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Big in Bolivia: Zebras in the Streets

By all accounts, local drivers have become more cautious and mannerly since volunteer cebritas started directing traffic.<p>Zebras are running rampant through the streets of La Paz, Bolivia, where they can be seen hanging out in groups, interacting with drivers, and even directing traffic. The …

Bolivia

On Instagram, Powerful Short Stories From the ‘Other Iraq’

“When I’m reporting, I write everything down,” says Neil Shea. “I fill at least three or four notebooks during every story.” He also takes pictures of everyone he interviews. These chronicles become a way for him to better understand the situations he’s encountering.<p>An assignment with photographer …

Trends

What Is Aleppo? This Is Aleppo

Earlier today, the Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson was asked by journalist Mike Barnicle “What would you do, if you were elected, about Aleppo?” Johnson replied with his own question: "What is Aleppo?" Aleppo is Syria's largest city, an urban battlefield in the brutal Syrian Civil War …

Middle East

Photojournalist shows what life is truly like in Afghanistan

Award-winning photojournalist Paula Bronstein was first sent to Afghanistan in 2001, after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. She has returned to the …

Magnum Photographers Document 70 Years of Refugees in Crisis

Robert Capa, the late co-founder of Magnum Photos, has been called “the greatest war photographer in the world” and “the founder of modern …

The Patchwork of Hope and Fear in Afghanistan

When she first arrived in Afghanistan in the fall of 2001, American photojournalist Paula Bronstein was instantly taken aback by the country, its …

Capturing a Feeling of Melancholy in Georgia

When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, Georgia suffered a severe economic downturn which has left over half the population unemployed. <i>Georgia,</i> …

Tragedy and Hope on the Front Lines of the Fight Against ISIS

“I’ve always been more interested in the effects of war than the spectacle of it,” photojournalist Souvid Datta explains.<p>He spent three weeks in …

Peshmerga

Portraits of Tajik Families Separated by Migration

<i>When Saint Petersburg-based photographer Ksenia Diodorava talks about the migration of people, she uses the analogy of water. It’s ubiquitous,</i> …

Stormy

The Frontline at Standing Rock, in Photos

On Monday, November 21st, 2016, photographer Avery Leigh White was struck with a rubber bullet and tear gas as police fired at the Water Protectors …

Environment

A Photographer’s Courage at the Frontline in Syria

While documenting a war-torn Syria, photojournalist Nish Nalbandian has seen countless buildings perforated by bullet holes. He’s seen rockets …

Middle East

A Russian History Reading List

Every time I start to think I understand Russian history, I remember Tolstoy’s line in <i>War and Peace</i>: “All we can know is that we know nothing. And …

This Side of Syria: Best Books to Understand the Syrian Experience

A novel<p>Istanbul-based writer Elliot Ackerman set his new novel, <i>Dark at the Crossing</i>, at the Turkey-Syria border. Against the backdrop of the fight against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, we meet Haris Abadi whose existential crisis collides with his love of country.<p><i>Nujeen</i> tells the powerful story of …

Capturing the essence of Pushkin, the revered poet killed in a duel at 37

It’s a sad fact that in a lot of 19th-century English-language fiction people of mixed race are regularly presented as double-crossing villains or diabolical sirens. So it’s heartening to remember that two giants of world literature, Alexandre Dumas, author of “The Three Musketeers ,” and Alexander …

Literature

A day with Bana, the Syrian girl who gave a voice to Aleppo

<b>Ankara, Turkey (CNN) —</b> Walking through a quiet Ankara park on a cold February afternoon, it was hard to miss the giggles and playful screams of 7-year-old Bana al-Abed and her two brothers.<p>As they bounced on a trampoline, the bloody war in their Syrian homeland seemed like a very distant memory.<p>But …

Middle East

Journey behind a Name: Reviving Circassian Mythology

I have often been questioned about my name in my home country. Every year, on the first day of school, all students looked the same; grey pants, striped shirts and maroon ties. But when roll call kicked off, I slid deeper into my seat and waited for the barrage of inquisitiveness from my teachers …

Longform -- Blood & War: The Tragic Ancestry of North Caucasus MMA fighters

<b>Prologue</b><p>In Makhachkala, Dagestan, two energetic prepubescents wrestled in the bleachers during an amateur Pankration tournament. The section the boys …

Moscow Heightens Pressure on Circassian Activists on Their Remembrance Day

In 1990, Circassian activists designated May 21 as the Day of Mourning and Remembrance to commemorate the final destruction of their nation in 1864 …

Russia

Ikea to sell rugs made by Syrian refugees in 2019

Ikea plans to roll out a new range of rugs and textiles made by Syrian refugees in 2019.<p>The initiative is expected to create jobs for about 200 Syrian refugees living in Jordan, most of them women.<p>"The situation in Syria is a major tragedy of our time, and Jordan has taken a great responsibility in …

CNN

Every book Barack Obama recommended during (and after) his presidency

Whether he was reading to kids at the White House, hitting up local bookstores on Black Friday, or giving recommendations to his daughters, former …

Books

10 Handwriting Tutorials

Spread the word!<p><i>Handwriting is super hot in the Bullet Journal community. The digital world may have us typing away most of the day, but we still</i> …

Typography

Free Brush Lettering Worksheet Download (in lowercase!)

Hey everyone! Happy new year! It’s january 1 and we come to the end of a cycle (see ya, 2016), and on to a brand new year- with creative things to do …

Typography

The mystical poet who can help you lead a better life

The 14th-Century Persian poet Hafiz’s work is not just very beautiful – it is useful too. Hafiz can teach us how to get the most out of our lives, writes Daniel Ladinsky.<p>Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c. 1320-1389) is one of the most beloved poets of the Persians, and is considered by many – from …

Literature

Returning home to find your house in a 'different country'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hatchet in hand, 82-year-old Dato Vanishvili paces back and forth in the patchy snow; he says he's a prisoner in his own front yard.<p>Trapped behind a barbed wire fence, the white-haired, elderly farmer hacks at the bare branches of his fruit trees, scavenging much needed fuel to ward off the …

Russia

6 Personality Tests That Will Actually Help You Learn About Yourself

<i>For many of us, 2016 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2017! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.</i><p>Humans have a weird desire for self-awareness, even …

Psychology

The 10 conflicts to watch in 2017

It is against this backdrop that Donald Trump was elected the next president of the United States — unquestionably the most important event of last year and one with far-reaching geopolitical implications for the future. Much has been said about the unknowns of Trump's foreign-policy agenda.<p>But one …

Geopolitics

There is room in our circle for Joseph Boyden

<i>Wab Kinew is an Anishinaabe author and member of the Legislative Assembly of Man</i><i>i</i><i>toba</i><p>Growing up around sundance ceremonies, I met a man claiming to be descended from the great Lakota warrior Tasunke Witko (Crazy Horse). The man did not look native and was raised far from our communities. …

A Curator Spent 9 Days Filming the Syrian Civil War From His Aleppo Apartment Window

Art curator and photographer Issa Touma talks about shooting the footage that became the Syrian war documentary ‘9 Days - From My Window in Aleppo’.<p>When Aleppo-based curator and gallerist Issa Touma noticed Syrian Civil War combatants on the streets below his East Aleppo home, he didn’t run—he …

Middle East

Most Anticipated: The Great 2017 Book Preview

Although 2016 has gotten a bad rap, there were, at the very least, a lot of excellent books published. But this year! Books from <b>George Saunders</b>,</b> …

Books

Children's book about Syrian refugees offers introduction to world politics

Author Alhan Rahimi, a former Montrealer, says the book is meant for children aged 3 to 7<p>Former Montrealer Alhan Rahimi took inspiration from the …