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It Hasn't Been a Good Day: William Dalrymple, Bosnia, Punjab, Zimbabwe and ... Robin Williams

T. Sher Singh | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

He was a year younger than me, I note immediately. That's so very young, I say to myself. It saddens me because I enjoyed his work, all the way from his television days in the early 1980s to his recent, sporadic appearances on the big screen.

Obama: Into Africa

John Feffer | Posted 08.07.2014 | World
John Feffer

At a time when criticism is mounting about the way the president is handling the rest of the world, Africa is shaping up to be Obama's major play for a legacy.

War of Words, Words of War: An Annotated Glossary of the Israel-Hamas Conflict, According to a Guy Who Loves Israel and Hates War

Rabbi Michael Rothbaum | Posted 07.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Rothbaum

Words are also things. They have weight and substance. They are real and tangible. But that doesn't mean we understand them. And so the conversation becomes harder, because it hardly seems we're part of the same conversation. Here, then, is my list, a glossary of words of my choosing, with definitions and annotations I've devised.

The Oxymoron of Peace

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The problem with the United Nations is that it's a unity of entities defined by their hatred of one another and committed to the perpetuation of "the scourge of war." We won't begin creating global peace until we learn how to bypass nationalism and the single, unacknowledged agreement binding nation-states to each other: the inevitability of war.

ISIS: The Spoils of the 'Great Loot' in the Middle East

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

As Iraq tumbles into a yet another civil war, it is important to remember how all this came about, and why adding yet more warfare to the current crisis will perpetuate exactly what the "Great Loot" set out to do: tear an entire region of the world asunder.

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud: How I Found Myself at UC Berkeley

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.31.2014 | College
Andrew Lam

Pelaud had always been an outsider. Born in 1965 to a French father and a Vietnamese mother who didn't speak much French, she grew up in rural France feeling isolated, both geographically and culturally. She had trouble making friends and didn't do well in school. No one believed that she would amount to much.

Empire's Age-Old Aim: Wealth and Power

Lawrence B. Wilkerson | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Lawrence B. Wilkerson

Our constant rhetoric -- particularly from Washington -- asserts that we have made progress since the colonialism of King Leopold in the Congo. International criminal justice and human rights are pursued with relish, are they not? Not according to the example of Richard Bruce Cheney.

Dig Deeper

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 08.26.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

To the "wilderness" concept or idea -- the point is not that humans have no place in part of the biosphere. We are agents of creation and destruction in the biological hurly burly no less than other species. We are not specially more than other species, nor are we specially less.

Forget Punta Cana; Visit DR's Five-Century-Old Colonial City

Pam Grout | Posted 07.28.2014 | Travel
Pam Grout

Christopher Columbus, who made four trips to the New World, had his pick of beautiful locales. Although Ferdinand and Isabella, his benefactors, trie...

Is Singapore the Perfect Country for Our Times?

Andrés Martinez | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Andrés Martinez

Even now, at the height of its success, Singapore doesn't get much love (as opposed to grudging respect) from the legions of foreigners who avail themselves of its First World amenities. It's almost obligatory for Westerners visiting or residing in Singapore to complain about the "sterility" of the place, and joke about the carefully manicured boulevards and the pristine shopping malls, contrasting Singapore unflatteringly to the grittier authenticity and "character" of nearby Cambodia and Vietnam. It's indeed easy to mock Singapore if you haven't lived in a poor country, and it's a form of colonial prejudice to begrudge Singaporeans their lack of Third World "charm." We prefer our tropics to be exotically chaotic, thank you -- not tidier and more efficient than the Swiss. And Singapore's system is highly responsive to its citizenry's needs and desires, without being terribly democratic.

Yoga Teacher Talk: Inspiration or Mind-Numbing Nonsense?

Kimberly Dark | Posted 07.21.2014 | Women
Kimberly Dark

No one plans for exclusions. And yet they happen. Only certain people feel comfortable; only some have access. These exclusionary circumstances are changeable, though not solely through personal decision-making.

Gerry Adams

Paula Gordon | Posted 07.06.2014 | Media
Paula Gordon

I have no special knowledge of the Troubles. But I am personally acquainted with Mr. Adams. I found him to be a man of peace, not of violence, when we welcomed him to our program in 2004.

Not For Everyday Use

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.29.2014 | Books
Arlene M. Roberts

Ask any parent and they hasten to tell you about the vision or aspirations they harbor for their children. The method adopted for realizing the dream...

Papua New Guinea to Australia: Let's Just Be Friends

Jason Pack | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Jason Pack

With huge amounts of nickel, copper and gold, an emerging coffee industry, an extraordinarily resilient parliamentary democracy and the recent surge in the country's population, Papua New Guinea can afford to flex its muscles and assert more authority in the region.

Presidents Day, 2014

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

Traditionally Presidents Day was Washington's birthday. It was celebrated as a public holiday on February 22 each year, in peace or in war. Seventy years ago it was FDR's task to remember his great predecessor.

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?