Tag: Witchcraft

Women in Gambia Describe Torture After Ex-President Called Them Witches

SINTET, Gambia — Matty Sanyang was at a baby naming ceremony when the soldiers arrived in Sintet, a farming town not far from the West African coast, pulled her neighbors from their homes and announced that the president had made a decision: The people of her village were witches, and they would need to be […]

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Should Facebook Be Fact-Checked?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Should Facebook be more strict when it comes to fact-checking political ads? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate growing concern over the social media giant’s role in American politics. Michelle Goldberg notes […]

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Hoping for a Spooky Halloween? We Have Some Suggestions

You’d think that Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, would have plenty of advice on how to spend Halloween. After all, she’s made a career out of highlighting the spooky and macabre. But think again. “I haven’t done anything but work on Halloween for the last 38 years, except when I had a baby in 1994,” […]

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Interview With the Witch

ImageMelissa Madara, the resident witch at the James New York — NoMad hotel.CreditAnnie Tritt for The New York Times “Hi, I’m here to see the witch in residence,” I told the front desk employee at a West Village hotel. He asked me, with a slightly alarmed look, what I was talking about. It didn’t take […]

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A Body in a Manhole, and Other Grisly Finds

Weather: Heavy rainfall could start in the morning, with thundershowers and flash flooding later in the day, and increasing winds through the night. The high may be in the mid- to upper 60s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Shemini Atzeret). ImageThe corner where a body was discovered wrapped in a carpet outside a Starbucks […]

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The Age of Aquarius, All Over Again!

We’re living in the middle of a religious revival; it’s just that the movements that are rising are not what we normally call “religion.” The first rising movement is astrology. According to a 2018 Pew poll, 29 percent of Americans say they believe in astrology. That’s more than are members of mainline Protestant churches. This […]

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Here’s What Being a Witch Really Means

You could say I was primed to be a witch from an early age. My grandma Trudy used to tell us that she had “healing hands.” According to family lore, she once saved the life of a dying horse that, after she pressed her palms to its flank, stood up and trotted happily away. While […]

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