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15 July 2016

After the Nice Attack, a Chance for Us to Respect the Pain Everywhere, Together

"Please, today, let us just stay in the now. Let us respect grieving families and friends and in so doing, let us also pay tribute to the other tragedies before."

In China, Protests Against the South China Sea Ruling Skip the Streets for Cyberspace

"On my way home, I tweeted: 'Police have cordoned off the Philippines embassy in Beijing in anticipation of protests. No sign of protests yet.'"

12 July 2016

Can Fact-Checking Save Democracy—and Journalism as We Know It?

In the age of copy-paste disinformation, the need for formal fact-checking is more critical than ever.

8 July 2016

One Twitter User's Frame-by-Frame Analysis of the Dallas Shooting Media Coverage

"Think critically about what is reported and how it's being said. More importantly, look for what's being left off the page and why."

If I Had a Gun

"When I think about the times I've been attacked or threatened or I've seen violence, I can't think of one instance when a gun would have improved the outcome."

29 June 2016

The Uncertain Future of the Syrian Revolution

With its many factions dispersed, the Syrian Revolution is now staggering between an internationally-planned political solution and the long, lost dream of military triumph.

15 June 2016

Russia-Trained Civil Militias Along Bulgaria's Borders Are ‘Ready for War With Refugees’

The civilian militias hunting refugees along the country's borders are a major manifestation of the rising tide of xenophobia in Bulgaria. Yet the authorities are mostly silent on the issue.

Blood on Campus: How the Killing of a Student Sparked Nationwide Protests in Sudan

Sudan has a long tradition of student protest, but the government appears bent on suppressing the latest wave, triggered by the killing of a student from the contested Nuba region.

14 June 2016

A San Francisco Vigil for Orlando Shooting Victims Promises To Combat the Hate With More Love

'"Not in our name," they said. Each one of the speakers committed to not let this incident be used to further target Muslims in America and around the world.'

13 June 2016

Safe in Germany, a Syrian Refugee Learns to Smile Again

"In the cab, I stared out the window at this beautiful land. Can I build a future here? I wondered."

11 June 2016

‘The Day I Became Just a Stupid Number': One Syrian Refugee's Journey to Europe

"It is an experience you would never want to go through unless you are truly desperate," Zozan Khaled Musa writers about her journey through Eastern Europe in search of refuge.

10 June 2016

For One Syrian Refugee, the Boat Crossing to Greece ‘Seemed Like an Endless Journey’

"The idea of a safe trip...was just a lie that we used to comfort ourselves. I knew that all of them were liars, getting rich in the trade of humans."

9 June 2016

Mexico, on the Mountaintop, or in the Abyss?

Forced disappearances, mass graves, widespread impunity, a devaluing currency, economic crisis. Does anyone still think Mexico is on the right track?

The Difficulty and Uncertainty of Life in Turkey as a Syrian Refugee

"Employers discriminated against us. I met people who were forced to do hard labor for little money. They lived like robots. I didn’t want that."

8 June 2016

One Palestinian-Syrian Man's Agonizing Decision to Leave His Home Behind

"It was very hard to decide if I wanted to leave this country without coming back again...Even if it’s dangerous, it is my country. I like this country."

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.

15 May 2016

Taking Back Japan, One History Textbook at a Time?

By pushing for the omission of certain ideas from history textbooks, the current Japanese administration is promoting a revisionist view of the country's past. Will they succeed?

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

Syria: What Forgiveness Doesn't Mean

'I wish the soul of the revolution was enough for me to be able to pardon them all, if only in the “court in my head”.

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