The Chair

By Emily Strasser
February 2015

Dharamsala is the end of the journey for many Tibetans fleeing their Chinese-occupied homeland, and where their stories are told.

Narrating Crisis in Sri Lanka

By Nimmi Gowrinathan
February 2015

Humanitarian efforts may alleviate the pain, but do they stop the political strife that leaves victims bleeding?

The Rabbit Slaughter

By Vincent Crapanzano
February 2015

An anthropologist examines the meanings of sacrifice and slaughter—with his own life as the case study.

Everything Just Disappeared

By Katherine Rowland
February 2015

In Gavdos there is a sort of collective protest against the past. Not against history and the stubborn patterns we mistake for certainty, but against all evidence of time beyond the beach.

My Asylum

By Barbara Taylor
February 2015

After more than a century, Britain’s notorious asylums were slated for closure. Where does that leave the people they actually healed?

When the Waves Overturned Grief

By Andrea Woodhouse
January 2015

Ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, remembering normalcy and chaos in the province of Aceh.

What the Trees Reveal

By Joanna Chen
January 2015

When we moved to the Ella Valley, my partner and I took great care not to build on land that might have belonged to Palestinians before the war of 1948.

Religion in America: Gods and Devils

December 2014

A Guernica special issue.

Yo Soy el Diablo

By Scott Cheshire
December 2014

Religion in America: The Devil as part of a rather American tradition.

What Will Happen to All of That Beauty?

By Ayana Mathis
December 2014

Religion in America: Why does our humanity mean we are at once of God and utterly separate from Him?

Allah Guides to His Light Whomever He Wishes

By Peter Manseau
December 2014

Religion in America: Muslim revert Kenny Irwin Jr.’s Robolights display is a fixture of Christmas in Southern California.

The Limits of Jurisdiction

By Erin Siegal McIntyre
December 2014

For the past six years, Karen has lived in Missouri with her adoptive parents. But a Guatemalan couple are convinced the child is their kidnapped daughter, Anyelí.

La Milonguera

By Tamzin Baker
December 2014

In Buenos Aires, a tango dancer’s tragic accident ends her career—and unearths longstanding trauma.

After the Green Death

By Will Boast
November 2014

At the top of the pantheon of spirits in Burma are the Thirty-Seven Nats. Twirling on earth, in a shimmering shawl, is their 74-year-old medium, U Nan Win.


By Nisa Qazi
November 2014

When they arrived in Abbottabad, my mother thought it was the most beautiful place she had ever seen. My father was glad for his homecoming.

The Junk Trade

By Randal O’Wain
November 2014

I could still feel his touch, and each time I thought about his truck I felt guilty.


By Lance Richardson
October 2014

A meditation on being eaten.

Soldier Girl

By Rohini Mohan
October 2014

Looking back on a fifteen-year career as a Tamil Tiger.

In the Prison of New Beginnings

By Tanya Erzen
October 2014

In the South’s bloodiest prisons, Baptists say they can reform prisoners by turning them into missionaries.

American Empires: Power and Its Discontents

October 2014

American Empires: A Guernica special issue.

The Rise and Fall of Public Housing in NYC

By Richard Price
October 2014

American Empires: A subjective overview.

From Baghdad to the Bakken

By Laura Gottesdiener
October 2014

American Empires: Home from the oil wars abroad, US service members and military contractors are flocking to North Dakota’s emerging boomtowns.

The Chicken Competition

By Christopher Leonard
October 2014

American Empires: How poultry companies concentrate wealth and pit farmers against each other in a secretive tournament pay system.


By Toni Nealie
September 2014

What kind of real mother would film the death of a child?

Freedom Mandate

By Sarah Smarsh
September 2014

When the religious right co-opts the push to reinvigorate civics education, dubious legislation reveals the most powerful people in public schools.

Medicine and Its Metaphors

By Eula Biss
September 2014

A mother confronts the waning paternalism of doctors and comes to terms with needing the care of others.

Once Returned

Edited by Cate Malek and Mateo Hoke
August 2014

I admit my decision to move my family to Gaza is kind of strange.

I Said Infantry

By Brian Turner
August 2014

An Army sergeant reflects on his service in Iraq and how his family’s history with PTSD led him to sign up in the first place.

Keeping Pace

By Brandon Lingle
August 2014

His son’s diagnosis—hypoplastic left heart syndrome—has one father thinking about the reasons to run.

Prison Journal of a Child Bride

By Zarbibi, translated by Roger Sedarat
August 2014

At times I wonder whether they considered me a human being or a lamb to sacrifice for their own good.

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