• April 14, 2013 • Islands, Print • Views: 1218

    Islands: Letter from the Editor

    For the past two summers, I have lived on an island in southeast Alaska. The island’s name is Baranof. While ice-coated mountains surround Sitka, the coastal town of 9,000 on the island’s west coast, dense fog often seals them from...

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  • March 16, 2013 • Islands, Print, Theme • Views: 1427

    Chapatti and Change

    BY CHAITANYA SINGHANIA The women stand in six clusters of 15 or so people. Blue saris, with folds as wrinkled as their wearers’ foreheads, cascade down their torsos. A few women raise their palms to shade their faces from the piercing...

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  • March 16, 2013 • Islands, Print, Theme • Views: 1626

    Imagina na Copa

    BY ABIGAIL CARNEY The last time Brazil lost a World Cup at home, in 1950, it was a national disaster. Celebrations had started the night before the final, and Brazil only needed a tie to seal the cup. When Uruguay won, reporters quit. Fans...

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  • March 15, 2013 • Islands, Print, Theme • Views: 1316

    A Review: The Immigrant Exodus

    By Vivek Wadhwa; Wharton Digital Press; pp. 106, Reviewed by Elizabeth Villarreal Andrew Carnegie. Alexander Graham Bell. Sergey Brin of Google. The United States has always drawn strength from the innovative entrepreneurs who cross our...

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  • March 14, 2013 • Islands, Print, Theme • Views: 1468

    Back to the Sea Otter

    BY DIANA SAVERIN Peter Williams has long black hair, plastic orange overalls, and a gun. On a Sunday morning, he unloads a rubber tote and rifle bag into a small motorboat in a Sitka, Alaska harbor. Mist hovers above the water and hills....

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  • March 7, 2013 • Islands, Print, Theme • Views: 1901

    Shabbat in Buenos Aires

    BY ARIEL KATZ Within a few minutes of our first meeting, my Buenos Aires host mother was asking me where my parents and grandparents were from. When Paula discovered I was Jewish, she hugged me again. “Shabbat Shalom!” she said. It was...

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  • March 5, 2013 • Islands, Print, Theme • Views: 5896


    BY AMELIA EARNEST On 2009, University of Michigan psychiatrist Alan Teo received an unusual phone call. The caller, a 30-yearold male, described how feelings of contempt for society had driven him into isolation. It had been three years...

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  • March 4, 2013 • Islands, Print, Theme • Views: 1395

    Sun, Surf, and an Island Breeze: What more could you need?

    BY SOPHIE JANASKIE It is noon on the island of Bonaire. The bright Caribbean sun hangs high above the beach, where tourists lounge on the soft sands of this tiny hot spot in the Netherland Antilles. But off in the distance, far out of...

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  • March 4, 2013 • Islands, Print, Theme • Views: 2219

    The Rising Tide of Climate Change Cases

    BY RACHEL BROWN On many islands, crystalline waters lap against sands at the fringes of lushly forested coasts, drawing both tourists and fame. But rising sea levels may soon submerge these scenic shorelines and wash away citizens’...

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  • March 4, 2013 • Islands, Print, Theme • Views: 1424

    Bridging the Gap

    BY MINAMI FUNAKOSHI So, what is your opinion of the Diaoyudao issue?” my Chinese language teacher asked me. “Try to use today’s new sentence structure to answer.” I was in class at Tsinghua University, Beijing, when I first heard...

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