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Contents
January-February 2012
 

Human Rights
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Tortured 
Bush’s crimes, Obama’s blind eye, and the death of accountability by Kathryn Sikkink,
from The Justice Cascade 

The CIA in Somalia 
Renditions, an underground prison, and the administration’s intensifying war by Jeremy Scahill, from The Nation 

Jihad Against Islam 
America’s right wing is on a witch hunt, and they’re tying Muslims to the stake by Robert Steinback, from Intelligence Report 


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The New Land Rush
 
Fears of violence and a hunger for profit are sparking a worldwide run on farmland by Terry J. Allen, from In These Times 


Letters

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Body-Checked by a Beep 
We are chained to our love of “being in touch”
by Aaron Lake Smith, from Biopsy 

A Hero’s Heart 
Love letters reveal the inner spirit of Norway’s greatest humanitarian edited by Eric Utne, from Brenda, My Darling 

Post Secret 
When it comes to modern-day correspondence, the mystery is gone by Jo McGowan, from Commonweal 

Uptown Is Upside Down 
Remembering Harlem, when a sense of community trumped corporate greed by Rodney Robinson, from The Brooklyn Rail 


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Dr. Yang’s Fight Club
 
On a secluded mountaintop, young men sacrifice everything to emulate their kung fu master by Oliver Broudy, from Tin House 


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When the Last Guest Leaves
 
Dying with dignity is one thing. Helping your mom do it is another. by Ben Orion, from Eugene Weekly 


EMERGING IDEAS 

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Lean, Green Fighting Machine
 
The U.S. military no longer wants to trade blood for oil by Edward Humes, from Sierra 

Reading, Writing, and Self-Esteem 
Simple exercises close the achievement gap by Lea Winerman, from Monitor on Psychology 

Faith Goes Viral 
Religion can affect where and why diseases spread by Elizabeth Pennisi, from ScienceNOW 


GLEANINGS 

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On the Benghazi Express
 
A veteran reporter goes back to Egypt and his naive younger self by Marc Cooper, from Slake 

Death by Byline 
An open letter from a Guatemalan reporter on living life under the gun by Claudia Méndez Arriaza, from Sampsonia Way 

Rust Belt Dharma 
Boyhood memories and Burmese monks by Richard Eskow, from The Best Buddhist Writing 


MINDFUL LIVING 

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Meditation, Not Meds
 
The science of stress relief interview by Daniel Redwood, from NEXUS Magazine 

Balancing Act 
Work-life balance for low-wage workers by David Villano, from Miller-McCune 

How to Write a Love Poem 
A not-so-serious tutorial on the art of seductive verse by Jim Behrle, from The Awl 


MIXED MEDIA 

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Bollywood’s Soft Power
 
India’s popular films wage a cultural war on extremism by Shikha Dalmia, from Reason 

Blues for Beginners 
An arts program preserves Chicago’s music by Brian Bienkowski, from Mindful Metropolis  

Reviews:
Film
Twisting and Turning: A review of A Separation
Dream Cities: A review of Urbanized
Trapped: A review of The Shaft

Music
The Sound of Desire: A review of Aam Zameen: Common Ground by Kiran Ahluwalia
Sublime Swirl: A review of Blue Hour by the Drift
Musical Ammunition: A review of Will the Guns Come Out? by Hanni El Khatib

Books   
Quench Wisely: A review of Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis by Cynthia Barnett
Gray Days: A review of Losing It by William Ian Miller
The Real Arab Woman: A review of I Killed Scheherazade by Joumana Haddad


Editor’s Note 
by David Schimke 

Forward 
by Eric Utne


Dispatches from: 
The Indypendent (Criminalizing HIV)
Contexts (Racism Moves Out)
Ars Technica (Rated M, for Mature)
Conservation (Digesting Diapers)
YES! Magazine (Homegrown Loans)
IEEE Spectrum (Big Fish, No Limit)
Mother Jones, Grist (LEED, Not So Clear-Cut)
The Texas Observer (Texas-Sized Nepotism)
Buddhadharma (Bad Buddhist Vibes)
Endogenous Development (Farming for Life)
Portland Mercury, Scientific American (Quiet: Salmon Spawning)
New Mobility (Hailing Accessibility)
World Affairs (Obama's Soft, Soft Power)
Hi-Fructose (Brutal Truth Toys)
American Craft (A Bushelful of Art)
Gilt Taste (My Sommelier Is a Comic)

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