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  • El Salvador: 911

    Michael Busch

    In El Salvador, each month is proving worse than the last. The country suffered an astonishing climb in murders this August—by far the worst month in one of the bloodiest years in the country’s history. All told, 911 people were killed last month, bringing the number of Salvadorans murdered in 2015 to over 4,200.

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  • Mogadishu International Book Fair deemed a huge success

    Mohammed Kahiye

    Suicide bombings and political instability has long been the news coming out of Mogadishu, Somalia. But for three days in late August, it was books that dominated the news – a welcome change of narrative for Somalis who have long known that there is more to their nation than guns and bombs. The inaugural Mogadishu International Book Fair kicked off in the sun-drenched capital of Somalia and brought together Somali authors, poets, artists and motivational speakers from all over the world to the Indian Ocean city.

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  • A Black community engages with the police in this NYC performance

    Mary von Aue

     “This isn’t a crime scene; this is a conflict.”

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  • Exhibit Featuring Middle Eastern Women Artists Attempts to Tell a Different Story

    Joumana El Alaoui

    The exhibition She Who Tells a Story, featuring the work of women photographers from several Arab countries and Iran, is on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA until September 28th. The curator, Kristen Gersh, saw an opportunity to secede from typical portrayals of Middle Eastern women, offering a new view on the social and political issues of the region from the perspective of female artists rather than mainstream media. While quite rich, the exhibition does not succeed in establishing a new view nor challenging the existing one.

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  • BDS 10 Years On: Anti-Colonial Demands in a Liberal Framework

    Mohammed Nabulsi

    “Crawling on our knees so as to gain the sympathy of official Western quarters will do nothing to diminish our alienation from the world." Mahmoud Darwish[1] 

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  • Why Americans must change the conversation about Syria

    Shiyam Galyon

    This past week, Al Jazeera Plus uploaded a video on Facebook featuring producers Sana Saeed and Tarek Abu-Esber entitled “Is the US at war with Syria?” Their conversation, taking place over the board game “RISK," is representative of a larger American discourse that completely misses the point on the power dynamics happening in and over Syria.

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  • South Africa: A Tale of Two Nations

    Sieraaj Ahmed

    A Muslim, gay, ‘Coloured’ South African examines how much has really changed in Mandela’s beloved Rainbow Nation.

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  • The Refugee Crisis: Hungary, Australia, and Worldwide

    Lisa Rose Steele Andrew Ryder

    1. A Train Stopped at Subotica

    On June 26, Lisa Rose Steele and Andrew Ryder took a train from Belgrade, Serbia, to Budapest, Hungary. The following is a personal reflection on this experience by Steele.

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  • A Question of Survival

    Fathima Cader

    Sri Lanka, 2009: Reflections on Eastern Muslim Survival at the Close of the War

    May 2009 marked the end of nearly thirty years of civil war in Sri Lanka. The conflict, waged between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, centered primarily on the Tigers’ claim to an independent Tamil state, Eelam, in the north and east of the island.

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  • Interrupting Bernie Sanders

    Zoe Samudzi

    Rather than berate black people for their lack of enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders, perhaps you should ask us why.

    Why am I tired of Bernie Sanders?

    Because of the white fragility continually employed to insulate him from black criticism. 

    Because of the tone-policing of black disruption and the condescending "you should be grateful for all he's (read: white liberals have) done for you.” 

    Because his supporters patronizingly prescribe political opinion rather than respectfully engaging black dissent. 

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