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Realism is failing us in Iraq, Pakistan, and the rest of the world

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Like everybody else in America, I have been disgusted and horrified by the violent acts of the so-called Islamic State. I am repulsed on a human level as these people appear to have emerged from a horror movie. Upon the release of that last beheading video, the executioner said, “I’m back, Obama,” before cutting off […]

Was the Back-to-the-Land “movement” a failure or a success?

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Portland-based author Joseph Conway wrote Get Back Stay Back, a book about the evolution of the back-to-the-land movement and its relationship with Maine. He tells the stories of 13 families based here in the state. Through his multi-generational conversations, particularly his exchanges with the children of the movement who are now running farms themselves, he […]