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Jennifer Utz

Entries by Jennifer Utz

Three Children Honor Their Late Mother by Raising Awareness of Anal Cancer and HPV

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 6:36 PM

Tristan, Camille, and Justine with their late-mother Paulette, who passed away from anal cancer in April 2010. (Photo courtesy HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation)

I want to share the story of a group of individuals who have taken a great...

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Thousands Race for the Cure at the Pyramids: PHOTOS

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2010 | 2:44 PM

Despite the 80-degree heat, thousands of Egyptians and International visitors showed their support for a cure for breast cancer by walking or running 1.5 miles through the magical landscape of the ancient Pyramids of Giza.

To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the race was organized by The Breast...

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Gays in Iraq Under Attack: Horrific New Forms of Torture Being Used

(15) Comments | Posted August 22, 2010 | 11:26 AM

August 31st will mark the end of all combat operations in Iraq. Presumably, this would mean that "Operation Iraqi Freedom" was a success, even though July was the deadliest month in the country for more than two years.

It seems these days, no one is immune from...

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Art and Political Graffiti of the West Bank Separation Wall

(4) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 1:02 PM

Beyond being a point of contention in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the West Bank separation wall has also become a place where activists, street artists, tourists, and locals have come to express themselves.

Take a look at some of the art and political graffiti of the West Bank separation...

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The Urban Art of Tel Aviv

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 7:34 AM

It's called by many names -- graffiti, vandalism, post-graffiti, or simply "street art."

As I've traveled around the world, it's always interested me how a culture represents itself through street art. Political statements, beautiful works of art, acts of vulgarity, or just plain bizarre -- it's always fascinating.

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Dennis Kucinich: The Lone Ranger

(39) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 8:44 AM

On Sunday morning, I picked up my New York Times and read the front-page headline, "Sweeping Health Care Overhaul Passes the House." I said to myself, "Wow, I can't believe they did it."

President Obama hailed the victory:

We are just two steps away from achieving health insurance reform...
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The Cult of Nasrallah: Bizarre Hezbollah Propaganda (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted February 16, 2009 | 5:02 PM

Step into any shop in Dahiya, the Hezbollah-controlled suburb of Beirut, and you're bound to find a variety of peculiar souvenirs portraying the face of Hezbollah's Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah.

Love him or hate him, he's popular, and apparently, he's everywhere.

Here are some of the more unique tchockes...

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Beyond Arab Stereotypes: My Diary from Damascus (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2009 | 3:08 PM

Often contextualized by war and conflict, many in the Arab world are portrayed by some of the media as either victims or perpetrators of violence.

In order to shatter these stereotypes, it's important to step back and examine how other cultures live.

I spent six months...

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Killing the Messenger: Targeting the Press in Gaza

(34) Comments | Posted December 31, 2008 | 2:53 PM

Watch the broadcast media's live coverage of the current conflict in the Middle East, and you'll see correspondents doing stand-ups in Israeli cities like Jerusalem and Ashkelon. But virtually no reporters are actually on the front lines in Gaza.

That's because for nearly two months, the Israeli government has

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Religious Minorities Under Siege in Iraq (VIDEO)

(18) Comments | Posted December 18, 2008 | 10:12 PM

According to a recent report by a bipartisan religious freedom watchdog group, Iraq is one of the most dangerous places on earth for religious minorities.

Accusing Iraq's government of tolerating severe abuses of religious freedom, the panel asked that Iraq be designated a "country of particular concern," a status...

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Helping Injured Iraqi Children: One Man's Quest to Right the Wrongs of War (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2008 | 5:49 PM

Warning: Viewer Discretion is advised

Nine year-old Salee was playing hopscotch with friends when US jets fired three missiles on her town of Hasswa, killing her brother and best friend. Her sister Rusul lost her right foot, and both of Salee's legs were sliced off below the knee.


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Iraqi Refugees to Government's Return Offer: "No, Thanks"

(4) Comments | Posted November 23, 2008 | 9:39 PM

Since 2003, one in five Iraqis has been displaced. Two million of them have fled to neighboring countries, mainly Jordan and Syria.

Hoping to lure them home (and perhaps also present the image of a more stable and successful post-surge Iraq) the U.S.-backed government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has...

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From Baghdad to Brooklyn: My Journey with an Iraqi Refugee

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2008 | 6:54 PM

"That one sounds like mortar fire," Mohamed said to me. "And that was definitely a sniper." My Iraqi friend and I were in Coney Island for the Friday night summer fireworks. Listening to the thunderous explosions over the water as we rode the Wonder Wheel, memories of life in war-torn...

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