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charles-killeen's picture
Oct.15.2013
I hope to be writing more on Malala Yousafzai soon but being pressed for time I have to take whatever opportunity is afforded at the moment. First, I have to wonder how many people worldwide realize the importance of this -- woman? -- I hate to say child. I know she has spoken at the U.N. and won...
robert-earle's picture
Nov.17.2012
I wrote the poem below about the monster in our midst, not just in the United States but globally.   The Money   When it's threatened the money flees into the coffee stain on the Wall Street Journal, into the cell phone, across the Atlantic, into gold and bonds and jewels and pieces of...
dale-estey's picture
Oct.01.2012
If anniversary is the right way to describe this current week. It can be looked at both ways, I suppose. It is great to fight against any attempt to ban books. It is disheartening to still have to do this in this day and age. But they say things don't change all that much, and there will always be...
suellen-ocean's picture
Aug.06.2012
"Jim Crow" is an expression used to refer to customs and laws that oppress African Americans. Jim Crow was a down on his luck black man who may not have been a real character. Songs were written about Jim Crow and white entertainers with blackface appeared in minstrel shows depicting him.  ...
talia-carner's picture
Mar.16.2012
An examination of an insular world is best described by an insider--especially one who's never felt she belonged in this world, yet was pinned to its dogmas and unbending religious fanaticism.  Deborah Feldman's difficult upbringing was clouded and severely compromised by the absence of her...
nina-burleigh's picture
Feb.06.2012
Cairo -- The sick obsession with controlling women and baby-making is a bottomless well of weirdness. In Egypt, and other nations, Indonesia and Turkey among them, certainly the Gulf States, doctors or midwives are sometimes asked to perform "virginity tests" to ensure that a man is getting a...
christopher-antony-meade's picture
Sep.20.2011
.One of the most besetting sins that seems to afflict our society is the prevalence of discrimination either through the law, or through ill informed antipathy from religiously inclined people, against those who have a minority sexual preference. In Christian societies the oppression that exists...
opal-palmer-adisa's picture
Mar.04.2011
England was a cyst that I wanted amputated. Growing up in Jamaica, as I did, under the colonial legacy, England was referred to as the mother country, a mother who bore no resemblance to me or my fellow Jamaicans and who regarded us, her children, with disdain (in school we were taught Jamaicans...
myne-whitman's picture
Nov.10.2010
What a coincidence on the call for blogs on freedom of speech because today also, for most Nigerians, marks the 15th anniversary of the Military execution of the social activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa. He was killed for speaking out against injustice and oppression of the minority ethnic groups in the...
kate-clinton's picture
Sep.22.2010
A recent NYT article "When Boys Are Prized, Girls Live the Part" written by Jenny Nordberg, described the Afghani tradition of ‘bacha posh' which translates as ‘dressed up as a boy.' Since boys are so valued over girls, families with girls often dress one of their girls in boy's clothes...