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  • The Music of the Islamic State

    Kafa Al-Hashli

    On the outskirts of the city of Little Aden in southern Yemen, a 25-year-old young man lives with his mother, sharing the worries, sorrows and difficulties of daily life and the suffering caused by the war instigated by former president Saleh and aided by Houthi militias against Salah’s handpicked successor, Yemen’s current president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

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  • Seen For Syria: In conversation with Soulaf Abas and Alyssa Arney

    Soulaf Abas Alyssa Arney Melissa Smyth

    Until 2012, Soulaf Abas painted mostly landscapes and insects. Her work is emotive, warm, impressionistic yet controlled. Her paintings still maintain this characteristic style, but now she gets most of her subject matter from television and the Internet. Explosions, shattered glass, and piles of corpses take the place of bumblebees in flight and still Indiana rivers. A year into the war that has gripped Syria since mass protests began in 2011, she visited her family in Damascus and encountered a reality that shattered her concept of home.

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  • Alice Walker's TED talk in Ramallah

    Alice Walker

    Happy Birthday, Alice Walker!

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  • Jaipur Literary Festival: Our Top 7 Picks!

    Warscapes

    The Jaipur Literary Festival is the largest free festival of its kind in the world, featuring critically-acclaimed writers representing dozens of nationalities. JLF 2016 included nearly 200 events over the course of the five-day festival; view the complete program with videos here. We’ve selected seven highlights from this iconic event.

    1. The Honor Code: Kwame Anthony Appiah introduced by Homi K. Bhabha
    The Indian Quarterly Presents the Privacy Series

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  • Uncertain Progress in El Salvador

    Michael Busch

    Last month, a court in Spain issued a request for the arrest of seventeen former military officers connected to crimes committed during El Salvador's civil war. The soldiers in question are accused of participating in the November 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests, a woman, and her teenaged daughter at the University of Central America (UCA) in San Salvador.  Five of the priests who were murdered in the operation were Spanish citizens. 

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  • Silly You!

    Saligrama K. Aithal

    Author's Preface

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  • #IamBaga

    Chika Unigwe

    Their life in Belgium already seemed like something that happened to someone else. Sometimes, Agu and Prosperous spoke of it, not of cleaning homes (which she had done) or of unloading bread (which he had done) but of their friends, who sometimes called them on the phone with news of each other or of Conrad who had died and had been given a Muslim burial because it said so on his asylum papers, even though everyone knew he was Christian.

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  • Self Portrait (Artist Unknown, Florence, ca. 1471)

    Charles Cantalupo

    Editor's Preface:

    To isolate one detail from Charles Cantalupo’s ekphrastic poem: 

    Drawing the moment of stillness when the insect and reptile 
    Caught by the glistening fruit catch my eye drawing in my mind

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  • Filming Revolution

    Today marks five years since the Egyptian people launched the mass movement, galvanized around the occupation of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, that would topple president Hosni Mubarak in eighteen days and solidify a period of revolutionary energy and action across the country. Since 2011, Egypt, as well as those reached by its ripples, has seen revolutionary euphoria give way to counterrevolutionary woe and an ongoing wave of repression.

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  • A Different Kind of Future

    Max Ajl

    The United States’ founders were taken with the idea that they were building a New Jerusalem. Rhetoric of a City on the Hill animated the state-building project, particularly during what some historians call the colonial era. Such symbolism, and the shared tropes of settler-colonial land redemption, have ensured for Palestine a long history in the life of the United States.

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