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Stateless men called the bidoon — Arabic for “without” — at a registry in Dubai. Credit MARWAN NAAMANI/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Comoro Islands is a tiny East African country with stunning white beaches, a large active volcano and a population just shy of 800,000. Some 150,000 Comorans live in metropolitan France, which governed the Comoros until 1975. In the United Arab Emirates, an estimated 40,000 people carry Comoran passports, too.

The Comorans in the Emirates, however, do not speak their country’s language. They do not resemble the islanders physically or culturally. They were not born there; they have never been there. In fact, until recently, these Comorans were legally stateless, or bidoon.

The bidoon — the word is Arabic for “without” — mainly come from families who lived in the region but were never counted in censuses because of their tribal affiliation, their level of literacy, their ethnic origin or their access to state officials.…  Seguir leyendo »

A makeshift memorial for Daphne Caruana Galizia, killed by a car bomb in Malta. Credit Rene Rossignaud/Associated Press

The car bomb that killed the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on Monday did not go off in Honduras, Afghanistan or any other country where one might expect to hear about brutal violence against reporters. The device exploded in the early afternoon down the road from her home in the tiny European nation of Malta, where, for the greater part of the last decade, the 53-year-old had held some of the most powerful people in the country accountable for political corruption, offshore financial dealings and abuse of power.

It’s still unclear who was behind her death, which Maltese politicians from all parties widely denounced as a murder.…  Seguir leyendo »