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11 September 2017

An Immigrant, Activist and Attorney's Hard Truths on DACA

DACA's beneficiaries must feel a deep sense of betrayal. But it is equally important that we demand more than the continuation of policies that provided only fragile and temporary benefits.

9 September 2017

Irma: A Meditation on Hurricanes and the Bahamas

"I do not believe that Bahamians should fear hurricanes the way we do...I believe we should look hard at ourselves and work out why we handle major storms so well."

5 September 2017

Ishinomaki's Reborn Arts Festival: Art Therapy for a Tsunami-Scarred City's Soul

The city of Ishinomaki had recovered physically from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but still lacked its former vitality. Enter the Reborn Art Festival.

26 August 2017

Why I Don’t Identify With Feminism, Even When It's Intersectional

"In a space where my vitality is neither disrespected, ignored nor discarded, I, as a black woman, can thrive."

25 August 2017

How to Save Languages from Dying, and What I Learned While Documenting My Own

Half of the world’s languages are dying, but we can help preserve the age-old cultural heritage contained in them by documenting the languages around us in digital form.

19 August 2017

Dear Tanzanian Cinephiles, Your Local Film Industry Needs Your Support

Tanzania is blessed with countless stories and young people who are craving to tell them. But they need their compatriots' support in order to succeed.

18 August 2017

A Kenyan Artist Designs Revolutionary ‘Kanga’ Celebrating Queer Love Around the World

"We need to open up a space to talk more about sex, and then artists like me want to open that up even more, to talk about queerness."

28 July 2017

As Kenyans Go to the Polls on August 8, Here Are the Things to Watch

After avoiding a repeat of 2007 with peaceful elections in 2013, "the odds this year appear once again stacked against the smooth running of the polls."

27 July 2017

In Uganda's Parliament, the Arc of the Moral Universe Bends Toward Sexism

"The parliament that once roared with socially progressive legislators...is now a circus where one can refer to imaginary studies to deny the experiences of victims of violence, with little opposition."

26 July 2017

Venezuela: The Horror Beyond the Door

"The stench of the tear gas is everywhere. You can still hear the muffled echo of explosions, sometimes far away, sometimes close by. A constant, incomprehensible chain of events. ""Seguí...

21 July 2017

Between Worlds: The Complicated Life of a Young Japanese Returnee

'We said "sorry" in Japanese, to which she replied, “Oh, you're Japanese? Then always speak Japanese, you foreigner!”'

20 July 2017

Caracas the Deceiving City (and Other Forms of Pain)

“Caracas is different, it has a sense of identity. There is fear for sure, but there is also the happiness of small things. [...] The small hidden treasures.”

I Dread Setting Foot on U.S. Soil While Trump is President

Visiting the U.S. now "would mean having to overcome too much frustration over how the country I used to know has changed."

“In Spain We Have The Best System To Get Rid Of Racism – Denying It Exists.”

"...I'm sorry to disappoint you, but this is happening in this country, my country, to those who aren't like us... It is racism."

18 July 2017

One Year Later: Why the Purges in Turkey Were Always in the Pipeline

"What has happened in Turkey is a tragedy, made even worse by the fact that the loudest voices in the chorus said the wrong things at the wrong time."

What Will it Take to End Child Marriages in Afghanistan?

Practices such as “baad” and “baadal” were prohibited under a 2009 law, but continue unhindered in the country today.

8 July 2017

Turkish Opposition Looks to Build Momentum as Their Justice March Reaches Istanbul

“We need to achieve what we couldn't do following Gezi and 16 April. We need to show the decisiveness that would bring the energy of the social opposition to politics.”

26 June 2017

Iran's Revolution In Waiting

Without the active presence of justice in all its forms, it will remain impossible for any Iranian government to achieve coexistence among all of the country’s ethnic nations.

25 June 2017

Romania Seeks to Draw Lines Around Notions of Family

But as shown by the increasing numbers of children with parents working abroad, the lines are already being redrawn by economic pressures.

24 June 2017

Tanzanian Media Misrepresent the Dispute Between the Government and the World's Third Largest Gold Mining Company

The chairman of the mining company Barrick Gold said one thing, but the media said something completely different.

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