In a World Without Strangers

Rebecca Corey

ArtWatch Africa – Cultural Rights are Human Rights

Stone Town, Zanzibar I. Seeking out the spirit of human rights Three weeks ago I spent seven days with artists, cultural activists, and human rights advocates from sixteen African countries … Continue reading

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Instagram*, Hidden Costs, and the Price of Doing What’s Right

It’s been a hard week to be living in a foreign country without the support of family and close friends. Not someone who is easily shaken up, I was a … Continue reading

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A Number of Disturbing Events

a poem comprised of quotes from the third and final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney what are our priorities? various forms of chaos isn’t there a risk? … Continue reading

October 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Live from Occupy Wall Street – May Day 2012

I have always enjoyed the fact that my birthday falls on May Day. In my younger years, I felt that it carried both reason and resonance, setting the tone for a … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · 4 Comments

These Days

That will be $207, the woman at the counter says, and what a discount. Divorces use to run a lot higher, but with the economy what it is these days … Continue reading

April 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Pick a Side: Kony 2012 and the problem of “Good” vs. “Evil”

We all know who Joseph Kony is now. Does it matter how and why? And what does it say about us that it took Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 video to … Continue reading

March 13, 2012 · 10 Comments

Show Me Where It Hurts

                Three weeks in a row, after we have made the obligatory trips to Café du Monde and the French Quarter, I drive … Continue reading

January 7, 2012 · 7 Comments

For Salma

The hardest part about traveling is surely the friends you leave behind. Today I learned from my dear friend Brian that Salma, our neighbor and friend in Bagamoyo, Tanzania in 2007, … Continue reading

December 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

New Orleans: A Developing Country in America?

“This isn’t America. New Orleans is like a developing country.” In the four weeks I’ve lived in New Orleans, I’ve heard this statement from nearly ten different people. Glancing around … Continue reading

October 15, 2011 · 2 Comments

A New Look at Need: Microfinance from Tanzania to New Orleans

This post first appeared on the Kiva Fellows Blog at on Oct. 1, 2011. In 2009 when I told friends and family I was moving to Tanzania to study … Continue reading

October 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Do Not Be Daunted

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither … Continue reading

September 23, 2011 · 2 Comments

‘Malaika’ guitar chords, lyrics, and translation

‘Malaika’ is one of the most famous Swahili love songs, often attributed to the Kenyan musician Fadhili William. He first recorded the song with his band the Jambo Boys in 1960. … Continue reading

July 13, 2011 · 13 Comments

‘Tanzania Nakupenda Kwa Moyo Wote’ guitar chords and lyrics

‘Tanzania Nakupenda Kwa Moyo Wote’ is a beautiful Swahili song that I heard often while living in Tanzania. It is also featured in the documentary “Darwin’s Nightmare,” a film about … Continue reading

May 7, 2011 · 14 Comments

How We Are Entertained

In Afghanistan the ancient sport of buzkashi is played by men on horseback and the decapitated carcass of a goat. The object is to toss the cadaver into a circle … Continue reading

May 4, 2011 · 2 Comments

Impressions on an Anniversary

My parents and I board a plane from Atlanta to New York City on an overcast day in late February. As soon as we enter the long terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson … Continue reading

April 26, 2011 · 6 Comments


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