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  • Warfare
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    Warfare

    Warfare has its own attraction. The ‘military’ are not always a group of stiff faces. And not only as on Army Day when the Indonesian Air Force gave an acrobatic display and about a thousand soldiers danced the Gemu Famire. There is also an imagining of attraction in the field of killing.

  • Fidai
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    Fidai

    On October 14, 1092, a murderer disguised as an old Sufi stabbed to death the vizier of Baghdad, Nizam-ul-Muluk.

  • Shock
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    Shock

    We need shock once in a while.

  • Politicians
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    Politicians

    A bus rolled into a ravine near an isolated village. All the passengers were killed. The locals came to help. A few hours later they managed to carry the bodies one by one to be laid out at the local hall. They recognized the faces of those bodies: three members of parliament, and two party figures.

  • Bleak
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    Bleak

    From inside his ceramic barrel, Diogenes viewed politics and people bleakly. He saw 4th century BCE Athens as place of greed and hypocrisy.

  • Mandrake
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    Mandrake

    IT turns out that Machivelli—famous for his theory about power—also wrote comedy.

  • The Author
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    The Author

    On August 15, 1876, the French poet Arthur Rimbaud disappeared between Semarang and Salatiga in Central Java.

  • Capital Cities
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    Capital Cities

    Capital Cities say many things. They are metonyms.

  • Flash Mobs
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    Flash Mobs

    Cities need carnivals, not just political parades.

  • Welts
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    Welts

    Toni Morrison died on August 5, 2019 in New York

  • Metaphor
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    Metaphor

    Her nose is like a clove of garlic, her cheeks like halved mangoes, her chin like a hanging swarm of bees…

  • Water
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    Water

    “Be Water!”

  • Selfies
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    Selfies

    These days we live with drones and selfies. We love them both. We are lightly tripping into a new era—let’s call it the hyper-ocular era—when the visual sense is moving at a great pace, spreading, deepening, to the left, to the right, manyfold.

  • Kipandjikusmin
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    Kipandjikusmin

    It is a bad short story, but it was not its literary qualities that condemned it.

  • Woman
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    Woman

    In a remote valley in Maramures, Rumania, on a rise outside the village, stands a wooden church: a black building measuring 8 x 10 meters, which—like other old churches in that area—can be seen from a distance because of its towering spire.

  • Hamzah
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    Hamzah

    You are jealous You are savage I am prey in Your claws

  • Islam
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    Islam

    At a dinner at Princeton University, an eminent European philosopher was sitting next to a Muslim scholar.

  • Precariousness
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    Precariousness

    Where does politics end? In a house and garden in Turkey. At the end of Voltaire’s story, Candide, when the comic novel’s protagonist meets an old man who is living peacefully on a peaceful plot of land.

  • Jon
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    Jon

    “You know nothing, Jon Snow!”

  • Jon
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    Jon

    “You know nothing, Jon Snow!”

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