Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
An unsteady alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, backed by the U.S., is slowly pushing ISIS out of the Syrian city of Raqqa, its last significant stronghold. In the first of a multi-part series for the PBS NewsHour, grantee Gayle Tzemach Lemmon talks with civilians who have borne the brunt of Syria’s civil war. “Whatever I say, it won’t describe the suffering we have seen,” one woman tells Gayle. “I am devastated deep inside. I feel the pain of all Raqqa’s people as the pain of my own family. I can feel the injustice, how people lose their children. Even those who survived have nothing.”
Despite enormous economic progress, China remains a cruel one-party dictatorship. In a rare interview with one dissident’s wife, grantee Richard Bernstein explores “the Kafkaesque world of a husband’s imprisonment by a secretive, unaccountable, all-powerful police.”
More than 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year in the U.S., yet there is no national plan for fighting the tick-borne illness. Grantee David Scales reports that the French have a better idea.
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