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Bollywood’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’

India is about to enter taboo test mode as it prepares for the release of “Dunno Y ... Na Jaane Kyun,” a film many are calling India’s “Brokeback Mountain.” It’s hoped that the film’s depiction of a gay relationship between two men will help break down social anxieties toward homosexuality.

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Troy Jollimore on Why Democracy Needs the Humanities

In a short and powerful manifesto, renowned philosopher and critic Martha Nussbaum issues a passionate call to resist persistent efforts to reduce education to a tool of the gross national product.

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Bolivian President Says Frankenfood Threatens Men’s Manhood

Bolivian President Evo Morales sure has some fanciful notions about nutrition. While it’s certainly possible that, say, hormone-laced chicken might cause certain side effects, Morales declared with scientific certainty ... (continued)

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Muslim Site Sends ‘South Park’ Creators a Warning

They’re no strangers to controversy after years of fine-tuning the art of contrarian cartooning, but “South Park” masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone are now the recipients of an ominous message posted on the Islamic website ... (continued)

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Is Tanning Addictive?

By now, we all ought to be aware that making like Tater Tots and browning ourselves, whether the natural way or on tanning beds, isn’t a recipe for optimal health. So why do some people still do it, sometimes to excess? Turns out aesthetics may not fully explain the tanning phenomenon.

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Dubai Says No to ‘Sex’

Maybe Dubai is onto something. Sarah Jessica Parker had hoped to give “Sex and the City 2” a different kind of cosmopolitan twist by setting the girlie gabfest in the Middle Eastern metropolis, but despite months of concerted effort the Arab emirate wasn’t, as they say, having it.

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Francis Robinson on ‘The Arabs’

What lessons can the West learn by examining the history of the Arab experience through the voices and eyes of Arabs themselves?

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE

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‘South Park’ Snarksters Bringing ‘Book of Mormon’ to the Stage

Might we expect a joke or two about the missionary position? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka the Mormon Church, is getting the “South Park” treatment once again—but a little differently this time.

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Library of Congress to Store Public Tweets

Twitter users, you’ve been warned: Your thoughts while showering are about to be saved for posterity. The Library of Congress announced Thursday that the venerable institution of record was acquiring the whole public Twitter archive, so watch what you overshare from now on.

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The Vatican Now Officially Approves of the Beatles

The Vatican continues to be rocked by a wide-ranging sex abuse scandal, and the pressure it’s under could have something to do with its newly revised opinion of The Beatles. Although the Holy See’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, pointed to the potentially Satanic ... (continued) Updated

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