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    The Fight for Kachin: Struggles over Independence in Burma

    September 8, 2014  —  

    Long after Burma’s government made peace with other ethnic minorities that fought against its former military junta, the mostly Christian Kachin community remains at war with the Burmese army. Photographer Diana Markosian portrays a wide scope of Kachin life in these striking images from Burma’s besieged north.  More
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    Some of My Best Friends Are Scottish

    September 2, 2014  —  

    Frequenting his favorite London pubs, the English artist Paul Davis asked Scottish friends and strangers what they thought about the impending referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. He matched their responses to limned images of a few great Scots, lending some historical heft and a touch of ventriloquism to the project.  More
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    Who’s Happy About Abu Dhabi’s “Island of Happiness”? It’s Not the Construction Workers

    August 18, 2014  —  

    In this episode of Forms of Life, Nato Thompson speaks about the harsh conditions faced by workers in Abu Dhabi.  More
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    Now Eat My Script: Writing the Experience of Syrian Refugees

    August 4, 2014  —  

    “It seems we kill the intimate moment of death each time we record it,” observes the silent narrator of Mounira Al Solh’s Now Eat My Script, a video that ruminates on representations of violence in the context of Syria’s civil war.  More
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    Running Orders: A Poem for Gaza

    July 28, 2014  —  

    More than 1,000 Palestinians—the vast majority of them civilians—have been killed during Israel’s latest assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, which is home to roughly 1.8 million Palestinians. Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s poem conveys the harrowing experience of receiving Israeli warnings of imminent strikes and having nowhere to run.  More
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    Editor’s Letter

    Mary Lampson, a co-director of the groundbreaking 1976 documentary Underground, reflects on her experience interviewing fugitive members of the Weather Underground for a film that resonates with present-day concerns about war, surveillance, police brutality and the punishment of dissent.

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