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Retiring the Western Hero

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 5:50 PM

In a recent Rolling Stone magazine profile of Bowe Bergdahl, the disillusioned American soldier who became a prisoner of war in 2009 after walking off his base in eastern Afghanistan, writer Michael Hastings depicts a young man of impulsive idealism who wanders into the arms of a Pakistani...

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How White My Valley: India's Skin-Whitening Obsession Reaches the Final Frontier

(137) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 1:11 PM

In New Delhi, it's not enough for Indian boys and girls to fear that they won't get a playmate or a spouse or a job because of their unsightly dusky skin. It's not enough that ads should tell women they need their underarm deodorant to include skin-lightening cream if they...

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At The Polluted Confluence Of The Ganges And Heaven

(8) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 7:45 AM

Allahabad, India, is one of the holiest spots in Hinduism. Persian for "Settled by God," the city plays host every dozen years to the Kumbh Mela, the biggest gathering of humanity on Earth, when tens of millions of pilgrims come to wash away their sins at the confluence...

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Forgotten Films That Capture The Nile (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 10:16 AM

Forget Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot unraveling the deadly mendacities of a steamer full of wealthy foreign tourists. Divorce your gaze from the spray-tanned Elizabeth Taylor and her cast of genuflecting thousands. For a cinematic glimpse of what life was like along the Nile in the glorious old and not-so-old days,...

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Bangladesh's P.T. Barnum And His Knock Off Taj (VIDEO)

(9) Comments | Posted August 21, 2011 | 1:26 PM

This first thing I thought of when I saw Bangladesh's implausible fake Taj Mahal was the sooty aspiration of the Dior handbags for sale on Canal Street. The fake Taj is a tribute to a tribute. A souvenir snow globe for a country that has never seen snow.

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