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In The Hand of Tamora Pierce
Books / Culture & Art / Society

In The Hand of Tamora Pierce

This is a thank-you, about 8 years delayed, to Tamora Pierce. It is also a re-visiting (for the sake of nostalgia and, hopefully, some gained wisdom) of the influence her books had on my childhood and on the woman that I have become. And in the end, it is me coming to terms with the insidious cultural narratives that creep their way into even our most cherished childhood literature. Continue reading

Worldviews: Luis Manuel Daporta Rodriguez
Interviews / World News / Worldviews

Worldviews: Luis Manuel Daporta Rodriguez

My decision to interview Daporta for Nótt was partly motivated by the wish to hear a male perspective on the assaults in Germany, and partly by the fact that I was curious to find out how a European doctor and left-wing party member would react to accusations against registered refugees who allegedly harmed Western women in the heart of Europe. Continue reading

Can Resolution 2254 end the war in Syria?
Politics / World News

Can Resolution 2254 end the war in Syria?

Five years have passed since the Syrian war began. Five years and several other numbers so high they sound almost abstract: 250,000 dead, 1 million wounded, 11 million displaced. These five years of a protracted conflict are the closest thing to a global war the 21st century has seen. What is Resolution 2554, and what are its chances of leading to a successful peace process? Continue reading

France’s puzzling home-grown Jihadis
Politics / Society / World News

France’s puzzling home-grown Jihadis

European youths, by all standards, have it pretty good: born decades after the plague of war loosened its grip on the continent, they were bred in an era of relative material comfort, affordable education, and generally a high standard of living. So it’s only more puzzling when some choose to leave behind these comfortable lives for war, martyrdom or cold-blooded mass murder Continue reading