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24 August 2016

Ahmad Abughaush, Jordanian Gold Medalist, and the Erasure of Palestinian Identity

To those who know the history of Palestine, Ahmad Abughaush's surname speaks volumes. Yet this information was absent from news reports on his gold medal triumph at the 2016 Olympics.

12 August 2016

‘Limited Bandwidth': Where Is the Reporting on Kashmir?

"For partisan commenters on both sides, compromise seems impossible. Kashmir is like Solomon’s Baby, except both of its prospective mothers are happy to cut it in half."

10 August 2016

The New Orientalism: Iran as a Political Commodity

The fact that Iran remains for westerners an exotic and mysterious land whose "complex history" requires "untangling" by experts, puts serious limits on the possibilities for genuine engagement.

Empathy for the Enemy and the Oppressed: Political Pop Songs from the Eighties

A look back at seven pop hits from the 1980s that pack a political punch.

7 August 2016

How the Zika Narrative About Puerto Rico Explains US Colonialism

Puerto Ricans work, love, live and struggle daily to resist not only the Zika virus, but something much more devastating: more than a century of colonialism and its many consequences.

4 August 2016

Anonymous Eritrea: Communicating in a Paranoid State

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Many believe that the state can monitor any Eritrean, in any corner of the world. The regime has successfully portrayed itself as omnipresent—this is fundamental to its survival.

US Politics? No, Thanks. Pass the Tomatoes.

Funny how tastes can change.

15 July 2016

After the Nice Attack, a Chance for Us to Respect the Pain Everywhere, Together

"Please, today, let us just stay in the now. Let us respect grieving families and friends and in so doing, let us also pay tribute to the other tragedies before."

In China, Protests Against the South China Sea Ruling Skip the Streets for Cyberspace

"On my way home, I tweeted: 'Police have cordoned off the Philippines embassy in Beijing in anticipation of protests. No sign of protests yet.'"

12 July 2016

Can Fact-Checking Save Democracy—and Journalism as We Know It?

In the age of copy-paste disinformation, the need for formal fact-checking is more critical than ever.

8 July 2016

One Twitter User's Frame-by-Frame Analysis of the Dallas Shooting Media Coverage

"Think critically about what is reported and how it's being said. More importantly, look for what's being left off the page and why."

If I Had a Gun

"When I think about the times I've been attacked or threatened or I've seen violence, I can't think of one instance when a gun would have improved the outcome."

6 July 2016

For Refugees at Katsikas Camp, Life Remains in Limbo

As the Greek summer intensifies, the refugees of Katsikas Camp—plus some 50,000 others stuck across Greece—wait in vain for some of the vague promises of the EU-Turkey deal to materialise.

5 July 2016

European Memes, the Hilarious Antidote to the Shock and Uncertainty of Brexit

In the aftermath of Brexit, relations between the UK and EU are in a shambles. The Twitterverse, however, remains united in hilarious transnationality.

29 June 2016

The Uncertain Future of the Syrian Revolution

With its many factions dispersed, the Syrian Revolution is now staggering between an internationally-planned political solution and the long, lost dream of military triumph.

24 June 2016

Brexit: Heartbroken, But Not Broken

"Ignoring what's been going on in our country's politics is what got us here today. We were too uninvolved in decisions that have made a huge impact on our lives."

15 June 2016

Russia-Trained Civil Militias Along Bulgaria's Borders Are ‘Ready for War With Refugees’

The civilian militias hunting refugees along the country's borders are a major manifestation of the rising tide of xenophobia in Bulgaria. Yet the authorities are mostly silent on the issue.

Blood on Campus: How the Killing of a Student Sparked Nationwide Protests in Sudan

Sudan has a long tradition of student protest, but the government appears bent on suppressing the latest wave, triggered by the killing of a student from the contested Nuba region.

14 June 2016

A San Francisco Vigil for Orlando Shooting Victims Promises To Combat the Hate With More Love

'"Not in our name," they said. Each one of the speakers committed to not let this incident be used to further target Muslims in America and around the world.'

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