By Aaron Stanley

Stories of life under extremism in Africa

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On the morning of September 17, 2004, masses of “night commuting” children are photographed walking — as they do each morning — from northern Uganda’s Gulu town on their way back to their home villages. Each night, more than 25,000 children leave their villages or camps throughout the district and walk to Gulu town to escape being killed or abducted by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which is waging war against the Ugandan government. (Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/TWP)

I woke up in a cold sweat. Alexis Okeowo’s A Moonless Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa had transported me from my Harlem apartment to an uncomfortably warm night in the bush of northern Uganda. Her stories had infiltrated my dreams.

A Moonless Starless Sky tells true stories of individuals’ relationships with extremism. At first glance, each story may seem far away, alien, and unrelatable. However, Okeowo’s narratives are focused on people. …


By Nehal Amer

Sobering dispatches make the case that “the demons unleashed by the age of chaos and war in the Middle East have become an unstoppable force”

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The Age of Chaos An Iraqi soldier secures the site where a car bomb exploded in a market place in Baghdad’s Kazemiya district, June, 8, 2006. The attack occurred a few hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of al Qaeda in Iraq. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The legacies and consequences of U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East have left many Americans wary of involvement in the region. With the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the emergence of the Islamic State (IS), and multiple state collapses in the region, it’s not difficult to see why. …


By Joseph J. Jung

A new civil rights movement calls on America to live up to its ideals

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Dream Weavers As lawmakers struggled to pass what immigrant activists called a “clean” Dream Act and with the looming threat of a government shutdown, Dreamers protest outside the U.S. Capitol, January 18, 2018. (Photo: Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

For many Americans, today’s immigration debate has been a rude awakening to the controversies surrounding the country’s borders and core identity. Those who live in so-called “welcoming cities” know immigrants as their neighbors and community members. Outside such places, immigrants may promise new cultures and other ways of life. In the United States today, 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the shadows as a result of lawmakers’ failure to reform an antiquated immigration system. …

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