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Zurana Horton's Murder Gives Brooklyn a Ground Zero of Gun Terror

Zurana Horton’s Murder Gives Brooklyn a Ground Zero of Gun Terror

by Curtis Stephen on November 1 2011, 9:45AM

When a 34-year-old mom was gunned down by stray bullets, her murder gripped the city and made global headlines. The news cycle has moved on, but Brownsville remains as flooded as ever with guns.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Guns

The Alabama Town Most Changed (and Saved) by Immigration

The Alabama Town Most Changed (and Saved) by Immigration

by Gabriel Thompson on August 25 2011, 9:06AM

From a distance—the perspective from which immigration is too often discussed—this small town seems like an apt illustration of why Alabama should crack down on immigrants. Up close, it’s clear immigration is actually saving Russellville.

Topics: Alabama Immigration, Dispatches, Immigration

Dispatch from London: A Night Bus Ride Through the Riot Corridor

Dispatch from London: A Night Bus Ride Through the Riot Corridor

by Sean O'Neill on August 18 2011, 10:02AM

On this bus, you can see the exhaustion that often comes with low-wage labor in the birthplace of capitalism—and with being the cultural scapegoat for the increasing anxieties of the British middle class.

Topics: Dispatches, Global Affairs, London Riots

Dispatch From Angola: Faith-Based Slavery in a Louisiana Prison

Dispatch From Angola: Faith-Based Slavery in a Louisiana Prison

by Liliana Segura on August 4 2011, 10:03AM

Angola is the largest maximum-security prison in the country. At least 90 percent of its inmates will die there. And Evangelical Warden Burl Cain has made sure their lives look as much like “slavery times” as possible.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Dispatches

Javier Sicilia's Poetry in Motion Against the U.S.-Mexico Drug Wars Photo

Javier Sicilia’s Poetry in Motion Against the U.S.-Mexico Drug Wars

by Debbie Nathan on June 14 2011, 8:56AM

After losing his son to drug violence, a renowned Mexican artist set out on a cross-country trek to dramatize the death that our failed, militaristic response to narcotics has spawned.

Topics: Dispatches, Drug War, Global Affairs

Dispatch from Death Row: Saving Troy Davis With a Family's Love

Dispatch from Death Row: Saving Troy Davis With a Family’s Love

by Jen Marlowe on June 1 2011, 9:00AM

While human rights advocates work furiously to stop the execution of man they say is innocent, he’s been focused on raising his sister’s son into a proud young man.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Dispatches, Troy Davis

Dispatch From El Salvador: Obama's Drug War Feels Eerily Familiar

Dispatch From El Salvador: Obama’s Drug War Feels Eerily Familiar

by Roberto Lovato on March 31 2011, 10:56AM

Salvadorans watch uneasily as a new leftist government militarizes daily life in the same way the old right-wing one did—only now, they hunt narcos instead of communists.

Topics: Dispatches, Drug War, Global Affairs

Dispatch From Cancun: Developing Paradise in the Suicide Capital

Dispatch From Cancun: Developing Paradise in the Suicide Capital

by Roberto Lovato on December 3 2010, 10:06AM

As world leaders gather for climate talks on one side of town, Roberto Lovato visits the other, where the turmoil of climate change threatens hearts and minds, too.

Topics: Dispatches, Environment

Dispatch from Juarez: Fear and Happiness at War

Dispatch from Juarez: Fear and Happiness at War

by Debbie Nathan on October 5 2010, 9:35AM

A family describes its search for peace as tens of thousands die in a brutal drug war fed by corruption, and the U.S. black market.

Topics: Dispatches, Drug War

Dispatch from Juarez: Snapshots of Peace, on the Society Pages Photo

Dispatch from Juarez: Snapshots of Peace, on the Society Pages

by Hatty Lee on October 5 2010, 9:34AM

Amid raging violence, families and friends still find joy.

Topics: Dispatches

Cleaning Up Oil is Awful Work, But at Least You Can Get it

Cleaning Up Oil is Awful Work, But at Least You Can Get it

by Brentin Mock on August 17 2010, 9:57AM

Oil spill workers describe 12-hour days, patronizing rules and bunking in a floating motel. It’s a terrible job that they’re thrilled to have.

Topics: Dispatches, Economy

Dispatch from Arizona: Life Without Sanctuary

Dispatch from Arizona: Life Without Sanctuary

by Aarti Shahani on August 9 2010, 12:15PM

In the freak show that is Arizona politics, it’s hard to remember that real people live here. Their lives just keep getting harder.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Dispatches, Immigration, Joe Arpaio

Dispatch from Haiti: Wondering About Wyclef

Dispatch from Haiti: Wondering About Wyclef

by Ruxandra Guidi on August 6 2010, 2:05PM

The young voters “Clef” hopes to lead aren’t yet sure they can follow him—or any other politician.

Topics: Dispatches, Global Affairs, Haiti