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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...

When Things Go Wrong, Do Right: Options for Action

Thoughts in response to a friend asking, after grand catastrophe: “What can we do?” We ask each other in times of trouble: “What can we...

Trump’s Executive Order Attacks the America I Know and Love

In this moment, America is not mine. It cannot be—it is not like anything I have seen. I came here in 2007, one year before...

Kim Stafford: Two Poems on Trump’s Inauguration

Inauguration Day, 2017   The new patriot is a listener. The new citizen talks to strangers. The new continental congress convenes at bus stops, taverns and cafes, parking lots where...

Meeting President Obama: A Farewell to Representation

This article is being published in collaboration with the Kennedy School Review. One day last fall, at a small campus in the heart of New...

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...

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...

The Promise of Magdoos: A Sliver of Hope in the Syrian...

This article is being published in collaboration with Harvard's Kennedy School Review. A Jordanian woman in the Northeastern city of Mafraq had been nagging her husband...

The Inaccessibility of the Lives of Others

Nobody has ever catcalled me.  God knows I’ve tried: short shorts, no top, the whole caboodle.  But however much I’m “asking for it,” it...

How Donald Trump gets away with saying things other candidates can’t

This is piece is not saying that Donald Trump never means what he says. It's just sayin'...

In the Ruins

"Under a superb, dazzling sun, the devastated city stretches outward like a cemetery without end." Zabel reports on the 1909 massacres in Adana

The Fatwa on Chess

  Saudi Arabia's leading religious authority, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, last week put a fatwa on chess in advance of a tournament scheduled to be...