The Law of Historical Memory​

A strange inheritance from a grandfather resisting Franco and fascism in 1930s Spain.

Borders of the Past: On Europe and the Berlin Wall

The idea of a peacefully united continent that acknowledges identity must prevail.

Mar 29, 2017
These Dark Skies: Seeking Refuge on Europe’s Shores

This situation can be changed, but only if our compassion is stronger than our fear.

Feb 27, 2017
On Borders and Citizens

“My US citizenship is a kind of bulwark. It is not a guarantee of protection.”

Feb 21, 2017
Arab Past, American Present: My Family’s Invisible History

“The family legacy included silence as a way to belong.”

Jan 17, 2017
A Map of Lost Things: On Family, Grief, and the Meaning of Home

“A body always returns to the place that shaped it.”

Jan 09, 2017
Integration Class: On Immigrating to Germany

“Welcome to Germany. Take a number. Have a seat.”

Dec 07, 2016
An American in Brexit Britain: Reflections After the Presidential Election

“Living outside of the United States isn’t an escape.”

Nov 21, 2016
Sour Water

“My small body shivered in fear waiting for the next sky to fall.”

Sep 06, 2016
My Indian Passport Is a Bitch

“How many Indian backpackers have you met?”

May 27, 2016
The Wailing

“There is no greater insult than to have your death ignored.”

May 11, 2016

For decades, micro-economies in Miami have breathed in sync with the shortages in Cuba. What happens now?

Mar 23, 2016
Starry Sky

“The tumor cells, often stained a deep, twilight purple, recall a van Gogh nocturne.”

Mar 02, 2016