Samuel Gilbert


Albuquerque, NM

Samuel Gilbert

29 years old. Degrees in Anthropology and American Studies.



Native Superheroes Battle Old Stereotypes at the First Ever Indigenous Comic Con

For decades Native Americans have been wholly misrepresented in the world of comic books, stripped down to a series of caricatured, homogenized tropes of the American Indian. "We have been prostituted and raped in the story world," said Jonathan Proudstar, creator of 'Tribal Force'—America's first all Native American superhero comic.

US immigration policy: To build walls or bridges?

There are around 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. On the night of Halloween in 2000, Carmen Caballero, who was then eight, and her three-year-old sister put on witches' costumes and met their aunt for a trick-or-treat excursion in their native city of Juarez, Mexico. They piled into their aunt's car and left.
Al Jazeera Link to Story

Is this the end of prison for profit in the US?

The US detention system now holds upwards of 400,000 immigrants yearly. The number of immigration detention beds increased from 5,000 in 1995 to more than 30,000 guaranteed detention beds today. The expanding immigration detention market has been mirrored by increased lobbying efforts from private prison companies.
Al Jazeera Link to Story

Lowriders Are the Beating Heart of Chicano Culture in the Southwest

Sean Daly sits in his candied painted Chevy, which he affectionally nicknamed "Cochina." Outside El Santuario De Chimayo, 20 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Arthur "Lowlow" Medina leans forward on his wooden staff. The local artist and one of the pioneers of New Mexico lowriding motions toward his prized 1976 Cadillac parked just up the street from the Chimayo church, the spiritual center of hispanic/chicano culture in the Southwest.

Aliens on the mind: Roswell and the UFO phenomenon

Roswell, New Mexico - Each summer, thousands of people descend upon the town of Roswell, New Mexico, for the annual UFO Festival, an event commemorating the anniversary of a supposed alien spacecraft crash and government cover-up that occurred nearby in the summer of 1947. For four days and nights, this otherwise sleepy, conservative town in southeastern New Mexico is transformed into a carnivalesque scene of food carts, costume contests, light shows and booths brimming with extraterrestrial-themed collectables.
Al Jazeera Link to Story

The Forgotten Victims of the First Atomic Bomb Blast


Inside a Mayan healing ceremony

Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala - At the Cofradia de Conception in Santiago Atitlan, Juan Ramirez, 28, sits pensively on a wooden bench, his outstretched leg held gently by Don Juan Pacach, a Mayan priest and bonesetter. The windowless room - part Catholic shrine, part traditional Mayan healing space - is set back from a narrow unmarked street up a hill in this lakeside Mayan village.
Al Jazeera Link to Story

Albuquerque PD: a case study of police brutality

Albuquerque, New Mexico - In January 1972, Rito Canales and Antonio Cordova, members of the Chicano youth organisation known as the Black Berets, were killed in a barrage of gunfire by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) and New Mexico State Police. "It was an assassination, pure and simple," says Black Beret cofounder Richard Moore.
Al-Jazeera Magazine Link to Story

The gold mining ghost towns of the US

New Mexico, US - Outside Tony's Rock Shop in the sleepy town of Magdalena, in New Mexico, Ben Valentino Otero stands amid a menagerie of animal statues, two wooden eagles, a merry-go-round horse, a metal sphinx and a variety of obscure rocks. "Which is your favourite?" asks Ben, an avid rock collector and descendant of miners who once worked the hills above town.
Al-Jazeera English Link to Story

The ghosts of New Mexico's abandoned mining towns

New Mexico, US - During the mining boom of the 19th century in New Mexico, thousands migrated to remote parts of the state, establishing towns to exploit the region's rich mineral wealth. By the late 1800s and early 1900s communities such as Kelly, Dawson, Madrid, Pinos Altos, Golden and Hanover/Fierro proliferated throughout the state, providing the silver, gold, lead, coal and zinc that helped to fuel the industrial western expansion taking place in America.
Al-Jazeera English Link to Story

Inside the Abandoned Ghost Towns of New Mexico

"You can't imagine how many houses there were here," says Ben Sisneros, looking up the Pecos River Valley to the Great Plains beyond. "There used to be bars, stores, schools. Right over there was La Salla Dancehall." Now the dancehall is an empty patch of earth. The church we're outside in Colonias, New Mexico, is crumbling in the sun.

Remaking New York City in the wake of climate change

Correction: Mar. 5, 2016: An earlier version of this article referred to Amy Spitalnick as Mary Spitalnick. New York City, US - On the evening of October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy reached the inlet between Long Island and New Jersey and funnelled the Atlantic storm surge into the heart of New York City, inundating lower Manhattan with water and wreaking havoc on the surrounding boroughs.
Al-Jazeera Link to Story


Samuel Gilbert

Began my career in the Ramallah, Palestine. Freelanced in the region for 2 years before being accepted to the Investigative program at Columbia University. Currently based in New Mexico