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Snapshots of Borderland Drag Queens during COVID-19

On March 24, El Paso, Texas, reached the one-year mark of its lockdown. After all Pride celebrations were canceled last year, the drag queen...

Your Brain on Multilingualism: the Brave Legacy Honored Today

The 30th General Assembly of UNESCO in 1999 proclaimed February 21 as International Mother Language Day. Every year since then, millions around the world...

How jackfruits helped me find new roots

Two years after breaking off contact with my family, I stood on the curb of a Chinatown street, weeping.  I had nearly passed the fruit...

How to celebrate the new year like the rest of the world

Tomorrow is the last day of 2020. Yes, it’s finally the end to a seemingly unending year overstacked with tragedy. But instead of mustering...

This is how Christmas is celebrated around the world

Rooted in religious tradition or holiday cheer, Christmas is a global celebration. Here in the United States, that means baked goodies, scrumptious meals, gift...

United Nations and human rights defenders: a parasitic relationship

The United Nations recently commemorated its 75th anniversary with a high-level meeting to adopt a declaration to reaffirm its collective commitment to multilateralism. In...

How you can support Armenia

Armenia is a country of 3 million people, but the diaspora community stretches to an estimated 10 million. Over 200,000 live in the Los...

News of the Day: Fees to apply for U.S. citizenship set to rise Friday

On October 2, the fee to apply to become a  United States citizen will increase just over 80 percent.  The current fee for the N-400,...

Fast Times at Nanterre: From living it up in France to being in lockdown California

Looming towers of Parisian architecture cast shadows over his head. He ducks into his normal bakery and snatches a baguette. After a good sniff...

With international help, a Beirut restaurant rebuilds

Aline Kamakian’s father had a dream to show the world Armenian cuisine. He passed when she was 17, but his vision lived on.  “His dream...

The Washington Redskins drop controversial team name.

What’s Happening:  The Washington Redskins, after more than 80 years of controversy, have decided to shed their name. Contemporary American culture now generally identifies the...

Happy National Junk Food Day! 

July 21st is National Junk Food Day and for those who are like me, we know we shouldn’t eat junk food. But it’s just...
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