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Trump’s Asylum Crackdown Intensifies the Fight for Refugee Rights
For the past decade, Morgan Weibel has had to ask people she’s just met to tell her the worst things that have ever happened to them. The stories she’s heard involve some of the more brutal acts we, as human beings, commit against one another: She’s spoken to children who have been forced into sexual slavery; women who have survived…

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Northern Ireland’s Schools Still Aren’t Integrated
Northern Ireland has always been a place apart, radically different from the rest of the United Kingdom. Recent developments have only made this divide starker.1 For the past two years, the province has had no functioning government, with the power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive collapsing after alleged corruption in a government energy scheme.

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Kashmir Has Become a Zone of Permanent, Limitless War
Srinagar, Kashmir—I arrived in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir on August 1, and the next day, the government ordered tourists, non-resident students, and Hindu pilgrims to leave immediately. The ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) then deployed 40,000 security forces on top of the 400,000 military, paramilitary, and militarized police forces already stationed in this mountainous region…

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Clampdown on Housing Rights Activists in Bolsonaro’s Brazil
It’s 6:30 am on Monday, June 24. three plainclothes police officers from the São Paulo criminal investigations department walk up to the apartment of Janice Ferreira da Silva. She is a leader of São Paulo’s Homeless Movement of the Center (MSTC), the host of the weekly Free Lula news bulletin, and a well-known singer and cultural activist in the city.

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The Broken Promise of Colombia’s Peace Deal
Deep in the undergrowth, 200 yards from the edge of the Colombian jungle, a web of black nylon hides an oven of mud and stone. A rusted chimney pipe pokes its nose horizontally out of the canopy, the better to disperse smoke into the brush, undetectable by helicopters patrolling above the treetops.

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‘We Call That Love’: Marc Lambert Lamba Defended Cameroon’s LGBT Community
Marc Lambert Lamba was a leading LGBT rights activist in Cameroon. (Robin Hammond) He emerged as the group’s de facto leader almost immediately after they were taken into custody. It was May 2005, and Marc Lambert Lamba and 10 other men had been arrested in a Sunday evening raid on the Victoire, a gay-friendly bar in Yaounde, the capital of…

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Why Puerto Rico’s Cops Ignore the Constitution at Night
On July 10, journalist Sandra Rodríguez posted on her blog several pages of leaked texts between Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Roselló and some of his collaborators. Three days later, Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism released all 889 pages of these messages. The texts were misogynistic, homophobic, and fat-phobic. The men joked about bodies decomposing in the aftermath of Hurricane…

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The Dream of Open Borders Is Real—in the High Arctic
Svalbard, Norway1 When you land in Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, you can step off the plane and just walk away. There’s no passport control, no armed guard retracing your steps, no biometric machine scanning your fingers. Svalbard is as close as you can get to a place with open borders: As long as you…

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Is Spaceflight Colonialism?
In 2017, protesters occupied the Guiana Space Centre in Kouru, French Guiana, shutting down half the world’s space launches for nearly the entire month of April. French Guiana is a “department” of France, a territory whose currency is the euro and residents are French citizens. It is the only remaining European territory in the Americas.