Published 16 May 2009 · Main Posts bring to light the hidden things of darkness Jeff Sparrow Apparently, SBS already had some of the torture photos that Obama now says he won’t release. Now, of course, there’s hard evidence that these acts weren’t the result of the few depraved guards who have been punished but rather the implementation of carefully calibrated techniques designed by senior officials who won’t be punished. Looking at the images, you can see how more than a hundred prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq actually died in the course of interrogations. Which is why, of course, the publication of the photos matters so much. It’s easy to gibly dismiss ‘enhanced interrogations’ in the abstract; much less so when you can see with your own eyes what it means. Jeff Sparrow Jeff Sparrow is a Walkley Award-winning writer, broadcaster and former editor of Overland. More by Jeff Sparrow Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 25 May 202326 May 2023 · Main Posts The ‘Chinese question’ and colonial capitalism in New Gold Mountain Christy Tan SBS’s New Gold Mountain sets out to recover the history of the Gold Rush from the marginalised perspective of Chinese settlers but instead reinforces the erasure of Indigenous sovereignty. Although celebrated for its multilingual script and diverse representation, the mini-TV series ignores how the settlement of Chinese migrants and their recruitment into colonial capitalism consolidates the ongoing displacement of First Nations peoples. First published in Overland Issue 228 15 February 202322 February 2023 · Main Posts Self-translation and bilingual writing as a transnational writer in the age of machine translation Ouyang Yu To cut a long story short, it all boils down to the need to go as far away from oneself as possible before one realizes another need to come back to reclaim what has been lost in the process while tying the knot of the opposite ends and merging them into a new transformation.