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Conflict of Interest: The Unholy Matrimony of Politics and Business Deals in Kenya

Washington Osiro | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

While there is nothing wrong with the legal and transparent accumulation of wealth, it is not inconceivable to draw the rather dark conclusion that there are those willing to allow or facilitate death and destruction to amass and protect said wealth

Scalia's Gay Marriage Dissent Reveals a Bizarre Sense of Political Geography

William Bradley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Did you know that California is not in the West and that the "real America" is the Old Confederacy?

Movie Review: Slow West -- Moseying to a Showdown

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.11.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Be warned. John Maclean's directorial debut, Slow West, practices truth in advertising. But "slow" seems harsh as an adjective for this compelling film. "Patient" would be a more apt description; "studied" or "measured" would be two more. 

Who Else Wants to Be Happy?

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

The Great Western Disease is "I'll be happy when..." This is our belief that happiness is a static and finite goal, within our grasp when we get that promotion, or buy that house, or find that mate, or whatever.

Why We Still Need Westerns After The Age Of The Wild West

S. M. Hulse | Posted 04.04.2015 | Books
S. M. Hulse

I didn't set out to write a western. That's one of the first things most people learn about my novel, Black River, though: it's a western. It says so ...

The Real Talking Stick: A Visit to a Reservation in Scottsdale

Judith Fein | Posted 03.08.2015 | Travel
Judith Fein

The houses got sparser and the flat, parched, winter landscape was crowned and made glorious by the red-hued mountains in the distance. We tried to imagine what our meeting with Royce and Debbie Nez-Manuel would be like. It was nothing like our imaginings.

Westward Expansion? 'Dead West', Omnibus One

Brandy L. Schillace | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Brandy L. Schillace

The frontier has always been a place of magical realism -- even at it's most gritty. This isn't your typical zombie drama. Zombies may not exactly be passe', but we have witnessed a lot of their creeping, crawling trauma over the past few years.

Qanta Ahmed's Message and Mission

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

As a campaigner for peace and pluralism, Ahmed is dismayed by the toxic lure of an Islamist doctrine that is supremacist, separatist, and hostile to secular Western values, and she calls for an urgent review of this ideology.

The Homesman Is a Woman

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

There is the hope of redemption for everyone: the lunatic moms who minimally respond to kindness, for Mary Bee who makes another bold move involving this new man in her life and for Briggs, if that really is his name, who survives and tries to do right.

Basic Arabic: Waheed Samy's Definitive Tome

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Magda Abu-Fadil

Those cut out to be teachers are a breed apart. The good ones, who make a difference in people's lives, are priceless gems cherished long after they'r...

Phillip Margolin Heads West For His Latest Legal Thriller

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.27.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Phillip Margolin has been writing legal thrillers for quite a few years now. His latest novel, Worthy Brown's Daughter, is a little bit of a change of pace for him.

Greek Cinema Confronts the Harsh Reality of the Financial Crisis by Not Standing Aside, Watching

Vivian Norris | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

In director Yorgos Servetas' poignant film, a young woman goes back to a village she knows, and encounters both friends who are suffering direct hits of the crisis, but also a mafia-like system in place, which destroys bodies and souls.

All Aboard! 5 Train Rides on Roaring Camp Railroads

offMetro.com | Posted 10.18.2013 | San Francisco
offMetro.com

Sometimes you've gotta steamroll out of town, and there's no better way than hopping aboard Roaring Camp Railroads. This restored 19th-century railroa...

Fish Discover Water Last

Iram Ganju | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Iram Ganju

Part One The boundary between what is custom and what is law, differs from culture to culture. The lines can become blurred without our knowledge and...

We Don't See Things as They Are, We See Them as We Are

Iram Ganju | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Iram Ganju

Heck, I was born and raised in Pakistan. To some, that's reason enough to be afraid, but I accept that in a post 9/11 America, my country conjures up all kinds of misconceptions and contradictions. To be fair though, what country is without them?

How I Helped Save an Author from Obscurity

Dennis Miller | Posted 05.21.2013 | Books
Dennis Miller

Over the years I collected nearly all of Ard's paperback titles and posted them to the site. I knew my efforts -- and I never wanted or made a penny on this venture -- were successful when the author's books started appearing on eBay. But the story wasn't over.

Response To WSJ Op-Ed Calling For Bible Education In Public Schools

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 05.02.2013 | Religion
Rajiv Malhotra

India is the reason for the existence of what later became the United States of America. Certainly, this bit of history should be taught in every American school.

Popcorn Preview: Django Unchained

Leslie Sisman | Posted 03.06.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Django Unchained (2012) Cast includes: Jamie Foxx (Ray), Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds), Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception), Kerry Washington ...

Our Superheroes Romney and Ryan: Why You Should Hope Republicans Win the Presidential Election

Dr. Diana E. Sheets | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Dr. Diana E. Sheets

Obama's vision is a postmodern (PoMo), postcolonial (PoCo) America in which truth and lie merge, everything becomes relativistic, rather than based on Christianity, which shaped the beliefs of America's Founders. Then, there is Mitt Romney's America. It embraces our historic destiny.

Your Chance To Live In A Spaghetti Western

Posted 07.25.2012 | Arts

If you have ever fantasized of being in a Western, of wading through a sea of cacti and corpses to the distant echoes of yodeling... now may be your b...

Sam Shepard On Playing Aging Butch Cassidy

Minneapolis Star Tribune | COLIN COVERT | Posted 12.12.2011 | Fifty

Sam Shepard made a big entrance into the world of movie acting as the doomed romantic farmer in Terrence Malick's critically acclaimed "Days of Heaven...

Movie Review: Blackthorn

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.03.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The cowboy - rugged, stoic and resourceful - will always be a cinematic archetype, though the western has all but disappeared as a commercially popula...

Actor Josh Hartnett Toys With Swordplay in Bunraku and Lives to Discuss It

Brad Balfour | Posted 11.29.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Through Bunraku, an archly-stylized swordplay fantasy, Josh Hartnett returns to the genre spotlight. This computer-enhanced tale revolves around a "Man with No Name," and draws heavily on Samurai and Western tropes in an alternate-world dystopia.

Sell Illusion, Purchase Reality: Currency as a Cultural Conceit

Robin Koerner | Posted 08.02.2011 | Business
Robin Koerner

An increasing number of people are coming to understand that our currency has no inherent value. Many also realize that it is not even a fixed measure of value.

Bipolar Americana: An Interview With Artist Grant Barnhart

Posted 07.09.2011 | Arts

Via Beautiful/Decay: "Guitar Backstabs" The Midwest, motorcycles, cowboy boots, blue jeans, football—imagery associated with classi...