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26 October 2017

Ex-Refugee Who Slept Rough in Rome Now Runs Several Businesses, Dreams of Rebuilding Afghanistan

"I want to invest in Afghanistan, I have never forgotten my country and I can’t live happily, knowing that my people are suffering."

24 October 2017

Kebab, Yes; Revolution, No: Migrants and the Fight for Catalonia

"I was surprised that people sporting dreadlocks, turbans, braids, and other Afrocentric apparel failed to acknowledge the word "migrant" at an event supporting those being persecuted in Catalonia..."

15 October 2017

Not Without a Fight: The Battle for Affordable Housing in Cape Town

For many residents of Cape Town, South Africa—a city often touted for its quality of life—the legacy of segregation and spatial apartheid persists in a tangible and powerful way.

7 October 2017

Achieving Barrier-Free Access Proves a Hurdle in Japan's 2020 Paralympics Preparations

With only three years to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, the Japanese government will have to work quickly to make the games truly barrier-free.

25 September 2017

After Years of Cultural Appropriation, Mayan Weavers Want Legal Protection for Their Heritage

“...our work is not being valued [...] Rather, there has been an appropriation and a commodification of the culture and the designs.”

23 September 2017

Is Ex-Soviet Georgia Backsliding on Justice?

While Georgia still scores respectably in international rule of law rankings, public confidence in the justice system is dipping.

21 September 2017

The Perils of Military Engagement Against North Korea

"Any country that considers an attack on North Korea must confront the question of who turned the DPRK into such a defiant rogue nation."

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."

4 August 2017

Even the Best Dancer Leaves the Dance Floor: African Strongmen and Political Transition

"The fear of challenging leaders who cling to power is, for some Africans, rooted in anxiety about alternatives—alternatives which remain unknown because they are never allowed to emerge and develop."

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.”

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