Notes on the ground From Cairo and beyond

Oct

17

The 28-year-old woman reshaping Afghanistan’s politics

When Shahba Shahrukhi told her parents that she intended to run in Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections on October 20 — the country’s first in eight years — they laughed. “No, I am not joking,” she told them, defiantly. “I must run. I have to run.” Once they realized she was serious, they quickly stopped laughing and […]

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Jan

11

Take Your Broken Heart and Make It Into Art

Thank you for reminding us of Cween Carrie’s beautiful words, dearest Meryl: take your broken heart and make it into art.  Brilliant Finnish artist Elina Tuomi and I took your advice and made some. And we’re selling prints.  One print (A4: 210 x 297 mm, 8.3 x 11.7 in): $25 $15 will go to the Committee […]

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Jan
10

‘Where do we go from here?’ Deep wounds and dark memories for Christians in Iraq

This article appeared in the New York Times QARAQOSH, Iraq – On Sunday, 17-year-old Ismael Al Kanon will celebrate his favorite holiday, Christmas, for the first time since 2014.   “This year I won’t have to pretend to be someone else,” he says while staring at the floor and clenching his jaw. It’s a tic […]

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