This issue of Transcript brings writings from the Republic of Macedonia, selected by Igor Isakovski, poet, writer and editor of Blesok magazine & publishing house.
Media representation of the abject, as we can see, is never naïve; representations of the unclean are always powerful a means of political manipulation. Several months before the images of Saddam’s sons appeared, footage was shown from the questioning of two American soldiers captured by the Iraqi army. Once shown by Al Jazeera, the footage was available on all TV channels and America's state leadership asked for the dignity of the captured soldiers to be protected in accordance with the directives of the Geneva Convention for Prisoners of War. They asked for the war to be depersonalized, sterilized and "cleaned” from the personal, from the face of an embodied, material, living human-being. The images of the tortured American soldiers were abjective and therefore disturbing, equally abjective as the corpses of Saddam’s sons - although in a different manner.