In 1985, a 23-year-old graduate of Columbia University was hopping from job to job in New York City trying to make a living. He came across a flyer that announced the upcoming lecture of a civil rights icon at his old alma mater.  The alumnus was Barack Obama. The icon Stokely Carmichael. He decided to… Continue reading

To be fair to him, this was not what Behrouz Boochani wanted to do when he was growing up in Kurdistan, Iran. But that is pretty much what he is doing right now imprisoned as he is on Manus Island—about 2,000 miles away from the land of his ambitious preoccupation. Long before that, Boochani was… Continue reading