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Notes on the ground From Cairo and beyond

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
11

A New Bridge in Johannesburg Reveals How Little South Africa Has Changed

This article appeared in Newsweek   It’s a 15-minute drive from the Ferrari-lined streets of Johannesburg’s Sandton suburb to Alexandra, one of South Africa’s poorest townships. But for 56-year-old cleaner Mooko Dikotla and thousands of others who commute by foot from Alexandra to what’s known as “the richest square mile in Africa,” the four-mile trek […]

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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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