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  • Exhibition at CAFAM offers diverse perspectives of contemporary Iranian life Last Friday, I went to the Craft & Folk Art Museum for the opening of an exhibition of contemporary Iranian video and photography. As coincidence would have it, that was the very day President Trump signed an executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees and people from 7 predominately Muslim countries — including Iran. ...
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  • Korematsu, Trump and Banality of Evil Monday was Fred Korematsu’s birthday. The brave twenty-three year old who in 1942 refused to be interned by the U.S. government alongside 120,000 other Japanese Americans has been on my mind. It is not simply because he was the featured doodle for Google. And not just because Trump’s executive orders to ban individuals from seven ...
  • Indonesia’s tax amnesty enters its third phase with good results so far Beawiharta/Reuters Nurhastuty Wardhani, Trisakti University and Asmiati Malik, University of Birmingham Indonesia has entered the third phase of its tax amnesty program, which was first launched in July 2016 to boost the country’s meagre revenue by collecting previously unreported funds hidden by wealthy citizens abroad and at home. The country, which has long struggled to increase its ...
  • How Having a Plan Will Set You Free I get asked all the time what the hardest part of leaving corporate behind to move to Costa Rica and start my business was. For me that answer is simple, it was taking the first step. I spent 10 years in corporate as the expert that helped everyone else launch. New programs, new jobs, and ...
  • Rise Up: This Is Not Complicated “Hitler didn’t steal the power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people.” – Pope Francis If we want freedom If we want peace If we want security If we want respect for all humankind If we want to leave a legacy We must Rise Up RISE UP! In preparation for Super Bowl 51, Atlanta, Georgia is in ...
  • News Or Not: Trump’s Alternative Speech At The Women’s March In all fairness, Kellyanne Conway has a point when referring to the existence of alternative facts. Indeed, President Trump has been wronged again by the media. For the first time in U.S. history, he delivered not one but two inaugural speeches. His hugely ignored alternative speech was heard at the Women’s March in Seneca Falls, ...
  • Kal Penn Came To The Rescue For Syrian Refugees If you haven’t heard, President Donald Trump signed a mildly controversial Muslim ban, that he’s saying isn’t really a Muslim ban. For the record, it is. This rigorous refusal of human rights to people from seven countries in The Middle East has upturned the United States in just four days. This past weekend airports turned ...
  • Standing Firm for Freedom Trafficking Prevention Month ends today, but we would like to ask Free the Slaves supporters to remain vigilant throughout the year. With fast-moving changes at the White House and Capitol, this is a critical time for letting government officials know that fighting slavery is important to the American public. Everyone has a role to play, ...
  • We Are Catholic. All Are Welcome. Note: This is a message sent to the Benedictine University community in the wake of national events. We are Catholic. All Are Welcome. I write to the entire Benedictine community in light of the many expressions of concern that I have received over the weekend regarding the safety and well-being of our students. First, let us remember one ...
  • I Spent Twenty Hours on my Twentieth Birthday Without Social Media I was never supposed to be born. My mom had cancer when she was around my age, and because of it, she was told she’d never be able to have children. I guess that’s probably why she made such a big deal out of my birthday. It was the little things, like her waking me ...
  • EPA Nominee Pruitt Refused to Promise Asbestos Ban Asbestos-triggered diseases kill up to 15,000 Americans each year, and since its introduction in the 1930s this notorious carcinogen has devastated hundreds of thousands of American families. Fifty-eight nations have banned asbestos, but in 1991, a federal court overturned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ban. Last year, former President Barack Obama signed an update to the ...
  • The Tiki Metric Kyle Bottoms, Strategic Lead, Critical Mass Conjuring images of distant shores, hula skirts and sacred totems, Tiki is rooted in an enchanting mix of fumy libations and Polynesian-themed escapism. And it’s quite possible that no other cultural trend has risen and fallen so spectacularly over the past 100 years. Tiki was everwhere. Then it vanished. And now, ...
  • Broken Trust “Chaos is the precondition to creativity… Even what has been created needs to be returned to chaos from time to time so that it can be regenerated in more vital form.” – Parker J. Palmer At this year’s World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Switzerland, PR firm Edelman shared its comprehensive annual Trust Barometer, confirming what ...
  • Making Sense of the Holocaust Remembrance Day Michael Laitman as a child in Vitebsk, Belarus As we reflect on the Holocaust, we should also remember that we have a way to prevent it from recurring. Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is an opportunity to reflect on the reason for the world’s unending hatred toward Israel and the Jews. I believe that understanding ...
  • Growing Up Smith: Q&A With Anjul Nigam “No explosions, no violence, no profanity!” is the mantra behind every production backed by Brittany House Pictures, and the company’s latest project, “Growing Up Smith,” (formerly “Good Ol’ Boy”) is not exception. We had a chance to catch up with Anjul Nigam, president and founding partner of the company, who also plays a triple role ...
  • There is more than one story to be told about Muslims in Trump’s America Stephanie Keith/Reuters Maha Bali, American University in Cairo Let me tell you two stories that happened to two different people. Both concern religion in North America. Register how you feel about each of them. Story one: “Why are you not Christian?” a man asks you. Story two: You wake up to find someone has left a Bible on your ...
  • What Real Estate Companies Need to Know About Millennials By Hillary Hobson Love them or hate them, millennials are a huge and growing demographic, and they have some distinct preferences concerning their lifestyle and how they spend their money. Known for their desire for instant gratification, they value services with high speed, low cost, and some room for choice – and with so much information ...
  • Dorte Mandrup: Where Place Meets Sculpture Rising from the landscape in a place rich with materiality and history sits architect Dorte Mandrup’s new Wadden Sea Centre. Meet the renowned architect and see a building were “everything comes together.” “It’s interesting that architecture exists in a strange place between the practical and pragmatic, finances and technique, and yet it needs to have ...
  • Alaa al-Aswany: How I Helped My Novel Character “At some point I feel that the characters do exist… they become independent.” Watch the praised Egyptian novelist Alaa al-Aswany in this short and humorous conversation about his – autonomous – novel characters. It is essential to al-Aswany that his characters always feel like living people: “I cannot impose on them what they should do… ...