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The Hypocrisy of Rafael Correa (VIDEO)

Full disclosure: I was deported from Ecuador shortly after Rafeal Correa was elected president and have been following his political career closely ever since. I also met him when he was president-elect. Last week Ecuador’s president, Rafeal Correa, was once more in the news for his courageous aid of a whistleblower. With the help of

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Revolutions: The Five Star Movement

Italy is ripe for comedic relief. After electing (and twice re-electing) a prime minister convicted of tax evasion and accused of multiple raunchy sex scandals while in office, their political scene has a new star: a comedian. The Five-Star Movement, political satirist Beppe Grillo’s anti-establishment group, was started in 2009 when Silvo Berlusconi, then 73,

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World On Fire

In Turkey protesters took over a broad downtown section of the nation’s largest city for two weeks. In Italy the fastest growing political party is actually a protest movement that wants to radically transform government. In Brazil millions are in the streets, blockading highways and disrupting international soccer games. All over the world people are

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On Writing

Memoir is the journey from protagonist to narrator and the distance between the two propel the book forward. I am only now beginning to understand this. All along I have been writing memoir like novel, trying to show arc solely within the protagonist. Writing is incredibly humbling because you are constantly realizing that there is

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Should Zoos Exist?

I have strong, yet contradictory feelings toward zoos. A zoo, at its ideal, serves not just as a place to see animals but to learn about them and the need to preserve their dwindling natural environments. At the same time zoos have a great moral failing. They are prisons to innocent animals. A polar bear

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Rising from the Ashes: Recovery from a Forest Fire Photo Essay

Last year 1,200 acres of the Long Island Pine Barrens burned during the regions largest forest fire in nearly two decades. Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency and deployed New York State Police helicopters for water drops to assist the 109 fire departments that had already converged to contain the blaze. I hiked through

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Monsanto: A Beginner’s Guide to the World’s Most Dangerous Corporation

UPDATED VERSION HERE Monsanto has been around over a hundred years, and while it has a history of questionable ethics and practice—including helping to create and hide health risks associated with DDT and Agent Orange—its more recent trend toward pushing unregulated and unlabeled Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into our food supply is what’s really alarming.

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Hello

One of the few constants in my life is my affection for the written word. I change jobs, nations and homes with a great deal of frequency but I always want to write, and always hope to improve—both my words and the world around me. In the fall I’ll be on the move again, this

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