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The legend of Evita lives on

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February 5, 2011
The legend of Evita lives on

A gaggle of tourists winds its way through the labyrinth of mausoleums secluded behind the high walls of Buenos Aires’s La Recoleta cemetery. Great mounds of mortar and marble dwarf the passers-by who gawk at the graves of the city’s great ones – generals, priests, politicians, diplomats. Here too lie the city’s famous writers...
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Evangelical powerbrokers

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February 1, 2011
Evangelical powerbrokers

How do America's Christian fundamentalists justify their support of the horrendous atrocities committed by their government in the name of God? That was the nagging question posed to American historian Nick Salvatore at the 36th annual Qualicum history conference in Parksville, B.C., on Jan. 28, 2011.
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Feeding the Goat

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January 31, 2011
Feeding the Goat

It is 1976. The separatist Parti Quebecois has just handily won the Quebec election and Rene Levesque will soon be premier. The setting is a fictitious newsroom in Ottawa. The main action revolves around an impending strike at the news service. The newsroom is a hotbed of anger, resentment, ego clashes and power struggles....
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Project 9

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January 31, 2011
Project 9

It is the spring of 1945. The war will end in Europe in early May. In the small city of Trail, B.C., families mourn the loss of their loved ones and await the return of survivors. More women than men populate the city on the Columbia River near the American border. About 2,000 of...
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First Kiss Wet

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January 30, 2011

Innocent. You were so innocent. Following a shadow, slipping into the Dark forest Near the old school, Lured by curiosity. Heart pounding in Expectation and wonderment. You heard a twig break under your feet. Then another cracked a heartbeat away In the darkest part of the forest. Suddenly, he was upon you. A young...
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A View from Stadacona One Autumn Night

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January 30, 2011

It’s too dark too early. Too quickly autumn.  Everything dying slowly, beautifully, Magnificently.  Naked Ladies And Lilies of the Nile, Only memories now.  Hydrangeas withering. The scent of roses Stolen by the cold.  Pansies and marigolds Silent, still life. A lamp shines On the lemon tree.  A lemon tree. Very pretty.  Growing in our...
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Include me

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January 30, 2011

I am black I am white I am yellow I am brown Include me Include me in your race Include me I am red I am blue I am orange I am green Include me Include me in your dream Include me I am love I am passion I am hope I am faith...
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Weave me a dream

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January 30, 2011

Dreamweaver, dreamweaver Weave me a dream Give it periwinkle skies And lighthouse clouds   Dreamweaver, dreamweaver Weave me a dream Make it sunny with life Make it shine with peace   Dreamweaver, dreamweaver Weave me a dream Of a place with no war Of kindness and heart   Dreamweaver, dreamweaver Weave me a dream...
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Freedom Day on Robben Island

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January 28, 2011
Freedom Day on Robben Island

Robben Island. April 28, 2008. One day after Freedom Day. It fell on a Sunday this year, giving South Africans the Monday off. Getting to the island is harder than usual with the crowds of families flocking to the popular historical spot. They are enjoying a sunny annual national holiday that marks the day...
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Slumming in Colombia

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January 28, 2011
Slumming in Colombia

Three young ‘tweens’ were showing off their salsa steps in a makeshift schoolroom high above the noise and traffic of Medellin, Colombia, the city that cocaine built. They wore tight-fitting blue jeans and sleeveless T-shirts. Three young soccer players outside seemed disinterested. They had no time for dance. Soon a grandmother started to scold...
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Books

Venice Observed - A Travel Booklet with Photos by Ron Verzuh Radical Rag by Ron Verzuh Underground Times by Ron Verzuh Selling Labour Down Under by Ron Verzuh Changing Images by Ron Verzuh Feasting With Love by Ron Verzuh Tea Leaves by Ron Verzuh Remembering Salt by Ron Verzuh