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India’s Dalit Moment

India’s Dalit Moment By Gabe Carroll   As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi squares off militarily with Pakistan, at home he is facing an older – and perhaps more challenging – threat to his authority. The movement of Dalits – members of India’s lowest castes – emerging in his home […]

Heritage Trips Promote Zoroastrian Revival

“If you’re raised overseas, if you’re raised in diaspora; you have no exposure.” James Ball is talking about his own heritage, which stretches back more than 3000 years, to ancient Persia. Ball, a Yale-educated environmental engineer from New Jersey, is Zoroastrian. Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s first monotheistic religions and […]

Following Hezbollah’s Example, Shia Groups are Reaching Out to Iraq’s Embattled Christians

The Popular Mobilization Units – Iraq’s Shia-led paramilitary coalition – are reaching out to the country’s embattled Christian minority. This strategy – which may be the prelude to military cooperation between specific PMU factions and Christian armed groups – mirrors similar efforts by Lebanese armed group Hezbollah – which over […]

Gujarat Dalits Seek to Sustain Revolt, Through a Diversity of Tactics

After a decade of growing caste violence, a new mass movement is fighting back, challenging Indian Prime Minister Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in his home state of Gujarat. In August the Indian state of Gujarat was rocked by mass protests mounted by the Dalit community, which took to the […]

Recession Brings Skilled Brazilians to New York

Andréa was a corporate lawyer in Rio de Janeiro until she was laid off a year ago. Despite 15 years of career experience Andréa struggled to find a new job in Brazil’s shrinking labor market, so she sold her belongings and temporarily moved herself to Queens in search of new […]

As Olympic Memory Fades, Uncertainty in Favelas Hardens

On a cloudy afternoon in late August Joanna Darck heard shots ringing through her favela in Rio de Janeiro. She quickly grabbed her 11-month-old baby, Isabella, and sat on a mattress on her kitchen floor. She placed her crying baby on her lap and waited for the gunfire to die […]

How Anti-Immigrant Policies Became Popular in Denmark

The standing ovation made her cry. “That was not fair,” said Pernille Vermund, 41, smiling as she dried her eyes with a tissue. The applause came from members of the recently established Danish right-wing party, The New Conservatives, at the party’s first Annual Meeting in November. Vermund, who is the […]