Poetry in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has been in turmoil for months now, as pro-democracy protestors demanding political reform clash with the Beijing government. In The Globe and Mail, Nicole Baute reports on how some of the city’s writers are using poetry to capture the current climate: “There’s something about the ambiguous and metaphoric potential of poetry that makes it the perfect genre for the task.”
The disappearing Amazon
Fifty years ago, Brazil encouraged millions of its people to colonize the Amazon. Today, the world’s largest rain forest is vanishing. “If things continue as they are now, the Amazon might not exist at all within a few generations, with dire consequences for all life on earth,” writes Matt Sandy, who travelled thousands of miles to the front lines of deforestation with photographer Sebastian Liste-Noor for TIME.
Hezbollah and Israel
Over the past few years, Hezbollah has been occupied with propping up Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war. But now, “Hezbollah fighters suggest they’re more than ready to renew their old hostilities with the hated Israelis,” writes Sulome Anderson from Lebanon for Foreign Policy, “even if it happens by accident.” How likely is the resumption of fighting between these two old enemies?
For The Washington Post, Louisa Loveluck and Souad Mekhennet report from the sprawling al-Hol camp in Syria, where 20,000 women who lived under the ISIS caliphate are being held. Residents and camp authorities say the women, from various countries, are imposing a “reign of fear,” with “mounting anger, violence and fanaticism growing amid the squalor.” With few foreign governments willing to take them back, what is the future of the camp?