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Indonesian uncertainty – Three travel essays

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March 29, 2011
Indonesian uncertainty – Three travel essays

Visiting Jakarta, Indonesia, in the late 1990s, the sense of impending doom mixed with hope that the future might improve life for the people of the fifth largest nation in the world. I spent time at the old capital of Batavia. Here are my observations. Also attached are travel essays on Yodgykarta in Central Java....
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Boost, boom and ‘kaboom’ – A history essay

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March 5, 2011

Few Canadians will have heard of the infamous Ludlow Massacre, a “slaughter of the innocents” at a workers’ tent city in the coalfields of Colorado in the spring of 1914. Fewer still will know that in the footnotes to that show of corporate bullying against miners and their families a familiar name pops up,...
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Oregon backs Wisconsin workers – A photo essay

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February 27, 2011
Oregon backs Wisconsin workers – A photo essay

More than 1,000 people gathered outside the state legislature in Salem, OR, on Feb. 26, 2011, show their support for the public employees of Wisconsin who are under attack by the Republican governor.
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Power opera

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February 14, 2011
Power opera

It isn’t really opera unless someone dies, said a friend the other night at the end of a Vancouver performance of Mozart’s last opera, La Clemenza di Tito. Well, no one died although we came close and I came away wondering about the child prodigy’s politics.
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British labour historian dies

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February 9, 2011
British labour historian dies

British labour historian Dorothy Thompson died on Jan. 29, 2011, at age 87. Thompson focused her studies on the 19th-century Chartist movement. Her spouse, the late E.P. Thompson, wrote a groundbreaking history called The Making of the English Working Class.  Together they made a formidable team of activist historians, both dedicating themselves to the Campaign for Nuclear...
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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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