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The Deported, by Seth Freed Wessler. GOOD.
Life in Mexico immediately after being forced to leave the United States:
If you find your way through the door of the Juan Bosco Shelter in Nogales, just across the border in Sonora, Mexico, it's because you've got nowhere else to go. You'll find a bed here, your own slot in one of the 30 trilevel wooden frames that line the walls. Chances are, you need the rest. And Juan Bosco provides. You can sleep now and figure things out in the morning.
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Q&A: Norman Finkelstein, by David Samuels. Tablet.
An interview with the controversial author.
My views on the Israel-Palestine conflict are not particularly what you would call left-wing or radical. I say we should enforce the law and end the conflict on the basis of international law; that means a two-state settlement and a June '67 border and a just resolution of the refugee question.
But on certain matters of principle, I'm not going to budge regardless of whether people like it or not. The Lebanese have the right to defend their sovereignty, and they have the right to use armed force to evict foreign occupiers. You're not going to change my opinion about that because you happen not to like the Hezbollah.
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Limbo Land, by Peter Chilson. Foreign Policy.
A journey into Azawad, the world's newest failed state.
"We are on our own out here," said Djinde, a 50-year old merchant. He and the government prefect of Koro district, an ethnic Tuareg, reported the April 6 raid in frantic cell phone calls to the Malian Army in Mopti city. Two days later, in answer to the calls, a Malian patrol showed up, including soldiers in a couple of Toyota pickups mounted with heavy machine guns. They poked around, asked a few questions, stayed the night, and left. Djinde threw his hands out in a palms-up gesture. "It's not even worth the effort to call the Army. Koro is in the hands of God."
Later that same day, according to Djinde, turbaned rebels -- likely the same men who entered Koro and found the Bible -- drove into a village that was holding its weekly market day 12 miles northeast of Koro. They stole a truck and shot to death a merchant, though it's unclear what motivated the shooting. The Malian Army took 24 hours to respond to that incident. This is life in Mali's new borderland.