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Featured Story – Eid On The Ganges

In the past few decades, I’ve been inside a church maybe two dozen times, mostly for weddings and funerals, a few times to marvel at the soaring nave or the intricately carved chancel of a cathedral, and once or twice just to sit in silence and pray. I was brought up in a tradition that said that I belonged to the One True Church, but that never made much sense to me. My Catholicism lapsed almost 30 years ago at the age of 15. The ending began just after my confirmation, the age when parents of American teenagers tacitly agree they can no longer force their wayward children to attend Mass. It was a process laced with humor in and of itself. I remember my meeting with Father John Mikalajunas, a wonderful, kindhearted priest who was not above twisting an ear or two in order to impart moral judgment in his recalcitrant charges, but otherwise a lovely man. We sat alone in the pews of the modern, semi-circular, St. Thomas Aquinas Church on a Wednesday afternoon

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The General in His Labyrinth

A Hand-Painted Sign seen at the August 28, 2015 protest march in Antigua, Guatemala

In the afternoon of September 1, 2015 the Guatemalan Congress voted (132 to 0, with 25 abstentions) to remove executive immunity from President Otto Pérez Molina. Late on September 2, Thelma Aldana, the Guatemalan Attorney General, issued an arrest warrant on charges of illicit association, fraud and receiving

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The Surly Bartender: Lifeboat Americans



A few months back, I wanted to inject the term Lifeboat Americans into the political discourse. I felt, and feel, that it expresses so much about what is wrong with the United States these days. There’s a goodly percent of the population who believe they live in

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Special Commentary: Uganda, At Play in the Fields of the Lord

Popular Media in Uganda

Scott Lively is a Christian clergyman of a peculiarly American stripe. He is white, “born again,” claims to know the mind of God better than most and wields that knowledge with such flair that the Southern Policy Law Center classifies his Massachusetts-based church/media complex, Abiding Truth Ministries, as a

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Guatemala 101: El Pueblo vs. Monsanto

monsanto salute

Late in the afternoon of September 4, after nearly 10 days of protests by a coalition of labor, indigenous rights groups and farmers, the indigenous peoples and campesinos of Guatemala won a rare victory. Under the pressure of massive mobilizations, the Guatemala legislature repealed Decree 19-2014, commonly referred to

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From the Recesses – God Bless You Mr. Vonnegut


A few nights ago I met a sparkling, lovely couple from some septic backwater of the Great Neighbor to the North.  They were overflowing with hope.  They had the confidence of youth.  They knew that through their activism and energy that their generation would make the difference.  Theirs

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First Person Shooter – Road Rage in Rajasthan


On New Year’s Eve, I finished a glass of wine and requested another from a passing footman as His Highness Gaj Singh II, the Maharaja of Jodhpur, stepped to the rostrum overlooking the wedding party and lake below. The white fabric of his turban trailed down his six-foot frame

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