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The Refugee Church of Amsterdam

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At the beginning of this winter, as I prepared for the great journey to North Africa, here in Amsterdam I heard about a group of asylum seekers who were living in a tent camp somewhere in the city. Despite my preoccupation with my own plans, I was pleased to hear that many organizations and individuals that I know to be good at making things happen and finding solutions were involved. Then in early December I heard that after their tent camp was taken down by the authorities, with help from concerned citizens of Amsterdam, the refugees occupied an empty church not far from my neighborhood.… Read Full Text

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The Freedom of Baladi Dance with Alexandre Paulikevitch

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Photo by Patrick Baz AFP
Photo by Patrick Baz AFP

It was one of those beautiful nights in Beirut were I found myself sitting at a table with new friends sharing stories, teaching each other about the world, and finding humor in unexpected places. … Read Full Text

Photo courtesy of Jenny Montasir

ctrp437 Unspoken Egypt: Violence at Home

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The issue of domestic abuse is a huge yet unspoken problem in Egypt. … Read Full Text

The Stifling of Dissent and the Legacy of Occupy

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The use of the law to keep people from protesting and assembling did not start with the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011.  … Read Full Text