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Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 10:51
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 09:46

A passage from Torture and Democracy with a view of Rejali's personal stake in this subject.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 04:30

A few days ago, a “Speaking of Faith” Google alert highlighted Kaye Thompson’s blog entry about her first year in Lesotho, Africa. Her reflections on serving in the Peace Corps is refreshing, honest, and vulnerable. I appreciate that. And, I found her description of cooperation among medical professionals and local healers hopeful and inspiring:

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Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 12:02

Video of a troupe of dancers who express their mystical Sufi faith through exuberant movement and traditional music.

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 11:51
Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 09:14
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 15:37

Carefully selecting language in an invitation for expressions of Muslim identity.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 08:53

This report from Daily News Egypt provides a variety of views and perspectives about President Obama choosing Cairo University as the location for tomorrow’s speech. It gives you a sense of the dialogue happening on the ground — and the difficulty of choosing one place over another to give a seminal speech.

I can’t read Arabic, but if you have other interesting articles with an international perspective that you’d recommend, point me in the right direction. Or, better yet, paste the URLs for the Arabic-language pieces and I’ll see what sense I can make of them through Google Translate.

(hat tip to Negev Rock City)


Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 16:00

A dance veteran and teacher shares her philosophy on improvisational dance as "unleashing creativity."

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