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Liberate History to Conjure a Better Future

Liberate History to Conjure a Better Future

A tragic event etched a deep scar in one’s psyche, and the good life’s exhilaration became a thing of the past. Then time stood still. The drive to move on sputtered and quit, after reality suddenly changed. Ahead lies a dark abyss. “The deep silence of the heart” creeps in and reigns. The sense of [...]

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Poetry Is a Tunnel, a Forest in the Human Heart

Poetry Is a Tunnel, a Forest in the Human Heart

As I move down the streets, where the fog from the sky melts with the dust, the streets become hazy…. And this reminds me of my own soul – The perennially hazy evening that my soul is. I still remember the afternoon when one of my boisterous uncles, perhaps out of concern, said to me, [...]

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Patriotism: Extension of Family, Cultural Ghetto, or License to Kill?

Patriotism: Extension of Family, Cultural Ghetto, or License to Kill?

  “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” – Edward Abbey Patriotism is basically an expression of love toward one’s homeland that takes into consideration all its circumstances, including its people and culture. Patriotism is characterized by a deep attachment a citizen of a country feels obliged to acknowledge [...]

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Racism and Discrimination: More About Poverty than Race

Racism and Discrimination: More About Poverty than Race

Only a story about race, sex and money could have displaced from the headlines the sabre rattling from the United States, the European Union, and Russia that had, for weeks, promised a bloodbath in Ukraine and kept everybody in fear of World War III. That’s not all. There was also race and death: specifically, a [...]

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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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