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Photo by Eman Helal

Power Jam

Nouran Elkabbany’s family wasn’t thrilled about the idea of her joining a roller derby team. They worried about all the ways she might damage her body. In Egypt’s patriarchal society, there are certain expectations: among them, a woman shouldn’t have visible scars; eventually, when she gets married, her husband will expect her body to be unblemished.

Photo by Eduardo Leal

Survival in the Time of Peace

After four years of negotiations, the peace accord brokered between President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) leaders known as Timoleón Jiménez—nom de guerre: Timochenko—and Iván Márquez has finally been implemented. Colombians are supposed to be enjoying the fruits of peace. But reconciliation has been difficult to accept for a country with such a fiery legacy of violence: a shroud over almost a quarter million lives lost during half a century, and the gun that pointed so many toward diaspora. Every Colombian family has either been a victim or has known one.

 Photo by Christopher Gregory

Street Fighters

On a hot June afternoon, driven by an anxiety that seems to track with the viciousness of the national mood, I visit an arcade to see if it still has the analgesic effect I craved as a lonely teenager, when I felt especially embattled because, as a black person, I’d begun to realize what America might have in store for me.

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Consider the Lobstermen

December 31, 2011

The Maine lobster industry has a reputation as one of the best managed fisheries in the world—but few have considered how this ethic is enforced.