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ISIS: Unthinkable Vs. Unblinkable

September 19th, 2014 1 Comment

We’ve been pretending together for three centuries that rationality eventually will carry the day, that there’s no turning back history, that newer always will be better, brighter, stronger, and triumphant.

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Look Both Ways Before Regulating

April 25th, 2014 No Comments

I understand that certifying taxis and drivers keeps citizens safe — from bad brakes to armed robberies. I’m not saying that safety isn’t worth the money. Just let people choose.

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Phones Imperil the Powerful

January 11th, 2013 No Comments

Not very long ago, controlling the wires was all it took to control the people. But no more. Invisible connections are strengthening all around us, but we don’t see them.

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Iraq, Iran and Dotted Lines

August 7th, 2009 1 Comment

Travel routes must be kept tentative, because roads can become paths can become dead ends. There is no AAA in Iraq. What started as a detour may soon become the new road. There’s no one enforcing anything.

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Stories and the Storyteller

September 26th, 2008 No Comments

I tried to recreate each story’s natural setting, the way an enlightened zookeeper designs a custom habitat for each animal. But ask me to string the stories together into a narrative about me and my experiences, and it feels like each animal is stuck in a rolling cage, announcing the circus has come to town.

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Airport Security, Iraqi Style

September 10th, 2008 No Comments

About two miles from the airport, large concrete barriers block the road, forcing drivers to slow to a serpentine crawl — extreme traffic calming. It reminds me of 33rd Avenue in south Eugene, if residents were posted around the clock with rifles at the ready.

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Translations Can Lose Meaning

September 9th, 2008 No Comments

I didn’t expect “journalist” to be a term that doesn’t translate easily, but it was. The role of the journalist for a society in transition is a hot topic right now. We talk easily about how journalists aim to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” but young Iraqi journalists are doing it, at great personal peril.

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An Impromptu History Lesson

September 5th, 2008 2 Comments

Hassan pushes back from his desk, stands and smiles. “Ahh! It’s a big question.” Here his hobby helps his work. He strides to a small wipe-off board and draws a Rorschach blot that represents Iraq. Two horizontal lines near the center divide the blot into uneven thirds.

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Women Burdened in Iraq

September 4th, 2008 No Comments

Wadi refuses to be lured by the lurid. Women are the invisible victims of many forms of violence, and this culture relies on women to carry a large load. Helping women helps Iraq.

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Hospitality

September 3rd, 2008 No Comments

Published Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 in The Register-Guard. (ZHARAWA, IRAQ) I’ve never experienced such hospitality as the Kurds extend to anyone who will accept. Taxi drivers often thump their open hand to their chest and refuse to accept payment, preferring that the ride be accepted as a “gift from the heart.” (This gesture must be […]

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