 9/11, post-Iraq War world.I began work on the project in 2005. And, today, eleven years later, the content and execution of this work has evolved, much like the illegal wars of Iraq and Afghanistan have themselves evolved, you might say.

October 7, 2016 Arts/Literature
Asymmetric Peace, 33 x 27 inches, 2016. Old fashioned cross-stitch embroidery includes color-coordinated web links.

Drone Unknowns: “I No Longer Love Blue Skies”

I got involved in the whole drones process because I was representing people in Guantanamo Bay. And when President Obama came into office he says we’re going to close Guantanamo Bay and fairly quickly it dawned on me that yeah he didn’t like Guantanamo, so they were just going out and killing the people instead of locking them up. And[Read More…]

September 8, 2016 Imperialism
The Biggest Elephant In Our Rooms Stands 5’2” Tall, And Her Name Is Chelsea

The Biggest Elephant In Our Rooms Stands 5’2” Tall, And Her Name Is Chelsea

Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein visited Topeka, Kansas on July 2, and I was there. Listening to her make her case that afternoon was like a breath of fresh air this election season. Dr. Stein touched on almost all of the policy issues, both domestic and foreign, that all of us 20-odd people present in that Ramada Inn room cared[Read More…]

August 6, 2016 Human Rights
All That Glitters Is Feardom- Go Green, Not Purple

All That Glitters Is Feardom- Go Green, Not Purple

If Salvador Dali were around today he might have captured the mood of the nation best in a painting. But, you could simulate one for yourself by piecing together these wildly varying, discordant sentiments in your head: “Sheis an extremely ambitious liberal interventionist hawk….[and] was the leading figure behind the destruction of Libya…If Hillary Clinton gets into office, it means[Read More…]

June 28, 2016 World