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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."

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.

In a Guardian Story About an Environmental Conflict in Kenya, the White Saviour Rides Again

The Guardian's portrayal of an Italian expat as the central figure in a noble fight to save the environment from local hordes erases the complex reality of a Kenyan region.

23 June 2017

Remembering Native American Civil Rights Pioneer, Lehman Brightman

Brightman was a key figure in many important acts of Native American resistance, including the takeover of Alcatraz Island and the occupation of Mount Rushmore.

19 June 2017

Chronicles of a Concerned Venezuelan: Scenes to Help You (Try to) Understand Venezuela

"Venezuela is falling to pieces. We’re falling apart and I wonder if any of us are even aware of it."

17 June 2017

A Cuban Writes to Donald Trump

"What kind of global power believes that allowing its people to travel to an island with 11 million inhabitants and a president named Castro could enrich only that government?"

13 June 2017

The Death of a Sanitary Worker in Pakistan

"This incident hits at my identities as a humanitarian, a global public health advocate, a medical doctor, and a Pakistani minority."

8 June 2017

There Are 23 Indian-Language Wikipedias. The Oldest Just Turned 15.

It has yet to be included in Google Translate, but Odia was the first Indian language to make an appearance on Wikipedia, 15 years ago.

7 June 2017

Iranian Photographer Mehrdad Naraghi: “No Medium Can Ever Be ‘Finished'”

"No medium is ever “finished.” It is only an artist who can be finished."

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