Corrie Hulse

A lucky few writers, who get so much publicity that they can take it or leave it, have made second careers of trashing the medium and any writer who uses it. This speech is for the rest of us.

Corrie Hulse

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

The funny thing about moving back home after living abroad for years is that nothing ever feels quite the same. What was once home now feels foreign. Your old haunts and old friends are now strangely unfamiliar; leaving you wondering if the home you remember is simply an elaborate story you dreamt up over the years. In grasping for the familiar, you find yourself questioning what you once took for granted and hoping to discover how exactly it all changed while you were gone.

Amanda Dugan

Rather than act as a deterrent to musical protest, the imprisonment of members of Pussy Riot serves as inspiration for other musicians, especially women, to speak truth to power. Pussy Riot is not the first to tread this gender-musical path, though. Amanda Dugan reports on the successes of Drupatee Ramgoonai in Trinidad and Tobago and Odile “Kiki” Katese in Rwanda, female musicians who are turning music and cultures upside down.

Emily Cody

Sudan Condemns Woman to Death by Stoning

Emily Cody

A population-based assessment completed recently by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that nearly 40% of women and 23% of men in three Eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had been subjected to gender based violence (GBV) since conflict reignited in the mid-1990s. Though some INGOs operational in the region have questioned the methodology of the survey, no one has questioned the existence of GBV against men.

Corinne Goldenberg

Summer in Barcelona is a beautiful thing. The city bursts alive with a myriad of outdoor events—from open-air films and concerts with Música als Parcs and Sala Montjuic, to the Grec international theatre, dance, and music festival. The Sala Montjuic opened for the summer on July 4, and has since been providing a program of classic films and concerts.

World Policy Journal

by Samantha Chu. Originally published by our partner site, World Policy Blog.

Emily Cody

The secession of Southern Sudan following the referendum on self-determination is imminent. Despite the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) prescribing an interim period with a programme of legal reform to address long-standing grievances, no real, conscientious efforts were made to make unity realistic for southerners.

Laura Thies

For the second time in my life I participated in the global movement entitled Take Back the Night (TBTN). It aims to end sexual violence especially against women, but our group at The New School (and many others) opens it up to simply fight gender based violence.

To give you a better understanding of TBTN I first would like to share a quote with you from the official website of the movement:

“Why Take Back the Night?

Michael J. Jordan

PRAGUE, Czech Republic – Beyond the fact that Prague is one of Europe’s great cities, you can’t walk down a street here – or anywhere in ex-Communist Eastern Europe, for that matter – and not spot a metaphor that illuminates how dramatically life has changed here, twenty years later.

And if I didn’t have this blog, there’d be no one for me to tell. (Sniff, sniff.)