Women’s survival strategies in Chechnya: from self-care to caring for each other

Luiza encounters regular violence and intimidation in her work helping women survivors of state-sponsored violence. Living under the Chechen regime, activist women need a combination of self and community care.  by Keely Tongate Luiza has seen many attempts to silence Chechen human rights activists. There was the car with tell-tale tinted windows and no number […]

A ‘new poetry’ emerges from Syria’s civil war

More literal and visceral, Syrian poetry is being spread on social media and chanted in the streets. Ghada al-Atrash, a Syrian-Canadian writer and translator, has been studying Syrian poetry for decades. Yet in all her years of work, she says she has never encountered works of poetry such as the ones emerging today from the […]

Indian author shot dead in Afghanistan

Unidentified gunmen have shot dead an Indian author in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika, police say. Sushmita Banerjee, the writer of a popular book about her dramatic escape from the Taliban in the 1990s, was shot dead on Wednesday night, police announced on Thursday. “We found her bullet-riddled body near [a religious school] on […]

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