Photo by Cate Brown, January 2020

Georges Seurat would have loved to paint the South Hebron Hills. The precision of color lends itself to pointillism: white sheep dotting a saffron slope, green olive groves brushed into a terrace, a broad stroke blue sky.

If he was patient, Seurat would have waited for evening. When the tea…


(NEW YORK) — On October 9th 2019, a Turkish airstrike hit the electrical line of Al’louk water station, cutting off the water supply to over 400,000 people in the Al-Hasekah governorate of northeast Syria, including water access for the nearby Al Hol and Arishah refugee camps.

The airstrike, and ensuing…


By Hanna Homestead and Cate Brown

(NEW YORK) — On October 8th, thousands of Kurdish civilians gathered in the streets of Ras al Ain, Tal Abyad and Kobane to protest President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the Turkish-Syrian border.

Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, protestors united behind handmade banners, waving the…


Crowds gather in the border towns of Tal Abyad, Ras al Ain following an early departure of US troops

Protestors begin a human shield campaign in Ras al Ain, October 8th. Photo: Hewar News, The Rojava Information Center

NEW YORK — Thousands of Kurdish civilians have taken to the streets to protest President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the Turkish-Syrian border. …


As the United Nations speaks out against unprecedented rates of eviction and demolition in East Jerusalem, one lawyer fights to protect a family’s home.

Protestors standing outside of the Sabbaugh’s family home in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem, Spring 2019. Photo: Mohammad Sabbaugh

The traffic was bad. Saturday night and raining. Abed Sabbagh tapped his fingers on the dashboard of our taxi, gently strumming along to the oud streaming…


By: Cate Brown

This past January, nearly 50 students from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) had the opportunity to meet with Human Rights Watch Israel and Palestine Director Omar Shakir as part of a student-led policy tour.

Omar is authoritative, measured and direct. A Stanford lawyer and…

Cate Brown

I report on borders, resources and human security. Currently @Columbia | SIPA. Formerly @Mercy Corps

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