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Joseph Freeman

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For Esme With Love and Squalor

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 11:29 AM

A few weeks ago I went to a book reading in Manhattan. It was some sort of networking event, and as I met people I probably would never meet again, I came across a women who introduced herself as Esme (there's an accent over the "e" I don't know how...

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Celebrating Rosh Hashana in Cairo

(3) Comments | Posted September 21, 2009 | 7:02 PM

The Shaar Hashamayim synagogue on 17 Adly Street in downtown Cairo is an old gray structure with steps facing the street and a large star of David carved into a concrete column. I might not have noticed it but for all the white-uniformed policemen and small armored vehicles present. Two...

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Egyptian Minister Forced to Apologize for Threatening to Burn Books About Israel

(12) Comments | Posted September 16, 2009 | 10:52 AM

Between Joe Wilson's outbreak in Congress, Kanye West's tantrum at the MTV music awards, and Serena Williams's meltdown at the US Open, the media has had plenty of mea culpas to focus on this week. All these other events, however, may have obscured the most important apology uttered recently. That...

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With Talk of Hitler and Socialism Seniors in Virginia Air Grievances on Health Care

(210) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 2:34 PM

Standing outside a health care town hall Tuesday in Springfield, VA, demonstrators seemed to subscribe to the belief that the tree of liberty must be refreshed not with the blood of patriots and tyrants, as Thomas Jefferson once said, but with the opinions and megaphones of the elderly.

"They've forgotten...

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Where My Bees At? Five Brothers Rap and Dance To Save The Honey Bees

(27) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 2:33 PM

So you think you can dance? Can you do the honeybee?

In preparation for the first-ever National Honey Bee Awareness Day that took place on Aug. 22, big bee backer Häagen-Dazs used the creative efforts of five brothers from Los Altos, Calif. to make a short video raising awareness.

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Afghans in DC Celebrate 90 Years of Independence

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2009 | 6:18 PM

In Afghanistan's election on Thursday, thousands of voters defied the Taliban's violent threats by exiting polling stations with ink-stained index fingers. The night before, at the country's embassy in Washington, hundreds of Afghan ex-pats defied the humidity to celebrate another historic milestone: 90 years of independence.

A country whose unwelcome...

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200 days, 200 years

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2009 | 6:33 PM

From the bonkers "birthers" controversy to conciliatory beer summits, the irrelevant issues demanding President Barack Obama's attention as he ticks off 200 days in office seem to grow by the adverb ("stupidly").

To cope, to trudge onward, why not peruse a page from the book of a...

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Iraqi Refugees Make American Road Trip

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2009 | 2:57 PM

Jack Kerouac's On The Road enshrined the road trip in the American psyche, and even though the days of hitchhiking across the states are long gone, the tire-spinning sojourn is one of the nation's few cultural rites of passage.

"We were all delighted," he wrote in that...

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Last Call for No Alcohol

(14) Comments | Posted July 31, 2009 | 5:45 PM

President Barack Obama's "Beer Summit" at the White House with Sgt. James Crowley and Professor Henry Louis Gates has been welcomed as a savvy resolution to a problem that, if you believe the pundits, has all the politically charged implications of the Dreyfus affair.

One Washington man was more concerned...

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