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20 May 2016

On Not Becoming a Buddhist

Did a visit to the Japanese Buddhist temple of Tada-ji and the statue of Yakushi Nyorai help save a sick infant? Is it even possible to know?

17 May 2016

The Luhansk Excursions: Dashcams and Nostalgia in Eastern Ukraine

Videos of the contested eastern Ukraine city of Luhansk filmed with dashboard cameras have become a way for displaced residents to reconnect with their home.

4 May 2016

Two Years Without Gabriel García Márquez: A Tribute

On meeting Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, and highlights from a discussion about the novelist at the 2016 International Congress of the Spanish Language.

27 April 2016

Eight Challenges Indian-Language Wikipedias Need to Overcome

While native-language Wikipedias are becoming game-changers in other parts of the world, India, in spite of having numerous languages, lags way behind. Here are a few of the reasons why.

22 April 2016

In the Lead-Up to Trinidad and Tobago's Bocas Lit Fest, a Valediction for a Writer We Should Have Known Better

Trinidadian writer Irma Rambaran died In February, the scale and scope of her talent largely unknown. A pre-festival event at the Bocas Lit Fest begins the process of remedying that.

14 April 2016

The Innocents of the Panama Papers

"The desire for transparency around the issue of tax evasion is understandable. But the question arises as to whether innocent people are being hurt as a result of this process."

11 April 2016

Abu Majid, Syrian Visionary

"His vision was of a democratic Syria that ensures the freedom of all its people. This was his charge. This was his crime."

‘I Don't Want to be Burned Alive’: A Doctor’s Account of the US Airstrike That Destroyed MSF Hospital in Afghanistan

"The things that were constant in my nightmares were the roaring sound and panels of wood crashing down on us. And screams. Mine."

7 April 2016

Want to Understand Global Inequality? Juxtapose the Panama Papers and the EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

"That that Panama Papers and refugee deal stories arrived in newsrooms and social media timelines in quick succession set the stage for a debate about the unfair allocation of wealth."

2 April 2016

Prankster Blames Leap Year for Failure to Produce April Fool's Article

It makes absolutely no sense. But then, it was April Fool's.

25 March 2016

The Days of Self-Contained Extremism are Over

"The more deaths in Turkey's Kurdish areas, the greater the chance of attacks in Ankara or Istanbul. As violence grows in the Middle East, the more vulnerable Europe's cities become."

24 March 2016

How Many More Bombings Targeting Tourists Before West Africa Develops a Regional Strategy?

"The danger is not as far away as we may think. . . . And attacks have little to do with internal peace or relations between religious groups."

23 March 2016

The Hidden Cost of Signing Up for Internet in Spain: Your Sanity

Days of waiting for installation turn into weeks. You feel bitter. You feel powerless. You google the word “Kafkaesque”.

22 March 2016

Mutual Self-Interest: Bahrain Celebrates 200 Years of ‘Friendship’ with Britain

Bahrain marks the 200th anniversary of its relationship with Britain with a year of celebrations—and a large dose of historical revisionism.

11 March 2016

A Syrian Asks Herself: Am I Capable of Killing?

"With every story I remembered," writes Syrian activist Marcell Shehwaro, "the certainty that I was a person who neither kills nor wants to kill was gradually shrinking."

7 March 2016

Being Intentional About What's in Our Networks

"But here's the thing: I'm okay with disagreeing with things I see online. More than that even; I want to see things I disagree with online."

4 March 2016

One Gambian Journalist's Story of Persecution

Alaghie Jobe lives in exile in Senegal, fearful that at any moment he could be sought out and detained by the Gambian authorities. His crime: practising journalism in The Gambia.

26 February 2016

Why It's Essential To Grow Indian-Language Wikipedias

With over 196 Indian languages on the verge of extinction, Wikipedia in Indian languages could potentially preserve and revive many languages.

Want to Arouse a Peruvian's Passions? Just Talk about Terrorism—or Food

"The only other matter that reliably inflames the passions of Peruvians are the attempts by our southern neighbors to claim the Pisco Sour or the Suspiro Limeño as their own."

25 February 2016

Prize-Winning Novelist's Facebook ‘Joke About White Guys’ Is Gone—and Back—in Less Than 24 Hours

Facebook's notorious "Community Standards" strike again. The victim in question: popular Jamaican novelist Marlon James.

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