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The Roots of the Black Forest

“Liberty, that lovely thing, was discovered in the wild forests of Germany” —Montequiem This was the Black Forest of centuries ago, wild and untamed, known only to the ancient people who made this forest their home. Nestled in the southwestern tip of Germany, the Black Forest has been host to many migrant tribes through the centuries. The forest and its people have experienced centuries of war and devastation, from the

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What a Language Means: Catalonia’s Linguistic Pride

Whenever I discuss the trip I took to Barcelona this past summer, the topic of language always comes up. Nearly everyone asks what Catalan is, having guessed that one would speak Spanish everywhere in Spain. In the case that they have heard of Catalan, they will erroneously consider it a dialect of Spanish, or if they do consider it an independent language, they might think of it as a mix

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Western Cape, South Africa: by Annaliese Allen

Fox News Is an Oxymoron

“So what do you think of Trump?” my eighty-eight-year-old father-in-law, Arnie, asked. Internally, I winced. I am under standing orders from my wife, reinforced by kicks to my shin under the table, to never discuss politics with her dad. Then I remembered she wasn’t there. Besides, he asked my son, not me. “He’s the most unqualified human to ever hold office,” Michael said. “Oh, I don’t know about that,” Arnie

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April 24 is Armenian Genocide Recognition Day

(Note: Pictured above are my Armenian-American friends, Artur Mazmandyan and Kristina Grigoryan, and their two daughters, Nelly and Siranush. Today they will honor the memory of their Armenian countrymen who died over one hundred years ago during the Armenian genocide. The family lives in Denver.) Over the weekend, I went to see The Promise, a compelling film dramatizing the Armenian genocide. The feature film’s release was timed specifically to coincide

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“Have You Got Soul?”: Love, Music, and Clashing Egos in Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments

Here’s a thought: If Alan Parker hadn’t directed his 1991 film version of The Commitments, chances are good I would never have read Roddy Doyle’s 1987 novel of the same name. That would have been a shame. When I started the book, though, I knew I was going to have a slight problem. The film version of The Commitments is not only a fine movie, it’s also one of my favorites.

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