Immigrants in today’s tenser-than-normal America are often accused of rejecting assimilation and of not making enough of an effort to fit into their host country and adopt its values, unspoken rules, and cultural quirks. But in a bustling Starbucks in Minneapolis, a group of Somali men have defied that notion.
Hamtramck, Michigan, made history last year by becoming the first city in the country to elect a majority-Muslim city council. How a city that has offered sanctuary to so many different groups of people is dealing with discrimination, misinformation and immigration in the age of Trump.
More Armenians now live outside Armenia, in cities around the world, than in it. This is the result of thousands of years of hardship: wars, revolutions, and genocide that have forced Armenians to disperse again and again as refugees. Armenian food culture reflects this dispersal, pulling from other traditions to produce a varied cuisine that changes from one community to another.
Michigan's Band Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians refuges to stand by and watch as a weird green bug chewed through their sacred trees.
Since ancient times, across so many cultures and for myriad reasons, women have covered their hair — an act tied up in competing notions of freedom and oppression.
An unlikely semi-pro soccer team in Detroit and its impassioned, rabid fans take on professional league expansion in the Midwest
The transgender community is gaining more visibility in Hollywood than ever before, but the results aren't exactly translating to real life. Transgender Talent aims to change that.
Serving the ships that keep America's industrial region alive for over 140 years, the J.W. Westcott Company in Detroit has been dropping off everything from love letters to pizza to and even a goat.
In one of the world's coldest and remote cities, the pollution is unbearable, and impacting the most vulnerable part of the population. Project supported with a grant from the International Reporting Project.
In a new age of visibility, a forgotten generation of aging trans people are in the shadows, and are systematically locked out of the healthcare system.
The first record shop in Mongolia to ever open, and the once-forbidden Soviet music that can now be found there.
A movement of black midwives is working to stem the rates of African-American babies dying for preventable reasons.
In a small town in the hills of Los Angeles, community activists attempt to save a property where pioneering feminists changed the face of mental healthcare for women.
Glitter, glam and ethnic nationalism: the tricky politics of the South Caucasus come to Eurovision
Conservationists explore birth control in the fight for stable animal populations - including a herd of Hollywood bison on an island off the coast of California
As Mongolia battles the world’s best mental athletes in San Diego, a team member explains the country’s recent success: ‘We are Genghis Khan’s kids’
Followers of one of the world's tiniest yet tight knit religions attempt to bring their faith into the 21st century by adding younger members into the fold
They came by the hundreds, even thousands — ethnic Armenian women who had survived the World-War-I-era massacres in Turkey and were brought by ship to the United States to meet the equally anxious Armenian men, complete strangers, who would become their partners for life.
Love was scarce, but the hunger for survival wasn’t.
Two rugs unravel the history of the US's first humanitarian aid effort and the tragic fate of Armenians in Turkey 100 years ago
Mark Dimmitt is as unique a specimen as the plants he loves - his quest to find the 'holy grail of botany' is legendary
The Islamic State's assault in Syria and Iraq has given Europe's Kurdish diaspora a new sense of purpose.
In a desolate desert ghost town, hundreds of road trippers from around the world have left their hearts and soles dangling from California’s unlikeliest tourist attraction.
As the city’s Muslim population soars, burial services are in growing demand. Meet the motley crew that ushers the dead to the afterlife.
Happy in their adopted home in the South Caucasus, the religious minority watches in horror as ISIL pursues their people.
A feature on a young pilot retracing her namesake’s journey.
A weekly Middle Eastern dance party offers a home for a mix of immigrants and has become a love letter to the communities in L.A. often not thought about.
Crackdown on Muslim-turned-Christians has seen an increasing number seek refuge, giving religious life a small boost in one of the most ‘godless’ places on earth. Made possible by the International Reporting Project.
At Club Nur, Middle Eastern gay patrons can be themselves in more ways than one.
A long form piece on the how the accordion has come bellowing back, seen through the eyes of one of the last accordion repairmen in the country.
The Legend of Ali Baba: The Incredible Story of Armenian Genocide Survivor and World Wrestling Champ Harry Ekizian, Ianyan Magazine, April 2014 [Republished at AGOS newspaper, Istanbul, Turkey]
A piece on the growing number of Iranian Muslim-born Christian converts under threat in the Islamic Republic. Made possible by the International Reporting Project.
A look inside the world of the Persian uber wedding culture.
There’s only one lab in the world equipped to handle crimes against animals. Just don’t ask the scientists to find Big Foot.
Persian New Year on Skid Row, BBC, March 2013 [Farsi]. English version here.
The Iranian Diaspora Shares the Nowruz Holiday with some of L.A.’s most vulnerable residents: the homeless of Skid Row.
A feature piece on the vast power of oligarchs in Post-Soviet Armenia and how a series of tragic events has led to an awakening against them.