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Thinking Aloud: “The Italians”

Aug. 9, 2015 by Darius  I recently read The Italians by John Hooper, a British journalist who has been based in Italy and southern Europe for decades.  The Italians is a charming portrait of one of Europe’s most distinctive cultures. … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: The Roof of the World’s Shaky Foundation

Apr. 27, 2015 by Darius  The massive earthquake that hit Nepal two days ago has caused at least 3800 deaths thus far and displaced tens of thousands more.  But this is just the most recent in a long line of … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Jordan Tourist Sites

Feb. 15, 2015 by Darius I have returned from Jordan after a very productive month and will be resuming daily posts.  For today, I thought I’d share my impressions of Jordan’s tourist sites in case you might have the opportunity … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In the Ointment: How an Insect Held Back a Continent”

“In the Ointment: How an Insect Held Back a Continent” The Economist, January 17-23, 2015, p.72 http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21639588-how-insect-held-back-continent-ointment “Economic historians have long supposed that Africa’s historically low population density shaped its development.  Rulers struggled to exercise control over scattered populations, the theory goes. … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “25 Years After the Berlin Wall Fell, Germany Is Still Divided”

“25 Years After the Berlin Wall Fell, Germany Is Still Divided” The Washington Post, November 2, 2014, p.A10 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/10/31/the-berlin-wall-fell-25-years-ago-but-germany-is-still-divided/ “Next week, Germany will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and at first glance, it seems as … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Taliban Are Rising Again in Afghanistan’s North”

“Taliban Are Rising Again in Afghanistan’s North” The New York Times, October 23, 2014, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/world/asia/taliban-rise-again-in-afghanistans-north.html?_r=0 “The last time Afghans in the northern province of Kunduz felt so threatened by the Taliban was in 2009, just before President Obama deployed thousands of … Continue reading

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Quick Thought to Amuse and Edify

There are ten countries in the world whose names are only four letters long.  How many can you come up with in two minutes? You can take the quiz at http://mentalfloss.com/article/59501/name-four-letter-countries. I only got six; see if you can do better!

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