The Murder Factories of Egypt

Egypt has filled its prisons with some 40,000 people since the 2013 coup, the vast majority of them young activists of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood subjected to torture and mistreatment. And so once again the country is turning out a new generation of violent radicals. In this illuminating history of the links between the country’s prisons and violent extremism, the complex history of the Sinai based ISIS affiliate that weeks ago blew up an airliner full of Russian tourists, murdering more than 200 people:

The present wave of arrests and mistreatment of detainees in today’s Egypt is nothing new for the country’s Islamists.

The Lady of the Lake Vs the Black Lagoon

When an unstoppable mining giant meets an immovable peasant woman: how the Peruvian arm of Denver’s Newmont Mining ground to a halt when it came face to face with Maxima Acuna. From Etiqueta Verde’s Joseph Zarate, an extraordinary profile of a woman and her attachment to her land; a place whose beauty and abundance must be destroyed to dig up a few grains of the yellow metal that lies beneath it:

One morning in January 2015, with the objective of building a foundation for a house, Maxima Acuna Atalaya was chipping rock from a hillside with the hard, sure chops of a lumberjack.

In a Neighborhood’s Battle with Deadly Disease, Brazil’s Shame and Its Pride

Terrible rates of tuberculosis infection wrack the residents of this Rio slum, writes Felipe Betim; but in the struggles of residents and health care workers, he finds a certain amount of hope:

The powerful sunlight that shines throughout Rio de Janeiro does not reach the home of Maria Irenice Silva, a 30 year old woman residing in Rocinha, Rio’s biggest slum.

Iraq’s Long Hot Summer

Iraq is going to need a reshaped system of government, if and when ISIS is finally forced out of Mosul and the country’s Sunni provinces. But what did the post-2003 Iraqi state actually consist of? From Al-Safir al-Arabi’s Harith Hassan, an analysis of the system of government-designed by a Dutch sociologist-which failed post-Saddam Iraq, and why it collapsed:

Iraq’s present rulers are facing an unprecedented and powerful wave of popular dissent, with protests shaking Baghdad and other southern Iraqi cities.

A Fractured Life, Made Whole on the Page

Cartoonist Hani Abbas’s life traces a map of the spiral of war and displacement that has defined so much of the Arab east: born to a Palestinian family pushed into Syria by the creation of the state of Israel, and later successively fleeing to Lebanon and Europe, where he has settled in Switzerland. His best work, he says in this International Boulevard interview, was done in Syria in the early days of the revolt against Bashar al-Assad.

You are Palestinian, born in a refugee camp in Syria; you then became a refugee from there in Lebanon, and are now a refugee in Switzerland..

After the Knife in the Back, Saudis Extend a Hand to the Brothers

Just two years after helping orchestrate the coup which brought down the Muslim Brothers in Egypt, Saudi Arabia’s rulers are turning to the movement’s international affiliates for help in constructing a ‘Sunni front’ against the Shi’ite clients of Iran. A peculiar alliance, but explicable, writes Alain Gresh in Orient XXI.

In early February 2014, the Saudi press published a royal decree announcing a punishment of between three and twenty years in prison

Basra: the Song of the Marooned Fisherman

Take a taxicab ride with Abu Sejad, an Iraqi fisherman shipwrecked like so many of his countrymen by all these evil years on the shoals of war and jihad and geopolitics; his boat is gone, along with all of his fellow fishermen, and most of the vast marshes that sustained their way of life at the mouth of the Tigris river. Still, he dreams of the sea:

Though he had to abandon the sternpost of his boat many years ago, the taste of salt and the spray of the waves has refused to leave his lips.

Dakar: The Fine Line Between Gay and Homo

Sweeping through the Senegalese press these days is one of those periodic outbreaks of hysterical denunciation that social scientists call a moral panic. Everyone, it seems, is writing alarmed screeds about the fashionable clothing being affected by Dakar youth. Anna Louise Sarr here, writing in Sud, takes a deeper dive than most, trying to hear, through the generation-gapped buzzing in her ears, the actual voices of Dakar’s young trendsters.

Tchekelma, pinw, bodys in v-neck or crewneck, bright, floral colors:

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