Postcard From Dresden: What It's Like to Be a Refugee in Germany's Conservative Stronghold
Jacob Kushner | Pacific Standard
“‘Someone told me that, in Germany, it's very safe for people who are underage,’ Romeo says. But Germany turned out to be no utopia for an African refugee. ‘Here, if you take a train and you are black, all the seats will be full, but nobody will come and sit beside you. Same on the bus,’ he tells me. On the streets of Freital, a town southwest of Dresden, Romeo says: ‘They call, 'Hey, nigger.' You are living in fear.’”
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India Is Weaponizing its Spiritual Tourists
Raksha Kumar | Foreign Policy
“Every July, thousands of buses, trucks, cars, mules, and palanquin bearers crawl up 12, 768 treacherous feet of mountainous terrain to reach the Amarnath cave, where a smooth ice stalagmite dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva reaches up from the cave floor. The devotees heading for this linga (a Hindu term for venerated, somewhat phallic objects) are making one of the most dangerous pilgrimages in India—not just because of the height and harsh weather, but because the cave is slap-bang in the middle of the divided, and violent, border state of Jammu and Kashmir.
But the Indian state has been encouraging, protecting, and controlling the flow of funds to these dangerous journeys. Kashmir has its fair share of traditional yatra (pilgrimage) sites. But India’s current Hindu nationalist government is now backing efforts to turn it into an Indian Jerusalem, mixing religious and national sentiment to turn the disputed territory into sacred ground that can never be surrendered.”