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Michael holds an MA from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as a BA from Hamilton College. He is the Founder of Full Court Peace, a nonprofit organization that uses basketball as a social tool around the world.

He is currently writing a book about an inner-city team he coached last year. It's currently in blog format here.

Entries by Michael Evans

North Korea Stomps Its Feet: Who Cares, Right?

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 11:28 AM

Not enough people think of the television news industry as a vendor of goods and services, as just another for-profit industry seeking revenue.

Perhaps I am too cynical. Perhaps journalism actually exists on television. Perhaps, though, I am too cheap to pay for the satellite services that would bring me...

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Visit Belfast: Flag Issue Not Representative of People, City

(12) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 3:49 PM

A few people ruining for the majority. That's the age-old story of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and that majority has been sick of it for decades.

To the American layperson, the image of Belfast remains stained by the brutal violence of the seventies, eighties, nineties and early 2000s. For many...

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In Defense of My Friends: The Harvard Crimson You Don't Know

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 4:54 PM

Ah, the media. It's filled with so many former, competitive and successful athletes. You know, the ones who got all the playing time in middle school and high school. The ones who hit the winning shot, scored the winning goal, hit the home run. The ones who toiled, bled and...

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History Will Treat LeBron Well

(21) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 5:25 PM

I used to secretly root against LeBron, before it was cool. This was when he was on the Cavs and although they were a good team, they couldn't contend with the NBA's big boys.

I pretended to like him, but only because I didn't think he was in striking distance...

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The Media's Decision Vs. LeBron's Decision

(20) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 12:40 PM

A year ago I would have hated the title of this post and would have hated writing it. This is my act of reconciliation, a pseudo apologia.

I am a Michael Jordan loyalist. The media, despite all of its efforts, could never put a dent in Jordan's armor. They...

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Education Wake Up: An Important Case in Connecticut

(8) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 9:46 AM

For years here in Fairfield County, Connecticut, we have produced unemployable citizens, and we may continue to do so. Yesterday's Supreme Court decision, which gave back the school system's reins to a Board of Education that was failing its students for the past seven years, says it best:...

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One Season to Go: Basketball Diplomacy

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 10:00 AM

I spent this past weekend in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on a research and basketball clinic visit. The daily murder rate has decreased to something around six. It was at 15 or so the first time I went in 2009.

I followed my usual routine by flying into El...

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One Season to Go: An Introduction

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

Note: I wrote the following entry, as well as some of the next few entries of this blog, between September 1st, 2011 and November 27th, 2011. From here on out, I will continue to write current entries as I also post related stories from the past three months.

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Arrest in Belfast: Will Violence Ever Cease?

(4) Comments | Posted May 3, 2011 | 3:33 PM

Police in Northern Ireland have made three arrests in connection to the death of a Northern Ireland police officer last month.

To most of the Americans I have spoken with about Northern Ireland, the situation in Belfast is an example for the world to follow in terms of...

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Neverending Story 3: Juarez

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 1:12 AM

It is so unlikely that we will ever see a dramatic halt to the violence and bloodshed in Northern Mexico that it will likely come to be seen as a Darfur-like situation; a conflict of closer geographical proximity yet remaining to be just as untenable. Here's why:

Reason #1: Negative...

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Bobbito Garcia: Barrier Breaker

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 9:16 AM

Social barriers are broken within sporting events quite often. It is not so often, however, that those occurrences go unnoticed.

This past weekend, the Latino community of America shared a proud moment in the wide world of sports. The man who was at center stage, a passionate, well rounded guru...

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Belfast's Messed Up Minority and Their Media Support

(18) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 11:59 AM

A large majority of Belfast is sick. No, not from tainted eggs from the United States, but from a petty, chauvinistic, force-you-to-roll-your-eyes, want-to-be legitimate conflict that is run by the city's confused twenty-somethings and supported by few.

Let's take a quick look back at what was the "real" conflict in...

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Mayhem in Mexico: Our Solution of Ignorance

(36) Comments | Posted July 3, 2010 | 1:11 PM

"They killed someone at my brother's football game. It was the father of one of the boys who was playing. The game stopped for twenty minutes, the ambulance came, and the man was put into a bag and taken away. Then the game resumed. It's crazy here."

The voice of...

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Juarez and the Action We Should Take

(4) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 1:33 PM

The violence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico is not the result of unintelligent US or Mexican policy. It's the result of a lack of opportunity for what were once vulnerable Mexican youth. When these adults were young, they found their opportunity in the drug game, but not just in its quick...

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A Murder in Juarez Shows the Growing Crisis at Our Border

(40) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 11:01 PM

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico seemed like the victim of American media hype from the minute I crossed over the US border from El Paso, Texas on Saturday morning. Yes, there were the run-down stores, the empty or closed restaurants and soldiers patrolling the streets, armed with heavy weaponry. But after reading...

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