Taylor Barnes

Taylor Barnes is a freelance journalist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Taylor Barnes is a freelance journalist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.



ARTICLES BY Taylor Barnes



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From Syrian High School to Salvadoran Jail

Cousins Hamoudi and Nawaf are two of the many Syrians who are selling snacks along Brazil’s bustling streets. They


Cousins Hamoudi and Nawaf are two of the many Syrians who are selling snacks along Brazil’s bustling streets. They are part of a wave of newcomers that took Brazil up on its offer to allow asylum-seekers from the Syrian civil war to migrate legally to the country. The pair sat down with The Islamic Monthly’s […]

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An Experiment in Hospitality

Uruguay opens its arms to Syrian refugees JUAN LACAZE, Uruguay — Three teenage siblings amble down the grassy shoulder


Uruguay opens its arms to Syrian refugees JUAN LACAZE, Uruguay — Three teenage siblings amble down the grassy shoulder of the central road in this rural Uruguayan town, about two hours from the capital Montevideo through green landscapes so tranquil, one remembers that this nation of 3.3 million residents affectionately refer to it as a […]

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Guantánamo Detainees in a Progressive’s Paradise

A Curious Experiment in Uruguay MONTEVIDEO — In the top floor of a no-frills residential and commercial building, Abu


A Curious Experiment in Uruguay MONTEVIDEO — In the top floor of a no-frills residential and commercial building, Abu Wa’el Jihad Ahmed Mustafa Dhiab, a former Guantánamo Bay detainee from Syria, greets me into his apartment. His new dwelling is so small I have to skirt around the edge of his bed, which takes up […]

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Wary of the Media

Like many of the detainees resettled in Uruguay and elsewhere, Moammar Badawi Dokhan, a 43-year-old Syrian, settled into


Like many of the detainees resettled in Uruguay and elsewhere, Moammar Badawi Dokhan, a 43-year-old Syrian, settled into a quieter life in Portugal when he was transferred there in 2009 from Guantánamo Bay. The reticence of some former detainees to speak with journalists has sometimes given outsiders the impression that they are hiding their stories. […]

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Lonely Vigil at Guantanamo

“Sometimes when I get a bit lost or wonder why write about these 154 men who nobody really cares about — except hope


“Sometimes when I get a bit lost or wonder why write about these 154 men who nobody really cares about — except hopefully their families and their lawyers — I remember that the United States government built it to be out of reach of the American people, out of reach of American courts, to make […]

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Discovering Kyrgyzstan

By Taylor Barnes We hunched over and gingerly made our way up the narrow stairs to the top of a minaret, with little gui


By Taylor Barnes We hunched over and gingerly made our way up the narrow stairs to the top of a minaret, with little guidance from our small headlamp and many near-smacks of our foreheads. Through its barred windows we cooed at the walled town of Khiva, where a teal and blue domes pop up from […]

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In Brazil: A Muslim School Shooter? A correspondent reflects on reporting on Islam in a post 9/11 world

RIO DE JANEIRO – Early on April 7, 2011, in a worn-out neighborhood far from the downtown carnival and beaches of Rio


RIO DE JANEIRO – Early on April 7, 2011, in a worn-out neighborhood far from the downtown carnival and beaches of Rio de Janeiro, a 24-year-old who lived alone put two pistols in his belt. Wellington Menezes de Oliveira entered his blanching former grade school and picked off pre-teen girls. “I’m going to kill you. […]

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Immigrants and Converts: Muslims in Brazil

The New Growth of Islam in Brazil Rio De Janeiro and São Paulo –In One Of the many office buildings-cum-apartments in


The New Growth of Islam in Brazil Rio De Janeiro and São Paulo –In One Of the many office buildings-cum-apartments in Rio de Janeiro’s downtown, between its gilded Municipal Theater and the popular grungy party district, a plaque lists this tower’s tenants: lawyer, dental surgeon, financial services, Islam. The barely bedroom-sized suite has yellow puff […]