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7 May 2018

‘I wanted my grandchildren to grow up in that house': Testimony of a 61-year-old Syrian woman from Zamalka

I wanted my grandchildren to grow up there, so that they would add to that home a new life, just like every generation of our ancestors did. 

18 April 2018

Pakistan's under-threat minorities have found their voice. But will the state listen?

"I cried today after seeing this post. It is the seventh day of a sit-in in Quetta against unlawful terrorism...and yet nothing has changed."

12 April 2018

#KnowYourDictator: Political Emigres and Their Hashtags Haunt Azerbaijan's Re-elected Strongman

Having largely suffocated opposition at home, newly-elected President Ilham Aliyev is finding ways to hurt activists living abroad.

11 April 2018

Confrontation and Disruption in a New Exhibition by Chinese-American Artist Xiaoze Xie

"Subjects with conflicts, struggles, and some intensity always compel me to paint, because I think they are important."

4 April 2018

On Pakistani Activist Raza Khan, Four Months After His Disappearance

"How could a man who never raises his voice, hardly argues, politely manages disagreements, and has not hurt any being pose a threat? What would anyone gain from his disappearance?"

22 March 2018

The Dystopian Reality of Being an ‘Accidental American’

"In this dystopian world, you occupy a special place... You've never had any relationship or communication with the US authorities. You don’t have any US paper except your birth certificate."

21 March 2018

Hitting a Low Point in the Low Countries

"But I’ve also become Dutch in more insidious ways."

Encounters with Caribbean Genius: Derek Walcott, Wilson Harris, Aubrey Williams

"So much to praise and cherish forever as long as forever ever lasts." A celebrated Caribbean writer on three of his contemporaries.

On World Poetry Day, Some Verses Straight From Persia's Heart

"The sadness in my heart, like a mountain/The heart under your chest, like a stone."

17 March 2018

What Japan's 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Mascots Say About Attitudes Toward Disability

On a careful reading of its character description you will notice that unlike its Olympic counterpart, the Paralympic mascot is not explicitly described as “athletic”.

12 March 2018

Citizenship, Surveillance and Taxes: A Dystopian Tale

Like the increasing number of people who cross borders for employment, love or safety, you settle someplace else. But your country of origin casts a long shadow...

10 March 2018

Law, Entertainment and Politics in Korea Feel the Wrath of #MeToo

Koreans witnessed the power of the people with the ousting of the president last March. Now they're seeing it again in the form of #MeToo and #WithYou.

9 March 2018

What Bitcoin, Tulip Mania and the Nigerian Stock Market Have in Common

"Though tulips had no practical use and lacked fragrance and medicinal value, at the height of tulip mania investors sold their homes to purchase a single bulb. Sound familiar?"

8 March 2018

Rebels and Rebellion in Classic Chinese Literature

"These stories continued to be passed from generation to generation because they embody a spirit of disobedience and rebellion, an eternal source of inspiration for the Chinese people."

4 March 2018

‘May It Be a Quick Death!’ The Testimony of East Ghouta Dentist Aous Al Mubarak

"It is difficult for me to describe the exhaustion, the disaster and the horrors, and their cumulative effect over the past seven years..."

2 March 2018

How Movies and TV are Helping Venezuelans Negotiate Their Country's Collapse

Amid food shortages and rising crime, Venezuelans seek meaning in "The Hunger Games" and "The Walking Dead".

A Suicide Mentality, on the Precipice of War in Northeast Asia

"As North Korean defectors have reported, there's a possibility that Kim Jong Un’s forces might employ kamikaze tactics if they see that their country cannot withstand attacks by the US."

27 February 2018

A Sudanese Village Arts Festival Looks Back to the Future

"Karmakol festival offered a rare look back at the Sudan our parents told us about, but also the Sudan that could have been, and, hopefully, the Sudan that could be."

21 February 2018

As Leaders Step Down, a Cautious Hope Rises on the African Continent

After the resignation of Zuma and Desalegn, "the mood on the continent is one of hope, on the one hand, and of palpable restraint and scepticism on the other."

20 February 2018

“Do Others Know We Exist?”: A Nurse's Testimony from Syria's Besieged Eastern Ghouta

"We were crying for Umm Muhammad, and because we were afraid. We wondered whether we were going to face the same fate, and whether our children would be rendered motherless."

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