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farzana-versey's picture
Sep.02.2009
A few hours ago, I was on television. You couldn’t see me. No, I had not magically transformed into an invisible creature. This was a phone-in where someone calls you and says you will soon go live on air. It made me check my breathing. Sometimes one does not feel so 'live'. Thoughts of me floating...
sherry-jones's picture
Aug.04.2009
Dear Reader, "But what he, the writer, is asking, is impossible. Why should... there be anyone else who comprehends what he is trying to do?" This quote comes from Doris Lessing's 1971 introduction to her magnificent novel, "The Golden Notebook," which I am currently reading. It...
farzana-versey's picture
Jun.09.2009
I see images of Pakistan that show a society that is backward. I cringe. Perceptions are not uni-dimensonal. An Indian news magazine had carried a story a couple of years ago about how the situation had become so bad that the liberals could not smoke publicly. We were driving through those same...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Apr.30.2009
While the mainstream media remains squarely focused on what the World Health Organization considers a growing threat of universal outbreak of swine flu, even in Mexico, the nucleus of the disease, confirmed cases number somewhere around one-tenth of one percent. Still, there is no reprieve in sight...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Apr.30.2009
While the mainstream media remains squarely focused on what the World Health Organization considers a growing threat of universal outbreak of swine flu, even in Mexico, the nucleus of the disease, confirmed cases number somewhere around one-tenth of one percent. Still, there is no reprieve in sight...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Apr.19.2009
 While President Obama held his Sunday news conference, and touted the virtues of talk over combat, saying that diplomacy "strengthens our hand," the bombs rained over the Waziristan region of Pakistan killing at least three people, and injuring several others. One source, in Pakistan,...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Apr.09.2009
What better way to celebrate the second night of Passover, and the eve of Good Friday, than with Leon Panetta, director of the Central Intelligence Agency's, news that his agency is "no longer" in the black site business, and that all remaining clandestine detention centers will be shut...
edmund-jenks's picture
Apr.03.2009
When they arrived in Strasbourg, the president and first lady Michelle Obama were welcomed by Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Image Credit: Jason Reed of Reuters Obama Uses Guilt And Poor Reading In France Barack Obama refers to the Marshall Plan and slams the idea of the pursuit of...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Mar.28.2009
Obama's recent decision to escalate troop presence, in Afghanistan, by adding an additional 4,000 troops will be easier to pitch at home, and abroad, if he avoids talking about taking out the Taliban, and sticks to Al Qaeda principally because of the gaping questions as to who has been financing,...
mary-lynn-i-archibald's picture
Mar.03.2009
I've been trying not to clench my teeth. I find myself doing it again. My therapist called it "generalized anxiety," and gave me a little pill. It helps. Some. At first, I was only worrying about getting my book published. But now I worry about the war in Afghanistan, the imminent collapse of...