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The Despot Within

The Despot Within

The late Jean-Claude Duvalier, better known as Baby Doc, played only a small part...

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Grandma’s Arsenal

Grandma’s Arsenal

I used to think that no one would ever again smell like my grandmother: that is to...

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Boko Haram and the Indelible West

Boko Haram and the Indelible West

When I arrived in the city of Maiduguri nearly thirty years ago, everyone was away...

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Creatures of a Day

Creatures of a Day

Yesterday a young woman who was unknown to me except at third hand died. She was...

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A Childhood in Athens

A Childhood in Athens

It is common for aging men, worn by the long years of drink and skirt-chasing and...

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2013: The Most Racist Year Ever

2013: The Most Racist Year Ever

Experts agree that 2013 was the most racist year since the one that started the...

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2013: Reminiscences and Prognostications

2013: Reminiscences and Prognostications

’Tis the season of reminiscence and prognostication. Let’s get the future out...

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My Night With The Rolling Stones

My Night With The Rolling Stones

One of the pleasures of The Rolling Stones is that until recently they seem to...

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South Africa’s Dubious Liberation

South Africa’s Dubious Liberation

The unctuous pseudo-grief in the West after Nelson Mandela’s death at the good...

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When We Had Balls

When We Had Balls

I recently sat down with a friend of more than fifty years, Reinaldo Herrera, and...

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TV Since JFK

TV Since JFK

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Putting that aside,...

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Another Word for “Holocaust”

Another Word for “Holocaust”

Last week saw commemorations of the 75th anniversary of Germany’s Kristallnacht...

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B-B-B-Bernie and the Squirrels

B-B-B-Bernie and the Squirrels

William Shatner missed his calling. It’s no secret that the Star Trek icon’s...

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When Being a Rebel Was Hard Work

When Being a Rebel Was Hard Work

When I was a kid, being a rebel was hard work. You didn’t have the Internet...

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