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Who’s a Native American? It’s complicated
The recent controversy over Massachusetts congressional candidate Elizabeth Warren’s Native American ancestry, where the campaign of her opponent for a senate seat called for her to release documents claiming her Cherokee ancestry, has caused some to ask: What makes someone “legitimately” Native American? And who gets to make that determination? PDF
Uncertainty for North Carolina same-sex couples after gay marriage vote
Heather McIver and her partner, Suzanne Lowe, have a new item at the top of their to-do list, now that North Carolina voters have approved an amendment making marriage between a man and a woman the only legally recognized relationship in the state. They need to meet with their lawyer to see what they can do to ensure their rights as a same-sex couple and mothers of two children. PDF
New prosthetic limbs ‘celebrate’ bodies, personalities instead of hiding lost limbs
Most people have two legs. Aimee Mullins has 28. PDF
Demands for justice in Trayvon Martin case fueled by social media
Social media is fueling a rush of publicity and activism around demands for justice in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager shot last month by a white self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman in Florida. Local police have declined to arrest the watchman, George Zimmerman. PDF
Is Hollywood ‘whitewashing’ Asian roles?
America’s embrace of Japanese pop culture, particularly manga and anime, hasn’t resulted in an embrace of Asian and Asian-American actors when those storylines go to Hollywood. PDF
‘Gayest’ U.S. city is not necessarily the most gay-friendly
Salt Lake City, Utah, is known for breathtaking mountain scenery, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the 2002 Winter Olympics. But it has also been named the Gayest City in America by The Advocate magazine. PDF
Increasing diversity redefining America’s Jewry
“But you don’t look Jewish,” Jen Chau remembers being told often as a child. But then again, what is a Jew supposed to look like? The usual implication in those words was that it was not supposed to look like Chau, who was raised Jewish by her European-American mother and Chinese father. PDF
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Making potholes pay: German village cashes in on its bad roads
Somewhere in the town of Niederzimmern, there’s a pothole with your name on it – for a fee.
New law aims to make Iceland a haven for press freedom
The land of the midnight sun hopes to extend a ray of protective sunshine on journalists and whistleblowers around the world who shine a light on corruption and wrongdoing.
Mourning in Kyrgyzstan capital, unrest in the country’s south
Tears and tension reigned in Kyrgyzstan as people in the central Asian nation began to bury those killed in Wednesday’s bloody revolt.
Germany’s ‘Brown Babies’: The Difficult Identities of Post-war Black Children of GIs
Rudi Richardson knew something about what it meant to be a black man in the United States. But after being deported to Germany, the country where he was born, shortly before his 47th birthday, he had to start figuring out what it meant to be black and German — in a land he barely remembered and whose language he didn’t speak.
THE BOSTON GLOBE
NOTE: It’s come to my attention that some of the links here lead directly to a paywall. The Boston Globe, where I spent almost four years writing hundreds of articles, recently decided to put many of their articles in an archive that charges a fee for access.
I’m diligently trying to find a workaround for this so that my articles can be seen online – as either links or PDF files. Until then, if you don’t have a Globe subscription or are unwilling to pay the fee, many of the articles can be accessed through article databases such as LexisNexis or Factiva. My apologies for the inconvenience! – Stephanie
Indian mangoes arrive at long last
Last March, President George W. Bush signed two landmark pacts with India: one on nuclear technology, the other lifting a 17-year restriction on the import of Indian mangoes. The world’s news media paid attention to the nuclear accord. But in the Indian community here and throughout the country, the magic word was “mango.”
Professor sets out to document Hussein’s atrocities
The brutal horrors of Saddam Hussein’s regime lie within millions of neat, handwritten pages, the legacy of a police state so meticulous that it collected reams of paper documenting even the rumors that wafted through student unions and street cafes.
For local shepherds, shear desperation
Finding a sheep shearer in Sherborn has gotten almost as hard to do as it is to say.