Julie Sedivy and other family members visiting her father’s family gravesite in his village of Moravská Nová Ves.

‘Memory speaks’: How to reclaim your mother tongue without having to relearn it from scratch


When Julie Sedivy was four, her family fled their native Czechoslovakia and settled in Canada. Years later, a return trip to the Czech Republic made her realize she could quickly recover her mother tongue through memories. Sedivy recounts her linguistic journey in a new book called “Memory Speaks.”

Followers of Muqtada al-Sadr celebrate holding his posters, after the announcement of the results of the parliamentary elections in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq

Moqtada al-Sadr wins Iraq election

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Veronica Gomez, who was traveling with her partner and her son, receives backpacks from a humanitarian worker on Oct 1. The backpacks included energy bars, toiletries and ski masks, for the cold weather.

Amid pandemic, Venezuelans hit the road again in search of work

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This historian’s new book on Mexican migration is perfectly timed

Close up of the back of a woman's head looking out onto a skating rink

A Ugandan in Canada learns to skate

Syrian refugee girl rests inside the Spanish rescue vessel Astral after being rescued by the Spanish NGO Proactiva off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea.

Migrants desperate to flee Libya’s detention camps are being turned back at sea


Refugees crammed onto rickety boats for the trip from Libya to Italy are increasingly being intercepted and sent back to Libya.

A Salvadoran father carries his son tries as he tries to board a train with another immigrant and head to the Mexican-U.S. border, in Huehuetoca, near Mexico City.

MacArthur grant winner studies the things left behind at the US-Mexico border


The objects left behind in the desert — bloody socks, diaper bags and water bottles — give Americans a deeper understanding of who immigrants are.

Saber Askar in East Porterville, California

For one Yemeni American, the long wait to bring his family to safety


“They make me bleed inside every time I talk to them,” says Saber Askar, a US citizen from Yemen, with family still in the war-torn country. “I don’t know what to do. Every time I call, I’m afraid they’re not going to answer anymore.”

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Afghanistan’s first rock band wants to build a cultural bridge in the US


The singer of Afghanistan’s first rock band, now living in Oakland, California, talks about how music can bring communities together.


How can ‘sanctuary cities’ resist Trump? This lawsuit could provide a blueprint.


The legal action from two of Massachusetts’ poorest cities could offer a blueprint for other small sanctuary communities looking to push back on President Trump’s immigration agenda.