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In Your Name: Letter From a Gay Ugandan Who Fled for His Life

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Wolfman

This is a letter from a young Ugandan, a gay man whom I'll call M.G. In it he asks St. Paul's Voice Centre for help and he lays out some of the reasons he decided to give up any shot at seeing his home again.

Artist Gives Enlightenment Masterpiece A Colorful Remix

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

Yinka Shonibare MBE was born in London and raised between the UK and Nigeria -- traveling back and forth, speaking both languages, learning from both ...

Have Yourself a Very Melville Christmas: In Which We Review Typee, An Old, Perfect Book

Bernard Radfar | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
Bernard Radfar

It is a grand shame Typee is neglected, all that reading pleasure given away to books that may not deserve your hours in quite the same way. Even with the best readers I know I get a dumbfounded expression when I bring up Typee.

Warmer Temperatures Change the Balance of Nature

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Who will pay the price? It will be our children -- and the currency will not be monetary.

The Myth About Black Intelligence

Vashthi Nepaul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Vashthi Nepaul

In South Africa, the state set black people up for failure and hamstrung black advancement, while using the under-education of black people as evidence for why they required subjugation and guidance instead of the vote. So how well did it work?

Buried in the Sand: The Secret Politics of Blue Is the Warmest Color

Spencer Wolff | Posted 11.08.2013 | Entertainment
Spencer Wolff

She is totally unprepared for the coup de foudre that strikes her when she first sees the blue-haired Emma, an upscale college student from the nearby school of fine arts. Or is she?

Verdi's Egypt

Mena Mark Hanna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Mena Mark Hanna

Today, Egypt is troubled. As my country becomes more politically polarized, sectarian violence continues to rock its society.

Hope Flows From Hollow Water

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Robert Koehler

Hollow Water First Nation Reserve may have felt utterly isolated in their troubles, but what a few of them started to do -- in synchronicity with people in other indigenous communities -- has spread hope and awareness across the planet.

Calling Justice-Loving South Asians to Dismantle the Drug War, Free People and Plants, and Foster Health and Development for Millions

Sunil Kumar Aggarwal | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sunil Kumar Aggarwal

A private-prisons-backed, corporatist-police state-driven, racially-skewed "new Jim Crow" era of mass incarceration currently reigns in the U.S. The ...

Saving the Arab Levant

James Zogby | Posted 09.26.2013 | World
James Zogby

Reviewing events unfolding from Iraq in the East to Lebanon in the West can give one the distinct feeling that the region is on a path leading to self-destruction. What, if anything, can be done to reverse course?

China Benefits From Bush's Folly

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The United States has spent well over $3 trillion on its Iraq War, while suffering and inflicting much mayhem. Yet it is the studiously neutral government of China that has most clearly benefited from George W. Bush's folly.

Staying Critical in Croatia

John Feffer | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
John Feffer

The colonial relationship was reasonably straightforward. The empire dictated terms to the colony, and the colonial administration carried out the orders. The neo-colonial relationship is somewhat more complicated.

Kenya's Message to the West

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Uhuru Kenyatta's disputed election to the presidency of Kenya earlier this month raises a host of questions regarding its legality, Kenyatta's indictment at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and whether Kenya will become isolated as a result.

Diamonds Are Forever... British: Why Cameron Can't Give India Its Koh-i-noor

Sandip Roy | Posted 04.24.2013 | World
Sandip Roy

India, you can look but don't even dream about getting the Koh-i-noor back. Instead David Cameron has given India a parting gift -- a post-colonial word -- returnism.

Timbuktu Then and Now

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 04.21.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

When I heard recently about the rescue of Timbuktu by the French from the Ansar Dine, it somehow made me think of the time when France conquered this city in 1893.

Scottish Independence And Progressive Christianity: A Perfect Fit

Ben Daniel | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Ben Daniel

If Scotland becomes independent it is very possible that we will witness the birth of a Western democracy in which national security is achieved through education and wealth is tied to the well-being of ordinary people. Who among Progressive Mainline Protestants cannot support such ideals?

The United States, China and India: Unintended Consequences of Great Power Politics

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

The Obama administration should nevertheless carefully evaluate its relationship with India in the next four years and beware of the unintentional but often hazardous consequences of Great Power politics.

Globaloney, 19th Century Edition

Ian Fletcher | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Everyone knows we live in a brave new world of globalization. And like a lot of things that everyone knows, it isn't so. Not only was the globalization of the late 19th century, just as profound as today, it generated a similar class of professional sophists to justify it all.

The Post-Colonial Presidency: Our Man Obama

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.06.2013 | World
Andrew Lam

As a refugee from Vietnam, a country colonized by the French and then fought over by the Americans and the Soviet Union, I see the Obama presidency as spelling the end of a 500-year-old colonial curse.

Tabu and the Arrival of a Master Filmmaker

Erica Abeel | Posted 12.02.2012 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

A universe apart, Tabu conveys romantic longing among the foothills of Mount Tabu, where lovers play out their affair under the eyes of a watchful, mystical crocodile. Unlike the treacly The Artist, Tabu places demands on the viewer. Can American filmgoers embrace this rapturous film?

The Roots of Dinesh D'Souza's Rage

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

D'Souza's primary argument is that Obama is carrying out a deliberate "anti-colonial" agenda. Never mind that this is a real stretch, but what is much more disturbing is D'Souza's own agenda -- of promoting colonialism.

Barack Obama and the Sins of the Father

Michael Mungai | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Michael Mungai

I think all Kenyans deserve an apology from Mr. D'Souza for his disrespect, but I won't be holding my breath.

Africa and the Chinese Invasion: Some Nuts and Bolts in the Craft Sector

Atim Oton | Posted 09.10.2012 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

Africa needs China's help to develop but I am still a strong believer in Africans doing it themselves. We are a continent of grand bargains. As nations that are about 50 years old, we are still too young to figure it out. In time, we will.

2016: Obama's America Is Propaganda as Entertainment

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.28.2012 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The main flaw in the film is its lack of balance. There is no attempt to show "the other side" of any issue. This is a movie with a message and a purpose, neither of which are intended to show a different interpretation of the facts submitted

Pulling Lebanon Back From the Brink

James Zogby | Posted 07.07.2012 | World
James Zogby

With neighboring Syria imploding, tensions with Iran mounting, and Israel ever threatening, Lebanon appears to be on the brink of conflict. While this has been Lebanon's story for decades now, it need not be its fate.