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The American Silk King

AP | By DENIS D. GRAY | Posted 01.19.2012 | Books

BANGKOK -- Forty-five years after vanishing into a jungle without a trace, "Silk King" Jim Thompson remains a daily presence in Thailand: Shoppers cro...

PHOTOS: Artist We're Digging Today: Adriana Varejao

Posted 01.11.2012 | Arts

Brazilian artist Adriana Varejao paints tiled spaces and she also paints poetry. At first her rooms look like dreamy feats of impossible architecture,...

Do the British Still Rule India?

David Hill | Posted 01.30.2012 | World
David Hill

Or do the French rule Algeria? The Portuguese, Angola? The Italians, Libya?

Tropical Exuberance Meets Colonial Grace In Nicaragua | Posted 01.17.2012 | Travel

The ancient adobes are newly dressed in bright tropical colors and filled with fine restaurants, small boutiques. Horse-drawn carriages still roll along the photogenic streets.

Pax Occupata

Randall Amster | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Randall Amster

Everyone's a bard, and all the world's a stage. The curtain is finally closing on the old order, and a new paradigm of peace is being hewn from the colossus.

A Brief 'History' of Day of the Dead

Marga Britto | Posted 01.01.2012 | Latino Voices
Marga Britto

The day of the dead is one of our most beloved traditions in Mexico, surpassed only by that of electing crooked politicians and watching TV content for the mentally sedated.

I Don't Have To Celebrate Columbus

Vito de la Cruz | Posted 12.10.2011 | Latino Voices
Vito de la Cruz

Of course, I understand, as I type this piece on my laptop, that Columbus' exposure of the New World made exploration inevitable and that we are who we are today, in large part because he triggered that European curiosity. But, I don't have to celebrate the man, his misdeeds, or his arrogant, short-sighted waste of human life.

Aid And Independence In East Timor

Posted 11.28.2011 | World

By Simon Roughneen, The Diplomat 'Goodbye conflict, welcome development' reads the Panglossian banner on the Timor-Leste Finance Ministry web...

Divide and Conquer

Jay Tavare | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
Jay Tavare

As 2012 approaches and our global village gets smaller and more crowded, we must remind ourselves that underneath the stars we are all one race, one people.

Droning on in Afghanistan

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 10.17.2011 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

Today the drone increasingly projects American power and justice in distant lands. Shoot down an American helicopter and you'll soon find a drone buzzing in to settle scores.

Congress and its Colonialist Agenda

Stephen Zunes | Posted 09.17.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

One might think -- given this literally reactionary pro-colonialist ideology promoted by Congress -- that at least some Democrats might have to worry about losing the support of their progressive base in doing so.

To the Mahatma, From a Stateless Indian

Dinkar Jain | Posted 08.28.2011 | World
Dinkar Jain

2nd April, 2011 Dear Mahatma Today I witnessed the Indian team lift the cricket world cup for the first time in my life. I have never felt so proud. ...

ReThink Review: The First Grader -- Reading, Writing and Rebellion

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.13.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The First Grader tells the true story of Kimani Maruge, an 84-year-old veteran of Kenya's Mau Mau Uprising who earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest primary school student.

Gbagbo's Blame Game

Scott Straus | Posted 06.12.2011 | World
Scott Straus

After every major diplomatic initiative resulted in a clear statement in support of Ouattara, Gbagbo certainly knew he could never rule. What was he trying to accomplish?

Once West Africa's Rising Star, Ivory Coast Faces Dangerous Horizon

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.09.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

The crisis engulfing the Ivory Coast is a lesson in how even the trappings of democracy can fail to keep a fragile nation from breaking apart. It wasn't supposed to be this way.

How Evangelists Invented 'Dravidian Christianity'

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion
Rajiv Malhotra

In south India, a new identity is being constructed. It is an opportunistic combination of two myths: the "Dravidian race" myth and that early Christianity shaped the major Hindu classics.

Seven Points Obama Could Make Tonight

Joe Lauria | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Joe Lauria

Given the past decades of direct European control in Africa and the Middle East, and the more recent US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, it is more ...

U.S. Claims Libya Is In Violation Of Ceasefire

Reuters | Maria Golovnina and Michael Georgy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

March 19, 2011 1:28:37 AM By Maria Golovnina and Michael Georgy TRIPOLI, March 19 (Reuters) - The United States accused Muammar Gaddafi of d...

The Arab Pinochet Has Left the Scene

Richard Eisendorf | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Eisendorf

Like Pinochet, Ben Ali traded civil and human rights for economic development -- and lost.

Territorial Triumph And Geopolitical Pitfalls In South Sudan

Derek Henry Flood | Posted 07.13.2011 | World
Derek Henry Flood

Only time will tell whether "North" Sudan will accept a Republic of South Sudan -- and whether or not the two states will work in concert or begin an African Cold War with oil as the bargaining chip.

STOLEN ART: Sotheby's Cancels Sale of Looted Benin Oba Mask

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Sotheby's has scrapped its February sale of a controversial £4.5m mask believed to have been looted by British forces from 19th-century West Africa. ...

Good Governance Matters, In India

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

There is a new reason to feel vindicated, and hopeful, about India. Last month the Indian state of Bihar - situated to the north of the country with...

Why the Badistans Are Right to be Angry

Asheel Qayum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Asheel Qayum

You call us cockroaches, crooks, savage, uncivilized, and so on. But have you ever asked yourself what caused the Badistanis to be bad and savage? Or wondered why we are uncivilized?

'The Amazing Race' Saves Africa

Mark Blankenship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Blankenship

I love The Amazing Race. I truly do. But last night's episode was off. And maybe a little ignorant.

Why Michael Steele Is Just What Democrats Need

Matt Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Kane

No reasonably intelligent individual on the fence about which party to vote for in these crucial midterm elections will be swayed toward the Republicans by their leader's comments.