Editorial

Get the Spelling of Gandhi Right, Please!

Get the Spelling of Gandhi Right, Please!

Browsing through the display at Berlin’s Black Box museum (depicting the impact of the Berlin Wall on the history of Germany), I happened upon a reference to T. N. Zutshi, an Indian, who traveled to East Berlin in 1960 wearing a placard proclaiming, “The first step...

It’s the Race Card, People!

When Meryl Streep announced that after all, we’re all from Africa, in response to the lack of color in the Oscar nominating panel, she was being completely accurate, but not entirely truthful. When it comes to questions of race, the best strategy often is to quibble,...
Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Last summer I encountered a ghost. It happened simply, unsuspectingly. Perhaps the stage had already been set. I had been invited to stay for a month at an artists’ residency in a French town called Marnay-sur-Seine. The setting was a 17th century priory next door to...
Yours, Hopefully

Yours, Hopefully

Happy 2016! It seems to me that of all things we carry with us towards another year, nothing is more invigorating than the belief that life will be brighter on the other side of the New Year’s Eve clock. And as soon as the small hand inches its way northwards,...
Combating Islamophobia is Our Collective Responsibility

Combating Islamophobia is Our Collective Responsibility

I grew up in New Jersey, in a commuter town for New York City. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 hit us hard, ripping away many of our neighbors from our community. Many in our small town in liberal New Jersey turned to a reflexive Islamophobia in the months and years...
Tackling ISIS: Use Social Media!

Tackling ISIS: Use Social Media!

When Subhash Chandra Bose arrived in Germany in 1941, desperately seeking new strategies and alliances to drive the British from India, he was already in the eye of the holocaust. In early 1942, soon after the infamous Wannsee Conference, held in a Berlin suburb,...