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Death is a Night Wind: How José Rizal’s immortal poem haunts the Philippines today

The Caravan Magazine, June 2018 | IN THE DAYS BEFORE HIS EXECUTION, a 35-year-old Filipino named José Rizal leaned over a wooden desk and wrote 14 stanzas in neat Castilian handwriting on a paper about the size of his palm. He folded the paper twice and tucked it inside a gas lamp. On his sister Trinidad’s final visit, he whispered to her, using English so … Continue reading Death is a Night Wind: How José Rizal’s immortal poem haunts the Philippines today

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After Asylum: ‘My New Country, Everything is Different’

For a year, I followed a family from El Salvador, whose teenage children made a dangerous journey north to reunite with a distant parent. “I was very afraid, not knowing if I should go forward or turn back. I thought a lot about my family – mostly about my grandmother who was still stuck back home,” said Alejandro.”I was torn whether to continue or return.” … Continue reading After Asylum: ‘My New Country, Everything is Different’

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Climate Change: A four-part series

We already see and feel the changes, in the sweat on our brow, the crops in our fields and the shoreline by our homes. Science is now filling in more of the picture of a rapidly changing world and demonstrating, with more evidence than ever before, that those changes are driven primarily by the burning of fossil fuels. A four-part series published in the online … Continue reading Climate Change: A four-part series

Deported veterans try to return to the country they fought for

A two-part audio and visual story exploring the fate of U.S. military veterans facing deportation. Aired on KPCC, WNYC’s The Takeaway, WBUR’s Here and Now, NPR’s American Homefront Project.”Not too many people are willing to put on a uniform and go fight, and it’s the reason we have these freedoms today is because of these men and women,” said former Army Paratrooper Hector Barajas. Read … Continue reading Deported veterans try to return to the country they fought for

Inside the Adelanto detention facility: Troubled history, vows for reform

California’s largest privately-run immigrant detention facility – and a key holding site for immigrants from Southern California – recorded lapses in care during a four-year period when at least three detainees have died. A multi-part investigation featuring interviews with former detainees, families and enforcement agents. “It was scary, really scary,” said C. Hidalgo, a former detainee… Read the full story / Listen to the audio Continue reading Inside the Adelanto detention facility: Troubled history, vows for reform