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Fighting Fear with Tolerance

by Search for Common Ground on May 22, 2015

However different someone is from you, it doesn’t make them evil. – El Mortada El Mortada Iamrachen grew up in a conservative community in the city of Al Hoceima in northern Morocco. The city is surrounded by the Rif Mountains, a historically marginalized area, which has recently been […]


How aid can help (or hurt) Yemen

by Shoqi A. Maktary on May 14, 2015

This article was originally published by The Hill on 05/14/2015. Yemen is at the brink of a humanitarian disaster. Over 1,400 people have been killed in the escalating conflict, many of them civilians, and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes, seeking safety from daily bombings and violence. As […]


Burundi Crisis: Five Reasons Why Americans Should Care

by Britney Nemecek on May 13, 2015

This article originally appeared on A relatively peaceful decade has passed since the end of the Burundian Civil War. This month’s events put that peace at risk. On May 13th, General Niyombare claimed to have “overthrown” President Nkurunziza. After a particularly violent morning, the streets of Bujumbura broke […]

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by Kristoff Kohlhagen on May 8, 2015

This story was first published by Christian Science Monitor on 05/07/2015. KABUMBA, RWANDA — The red brick walls of Nyakiriba Prison tower above Viateur Manishimwe, his wife Judith Mureshyankwano, and their nearly one-year-old daughter Liliane. Liliane, sound asleep and tied securely to her mother’s back, has been silent for […]

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The Pen Is Still Mightier Than The Sword

by Nabila Khouri on May 3, 2015

Throughout history, journalists and the media have often been regarded as both heroes and villains. They have been the watchdogs of political power. They have given a voice to the voiceless. They have also been used to trample the rights of others, and support the agendas of dictators […]


Four Years Later

by Emily Jacquard on April 30, 2015

This article first appeared in The Hill on April 30th, 2015. More than 200,000 killed. Nearly 4 million refugees. Four years since its onset, the Syrian Civil War has become one of the most destructive conflicts in the world, with a devastating effect on the entire Middle East. […]

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From Afar…

by Michael Shipler on April 26, 2015

Right after I moved to Kathmandu in February 2006, I was told about the inevitable Big One. This majestic and troubled country sat on one of the most dangerous fault lines in the world, and Kathmandu was built on the dried bed of an ancient lake. The ground […]