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PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI - JANUARY 2011: A young boy sits by his familiy's makeshift home at a tent camp, where 55,000 displaced Haitians are living on the grounds of what was the Club de Petionville January, 2011 in Port au Prince, Haiti.  (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images)
PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI - JANUARY 2011: A young boy sits by his familiy's makeshift home at a tent camp, where 55,000 displaced Haitians are living on the grounds of what was the Club de Petionville January, 2011 in Port au Prince, Haiti. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images)

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PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI - JANUARY 2011: A woman prays at a makeshift church at a tent camp, where 55,000 displaced Haitians are living on the grounds of what was the Club de Petionville January, 2011 in Port au Prince, Haiti. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images)

In Exile” by Jonathan M. Katz, New York Times Magazine

Deportations and violence have driven tens of thousands of people of Haitian descent from their homes in the Dominican Republic — while the world is silent.

Last summer, people began to show up at the farmer’s mud-walled shack. They could speak Haitian Creole, but often with a Dominican accent. They said they had come from the Dominican Republic, where the government was planning to expel anyone of Haitian descent, by force if necessary. They told stories of vigilantes carrying machetes and axes. The threats reminded them of their grandparents’ stories of 1937, when Dominican soldiers massacred anyone living along the border they thought looked or sounded like a Haitian. “Every time there is a deportation, there is a massacre,” one refugee said.

The farmer said they could set up camp on his land. He figured they would move on or go back home soon. But the people didn’t move. More arrived every day. At bigger crossings farther north, many of the tens of thousands fleeing across the border went on to the Haitian interior. But in the far south, around Anse-à-Pitres, the chalky mountain roads are harder to cross, so the migrants set up camps just past the border.


Rise of the Drones” by Rudolph Herzog, Lapham’s Quarterly

Drone technology spans a century’s worth of science fiction and military research.

Despite the futuristic concept of robotic air warfare, drone technology goes back a hundred years. The technological groundwork was first established by genius inventor Nikola Tesla, who introduced radio-control technology at Madison Square Garden in 1898. Tesla immediately realized his invention’s military potential, noting that the technology would allow man to build devastating remote weapons that would be a deterrent so inhuman and destructive that, in his imagination, they would “lead to permanent peace between the nations.”

TO GO WITH AFP STORY Ethiopia-land-rights-farm,FEATURE by JENNY VAUGHAN In a photograph taken on March 22, 2012, employees of Saudi Star rice farm work in a paddy in Gambella, Ethiopia. The government aims to voluntarily resettle 200,000 people in Gambella over the next three years as part of its ?commune? program, which aims to pool rural communities together to improve access to key services such as schools, clinics and mills. But many villagers complain of inadequate services and say food and arable land is scarce. The Ethiopian government plans to resettle 1.5 million people by 2013 and says relocation is voluntary, but rights groups have accused the government of forcing people from fertile land that is earmarked for investors, which the government denies. AFP PHOTO/JENNY VAUGHAN (Photo credit should read JENNY VAUGHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The refugee who took on the British government” by Ben Rawlence, The Guardian

For British politicians, foreign aid to Africa has become a cherished emblem of our idealism and generosity. But what happens when our funds harm those they are meant to help?

The Anuak have an intimate relationship with their landscape. Their highest traditional authority is a spiritual leader called the wat-ngomi, who must sanction any human intervention in nature. Some trees are deemed sacred and cannot be cut down. Spirits live in certain sites and even the boundaries of their territory are inscribed with religious meaning. Everyone knows where the land of one community ends and that of another begins. This intimacy is reflected in their language: “How are you?” in the Anuak language is piny bede nidi, which literally translates as “how is the earth?” The reply is piny ber jak (“the earth is fine”) orpiny rac (“the earth is bad”).

That morning, the earth was bad. Officials from the regional government in Gambella, accompanied by soldiers from the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) had come to tell Opik and the other inhabitants of the village to leave. It was not the first time they had come. Earlier in the year there had been several meetings. The government had arrived with police and militias and informed the residents that they were to be moved to a new location. There was a national plan called “villagisation” and Gambella was in the first phase.

An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic-State (IS) militant positions, from his position on the top of Mount Zardak, a strategic point taken 3 days ago, about 25 kilometres east of Mosul on September 9,2014. Kurdish forces in the north have been bolstered by US strikes and took control of Mount Zardak, a strategic site that provides a commanding view of the surrounding area, a senior US officer said. AFP PHOTO/ JM LOPEZ (Photo credit should read JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The Front Lines” by Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker

On the border of ISIS territory, Iraqi civilians fight for their survival.

In empowering the Yazidi refugees, the P.K.K. had created a new base of sympathy for its revolutionary cause; they seemed unlikely to simply give that up. I spoke with many P.K.K. fighters from Turkey and Syria who said they had no intention of leaving Sinjar. Their presence in the town raised the question: With so many rival factions and competing interests—and in the absence of a unifying national government or army (or identity)—what happens the day after a city in Iraq or Syria is liberated from ISIS? What happens a week after? A year?

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - JANUARY 22: Marwa Naeem, 13, and her father, Mohammed Naeem wait for a car to take them to Baghdad airport on January 22, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq. Marwa, her siblings and parents were fleeing their Baghdad neighbourhood during the 2003 American invasion when an American missile struck near their car, killing Marwa's mother and disfiguring Marwa. Humanitarian organizations such as International Relief and Development and CIVIC took up her cause, and she is now being flown to Los Angeles for a series of donated plastic surgeries to repair the damage to her nose and face. She will stay with an Iraqi family during her stay in America. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Coming to America (as an Iraqi Refugee)” by Nizar Latif, Foreign Policy

After working for the U.S. military, I had to hide from Baghdad death squads. Finding a new home — and learning Texan slang — hasn’t been easy.

Long before I filled out my application for refugee status, the Mahdi Army and the death squads in my hometown found out that I worked with Americans. Their local agents in my neighborhood began to target me as a spy: I began receiving threats on my cell phone and at my family’s home, where they promised to hunt me down.

When they could not find me, they started pressuring my family. A group came to my father’s house. “Is your son still working with the Americans,” they asked. “Is he a spy?”

Photo credits:Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images; ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images; Getty Images; JENNY VAUGHAN/AFP/Getty Images; JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images; Chris Hondros/Getty Images

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