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steven-belanger's picture
Oct.22.2013
Photo: Movie poster, from its Wikipedia page.   This is a very well-acted and -directed film that maintains its tension even though you know how it's going to end.  (It's based on the main character's book, after all.)   Paul Greengrass, director of United 93, a couple of Bourne...
farzana-versey's picture
Sep.22.2013
It takes extreme heartlessness to lob grenades, to shoot people in the head, and hold them hostage. People who have nothing to do with any cause, who are just going about their daily lives, enjoying an evening out with their families, or tourists taking a break from the sights.  What happened on...
bob-mustin's picture
Apr.28.2012
Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali image via straitjacketsmagazine.com    I recently found this book on the living room bookshelves, one I soon learned the missus had read for her book discussion group. I was familiar with this woman’s role in Dutch Parliament, her stand against the worst acts...
cynthia-neale's picture
Apr.10.2012
I have just returned from an idyllic and peaceful kayaking vacation in the Finger Lakes. During this time, I didn’t watch, read, or listen to the news, but now I’m home, back to work, and watching, reading, and listening. And there is much to wail over (as usual, it seems), but when I read...
charles-redner's picture
Mar.20.2012
After 20 years, the theatre/gallery opened in Mogadishu, Somalia. Director Abdi Dhun said on NPR that artists in Somalia have been murdered just for drawing (not Muhammad, forbid) but drawing or painting anything. With that background, the theatre opened Monday even though walking outside after...
elizabeth-eslami's picture
Mar.01.2012
An excerpt: 1985, we stole fistfuls of change, slipped fingers into jean pockets and cup holders, mined pennies from the asphalt. In school, the nuns lowered their papery eyelids. Ethiopians are dying, they said, and offered us build-your-own UNICEF boxes, corner to corner, flap into slit. We...
ivan-g-goldman's picture
Jul.14.2011
If you want to see what the extremists who now dominate the Republican Party want for our nation, take A good look at Minnesota. By shutting down most of the state government and firing most its employees they're costing the state money. We don't know how much because the people who could figure it...
anthony-difiore's picture
Dec.26.2009
 (Posted from The Publeconomist, published 12/24/09) For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Economist, its articles are split up into different sections, some of them geographical. I’m embarrassed to admit that I often skip most of the Middle East & Africa section. Although I’m...
larry-schliessmann's picture
Jun.08.2009
Landing at New York's JFK airport felt normal enough. I had flown several times over the span of the previous two years. Before then, I never stepped foot aboard an airplane. Required to wear my dress uniform, despite my formal discharge from active duty, was not bothersome. Although I'd heard of...
warren-adie-riley's picture
May.01.2009
“First of all, let me say just three words. I’m bloody mad.” I want to present, as Jack Webb used to say on Dragnet, “Just The Facts Ma’am. Just The Facts” That is what I will present.   Have you ever noticed that there are two sides to a coin? Why is it that we only hear one side by the media? And...