Story highlights Photographer Fadi Boukaram spent 5 months visiting places in the United States called Lebanon. His trip in 2016 coincided with President Donald Trump's election campaign. His trip in 2016 coincided with President Donald Trump's election campaign (CNN)On Valentine's Day 2005 when Rafic Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon, was assassinated by a huge blast of TNT in Beirut, Fadi Boukaram was just moments from the bomb. Having already spent part of his childhood living in a Beirut bomb shelter during the final years of the Lebanese Civil War, Boukaram, now 38, expected the explosion, which also killed 21 others, to spark a second conflict. He decided it was time to get out. That was February. In March he applied to a state university in San Francisco. In April he was accepted. By August he had left. America was, naturally, a culture shock. "I didn't expect to go there and see students burning flags, and drawing swastikas on them," he tells CNN, of the … [Read more...] about Welcome to Lebanon … in the United States
WASHINGTON — The Chinese government has detained a third Canadian citizen, escalating a diplomatic crisis in which it is pushing the United States to relent on legal pressure against one of China’s leading technology companies. Canadian consular officials are providing assistance to the family of the latest detainee, a spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, the country’s foreign ministry, said on Wednesday. The spokesman declined to identify the detainee or provide more details. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said at a regularly scheduled news conference in Beijing on Wednesday that the ministry had no information on the case. Chinese security agencies detained two other Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, on Dec. 10. Chinese officials have suggested in public comments that the agencies are looking into potential national security charges. But by all appearances, the detentions appear to be retaliation for Canada’s arrest of … [Read more...] about China Holds Third Canadian, Escalating Diplomatic Crisis With the United States
Strolling the aisles at a Kohl’s department store near his home in Rochester, N.Y., Azizullah Sharifi spoke Pashto with his daughter Marwah as they picked through shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops for the summer. The father and daughter stopped to check their shopping cart, when a woman next to them muttered, “Speak [expletive] English” in a low growl. Once Sharifi realized she was talking to him, he quickly pushed his cart away without responding. But he wasn’t fast enough. Though she was only 7, Marwah recognized that the woman had “said something really bad.” “Just ignore her,” Sharifi told her. It was a drastic shift from the way he was treated in his home country of Afghanistan, where American service members, with whom he had worked closely, treated him with respect. Much of his experience in the United States has been positive, but sometimes, “you feel Islamophobia, the racism — not all people, but you can feel it,” … [Read more...] about In the United States, His Problem Wasn’t the Taliban. It Was Everything Else.
Despite its title, Andrew Delbanco’s “The War Before the War” isn’t so much about confrontation as it is about the earnest, and often self-defeating, methods used to avoid it. In other words, this is a story about compromises — and a riveting, unsettling one at that. The subtitle gives advance warning of how all that bargaining ended up: “Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul From the Revolution to the Civil War.” Delbanco chose to focus his account on fugitive slaves because their plight, he says, “exposed the idea of the ‘united’ states as a lie.” From the beginning of the Republic the slave system was embedded in the Constitution, even if the framers declined to name it as such. Delbanco highlights the especially tortured syntax of the fugitive slave clause (Article 4, Section 2, Clause 3) to show how the founding document, “so filled with euphemism and circumlocution,” was littered … [Read more...] about How Fugitive Slaves Exposed the Idea of the ‘United’ States as a Lie
Story highlights Until about 1880, abortion was allowed and widely practiced in the United States The American Medical Association led the crusade to ban abortion in the 19th century (CNN)There was a time when abortion was simply part of life in the United States. People didn't scream about it in protest, and services were marketed openly. In Latin America, requests for abortions rise as Zika spreads Drugs to induce abortions were a booming business. They were advertised in newspapers and could be bought from pharmacists, from physicians and even through the mail. If drugs didn't work, women could visit practitioners for instrumental procedures. The earliest efforts to govern abortions centered on concerns about poisoning, not morality, religion or politics. It was the mid-19th century, long before abortion became the hot-button issue it is now. All of this is according to historian Leslie Reagan, whose 1996 book on abortion history in the United States is considered … [Read more...] about The surprising history of abortion in the United States