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Jesus does funny things to people: one day you're sitting on a toilet shooting heroin; the next you're building an orphanage in war-torn southern Sudan.
White-savior storyline
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 30, 2011

Enjoying the fruits of a Sudanese farm in Maine

I'm heading into a public-housing duplex. It's two stories: red bricks on the bottom and cream vinyl siding on top.
Cooking standing up
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 08, 2011

Freedom Watch: Speak no evil

It wasn’t the first time members of the Congressional Black Caucus had heard – and done nothing about – Sudan’s dirty secret. Even before a recent House international-relations subcommittee hearing on human-rights violations in Sudan, they knew that kid
Why are African-American leaders silent about slavery in Sudan?
By TIM SANDLER  |  May 21, 2010

Passage to India

Activist-photographer Fazal Sheikh’s tales of women from the Indian holy city of Vrindavan are devastating.
Fazal Sheikh’s ‘Beloved Daughters’ at the Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2010

Down ballot drama

The race for governor and the scramble to replace retiring Representative Patrick J. Kennedy have obsessed Rhode Island's chattering class. But all the talk has obscured an intriguing set of "down ballot" races for lieutenant governor, attorney general,
Important races to watch in '10
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 12, 2010

Ask A Black Woman: Criminal intent edition

Ask A Black Woman: Why are Blacks committing all the crimes lately in Maine and doesn't this say something about Black people's natural inclinations?
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 05, 2010

Burrito, Dick, Internets, MRTPQ, Boondock Saints, Pop Trash and WTF

Burrito, Dick, Internets, MRTPQ, Boondock Saints, Pop Trash and WTF

The Info Burrito, Dick Clark, What's On The Internets, MRTPQ, the cast of The Boondock Saints II, Pop Trash and both WTF Lines are in...
By Charlie  |  October 28, 2009
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(10) days of celluloid

Among the many treats at last year's Maine International Film Festival were a future Oscar winner (James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire ) and one of the biggest art-house hits of 2008 (Scandinavian teen-vampire flick Let the Right One In ).
From the gridiron to gritty realism at the Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 10, 2009
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Deep impact

In the most memorable piece in Waterville author Ron Currie Jr.'s 2007 debut short story collection, God is Dead (Viking), God is reincarnated as a Dinka woman in a refugee camp in Sudan, who enlists a jive-talking Colin Powell in an effort to find a
Ron Currie Jr. has a blast with the apocalypse once more
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 03, 2009
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Gold standard

Samy Badrio waded exhausted in waterlogged gumboots up from the mine's dark entrance and raised his hand to shield his eyes against the brightness of the noon-high Equatorial sun.
In Congo, desperate men labor in dangerous conditions to satisfy the world's appetite for gold
By MIKE PFLANZ  |  May 22, 2009

Equal scary people

I have nothing against people who've had the misfortune of being born in other nations. Unless they're from Chad.
Should foreigners -- like folks from NH -- vote in Maine?
By AL DIAMON  |  April 10, 2009


AIC crosses cultural divide

Dina Abkairova is a Muslim whose high heels and long flowing hair reveal her secular preference.
Fun with Islam
By PETER PIATETSKY  |  March 18, 2009

Truth, not falsity

Here are some of the documentaries you can expect to see in Maine this year.
Keep your eyes peeled for these docos
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 04, 2009

Mao's ghost

When the 21st century is old enough to support a sense of historical perspective, the date 8/8/08 may well be more significant than 9/11.
The spirit of the chairman haunts the Beijing Olympics
By EDITORIAL  |  August 06, 2008

Stop the bastards!

If you’re unfamiliar with the history of Ethiopia, you’ll probably be lost. (Try skimming a summary before you go.)
African exiles get political.
By GREG COOK  |  July 08, 2008

Immigrant song

You, my young British friend, start a band.
How US terror policy is ruining your summer concert season
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  June 18, 2008


Gold muddle

President Bush’s decision to score a historical footnote and be the first sitting US president to attend an overseas Olympic Games seemed like a good idea at the time.
George W. Bush is going to the Beijing Olympics
By EDITORIAL  |  June 04, 2008

Behind the immigration debate

Over the desk in Stella Carrera’s cubicle are a few ceramic angels, a colorful bundle of rosary beads, and a cartoon of a fat, lazy American watching a televised protest for immigrants’ rights.
Stella Carrera helps newcomers navigate a rigid bureaucracy
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  April 02, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Myq Kaplan

All the adopted Asian babies will start malfunctioning any day now.
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 04, 2007

Hell on earth

How does the Devil get his work done? With the greatest of ease, seems to be the answer.
The Devil and Darfur
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 27, 2007

Killing the deity

In God is Dead ’s title story, God is searching — for unapparent reasons — for a boy named Thomas Mawien.
Waterville author takes atheism one step further
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 05, 2007


Taking sides

Have you been remiss in taking a stand on the killing war in Darfur because the situation there seems too complex to understand?
The Devil Came on Horseback; La faute à Fidel
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 15, 2007

The last Potter

The end is never easy, is it?
What does the end mean for Harry’s strange Boston disciples?
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 24, 2007

The debates so far

Watching the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates debate this week in New Hampshire leaves an uncomfortable but undeniable impression.
Why the Republican performance is so dangerous
By EDITORIAL  |  June 06, 2007

Darfur: The only hope

The genocide in Darfur continues.
It is time for corporations and investors to disinvest in Sudan
By EDITORIAL  |  May 16, 2007

Innocent abroad

Last week, political humor Web site  urged Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to kidnap an American journalist.
Their woman in Baghdad
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 04, 2007


Bankruptcy won't hurt Eggers's fundraising

Scores of independent publishing houses have faced possible shutdown in the past two months, due to the bankruptcy of the corporation that owns Publishers Group West, a major distributor in the indie book world.
Money matters
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 28, 2007

Indulge me

If Dave Eggers’s career is any indication, the best way to become a writer of importance is to convince everyone you’re a self-indulgent jerk and then pull the rug out from under them.
How the writer of a generation stopped speaking for himself
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 14, 2007

Out-of-body politic

The January 27 march against the Iraq War in Washington DC attracted tens of thousands of protestors, but did it crash the Capitol? Its virtual counterpart did.
Peace, protest, and pig grenades in Second Life
By SARA DONNELLY  |  February 07, 2007

The new armies of the ’net

More than a million people have downloaded the “Hello Garci” ring tone.
Can pop technology ramp up public interest in politics?
By ERICA SAGRANS  |  February 01, 2007