Step into a shipping container in a Lower East Side gallery; meet your new penpal in Iran.

Inside the Portal Between NYC and Tehran, an art installation with AV links between the two cities.

Inside the Portal Between NYC and Tehran, an art installation with AV links between the two cities.

 

A story for The World about the calls flooding immigration lawyers’ offices in the wake of Obama’s executive actions.

Gisela Chavez-Garcia is an immigration lawyer in New York City. She says the president's immigration plan raises a lot of questions among her clients, but she reminds them that a new president in 2016 could reverse the new changes.

Gisela Chavez-Garcia is an immigration lawyer in New York City. She says the president’s immigration plan raises a lot of questions among her clients, but she reminds them that a new president in 2016 could reverse the new changes.

A few days before Obama announced his executive actions on immigration, Angela Navarro, an undocumented woman from Honduras, moved with her husband and two children into a North Philadelphia church. She was hoping ICE wouldn’t follow her there. Here’s my story for Al Jazeera America.

Angela Navarro and her daughter officially enter sanctuary at West Kensington Ministry in North Philadelphia on Tuesday. Photo by Michael Bryant for Al Jazeera America.

Angela Navarro and her daughter officially enter sanctuary at West Kensington Ministry in North Philadelphia on Tuesday. Photo by Michael Bryant for Al Jazeera America.

Narendra Modi, India’s newly-elected Prime Minster, rolled through New York this weekend, part statesman, part rockstar. To some he’s a cause for concern. Here’s my story for The World about his appearance at Madison Square Garden, and the local community’s response to it.

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There were some new faces at the head of the massive People’s Climate March on Sunday–among them groups of immigrants. Here’s my story for The World.SystemChange

A filmmaker, an English prof, and a military analyst look for the message and the craft in ISIS propaganda videos. My story for The World.

Logo of Al Hayat, ISIS's media organization.

Logo of Al Hayat, ISIS’s media organization.

Two dispatches from my brief stint at The World‘s sports desk*. One on Nine Man, an alternative take on volleyball that grew up in Chinatowns in New York and elsewhere.

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And one on a group of runners who come from around the world to run around one block in Queens for a month-and-a-half.

Prasat*There is, to the best of my knowledge, no sports desk at The World.

A story for The World on New York City’s aging immigrant population.

A computer class The Bronx Korean American Senior Citizen Association on Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

A computer class The Bronx Korean American Senior Citizen Association on Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

A Buddhist marriage ceremony I stumbled into in Yangon.

Buddhist monks gathered at the home of Chit San Oo and Makhin San Yee to give the newlywed couple a wedding blessing.

Buddhist monks gathered at the home of Chit San Oo and Makhin San Yee to give the newlywed couple a wedding blessing.

Nyi Nyi Aung was the person who got me interested in Burma in the first place. He’s a democracy activist who’s spent most of the past 25 years living in exile in Thailand and the U.S. He was arrested trying to enter Burma in 2009. I covered his trial and imprisonment, and met him for the first time a few days after he was released and returned to his home outside of Washington, D.C.

It was a bit surreal to, four years later, spend a day with him openly exploring Yangon, seeing spots important to the story of the 1988 uprising and talking about what’s happening in the country today. Here’s the article I wrote for Al Jazeera America about that day.

Nyi Nyi Aung outside of a childhood home in Yangon in July, 2013.

Nyi Nyi Aung outside of a childhood home in Yangon in July, 2013.

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