January 6th Issue

Cry, For My Son, For His Freedom

A Pakistani immigrant recounts her struggle since the arrest of her son for plotting a terrorist attack, and her husband’s subsequent detention by immigration authorities By Fatima Bhojani On August 14, 2009 he wrote: “I am trying to stay strong. Ma, today I talk to you and you were crying a lot I know you feel a lot of pain for me because I am your only son.” She read the letters over and over again. Perched on the mattress on the floor; papers fanned out on a low table in front of her. Papers spilling out of folders. Papers protected by plastic covers. Papers poking out of books. Shaheena clutched on to the pieces of her son she had gathered. Letters. Cards. Drawings. Clippings. Poems. Photographs. Ever since Shahawar Matin Siraj was arrested on August 27, 2004, Shaheena Parveen’s relationship with her son has been largely defined by letter exchanges from behind bars. Her 58 years have carved deep (Read More)

Inside Cover

No Room for Error

A Palestinian woman cuts her way into the world of surgery in Gaza by Sami Abu Salem BORN In the…

Features

Crafting Stability

This troubled region of ours requires lateral thinking and a new approach By Ismail Serageldin The horrors of Daesh and…

Algeria: What Lies Ahead

Can Algeria weather the current political and economic turbulence? BY Nicholas Noe For years, Africa’s largest country ––a heavyweight energy…

Down Time

New Big Shot on the Block

A new comedy from Lebanese director reflects the country’s reality BY Roshanak Taghavi Three brothers in present day Lebanon embark…

Getting the Picture

A swell of new African photographers are changing how the world views their continent BY Mirren Gidda Africa has long…