Who are the Immigrants?

October 5, 2010

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To emigrate is to leave one’s native land. To immigrate is to settle somewhere else. America, it is said, is a land of immigrants. We take those who have no place elsewhere and make them our own, use them to build our society. Who are these people who come to us? The answer has, of […]

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Banned Books

September 30, 2010

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In honor of Banned Books Week, the wonderful Rejectionist and Tahereh have put together a collection of reviews of favorite books that have been banned or challenged. I am an ardent supporter of books, and this blog is designed to work against the kind of ignorance that is the cause and consequence of censorship. So […]

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Sri Lankan Civil War

September 2, 2010

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On May 19, 2009, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the president of Sri Lanka, declared that his country’s decades long civil war was over. Although the fighting had stopped, the suffering still continues. Sri Lanka’s troubles have their root in centuries past. The country has a mixture of ethnic groups. The majority are Sinhalese, who are Buddhist, while […]

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Watermelon Salad

August 28, 2010

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Normally it’s hard to imagine that it would be possible to have too much watermelon. But my family has gotten a large watermelon every week this month. They are really huge, and they are seeded. Plus we went to the beach last week, and another branch of the family brought extra peaches and melons. So […]

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Zimbabwe, or The Perils of Post-Imperial Populism

August 23, 2010

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Zimbabwe is a country in crisis. You probably haven’t heard much about it. To most mainstream news organizations it’s just another poor, corrupt African country. There is no genocide like in Rwanda or Darfur (or the many others I could name). The colonial legacy is no longer in the form of repressive and racist control […]

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Why no one is stopping climate change

August 18, 2010

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In recent years the debate about climate change, sometimes called global warming, has become politicized. Emotions run high on both sides, which, as is common in public discourse, leads more to a clash of ideologies and values rather than a calm and cogent discussion of the various sides of the issue at hand. Most people […]

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Swahili civilization

August 7, 2010

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Africa, in the centuries before the Europeans came to conquer it, was home to an astonishing variety of cultures and political structures that have largely fallen from the memory of the Western public. The city-states of the Swahili on the Africa’s eastern coast are one of these cultures. They were never an empire, never had […]

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