October 10, 2012 /
Paul Salopek
Journalist Paul Salopek is preparing to leave on a journey that will take seven years and span 39 countries—and he is doing it all on foot.
Iris-scanners like this one, attached to ATM machines at branches of Cairo Amman Bank across Jordan, allow registered refugees to access their UNHCR cash assistance and money for food assistance, issues by the World Food Program. Refugees have their iris scanned when they first register with UNHCR. This data is cross-referenced when they access their benefits through the ATMs. Image by Rachel Townzen. Jordan, 2016.
September 21, 2016 / News Deeply
Rachel Townzen
In light of the U.N. Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York, Rachel Townzen explores what it means for Syrians and Syrian refugees to stay safe in a tech-driven world where new technologies and...
Za'atari Camp has now been open for over four years. Among its many developments, power lines and satellite dishes appear almost everywhere, connecting a sprawling jungle of caravans. Image by Rachel Townzen. Jordan, 2016.
September 17, 2016 / Untold Stories
Rachel Townzen
The debate over internet access in refugee camps reveals messy and unavoidable trade-offs between national security, humanitarian, and long-term development concerns.
Mani and his girlfriend on a trip in the mountains of Pakistan. Under the umbrella, Mani is on the left and his girlfriend on the right. Image provided by: Mani. Pakistan, 2016.
September 15, 2016 / Huffington Post
Ikra Javed
A transgender man, now happily living with his girlfriend, speaks on how he got to where he is now and how trans men fit into Pakistan's discussion of trans rights for khawaja siras.
Almost 85% of Syrian refugees in Jordan live outside the country's refugee camps, in urban areas such as Amman. Delivering services to this dispersed and sometimes hidden community remains a constant challenge. Image by Rachel Townzen. Jordan, 2016.
September 14, 2016 / Untold Stories
Rachel Townzen
Without the right paperwork, Syrian refugees cannot access basic services in Jordan. As a result, untold thousands are missing out.
September 14, 2016
Rachel Townzen
Syrian refugees have an unprecedented access to and use of technology. Yet in a crisis defined by themes of information and communication, disconnection remains a striking challenge.
Finance officer at Khawaja Sira Society
September 14, 2016 / Untold Stories
Ikra Javed
The typical image that comes to mind when thinking about Pakistan's trans culture may be of a person on the street—dressed up, makeup done. But what about all the times when they are not begging?
September 12, 2016
John Morrison
A panel discussion on the people and issues behind "Fractured Lands," a landmark issue of The New York Times Magazine on the makings of tragedy in the modern Middle East.
Anti-coup protestors in Istanbul. Image courtesy of Maurice Flesier via Wikimedia Commons. Turkey, July, 2016.
September 11, 2016 / The New York Review of Books
Christopher de Bellaigue
July 15, when the supporters of President Erdogan foiled a coup attempt against him, may have been a turning point in Turkish history, opening the way to despotism but entrenching civilian rule.
Fractured Lands
September 8, 2016
Fareed Mostoufi, Scott Anderson, Paolo Pellegrin, Ben Solomon
This week's newsletter highlights lessons that explore "Fractured Lands" and the "Power of Poetry"
September 7, 2016
Jon Sawyer
Impunity for Syria's war criminals, new HIV treatments in South Africa, and a new approach to deradicalization in France in this week's newsletter.
The Ataturk memorial statue in Istanbul's Taksim Square on the night of the coup
September 4, 2016
Christopher de Bellaigue
The failed coup of July 15 brought Turks together to defeat an anti-democratic action by the military. But these events have left President Erdogan stronger—and more anti-Western—than ever.
Erdogan speaking as Prime Minister of Turkey. Photo courtesy of google images.
September 4, 2016 / The Guardian
Christopher de Bellaigue
It's commonly argued that President Erdogan's regime is a perversion of democratic norms. In fact, in the light of burgeoning populism around the world, his demokrasi is the new normal.

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