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Empowering Words: From Raped and Abused to ‘Without My Consent’

Empowering Words: From Raped and Abused to ‘Without My Consent’

By Meltem Arikan Have you ever wondered about the act of speaking, about the words we say and their importance? To speak is to reassemble the words stored in our brains in a logical order. Babies lack the ability to create sentences. They must first learn individual words before they can  string them together in [...]

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No Rush in Ethiopia to Pry Misery from the Mirage of Capitalism

No Rush in Ethiopia to Pry Misery from the Mirage of Capitalism

By Meltem Arikan I visited Ethiopia for only three days, but that was enough for the cruelty of the system to burn my eyes. Once again I felt the pain within. Addis Ababa is under construction. You see green and yellow striped metal site fences everywhere. For me, there’s a big question whether these new [...]

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Oaks, Traditions and Conflicts: Serbia’s Unpredictable Stability

Oaks, Traditions and Conflicts: Serbia’s Unpredictable Stability

The bus from Novi Sad was proving impossible, an intemperate monster with narrow seating and dirty floors. Not an express, and certainly not this one, this bright red-tinted beast known as the Niš Express which runs through Serbia like a cholesterol-thickened artery. In Serbian, it might be better to term it the Nikad Express: one [...]

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Haiti’s Creole: Language of Revolution

Haiti’s Creole: Language of Revolution

Theories vary about the genesis of Kreyòl, or Haitian Creole, the most plausible one being that Taino Indians and West Africans, who had evaded slavery together on Haiti’s mountains, probably intermarried and developed a new language. The country’s name itself, Ayiti, is an Arawak word that means mountainous land. The word Vodou, which is essentially [...]

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On Solitude

On Solitude

A communion with oneself…. A state of being alone within the confines of one’s self-consciousness….  A singular moment of intimate encounter with one’s soul….  A spontaneous course that takes one to the infinite terrain of her/his inner space…. In most instances we don’t purposefully get into it. There just seems to be some potent energy [...]

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