Monthly Archives: July 2015

A Mysterious Disappearance at Cedros Island

About the Author Living and traveling on a sailboat is often about suffering gracefully and making good decisions in bad situations. I think that’s part of the reason I choose to sail the coasts of Latin America and the Caribbean. My partner Josh and I get to share the challenges of a seabound experience with others who work in salt waters every day. …

Hull Scrub

Josh and I take the boat to Bahía Falsa just outside of La Paz to scrape the underwater jungle off of the hull. Most likely the hull will never get this overgrown again during our trip. La Paz has a reputation for growing forests on boat hulls, plus sailing keeps it cleaner. Perhaps El Niño is responsible for some of the growth with its extra warm …

Adama’s Life in the Shadows

May 2005 would, in retrospect, prove to be a turning point for Cameroon’s gay community, especially the men at the heart of the scene in Yaoundé, the political capital. In the years leading up to that month, these men had settled into a social rhythm organized around the few bars where they could come together. Over drinks after work at Victoire …

The Reckless Plot to Overthrow Africa’s Most Absurd Dictator

The Guardian – Andrew Rice is the author of a fascinating new long-form piece on an attempted coup in the Gambia. Rice shares the story of a handful of Gambian immigrants to the United States who plotted to overthrow President Yahya Jammeh. The piece gets at the vital question: what motivated them to return to the Gambia to take on a powerful …

ICWA Experts: Neri Zilber

Watch ICWA Fellow and Trustee Neri Zilber in conversation with Executive Director Edward P. Joseph on relations between Israel, Palestine, and the U.S. This is the first video in a series of conversations with ICWA Experts.

Cairo Art Crime: George Bahgory and the Missing Pieces

July 11, 2015 A source in Beirut tipped me off. Somebody had stolen paintings—two hundred paintings—from Egyptian artist George Bahgory. Five months earlier, I attended the opening of Bahgory’s retrospective. Scores of elegant Cairenes crunched toast with black caviar. They roamed through six rooms of paintings, gazing at six decades of work. …

A False Start at a New Kind of Family

The idea took shape in early April. Diane and Malika been dating for about five months by then, following the unlikely thread that began with the Facebook friend request Diane sent Malika last December. In the beginning, Malika had felt no attraction. She remembers first seeing Diane during a training for LGBTI activists at the headquarters of Alternative …