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How Defining ‘Refugees’ Shapes the Lives of Millions

The Changing Language of Refuge

The approach of the U.S. to those who seek asylum within its borders has changed over time, its definitions and rules reshaped by ideologies from racial hierarchy to Cold War anticommunism — with major legal consequences for those affected as well as significant influence on how Americans perceive and welcome them.

Gaza in a Million Pieces

Among the Drowning

I walk past beds of children in bandages, children with metal rods poking out of tiny legs and arms, children with burns, children with necrotic tissue. Like many others, I watched Gaza’s horror unfold on TV and social media and lacked the words to express it. I am here; I am seeing it for myself. I understand so much more, and yet I find myself even more incapable of articulating the extent of what I am witnessing.

A Portal to Another World: Translating Early Arabic Poetry — With James Montgomery

A Portal to Another World: Translating Early Arabic Poetry — With James Montgomery

James Montgomery, Sir Thomas Adams's professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge, tells New Lines’ Lydia Wilson how the early Arabic hunting poetry in his latest book is a portal into another world, on this week’s episode of The Lede.

Fear of the Far Right Torpedoes EU Environmental Policies

Fear of the Far Right Torpedoes EU Environmental Policies

Faced with angry demonstrations from farmers who say EU environmental policies are destroying their ability to make a living, Brussels canceled a plan to reduce agricultural emissions significantly by 2040. The reason: farmers are lending their influence to far-right politicians like Geert Wilders, whose party won the most seats in the last Dutch election.

India’s Bene Israel Food Creates a Fusion of Coconut and Kosher

India’s Bene Israel Food Creates a Fusion of Coconut and Kosher

India’s largest Jewish community, the Bene Israel, hold on to their coastal roots through food and memory. Their cuisine, which draws from Konkan traditions while observing kosher, reveals how it is a marriage of both faith and community.

China’s Picture Book Market Has Exploded, but Is It Fun for Children?

China’s Picture Book Market Has Exploded, but Is It Fun for Children?

As thousands of children’s books are translated into Mandarin, China’s domestic market for young readers is also blossoming. Yet emphasis on traditional Chinese values such as education — both as an aim and as a vehicle to mold model citizens — is perhaps holding the industry back.

Horror Films Help Pakistanis Process Modern-Day Anxieties

Horror Films Help Pakistanis Process Modern-Day Anxieties

In recent times, both Pakistani cinema and TV have been experimenting with horror, trying to address the complexities of living in modern-day Pakistan, such as the rising discourse about feminism, the fear of Western influences, the evolution of the family system, and the role of religion in everyday life.