How One of the Most Stable Nations in West Africa Descended Into Mayhem

After wresting huge swaths of territory from government control in Burkina Faso’s north, those motorbike-riding jihadis have spread south toward Ouagadougou. In August, the main political parties voted to change the electoral code, allowing presidential and legislative elections in November to proceed, even if large numbers of Burkinabe are unable to vote because of violence […]

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I’m a Muslim and Arab American. Will I Ever Be an Equal Citizen?

Culturally too, we are usually treated as a separate race, hence our almost universal portrayal as villains or victims in popular media. In books and newspapers, Arabs and Muslims are typically seen through the lens of current events — foreign wars, global migration and especially terrorism. The association is so pervasive that references to it […]

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Montana’s Greatest Cultural Export: Inane Campaign Ads

Montana is a land of stunning natural variety — grassy plains and snowcapped mountains, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, crystal streams full of glittering trout and one of America’s largest Superfund sites — but perhaps its most abundant resource is self-awareness. I have never lived in a place where so many people’s shirts said what […]

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