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The Owl and the Pussycat

By Louis Rive- The weather gathered ominously over the sickly streets and the rain gradually unlocked the hidden smells incumbent in the dirt. She stood at a light crossing. Long legs, smooth shapely even. The brown overcoat obscured all to mid thigh where garter or stockings illicitly revealed themselves. She doesn’t wait to cross but…

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What happens when the Islamic State isn’t defeated?

By Rowan Kane- Since overrunning swaths of Iraq from its strongholds in Syria earlier this summer, it’s been made relatively clear how American defense and counter-terrorism officials feel about the Islamic State (a.k.a. IS, ISIS, ISIL). In a word: spooked. The Islamic State is not only well organized but it is incredibly well financed and…

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To James Foley

By Rowan Kane- Death bookends Albert Camus’s L’Étranger. The novel begins with the protagonist, Meursault, finding out that his mother has died, today or maybe yesterday, he doesn’t know. The story ends with the death of Meursault, by guillotine execution at the hands of the authorities in French Algeria, where the writer himself also called…

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Hey Cameron Diaz! Wanna Make a Real Difference?

Dear Cameron Diaz: For many years you’ve been a positive and happy highlight on the silver screen. You’re smart, funny, and beautiful, an excellent combination. From your use of sperm as hair gel in There’s Something About Mary to this week’s debut of Sex Tape, you’ve given us twisted, off-beat, and edgy hilarity. You help all of us…

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Did Indonesia just out-democracy the US?

By Rowan Kane- Indonesia is, in a lot of ways, very similar to the United States. It is just behind the US (3rd and 4th respectively) in population, both are proud of the bloody wars fought for their independence from colonial power that often pitted neighbors against neighbor as much as the colonizers, and in…