With White House staff endeavoring to walk back President Trump's bombast about "fire and fury like the world has never seen," characterizing the threat against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as "improvised" and advising reporters not to "read too much into" it, North Korea's war of words is more precision science, each phrase vetted by committee, each word intentional.
John F. McCreary Michael Bronner August 14, 2017Topics:Region: Jane Wong August 9, 2017
On the cover of The Poems of Kim Yideum, Kim Haengsook, and Kim Min Jeong—new writing by Korean women poets from Vagabond Press’s Asia Pacific Poetry Series—is a mixed media piece from Fi Jae Lee entitled The Whole World on My Body. A bright pink structure is covered with smaller toy-like adornments, chained to additional limb-like structures. The figure that sprouts from this amalgamation is strange, candy-colored, and overwhelming. As a viewer, I am struck by the boldness of this piece.Topics:Region:
Caterina Bonora, Jakob Brossmann July 21, 2017
The plight of migrants trying to reach Europe in desperate journeys across land and sea has been described in countless reportage and documentary films. We have grown accustomed to the pictures of the ramshackle rubber boats teeming with people, and the sense of exhaustion and despair that they evoke. But we can hardly imagine what happens after these tragic moments, because we are rarely shown the rest of the story.Topics:Region:
Michael Paye July 16, 2017
Oh, you Malthusians, aren’t you clever? One child per human and carbon contributions are cut; that’s the solution to climate change!Topics:Region:
Kate Bartlett July 14, 2017
Majcic Esad has just buried his cousin. Or, as he specifies, “two small bones” belonging to his cousin, Gabeljic Dzemail, who was 23 years old when he was murdered here in 1995.
Twenty-two years have passed since more than 8,000 Muslim boys and men were slaughtered in Srebrenica, rendering the sleepy Bosnian town’s name forever synonymous with genocide. The families are still burying their dead.
Today, Esad’s cousin and 70 other victims of ethnic cleansing were interred, yet the painstaking forensic work of digging up and identifying human remains continues.Topics:Region:
Michael Bronner June 13, 2017
On the night of June 9, Saudi-led coalition jets conducted huge airstrikes on Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, which had been relatively quiet in previous weeks.Topics:Region:
Laurence O'Dwyer May 30, 2017
During the night we rode through town on scooters.
Down the alleys, it’s like a carpenter’s yard after
a bomb has exploded. Everyone is white with dust.
The headlights are x-rays that slice through the DNA
of the town. The rhythm of cicadas. The scuttle of eyes.
When Aristide lost power, the Little Machete ArmyTopics:Region:
Nicole Rothwell May 17, 2017
Charo Minas Rojas has a long history of challenging Colombia’s patriarchal society. In 2014, she led a group of Afro-Colombian women on a 350-mile march from the Cauca region to Bogotá followed by a sit-in that eventually forced the government to recognize their land rights against illegal mining.
Deepali Srivastava May 11, 2017
At the Lahore Literary Festival held at the Asia Society, New York on May 6, Pakistani journalist and author Raza Rumi led a minute of silence to mourn the lynching of student Mashal Khan accused of blasphemy in Northwest Pakistan. This, just after celebrated Pakistani singer Tahira Syed’s soulful rendering of Sufi and Kafi poetry, was a rude jolt back to present times. And for me, a sad reminder that lynching by vigilante mobs now occurs with alarming frequency in Hindu-majority India as well.Topics:Region:
Léopold Lambert May 1, 2017
We are days away from the second round of the French presidential elections between a banker candidate, Emmanuel Macron, who wants to rule France like a start-up company, and the president of the Front National (FN), Marine Le Pen. She has temporarily stepped down from this position for this second round but will, without doubt, resume her role as soon as the election is over. Le Pen wants to significantly and systematically consolidate France’s white supremacy and nationalism, even though a lot of noise is produced around the question of voting for or against the latter.Topics:Region: