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News in Asia: Year-End Roundup

As 2015 comes to a close, here’s a round-up of some of the biggest news stories.

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Friday News Bites: Bugs! Bears! Barrowman! Ohhh Myyy.

Despite my silly headline, we do have some serious stories to cover this week. Let’s get to those first, and you shall be rewarded with some amusing stories to see you into the weekend.

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Crimea River: What the Hell is Happening in Ukraine?

Over the weekend, Russia essentially declared war on Ukraine, authorizing military force in Crimea and sending troops to occupy the area.  As I write this, there are rumors that they will strike overnight, or provoke violence so as to retaliate, or fabricate violence so as to retaliate.  Ukraine and Russia have a shared cultural and […]

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News in Asia

This week’s news appetizers from Asia:

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Books

Book Review: The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education, by Craig M. Mullaney.

In Phoenix’s 110-plus degree summers, my husband survived high school football practices where coaches sometimes withheld water or made players run laps without stopping until they puked. When he told me about it, I was bewildered. “Why didn’t you just walk off the field?” That’s what high-school-me would have done in a similar situation. Then […]

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Why Don’t We Care About the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Depending on how much you know about African geography, you may or may not know about the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the DRC) – not to be confused with the Republic of the Congo. If the DRC doesn’t sound familiar, maybe it’s because you learned about it as Zaire (under former “president” Mobutu). So, […]

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Perspectives

Peace, Baby!

War is ugly. Most of us learn that lesson fairly early in life as wars are played out on our television screens. I grew up with the daily Vietnam death counts. My children’s reality was a big sign on a neighborhood street proclaiming the number of Iraqi deaths that week. War is ugly. There is no […]

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Movies

Representing Reality: World War II on Film

Cinematic representations of real events are not hard to come by. Biopics consistently make up a huge portion of the late-fall Oscar bait, and major event-based films are a dime a dozen. War films are no exception.

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History

Badass Ladies of History: Katherine Sui Fun Cheung

Katherine Sui Fun Cheung was born in Canton, China in 1904 and immigrated to the United States in 1921 to live with her father and study music. One afternoon soon after her arrival, Cheung’s father took her to an airfield to teach her to drive a car. Instead, she became enamored of the airplanes

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History

Badass Ladies of History: Jovita Idár

In the early 20th century, a teacher, a journalist, a nurse, an education reformer, and a political activist served the people of South Texas, teaching children who were shut out of public education, exposing law enforcement involvement in racial violence, organizing nurses for the Mexican Revolution, and protesting President Woodrow Wilson’s policies toward Mexico.

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Perspectives

A Day in the Life of a Soldier

I don’t have it as bad as some people. I don’t have it as bad as other people. But I’m not other people. It’s different for everybody. Certain things are the same; the basic framework, the training, the long hours.  I’ve seen big strong macho men crumble as the first bullet went zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzswhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh over their […]