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Social conditions

Trick of the Russian Soul

From Secondhand Time, an oral history of post-Soviet Russia compiled by Svetlana Alexievich and published last month by Random House. Alexievich is the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in…

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Con Voyage

From Crossing the Sea, by Wolfgang Bauer. In 2014, Bauer, a German journalist for Die Zeit, traveled undercover with Syrian refugees on a boat headed from Egypt to Greece. His…

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Wilt Thou not Walk

I never knew just when I passed the border into Germany because no frontier official stopped me. I thought it odd that there should be a border warfare so recently…

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Front Runner

Marine Le Pen’s campaign to make France great again

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In Hayange

In March 2014, Marine Le Pen’s National Front took charge of eleven municipalities, among them Hayange, a city of 16,000 in northeastern France, where the unemployment rate rose to 15…

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Introduction

Last fall, young people gathered in protest at dozens of universities across the country. Students of color spoke about feeling unwelcome or invisible, of being stereotyped, slighted, excluded, harassed. One…

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Weary Oracle

By Dawn Lundy Martin. Martin is the author of four books of poetry, including Good Stock, which will be published by Coffee House Press in 2016. She teaches at the…

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Blanket Security

By Thomas Chatterton Williams. Williams is the author of the memoir Losing My Cool, published by Penguin Press in 2010. Read More

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