Press

January 2016

29Jan

“ISIS is a modern phenomenon; it is really a new religion”

Today's Zaman

In an exclusive interview with Today’s Zaman, Professor Jessica Stern shared her insights on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Stern states that “for Baghdadi and ISIS, the caliphate is here and now,” suggesting that ISIS counts the re-establishment of the caliphate as an essential step leading up to the apocalypse. “Although many jihadi groups are somewhat apocalyptic, ISIS is much more focused on an end times narrative and on the imminence of the prophesied final battle,” she argues. [Full article]

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28Jan

Studying the Kumbh Mela from Many Perspectives

Harvard South Asia InstituteHarvard Global Health Institute

What happens when tens of millions of people form a temporary city on the banks of a holy river? In 2013, a team from Harvard set out to answer this question, and found that there is much more than meets the eye at the Kumbh Mela.

On Monday, January 18, the Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) launched the book and exhibition Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity in Mumbai at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in partnership with the Asia Society India Centre and the Harvard Club of Mumbai. The event drew a crowd of more than 200 people, including Harvard alumni, community members, government officials, students, and members of the public. [Full article.]

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25Jan

AP INVESTIGATION: Feds’ Failures Imperil Migrant Children

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Capture-WashingtonTimesAs tens of thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America crossed the border in search of safe harbor, overwhelmed U.S. officials weakened child protection policies, placing some young migrants in homes where they were sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay, an Associated Press investigation has found. [Full article.]

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01Jan

When Water Is Safer Than Land

Harvard Magazine

The jubilation that accompanied the flowering of the Arab Spring is long gone as its deadly aftermath—in Libya, Syria, and elsewhere—spirals into transcontinental turmoil. We face the prospect of a grim winter. Hundreds of thousands of desperate people in flight from those indiscriminate civil wars (not to mention the chaos in Iraq and Yemen, the turmoil in parts of Africa, and the ethnic oppression in Myanmar) face arduous hurdles in search of safety and security in Europe and elsewhere, while potential hosts negotiate rising xenophobia (intensified by the November attacks in Paris) and increasing desperation in the face of apparently unending need caused by the continuing migrant arrivals. [Full article.]

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December 2015

18Dec

Experts Urge Importance of Mental Health in Disaster Situations

Express Tribune/international New York Times

KARACHI: Gun shots, explosions and terrorist attacks break you or make you. On December 16, 2014, 147 innocent people lost their lives but the ones lucky enough to survive are haunted by the trauma they faced that day.

To remember the deceased and to save the ones who survived an event was organised by the Aman Foundation, in collaboration with Harvard South Asia Initiative on ‘Mental Health in Disaster Response’. Full article.

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17Dec

Call for rapid response to disasters, APS-like attacks

News International

Speakers at a seminar on Wednesday on mental health response to catastrophes stressed the need for a rapid response to disasters and other tragic incidents to help the survivors overcome the effects of trauma. (Full article.)

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November 2015

18Nov

HKS PolicyCast: Syrian Refugees Already Faced Difficulty to Reach the US

Boston Globe

In this podcast Harvard FXB Center research director Jacqueline Bhabha explains long and difficult process the United States employs to vet and resettle asylum seekers and discusses steps that can be taken to prevent such massive refugee outflows, as in the case of Syria, in the first place. This piece from the Boston Globe contains a link to the full audio as well as a text excerpt.

 

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06Nov

Black Comedy Uncovers Dark Place in Romanian History

Radu Jude scored the biggest success for Romanian filmmaking this year, when the costume drama Aferim! earned him the Silver Bear for best director at the Berlin International Film Festival. Full article

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October 2015

20Oct

Measuring The Millennium Development Goals: Halting The Spread Of AIDS And Malaria

Fast Company

Of all the Millennium Development Goals agreed by world leaders in the year 2000, the sixth goal has had arguably the most dramatic results. It aims to halt and reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, achieve universal access to AIDS treatment, and halt malaria and other serious diseases like tuberculosis. Fifteen yeas later, the world has done exactly that, and more. Full article.

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September 2015

08Sep

‘Aferim!,’ an Oscar Contender, Explores the Enslavement of the Roma

New York Times

BUCHAREST, Romania — The slow black-and-white scenes in which two horsemen ride through vast, bleak landscapes in Radu Jude’s latest movie, “Aferim!,” could have come straight out of a classic American western, as could the central theme of injustice. Yet the movie is set in 19th-century Wallachia, part of modern-day Romania, where for almost 500 years ending in 1856, the Roma (or Gypsies, as they have been more commonly known) were viewed as property to be bought and sold. Full article.

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August 2015

20Aug

Kumbh Mela Book Launch in Deli

Harvard South Asia Institute

On Monday, August 17, the Harvard South Asia Institute launched the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition in Delhi, India. Shri Akhilesh Yadav, Honorable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, was on hand to launch the book with Harvard faculty, to a crowd of over 250 people at the Oberoi Hotel. Full article.

 

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18Aug

At a Mass Pilgrimage in India, a New Effort to Track Disease in Real Time

Global Post

NASHIK, India — A wide-angle photograph hangs in the lobby of my hotel in this ancient city in western India. It’s of Nashik at night during a religious festival called the Kumbh Mela, surrounded by hills, with brightly lit streets, houses and temples. Full article.

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May 2015

15May

Celebrating Romani Resistance Day

Foreign Policy in Focus

A growing movement among Roma activists looks to celebrate their ancestors’ resistance to persecution — and to pick up where they left off. Full article.

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13May

Following Earthquakes, Building a More Resilient Nepal

Harvard TH Chan News

Like others before him, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health student Kai Hsiao, MPH ’15, predicted that a major earthquake in Nepal was inevitable, and that the health care needs in the aftermath of such a disaster would be overwhelming. Full article.

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April 2015

28Apr

Why We Should Care About Adoption Rehoming

Social Work Helper

“A sick thing”. “Human trafficking in children”. “A gaping loophole with life threatening outcomes”. These are just few of the ways experts, legislators and judges have named unregulated private transfers of child custody, a practice referred to as re-homing. Full article.

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27Apr

After Nepal Quake, Harvard Responds

Harvard Gazette

With Nepal struggling to deal with the enormous calamity caused by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck north of Kathmandu Saturday, Harvard is mobilizing to help with technical and medical assistance and reaching out to faculty, staff, and students visiting the region. Full article.

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17Apr

A Powerful Convergence: Students, Researchers, Share Lessons from Kumbh Mela

Harvard Gazette

Every 12 years, where the Ganges meets the Yamuna River in Allahabad, India, a city of millions appears, made entirely of just six things: canvas, corrugated metal, bamboo, nails, screws, and rope. Full article.

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10Apr

Arkansas Becomes Fifth State to Regulate Re-Homing…

The Chronicle of Social Change

The little girl was only five years old when her adoptive parents decided she had to leave. Disillusioned by what they saw as an adoption gone awry, they gave the child away to a friend, bypassing child welfare authorities. Full article.

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01Apr

UNICEF Child Protection Chief at Harvard Chan School

US Fund for UNICEF

Last Friday, Susan Bissell, UNICEF’s chief of child protection, spoke to a room teeming with students from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Law School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.. Full article

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March 2015

17Mar

A Siren Call to Action

Harvard Gazette

How and why the Islamic State is finding avid converts among the West’s middle class. With FXB Fellow Jessica Stern. Full article

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14Mar

India’s Bonded Labourers: One Brick at a Time

The Economist

“MANY of India’s “modern slaves” labour in appalling conditions in brick kilns or breaking stones in quarries…”

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January 2015

12Jan

The Syrian Refugee Crisis

New York Times

Letter to the Editor by FXB fellows Josyann Abisaab, Satchit Balsari, and Kathleen Hamill

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