Tag Archives: United States

On the outside of outsider art

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At the corner of Dundas Street West and McCaul Street in downtown Toronto, I meet homeless artist and Type A diabetic Umar Dechert (pseudonym). In northern Ontario, his outdoor jobs had included everything from building homes and growing vegetables to … Continue reading

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Barack Obama: everyone’s & no one’s

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Barack Obama is an international superstar, it’s true. But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have substantive ideas about how to steer his country out of the divisive Bush era. It’s true that Obama doesn’t have a lot of direct … Continue reading

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Countdown to a new president

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What is it about current American foreign policy that triggers such strong reactions from Americans and Non-Americans alike? Whether positive, negative, or ambivalent, nearly every thinking citizen in this world would seem to have a strong opinion. If one does … Continue reading

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Museum of the Salvadoran Revolution

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Having arrived in Perquín on Sunday, I had to wait until Tuesday to visit the museum of the Salvadoran revolution, which remained closed every Monday. I trudged 100m up the steep hill, for the second time, to a basic wooden … Continue reading

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Gentleman Sandinista

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LÉON, Nicaragua — El Caballero swigs from his one-litre bottle of Victoria cerveza and smiles warmly, eyes drifting off to a time when all of his dreams seemed possible. A thick red candle on the table makes his face glow … Continue reading

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The Richard Nixon School of Costa Rica

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The sign, bearing the name Instituto Parauniversitario Richard Nixon, translated easily enough. In the small city of Heredia, nestled in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica, more than 3000 land miles and seven countries south of Washington DC, there … Continue reading

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