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Updated 2019-03-21 19:23
This Egyptian musician's passport was revoked for his political songs. He still can't wait to go home again.
Ramy Essam wrote a song in 2011 that became the anthem of the Tahrir Square protests. But fast-forward eight years and Essam is living in exile in Sweden making music protesting some of the very same things about the Egyptian government.
Welcome to ‘The Jungle’
How a new play puts the audience inside a migrant camp.
Make me a summary of Rina Banerjee
Gourds and dolls heads, Chinese umbrellas and Kashmiri shawls, Victorian birdcages and African masks: That is what the artist’s sculptures are made of.
The under-‘Doug’: the story of Nickelodeon’s enduring cartoon
How the quietest show on TV cut through all the noise.
Wall would be 'wasteful and ineffective,' says former Homeland Security chief Napolitano
Although in favor of adding a few new barriers in strategic locations on the US-Mexico border, Napolitano says building a wall from "sea to shining sea" would be wasteful. The border is "not in a crisis situation," she says.
Japan’s shrinking labor force is finding new ways to fight karōshi — ‘death by overwork’
One Toyko company has started playing "Eye of the Tiger" at quitting time and last year, the government placed a cap on overtime hours, but workers suffer from a labor shortage that causes too much work for each worker.
Former Mexican ambassador: US-Mexico border collaboration strong despite Trump's 'Mexico-bashing'
Though the US president has used Mexico as a "political-electoral piñata," cooperation is in both countries' best interest — and it's been working for years, says former Mexican ambassador to the US Arturo Sarukhán.
Japanese student rejects tabloid’s apology for ranking women by ‘easiness’
Kazuna Yamamoto is a college student who started an online petition to get a Japanese tabloid magazine to apologize for an article that rated Japan's universities according to how easy it is for men to get female students to have sex with them. She succeeded and along the way got 40,000+ responses to her online appeal.
As the West jeers, durian mania rises in Asia
It’s difficult to overstate how silly the Western dislike for durian looks from East and Southeast Asia. Across Asia, durian is actually selling like never before. Long a coveted fruit, the durian has, in recent years, become the focus of a full-on food craze.
US official Rod Rosenstein, overseeing Russia probe, set to leave
Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has overseen the Russian election meddling probe, is preparing to leave the US Department of Justice.
What happens if Trump declares a state of emergency to get his border wall?
President Donald Trump has raised the prospect of declaring an emergency over the current crisis at the US-Mexico border. What would that entail, exactly?
The legacy of Stan Lee: 'Marvel let us dream'
Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, a screenwriter and hip-hop editor, says that Marvel comics gave him a common language with other kids after his family moved from Guyana to Brooklyn, New York, in the 1980s.
The ‘real’ border crisis: The US immigration system isn’t built for kids and families
Donald Trump is made a case for a border wall during a Tuesday night address to the nation. A wall won't fix the problem, experts say, which is that the US immigration system isn't prepared for the types of immigrants — kids and families — currently coming into the country.
Food inspections continue through shutdown but with some compromises
Among the US federal agencies shut down are the United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, the two agencies tasked with keeping our food safe.
Stuck in Bangkok, Saudi teenage apostate deftly turns to Twitter
An 18-year-old Saudi woman is using social media to alert the world to her situation: As she was attempting to flee what she said was an abusive family, Thai officials stopped her while she was en route to Australia. She's now holed up in the Bangkok airport, but the world is watching, thanks to her Twitter account.
Last in, first out: Policy change moves longtime US asylum-seekers to back of the line
Alex Bukasa has translated for fellow asylum-seekers in USCIS's Boston office. "It could have been me," he thinks when he sees someone approved.
Le Pen’s niece opens grad school to train new generation of French far-right leaders
Marion Maréchal — previously known as Marion Maréchal Le Pen — quit politics last year and dropped her famous last name, but she hasn’t dropped her focus on giving the far-right a boost. Maréchal's latest endeavor has been to start a school aimed at training the ultra-conservative elite in France.
Will China’s moon landing launch a new space race?
China became the third country to land a probe on the Moon on Jan. 2. What does this mean for the future of space exploration and relations between the US and China?
A #MeToo moment for Afghanistan's women's soccer: 'It happened so many times'
The abuse reportedly happened inside the country and also during a training camp held in February of last year in Jordan. Players flew out, and two male representatives of the Afghanistan Football Federation came with them. Khalida Popal, former captain of Afghanistan's national soccer team, had organized the training session in Jordan and had reservations about the men.
Artist Tania Bruguera says Cuba's latest crackdown on the arts is 'the legalization of censorship'
Under the new law artists, musicians and performers are prohibited from operating in public or private spaces without prior approval by the Ministry of Culture.
Argentine actress’s #MeToo story provokes national outrage
Sexual abuse allegations against a popular actor have rocked Argentina in recent weeks. Thousands of women have come forward with their stories of sexual assault using the hashtag, #Miracomonosponemo, meaning, "Look at what you've done to us."
Day Job: Mastering quality control technician
Casey Trela watches movies for a living.
The fantastic woman who plays ‘A Fantastic Woman’
In the face of bigotry, Chilean actress Daniela Vega looks toward a more hopeful future.
Unexpected gains in Gainesville
“When I first came down here, I was astonished by how nature wanted to kill you at every turn.” Author Lauren Groff on writing and surviving in Florida.
The rise and fall of pirate radio station WBAD
In the 1990s, pirate radio station WBAD started playing hip-hop music without bleeping it like commercial radio. But even if it was playing church music, the FCC still would have come after them.
Two reps were sworn in on the Quran. It’s a symbolic moment for Muslim Americans.
For many Muslim Americans, the presence of a Quran is a symbolic moment amid a presidential administration that has seemed to wage an all-out war on the triple whammy of what Tlaib and Omar represent: immigrants, Muslims and women.
How higher ed will be a battleground for immigration debates in 2019
Higher education institutions in the US are stepping into some of the nation's most pressing immigration policy debates.
What's the deal with Vladimir Putin calendars?
"Strong man" calendars are making a comeback in 2019.
Almost all countries have fallen short on climate change commitments
Just two countries in the world, The Gambia and Morocco, currently have policies that meet the target of 1.5 degrees Celcius set by the Paris climate agreement. The majority of signatories have not fully implemented policies to meet their emissions reductions goals.
Francis Fukuyama on 2018, a year in identity politics
2018 saw populist political movements drive leadership crises in France, Germany and the UK. The World asks Francis Fukuyama, author of "The End of History," to focus on identity politics and ginned up divisions in those countries and here in the US.
As Sumatran rhinos face extinction, scientists come to their rescue
Back in the 1980s, scientists tried to breed captive Sumatran rhinos to save the species, with very limited success. But now a new coalition is hoping to learn from past mistakes and renew the breeding program.
Converting forests into palm oil plantations is 'total devastation' for the planet
Once viewed as a promising solution to the global increase of carbon emissions, biodiesel fuels have become a huge part of the problem — especially in the rainforests of Indonesia.
Once (again) in a lifetime
Singer Angélique Kidjo on her Talking Heads cover album.
The rise and fall of The Noid
How a whimsical advertising mascot became part of a really dark story.
Readymade soundtracks for imaginary films
How library music composers anonymously churned out some of the strangest, funkiest music of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
The Trump administration continues to undercut its own climate report
The Trump administration seems determined to ignore the findings in the recently released climate report from its own agencies.
The World's favorite albums of 2018
There was a lot of great music released this year, but we had to narrow it down. Here's a selection of our favorites as chosen by The World's Marco Werman, April Peavey and Brandi Fullwood.
A formerly anti-gay reggae star returns to Jamaica. This lesbian poet calls it ‘complicated.’
Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton returned to Jamaica in early December after serving seven years in a US prison on drug charges. Banton got a hero's welcome, despite his infamous, 1993 anti-gay song “Boom Bye Bye” which called for the murder of gay people.
Spain's Alma de África soccer team is like 'family' for immigrant players
Four years ago, Alejandro Benítez, a former professional soccer player, decided to help a group of immigrant friends who played pickup soccer in an open field. He had the idea of creating a professional team that would work as an experiment for migrant integration. That’s how Alma de África, “soul of Africa,” was born.
Trump hypes jobs relocating back to the US. Are they?
How much credit, or blame, does Washington deserve for jobs moving back, or not moving back, to the US?
Syria state media says Israeli planes attack targets near Damascus
"Israeli" war planes attacked with missiles unspecified targets near Damascus, the Syrian capital, on Tuesday and injured three Syrian soldiers
Japan to resume commercial whaling after pulling out of IWC
Japan will resume commercial whaling from July in its waters and exclusive economic zone while ending its controversial hunts in the Antarctic, officials said on Wednesday.
Illustrator's sketches from a border bus station show a 'miserable, degrading and demeaning' experience
Illustrator Molly Crabapple spent evenings at the McAllen, Texas bus station, where many migrants arrive after being released from custody. This is what she saw.
How a neighbor bearing gifts turned into a family's 'most unexpectedly magical week'
Before Ken Watson passed away, he bought 14 Christmas gifts for his neighbor's 2-year-old daughter.
In LA, unwrapping tamales is the heart of the holidays
Tamales are central to Latino holiday celebrations. Some families buy dozens at markets and others gather around a kitchen table to assemble them.
In this Texas border town, Santa patrols on Christmas
In El Paso’s Chihuahuita neighborhood, where border security is an everyday concern, Border Patrol agents break barriers and build community with an annual Santa Claus visit tradition.
Why don't environmentalists vote?
What might it mean for environmental policy in the US if politicians tapped into the 20 million ‘super-environmentalist’ registered voters who mostly tend to stay home on election day?
Cosmonauts and corncobs: A peek at some Soviet-era holiday ornaments
Cosmonauts and corncobs on a Christmas tree? Scratch that ... on a New Year's Day tree! That's what you'd find on a holiday tree if you were in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
There are at least 17 Trump investigations and they're 'bigger and broader' than most realize
Writer Garrett Graff tallied up all the known Trump investigations. He tells The World US President Donald Trump faces "a much broader legal assault" than any other modern president.
The 'right to repair' movement wants you to be able to fix your own stuff
"Right to Repair" promotes resources people need to fix the things they own, from smartphones to dishwashers to agricultural equipment. The movement started as a response to the growing stream of e-waste but has broadened its message.