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Coming of AIDS

Dedicated to every angel in America—then and now. Coming of age, as I did, during the 1980s meant that I came of age in the...

An End to Impunity? Protests and Hope for Mexico

MEXICO CITY – I have covered many massacres, witnessed too much bloodshed, so many that the latest killings should not have come as a...

Can a Heretic Be a Hero? The Muslim Breakthrough of...

Last week, capping off a successful awards season, Mahershala Ali won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight--the first...

Trump: Making America Great (Britain) Again?

The British king’s efforts to establish “an absolute Tyranny” over the 13 original colonies led to the Declaration of Independence in 1776. In it,...

Making Peace with Pepperoni: A Muslim-American Perspective

As Muslim-Americans, we need to play a more active role in defining our faith, or will continue to have others define it for us The...

Reporter’s Notebook: Inside the Brothels of Mumbai

I am seated cross-legged on a brothel floor on a hot April afternoon. The door is ajar. Just beyond it, a disheveled man in a...

Home No More

I stood in the fourth-floor lounge at Cambridge Innovation Center, my gaze switching back and forth between the innovators—who were drinking their morning coffees...

The Ghosts We Carry with Us

When I told my father that I was visiting Montgomery, his only reaction was fear — a bone-deep memory of water hoses and fire bombings, billy clubs and rough nooses.

Stepping Back: Election Blues on Veterans Day

Over the long Veterans Day weekend, I’m hitting the final lap on the world’s most procrastinated thesis. I’m focusing on Virginia Woolf—specifically, on how...

City of Widows

In the month of July, when both heat and humidity are at their peak in the holy city of Vrindavan in north India, thousands of devotees stream in to offer prayers to their Lord Krishna on a day that is among the most auspicious in the year.

Sic Semper Tyrranis

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” -- Milan Kundera I. Invention One of the first documentations of African people in...

Poverty is not a Culture

Sendhil Mullainathan had studied poverty for years, and something haunted him in nearly every study. Born into a small rural village in India, the Harvard behavioral economist and winner of the MacArthur Fellowship—commonly known as a “genius grant”—was inherently skeptical of the narrative that the poor somehow deserve their lot due to a lack of discipline.