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8:57am

Wed April 11, 2012
Opinion

Foreign Policy: The New Crossroads Of History

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 7:21 am

People carry the coffin of Neslisah Sultan, last in line to the dynasty that once ruled the Ottoman empire, who died on April 2 at the age of 91, on April 3, 2012 in Istanbul. Once known as Imperial Princess of the Ottoman Empire and Princess of Egypt, Sultan was the granddaughter of the last Ottoman sultan, Mehmed VI.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Andrew Finkel is a journalist who has been based in Turkey for over 20 years. He is also a regular contributor to the Latitude blog of the international edition of the New York Times.

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12:46pm

Fri March 30, 2012
Opinion

Lone Star State Of Mind: Could Texas Go It Alone?

Lone Star Nation: Today, the Texas capitol flies both the American and Texas flags, but after independence the Lone Star flag would fly on its own.
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It's a popular idea in Texas that the Lone Star State — once an independent republic — could break away and go it alone. A few years ago, Texas Gov. Rick Perry hinted that if Washington didn't stop meddling in his state, independence might be an option. In his brief run for the White House, he insisted that nearly anything the feds do, the states — and Texas in particular — could do better.

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3:06pm

Tue March 20, 2012
Opinion

Trayvon Martin: The Lingering Memory Of Dead Boys

Originally published on Tue March 20, 2012 5:05 pm

Attorney Benjamin Crump speaks to the medial, holding cellphone records and a police report. He represents the family of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla.
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Tayari Jones has written for McSweeney's, The New York Times and The Believer. Her most recent book is Silver Sparrow.

Like many Americans, I have been glued to the television eager for details about the tragic murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. I am not sure what I hoped to discover, as each new piece of evidence is more disturbing than the last.

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10:35am

Fri March 16, 2012
Opinion

The Wisdom Of Faith: What Religion Can Teach Us

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 9:03 pm

These stained glass church windows decorate the walls of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.
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Alain de Botton is the author of Religion for Atheists.

A survey published in the U.K. in January predicted that within 20 years, the majority of the British population will define themselves as having no religion. In the British isles, religion has become something of a sideshow, even a joke. Remember that this is the land that gave us The Life of Brian. Even the BBC has caught on with a satirical series called Rev., about a hapless comedic clergyman who has no faith but has a strong inclination to be good.

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9:36am

Tue March 13, 2012
Opinion

Slut: The Other Four Letter S-Word

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 8:12 am

Definition of slut found in dictionary.
NPR

Geoff Nunberg, the linguist contributor on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, is the author of the book The Years of Talking Dangerously.

"My choice of words was not the best," Rush Limbaugh said in his apology. That's the standard formula for these things — you apologize not for what you said but for the way you said it.

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