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No Stone Unturned by Farah Abdessamad

No Stone Unturned by Farah Abdessamad

The ecstasy that accompanies a spiritual experience holds a form of inner displacement; we are born to surpass, to embrace our totality in movement...

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‘The mountains served as a barrier to my wanderings’

‘The mountains served as a barrier to my wanderings’

How can they stick themselves on the wall and not fall off?

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Diyarbakır’s Bird Lovers

Diyarbakır’s Bird Lovers

It is indeed very interesting to see many dovecotes in houses and courtyards...

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Charles Rearick in Popular Paris

Charles Rearick in Popular Paris

Paris has long been the most visited city in Europe, but most of it is not visited. Why not?

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The room refrigerator had gained five…

The room refrigerator had gained five…

I don’t mean to complain, but the thrice-daily knock-on-the-door announcing the delivery of food was no longer welcome...

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‘How fortunate we were to leave when we did’

‘How fortunate we were to leave when we did’

I was six years old when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. Overnight, Kabul was transformed from a bustling city to a silent prison yard...

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China’s Contract

China’s Contract

You stay quiet and we will set the course for growth, success and China's path to the top. It's a tough, unambiguous contract...

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On Belarusian Women

On Belarusian Women

Can we call it a feminist revolution in Belarus? Is it the consequence of a long-lasting tendency? Or a totally unpredictable phenomenon, even for the Belarusians?

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‘There were always more books than the small shelves could contain’

‘There were always more books than the small shelves could contain’

I grew up in the aftermath of Nasser’s Egypt, where public education was made free for all. For me, learning has always been remote…

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Sikkim’s Integration/Annexation/Merger

Sikkim’s Integration/Annexation/Merger

How the change came about is a story with multiple plots involving India’s greatest spymaster, a defiant king, his ambitious political rival, and two enigmatic foreign women...

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Where’s Ultima Thule?

Where’s Ultima Thule?

To approach Smøla by boat is potentially treacherous—much of the island’s coastline is studded by thousands of rocky islets, some as small as huts, that jut from the sea like mini icebergs...

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Soaring Above the Skylark

Soaring Above the Skylark

At the summit stood a stone Shinto gate framed by chestnut trees. I climbed the worn stone steps to find an overgrown shrine filled with moss-coated sculptures—images of Buddhist deities and elderly sages in flowing robes...

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Mask Sales Are Up

Mask Sales Are Up

It was 10 p.m. on a Tuesday, and I was watching footage of secret stockpiles of N95 masks

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Cabo Verdeans

Cabo Verdeans

We shared a Creole language and the open, relaxed customs, known as morabeza, that are unique to Cabo Verde; only we knew how to compose and sing morna music...

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Rainbow Drive-Ins

Rainbow Drive-Ins

To visit Hana, a small, remote town on the island of Maui, most people wake at the crack of dawn, hop in convertible Mustangs, and drive the 45 miles from the regional airport...

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A winsome anime North Korean leader?

A winsome anime North Korean leader?

The outpouring of prurient interest in Kim represents an intersection of these erotic fantasies with the potent force of Orientalism

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