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Voices of Zaatari

By On November 16, 2015

Listening to Syrians during a Visit to Jordan’s Largest Refugee Camp In northern Jordan, nearly 5,000 kilometers from Paris, lies a second Champs-Elsyée. It is the commercial hub of Zaatari, a “home”… Read More

International

Don’t Forget: Parisians Aren’t The Only Victims

By On November 14, 2015

This weekend, as the events of the Paris terrorist attacks unfolded, the news took the Western world by storm. TV stations covered the breaking news, online publications published up-to-the-minute reports and Facebook… Read More

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International

On 70th Anniversary of UN, Voluntary Veto Restraint the Next Step for Progress

By On October 23, 2015

This weekend, the world is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. While indeed an opportune moment to praise past achievements, this anniversary must also be a time for introspection and… Read More

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Middle East

Your Selfish Humanitarianism is Killing Syria

By On September 15, 2015

By now you will have seen the image circling the internet of Aylan Al-Kurdi. The Syrian Kurdish migrant child was found dead on the shores of Budrum, Turkey two weeks ago after… Read More

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Middle East

The End of Boogeyman: The Iran Deal Explained

By On August 10, 2015

Much has been made about the American-Iranian nuclear deal negotiated in large part by Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Javid Zarif. From pundits to the public, suddenly every… Read More

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Africa

Africa: The “Dark Continent”

By On August 3, 2015

The death of Cecil the Lion has taken Western media by storm with publications like The Washington Post even going as far as starting an article with “While the world mourns the… Read More

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Africa

Dispatch 10: A Visit to the Rebel Offices

By On July 31, 2015

For the next two months, ReadCONTRA founder Rajiv Golla will be living in Juba, South Sudan, working with the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, local journalists, and a number of… Read More

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Africa

The Orient–Closer Than You Think

By On July 28, 2015

It was my third time walking around the Vieux Port of Montreal with my family, when we suddenly we ran into a rather intriguing sign. It was advertising the Festival Orientalys and… Read More

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Africa

Dispatch 8: Independence Day

By On July 18, 2015

For the next two months, ReadCONTRA founder Rajiv Golla will be living in Juba, South Sudan, working with the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, local journalists, and a number of… Read More

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Africa

Dispatch 7: The Long Road To War

By On July 11, 2015

For the next two months, ReadCONTRA founder Rajiv Golla will be living in Juba, South Sudan, working with the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, local journalists, and a number of… Read More

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Africa

Dispatch 6: Where Wealth Flows Through The Streets Like A Sieve

By On July 10, 2015

For the next two months, ReadCONTRA founder Rajiv Golla will be living in Juba, South Sudan, working with the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, local journalists, and a number of… Read More

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Africa

Dispatch 5: Not What We Expected

By On July 10, 2015

For the next two months, ReadCONTRA founder Rajiv Golla will be living in Juba, South Sudan, working with the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, local journalists, and a number of… Read More

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Africa

North Africa and My Love/Hate Relationship with French

By On July 7, 2015

So you speak French right? Do you speak French? I can’t understand you guys, you all speak French! These statements represent a maze that I can never hope to escape–a maze constructed… Read More

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Africa

Dispatch 4: Cowboys & Indians

By On July 7, 2015

For the next two months, ReadCONTRA founder Rajiv Golla will be living in Juba, South Sudan, working with the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, local journalists, and a number of… Read More

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Africa

Dispatch 3: A Baptism By Fire

By On July 6, 2015

For the next two months, ReadCONTRA founder Rajiv Golla will be living in Juba, South Sudan, working with the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, local journalists, and a number of… Read More

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Africa

Dispatch 2: The Third South Sudanese Civil War

By On July 5, 2015

For the next two months, ReadCONTRA founder Rajiv Golla will be living in Juba, South Sudan, working with the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, local journalists, and a number of… Read More

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Africa

Dispatch 1: Obligatory Preface

By On July 5, 2015

For the next two months, ReadCONTRA founder Rajiv Golla will be living in Juba, South Sudan, working with the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, local journalists, and a number of… Read More

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Middle East

Protest Privilege

By On July 1, 2015

ReadCONTRA’s Sarah Hakani is currently based out of Amman while she works for the Jordan River Foundation, an organization that works with children who have been victims of abuse, refugee issues, women’s… Read More

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The United Nations’ Gaza Report

By On June 22, 2015

The UN released its official report on last summer’s siege of Gaza Sunday. The report brought to light damning evidence of Israel’s use of human shields, relative disregard for civilian populations in… Read More

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Middle East

Reconciling Islam In A Muslim Country

By On June 17, 2015

ReadCONTRA’s Sarah Hakani is currently based out of Amman while she works for the Jordan River Foundation, an organization that works with children who have been victims of abuse, refugee issues, women’s… Read More