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22 October 2016

Kyrgyzstan Is to Kok-Boru What Brazil Is to Football

The equestrian contact sport Kok-Buro is a test of skill and strength, and at the end of a game the players often get to eat the trophy.

20 October 2016

Peace Activist Khurram Parvez's Illegal Detention in Kashmir Valley May Be Proof He's “Doing Something Right”

After his arrest on September 15, Parvez was charged under the Public Safety Act and sent to a prison facility nearly 300 kilometers from his family and legal counsel.

19 October 2016

Macedonia's Lake Ohrid Awaits You

Far from the frenzy of the capital, the cities of Ohrid, Struga and Bitola in southern Macedonia's offer history, culture, cuisine, biodiversity and some truly astounding landscapes.

14 October 2016

More Naughty Than Nice: The Dutch Government’s Approach to the Black Pete Tradition

Evidence shows that the tradition of Black Pete is having a negative impact in the Netherlands, especially on young people, but the Dutch government has failed to tackle the problem.

The U.S.'s Deportation of Haitians Shows That Asylum Applicants Are Far From Equal Under the Law

"Events like the 2010 earthquake should be basis for humanitarian asylum. Does sending people back to a country without a working infrastructure and facing famine and disease constitute justice?"

13 October 2016

On Uber's Arrival in Its Smallest Country to Date

"How will Uber fare in tiny Trinidad and Tobago? Will it “change life”, as the headline of one article has suggested?"

30 September 2016

In Defense of My Right to Abortion in Macedonia

"Choosing not to bear a child for whom a nurturing environment cannot be guaranteed isn't a denial of responsibility— it's the ultimate assumption of responsibility for oneself and the world."

28 September 2016

A Lavish Iranian TV Series Revises the History of the 1953 Coup for the Post-Nuclear Deal Age

Iran's 1953 coup d'état is widely depicted as a rupture in the modern history of Iran. It is also a Pandora’s box filled with contested narratives.

27 September 2016

Uzbekistan's Late President Islam Karimov Leaves an Enduring and Terrifying Legacy

Unlike his regional counterparts he didn't build a cult of personality, but while in power Uzbekistan's Islam Karimov exercised an iron-fisted control over his citizens—and over narratives about the country.

3 September 2016

A Home Safe From Fear: My American Dream

"...I support the #BlackLivesMatter movement....not because my life or anyone else’s life matters less. It’s because I can’t unsee what I’ve seen. I can’t erase history..."

30 August 2016

The Burkini Ban Is Only Skin Deep

By focusing on a law governing what women can and can't wear, we're missing the deeper point of the argument.

29 August 2016

Nigeria: Curbing the Tide of Ethnic Hate — Online and Off

Nigeria is the most active African country for political conversations on Twitter. That vibrant digital sphere, however, is fraught with hate speech.

26 August 2016

Daraya, Symbol of Non-Violent Revolution and Self-Determination, Falls to the Syrian Regime

"The people of Daraya paid a heavy price for their dream of freedom. For four years they defended their autonomy from the Assadist state, and kept going despite the siege."

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.

22 August 2016

Breaking the Siege of Aleppo

"The perception is that the US is collaborating with the attackers. If democratic anti-regime forces are crushed by foreign powers and Shia militias, violent extremism will grow in its place."

16 August 2016

The City of Mariupol, Ukraine's Line in the Sand

"This is a war in which the interplay of informational conflict and physical violence is especially evident, in which disinformation and propaganda muddle motives, deny violence, and seek to confuse."

14 August 2016

Cairo's Rabaa Massacre: Three Years On, the Smell of Death Still Lingers

Three years have passed, but we refuse to forget the Rabaa Massacre.

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."

11 August 2016

Killed in the Quetta Bombing, Mehmood Khan Was a Dreamer and the Best of Pakistan

Mehmood's death in the Quetta hospital bombing is a monumental loss. The media industry helped transform him from a security guard into a skilled media professional.

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.

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