Writing in the First World

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In response to the execution of Iranian poet and activist Hashem Shaabani, Poetry Editor Charlie Bondhus reflects on privilege, writing, and poetry’s function as a tool of social change.

I Was Jailed for My Work on HIV in Iran, But the Tide is Turning

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The inspirational story of two brothers who worked to combat HIV, and the Iranian government who wanted to quiet them.

Conflict Resolution: I Hope Words Work for Our Sons

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Teaching kids to solve conflicts by talking it out is great, but what happens when words don’t work? Carter Gaddis hopes for the best.

Ben Affleck: ‘I Am Not Running For Office’

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The star makes his denial of a Senate race official.

Earth without Humanity

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Life on Earth can survive any man made disaster. But will we?

Anger of Muslims, Part 2: Making Sense in 3D

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The violence in the Middle East makes sense when viewed from sufficient perspectives.

Open Thread: What Do You Think of Romney’s Support of Israeli Strike Against Iran?

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Open Discussion: What do you think of Mitt Romney’s speech wherein he seems to pledge US backing of an Israeli strike against Iran.

Cyber Warfare: Did Kids Recently Hack Iranian Nuclear Computers?

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Cyber attack forced AC/DC’s Thunderstruck to play at top volume on Iranian nuclear facility computers.

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This is poem called “Would Be Blue No. 12 Dec 14″

TweetWould Be Blue No. 12 Dec 14   I Would be blue As God Rattling and prattling like A snake at Mass on a Sunday morning.   Bring me a bear I am all honey And Lucifer is on the rise singing Love songs.   Over there the people with Brains in trenches signifying war […]

Games: Battlefield 3 Gets Lots Of Fixes, Gets Banned In Iran [@battlefield]

Never shared with the Shah, the hit combat game gets a heaping helping of updates and bug fixes today.

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Libyan rebels take over Tripoli, Plaxico Burress returns to football, and Stephen Colbert’s PAC satirizes PACs.

Social Media Plays Reverse Roles in First and Third World

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Could social media lead to an uprising, like the London riots, in the United States?

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No one likes congress, unemployment drops, and the rent really is too damn high.