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They Can’t Go Home Again
Iranians living in America reflect on their complicated relationship with their native country.
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A Shrinking Island
A tolerant and diverse cosmopolitan center, Beirut is a reminder of what the Arab world could be again.
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Language Haven
BALTIMORE—On June 29, 1987, Jermin Laviera attended her first English-language lesson still wearing her wedding dress. Though she had just arrived in Baltimore from Venezuela eight days earlier, acquiring the ability to communicate in her new home wa
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A Refugee Without a River
AMMAN, JORDAN—Tagreed Daftar’s thick black hair falls past her shoulders, stark against her bright floral blouse. She is fidgety in the crisply lit conference room at the CARE relief agency’s east Amman center, where refugees come for counseling, the
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Highway Through Hell
THE HUMAN-SMUGGLING ROUTE ACROSS THE SAHARA MAY HAVE BEEN THE DEADLIEST ON EARTH. THEN EUROPE MADE THE JOURNEY EVEN MORE TREACHEROUS BY TRYING TO SHUT IT DOWN.
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Undocumented on Patrol
FORT WORTH, TEXAS—Jaime Carrillo emerges from his faded pink house wearing blue jeans and a black cowboy hat. After a long day at work laying cement for city streets, he is ready for a second shift—this time as a volunteer for the Fort Worth Police D
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Contributors
AN FP SPECIAL REPORT: In May, Foreign Policy’s Africa editor, Ty McCormick, traveled with photojournalist Nichole Sobecki to Agadez, Niger, an age-old trading post and a gateway to the Sahara that has become the epicenter of the modern human-smugglin
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Trump’s Massive Miscalculation
NO ISSUE IS AS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED with U.S. President Donald Trump’s ascendancy as immigration, but those who thought his only concern was stopping illegal immigration weren’t paying close attention. Trump’s ugly campaign rhetoric may have focused on
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Why Do Some Countries Get Away With Taking Fewer Refugees?
interview by KAVITHA SURANA With the signing of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, the world put in place for the first time a system for defining refugees, setting out their rights, and granting them asylum. But in the face of
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A Silk Road Marriage
ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN—As the sun sets over the city’s snowcapped mountains, Yerbolat and May Ospanov settle into the gray sofa. May slides her hands over Yerbolat’s, which lie clasped on his knee. Then, with a precision honed through countless recitatio
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The Iraqis Who Fled Mosul
STANDING BY THE ROWS OF TENTS that line the dusty plains of northern Iraq, groups of men and children cover their faces from the searing sun. Twenty-five miles to the west, their home city of Mosul lies in ruins after a brutal nine-month battle betwe
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This Land Is Their Land
IMMIGRATION IS INEVITABLE. WHEN WILL THE WEST LEARN THAT IT PROMISES SALVATION—NOT DESTRUCTION?
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On the Edge of Afghanistan
A DECIMATED ECONOMY, A RESURGENT TALIBAN, AND GROWING TENSIONS WITH IRAN ARE DRIVING DISENCHANTED AFGHANS TO SEEK OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD. AND FOR MANY IT’S THEIR ONLY OPTION.
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What a Just Immigration Policy Looks Like
THE SOMALI-BRITISH WRITER WARSAN SHIRE begins her poem “Home” with the line, “No one leaves home unless / home is the mouth of a shark.” Whatever the inciting forces are that propel people to undertake what is inevitably a dangerous, expensive, and
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The Disturbing Paradox of Presidential Power
“THE EXECUTIVE POWER shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.”—Article II, Section 1, U.S. Constitution Debates over executive authority generally take place at the margins of the president’s powers. Our collective understandi
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A Voice in the Night
HOW A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR IN SPAIN IS HELPING RESCUE REFUGEES WITH LITTLE MORE THAN FERVOR AND A PHONE.
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Contributors
REZA ASLAN is a writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions. His books, which include Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth and No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, have been translated into do
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Religion vs. Culture
RELIGION COMES IN countless forms, depending either on the soil from which that religion arose or the soil in which it was planted. What we call Christianity in America is not what Guatemalans call Christianity. It’s not what Iraqis call Christianity
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The Shaman Masters of Hohhot Have Returned
The confrontation of spirituality and industrial cityscape bridges Inner Mongolia’s past and present.
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The Afghan Field Medic
PROPELLERS WHIR IN A DESERT outside Kandahar, Afghanistan, taking off and landing to transport Afghan soldiers to and from the battlefields of the almost 16-year war against the Taliban. Waisuddin, 22, who, like many Afghans, goes by one name, serve
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Can Stories About Food Upend Familiar Narratives of War?
interview by KAVITHA SURANA When it comes to conflict, culinary traditions and cultural passions are considered lighter fare—often ignored in coverage of war and the communities it displaces. But journalists ANNIA CIEZADLO and DALIA MORTADA use food
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Harare, Zimbabwe
Columbus Mavhunga on where to overhear the juiciest gossip, find the tastiest goat stew, and see views that rejuvenate the soul.
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The Diplomacy of Dog Walking in Russia
MOSCOW—Since the waning days of Bill Clinton’s presidency, Svetlana has walked the dogs of American diplomats in Moscow. The 52-year-old Russian is not a U.S. Embassy employee but has come to this work through recommendations by American pet devotee
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Farewell, Lebanon’s First Brewery
BEIRUT—“You can’t be a real country,” celebrated political scientist Frank Zappa once wrote, “unless you have a beer and an airline.” Lebanon achieved its independence in 1943 and founded its national airline in 1945. But anticipating Zappa’s dictum
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The Elephant in the Comedy Club
KIGALI, RWANDA—The comedians trickle into a rehearsal space in Kimihurura, a quiet, upper-class neighborhood, brimming with restless energy. Known as the Comedy Knights, the young performers slouch on wooden school chairs and warm up for their Valent
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Happy Birthday, Marie Jana Korbelova
WASHINGTON—Marie Jana Korbelova was born in Prague in 1937. Her father, Josef Korbel, was a supporter of a newly independent Czechoslovakia and its nascent democracy. During World War II, like many Jewish families and others who strongly supported th
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The Many Shades of Maíra Mutti Araújo
In a country famous for its egalitarian melting pot, one woman’s struggle with race-based quotas raises difficult questions about blackness and belonging in Brazil.
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Santa Barbara Forevah!
How an American soap opera became a safe haven for Russians during the chaotic 1990s—and why it explains how they feel about the United States now.
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Out of India
A wave of brutal violence against visiting college students from Africa has forced India to examine its racism problem.
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Pop Goes German Philosophy
With their TED Talks, TV shows, and runaway best-sellers, a new generation of celebrity philosophers has made German philosophy more popular than ever. But are they ruining it in the process?
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