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How Do You Wear Your Politics?

I was advised not to discuss politics when visiting Liberia. Let old wounds heal, they said.

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The Iraq War: A Trilogy

I vaguely remember the first time the U.S. invaded Iraq. We called it Desert Storm or the Gulf War then. It may be my earliest memory of nationalism. I was nine and recall the lunch ladies at my school handing out ribbons to the kids to support the troops. I didn’t think much of it

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The Paradox of World Cup Excitement and Supporting Brazilian Social Movements

In a few hours Brazil will kick-off against Croatia to officially begin the 2014 World Cup. The host nation, Brazil, has won the Cup—humanity’s largest sporting event—a record five times and is the favorite again this year. Children play football in the streets, banks close before big matches and retired players get elected to public

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Why Are People So Damn Excited About Bitcoin?

This week a new app—QuickCoin—created a way for anyone to send and receive Bitcoin via their Facebook account. In my excitement I added some bitcoin to my Facebook wallet and posted a message on my wall that I would send some Bitcoin to anyone who asked. Within a few hours I had sent a thousand

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