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Here Lies the Abyss: Xenophobia and Gender After the Cologne Assaults

On New Year’s Day, outside the central railway station in Cologne, Germany, dozens of women were sexually assaulted by a pressing crowd of men, groping them, slipping their hands under their clothes, trying to kiss them, trying to rape them; the mass crime, fuelled by alcohol, could have arisen in any number of places in the Western world.

On New Year’s Day, outside the central railway station in Cologne, Germany, dozens of women were sexually assaulted by a pressing crowd of men, groping them, slipping their hands under their clothes, trying to kiss them, trying ...

Two refugee women and children sit on a stoop, looking tired and hungry.

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

According to the Women’s Refugee Commission, women and girls migrating to Europe face the risk of violence at each stage of their journey, yet governments and NGOs are missing every opportunity to mitigate that risk. 

According to the Women’s Refugee Commission, women and girls migrating to Europe face the risk of violence at each stage of their journey, yet governments and NGOs are missing every opportunity to mitigate that risk. 

Right-wing protesters in Germany.

Quick Hit: “After Cologne, We Can’t Let the Bigots Steal Feminism”

In response to the unabashedly racist media frenzy that has followed reports of numerous sexual assaults in Cologne, Germany earlier this month, writer Laurie Penny asks what is probably the most important question: why can’t we always take sexual assault as seriously as we do when migrants, Muslims, Arabs, and Black men are named as perpetrators?

In response to the unabashedly racist media frenzy that has followed reports of numerous sexual assaults in Cologne, Germany earlier this month, writer Laurie Penny asks what is probably the most important question: why can’t we ...

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In this together: Pay attention to Europe’s refugee crisis

For weeks now the so-called “Migrants Crisis” has dominated headlines in Europe. While I traveled across the continent a few weeks ago it was a top story again and again in the UK, Sweden, and Denmark, with headlines blaring out from airport and railway newsagents’ in a dozen languages. 

For weeks now the so-called “Migrants Crisis” has dominated headlines in Europe. While I traveled across the continent a few weeks ago it was a top story again and again in the UK, Sweden, and ...

Quick hit: Somali doctor Hawa Abdi stands down militants

The New York Times profiles Dr. Hawa Abdi, a 63-year-old Somali doctor who runs a hospital, school, and feeding program that supports nearly 100,000 refugees outside of Mogadishu. The land surrounding her hospital is considered one of the few safe zones in southern Somalia. And when militants attacked it last spring, Dr. Abdi held her ground, chewed them out, and eventually got a written apology:

For hours, militia commanders held Dr. Abdi at gunpoint while their underlings — mostly 15- to 16-year-old boys — ransacked the hospital, shooting anesthesia machines, smashing windows and tearing up records.

The gunmen, who belonged to one of Somalia’s most fearsome militant Islamist groups, notorious for chopping off hands and stoning ...

The New York Times profiles Dr. Hawa Abdi, a 63-year-old Somali doctor who runs a hospital, school, and feeding program that supports nearly 100,000 refugees outside of Mogadishu. The land surrounding her hospital is considered one ...