A Freedom Fighter at Rest, and At Ease With Her Own Contradictions

Are a country’s traditional cultural practices a lodestar for a post-colonial people, or a historical burden that holds back progress? In this interview with Mozambiquan novelist and writer Paulina Chiziane, onetime activist with the anti-colonial leftists of FRELIMO, both beliefs are on display.

On a warm November afternoon, Aldino Languana, a Mozambican painter and documentary filmmaker, drove us to Paulina’s house

Sometimes They Come Back

Their daughters and sons, young leftist activists from high schools and colleges across Argentina, were tortured and murdered by the military dictatorship of the 1970s, their bodies usually thrown out of airplanes into the Atlantic. The mothers and grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo stood in silent vigil for decades in memory of their disappeared children. This summer, the original Grandmother of the Plaza found her grandson, stolen from his mother’s arms on the night of her murder.

The longest trip of Estela Barnes de Carlotto's life started that winter afternoon, in August of 1978, with a summons to go to the Isidro Casanova police station.

Palestine, Wounded and Proud

The latest round in Israel’s eternal war against Palestinian civilians seems to have ended in the usual fashion, with many dead, and with both sides enjoying new heights of public support. Lost as usual among the photographs of death and columns of smoke, writes Francoise Feugas, was a sense of the humanity of the people beneath the bombs. For that, she says, few photographers can match the lifelong work of Joss Dray. Images of the Palestinians, from Orient XXI:

Gaza is once more being bombarded. But the image that we are assailed with today, of a civilian population under siege, terrorized and at the mercy of violent Israeli military attacks, is not the one we find in the archives of Joss Dray.

The Night Nineveh Fell

An official Iraq that refuses to come to grips with the fall of the country’s Sunni regions into the hands of the so-called Caliphate. The media in the country’s wealthy Gulf Arab neighbors implicitly backs the jihadis, while official Iraqi media oafishly sloganeers. Omar al-Jaffal on Iraq’s ISIS dilemma:

It was as if angels and demons descended on the city of Nineveh together. The sky on the night of June 10 was cloaked with a worrying gloom. And within a few hours, the city had spectacularly fallen into the hands of the gunmen of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Regarding the Ruin of America

At home and abroad, the strange attraction of what Spain’s Yorokobu magazine calls ‘Ruin Porn': images of the decayed ruins of America’s wrecked industrial heartland.

Detroit was what started it all. The proud Motor City, once the industrial epicenter of the United States.

For Lepers in China, Sickness of the Fathers is Visited Upon the Children

In isolated pockets around the world, it still exists: the dread disease leprosy. China’s Global Times explores the mountain leper colonies of the country’s south, finding that even healthy descendents of lepers are treated as outcastes and untouchables by the people of surrounding villages.

The only way to get to the village of Abuluoha is on foot - a four-hour trek via a single.

A Caliph Arises in the East

On Sunday, the first day of Ramadan, the jihadis of ISIS declared their leader Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim to be the Caliph of all Islam, renaming themselves the Islamic State, and calling on all Muslims to swear allegiance to it and to the Caliph (whose nom de guerre was until now Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi). In Beirut’s al-Akhbar, Radwan Mortada interviews numerous local jihadi militants: how will the Caliph Ibrahim’s proclamation be received among groups not affiliated to ISIS?

On Sunday, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, spokesperson for ISIS, declared the creation of the Islamic caliphate.

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