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#SlavesofFATA and dissent on social media in Pakistan

Nooreen Reza

Last month a video surfaced online of Pakistan army officers in the country's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) that caused outrage on social media. In the video, army men look on as a fellow soldier, dressed up in Pashtun women's cultural clothing, does a caricature of a dance. This attempt to get some entertainment at the expense of others was to many an insult added to the many injuries FATA and its people have endured throughout the years. 

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Freedom for "Guantánamo Diary" Author Mohamedou Slahi?

Michael Bronner

On Thursday morning, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, author of the acclaimed memoir Guantánamo Diary and one of Gitmo’s longest-resident prisoners, now in his 15th year of detention without being charged with a crime, went before a Periodic Review Board (PRB) designed to determine whether holding him there indefinitely  “remains necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States.” The board’s six members – comprising senior officials from the Departments of Defense, H

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Colorism in the Black Community

Melissa Rodriguez

When I think of colorism I think of my freshman year of high school. “Wow, you got tan.” “You used to be light-skinned.” “Why are you so dark?” I found myself looking in the mirror to see if the color was starting to fade yet, comparing the darkness of my arm to the lightness of my friend’s, avoiding the sun at the beach by hiding under umbrellas, with the constant fear of getting too dark and never being considered light-skinned again.

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