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Recovering the Bawdy Humor of Classical Arabic Literature

Recovering the Bawdy Humor of Classical Arabic Literature

While those who advocate censorship tend to invoke the past, classical Arabic literature often mirrors today’s informality and humor. Stories and anecdotes laced with profanity were told in the same candid manner in which they were composed, without any hesitation or disgust.

Rice Farming Brought Prosperity to Northwestern Nigeria — Then the Bandits Came

Rice Farming Brought Prosperity to Northwestern Nigeria — Then the Bandits Came

After Nigeria banned rice imports in 2015, thousands of farmers in the country’s impoverished northwest took out government loans to start cultivating it locally and made great gains. Yet poor law enforcement has allowed bandits to target these communities’ profits through extortion and kidnapping.

The Israel of Marvel’s X-Men

The Israel of Marvel’s X-Men

The story of Krakoa implies that a state born of a desire for security — a militarized society, segregated, focused on strength and always placed in the crosshairs of attacks — is at worst a fundamentally broken state and at best resembles a prison for its people.

In the Female Genital Mutilation Debate, Gambia’s Traditions Clash With Women’s Rights

In the Female Genital Mutilation Debate, Gambia’s Traditions Clash With Women’s Rights

A controversial bill seeking to overturn the ban on female genital mutilation has been introduced in the Gambian Parliament. Political and religious leaders are pushing for decriminalization, citing traditional beliefs and stating that it is one of the virtues of Islam.

A Notorious Photograph From a US Massacre in the Philippines Reveals an Ugly Truth

A Notorious Photograph From a US Massacre in the Philippines Reveals an Ugly Truth

The power of photography to depict the reality of war first emerged over a century ago. Yet despite showing with greater clarity than ever events like the slaughter at Bud Dajo by the U.S. military, it has not given us a universal language of empathy that could galvanize resistance to future crimes.