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  • Two Open Windows: Why this is the day to read "African Titanics"

    What I should tell you is this: Read African Titanics tomorrow, read it yesterday, but don’t read it today.

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  • Denis Mukwege: “We need to save the common humanity in Congo.”

    Preethi Nallu

    Paris, France: Despite an official end to hostilities in 2003, Eastern Congo has remained susceptible to proxy wars with continued fighting between rebel forces and government troops. Perpetrators of sexual violence on different sides of the conflict have been relentless and consequently, the arrival of victims is unceasing.

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  • "La Lucha and Human Rights in Mexico"

    Michael Busch

    Since the 1980s, lawyer and activist Lucha Castro has been one of Mexico’s most prominent human rights defenders. In a country where violence against women has soared to unprecedented heights Castro’s work on behalf of women and communities at risk—along with that of her colleagues—has attracted international attention and acclaim, not to mention threats against her life.

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  • A Life Ended Too Soon: Transphobia Challenges Health and Happiness in Peru

    Danielle Villasana

    Weighing only 80 pounds, Piojo sat slumped on her bed in a small, dark room thick with damp and stagnant air. There was no light, no window, and nobody.

    More than ten years ago, Piojo, 30, was diagnosed with HIV, a disease she did little about as it lay silent. However, when the virus combined with a recent diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), her health rapidly deteriorated to AIDS.

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  • Scars of Sarajevo

    Benjamin Goffrier

    Nearly 20 years after war, the cityscape of Sarajevo is still riddled with bullet holes and shelling craters in facades and pavement. These remains are the scars of Sarajevo.

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  • The Slants: US Band Battles Structural Racism in the Legal System

    Grace Jung

    For the last six years, the Slants—a rock band based in Portland, Oregon—have been locked in a dispute with the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) over the band’s name. In 2010, the PTO rejected the band’s $500 application for trademark because they found the term “slants” disparaging towards Asians, using sources like Urban Dictionary and joke websites to support their claim.

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  • Tlatlaya, Ayotzinapa, Apatzingán: State Terror in Mexico

    Dawn Paley

    The first attack came at 2:30am on January 6, 2015. Federal Police opened fire on members of the Fuerzas Rurales, who were protesting in the central square of Apatzingán, in Michoacán. The Fuerzas Rurales were born of the co-optation of part of the autodefensa movement, the armed uprising in rural Michoacan that caught the world’s attention last January. The men were protesting the fact that they hadn’t been paid. 

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  • Saudi Border by Bus; Escaping Yemen's war

    Warscapes

    The author, a Yemeni journalist, asked that her name be withheld for the security of her family.

    Our correspondent pauses to watch tracer fire arc into the evening sky from her home in Sana'a, Yemen's capital, before fleeing with her children by bus to Saudi Arabia.

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