• Today in History: Azerbaijan Turns 25

    Diana Koehm

    Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan’s independence from the Soviet Union. Twenty-five years ago, spurred on by the lack of support from the USSR over ethnic conflicts in the region and a brutal military crackdown over demonstrations the year before, Azerbaijan declared independence. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on October 18, 1991, after seventy-one years under Soviet rule.

  • On the Brink of Peace

    Fabio Andrés Díaz

    Looking back, it seems like Gabriel Garcia Marquez foresaw what would happen in Colombia this month when he wrote in his seminal work, One Hundred Years of Solitude, "It was as if God had decided to put to the test every capacity for surprise and was keeping the inhabitants of Macondo in a permanent alternation between excitement and disappointment, doubt and revelation, to such an extreme that no one knew for certain where the limits of reality lay." This could indeed serve as a succinct summary of what has happened in Colombia where, in the space of one week, a peace agreement b

  • Good News, for Now

    Michael Busch

    Pleasant surprises are tough to come by these days. But on Friday, a World Bank tribunal delivered one by rejecting a multinational mining firm’s lawsuit against El Salvador that many observers thought would go the other way.

  • Colony Collapse Syndrome and other poems

    Spree MacDonald

    Colony Collapse Syndrome

    as we squat through slum
    rise slum set
    in this labor hood of Atlantis
    I wonder how much sun one needs
    to see to say she’s seen it set

    this life in the house of bees
    a simple stock fortified by light
    oblique as it ends it seems
    she gathers strength in fading
         don’t just expect to die
    she sighs but
        know that you’ll also be

    these are the stories the dead
    tell themselves

  • Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man (A documentary)

    Jessica Ling

    Upon being met by a group of armed men in his own office on October 15, 1987, Thomas Sankara raised his arms in surrender.

  • Uncertainty, Peace Agreements, and Public Participation in Colombia

    Fabio Andres Diaz Valentina Montoya Robledo

    Who would vote against a peace agreement? This might sound like a tricky question, but in fact Colombians went to the polls today and rejected peace agreements reached by the FARC-EP and the Colombian government. The agreements emerged after a process that took more than four years of negotiations, and in spite of the international approval and support, the accord lacked support from its own constituents.

  • Disaster tourism in post-quake Ecuador

    Melissa Kitson

    A man stands in front of a building with his hands in a giant V — it’s the kind of pose seen in tourist snaps in front of the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Only the building has collapsed. Rubble is spilling onto the street. And the air is filled with dust.

    This was perhaps the first disaster snap of Ecuador’s earthquake. But it would not the last.

    After a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16, much of the country’s coastal region was devastated. 

  • Imagining Palestine’s future

    Bethan Staton

    There’s no images of the separation wall in Chapter 31: An Exhibition About the Future of Palestine. Depictions of grim concrete checkpoints are almost entirely absent from the London exhibition; scenes of riots or protests are gone, and there’s barely a hint of the red, green, black and white that make up the Palestinian flag. The familiar signifiers that in Europe and America have come to symbolize Palestine are missing.

  • Color Lessons

    Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor


    The mother, in short tight clothes, smudgy-eyed and lank-haired, wasted from taking more than her usual count of men, and, smiling a wry smile, told her son that the streets were no longer safe.

  • Leaders’ Summit on Refugees: Can we avoid losing more generations?

    Preethi Nallu

    As President Obama headed to the U.N. headquarters in New York yesterday, his last planned visit in his current capacity as head of state, he was highly cognizant of the meeting's significance. His opening remarks were somber, given the New York Declaration that was given at the UN Summit For Refugees and Migrants on September 19 - feeble in its tone, vague in its wording and most importantly not legally binding.