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Freedom, Revisited

The world gasps in horror as news spreads of 12 people shot dead in Paris during a cold-blooded act of terror. Then the killers flee in cowardly fashion. All because of a few cartoons. All acts of terrorism incense me and strike me as senseless. Killing humans to make a point seems asinine and counterproductive. But as a journalist,…

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Bigger, Brighter, Bolder, Better

Some destinations offer miles and miles of natural beauty and historical sites galore. Some ancient cities house buildings carrying rich, centuries-old tales. Others possess museums highlighting artifacts and generations of culture and traditions. Some destinations offer such wonders, but I wouldn’t include Dubai at the top of that list. Dubai is indeed beautiful, but its allure lies more in the new than the…

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Old Dog, New Tricks

Abu Dhabi. When you hear the word you might think desert. Or maybe you have no mental picture because it’s such an obscure destination for most Americans. I challenge you to think “architecture” when you hear the name. You’ve heard the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but I believe the Emiratis…

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50 Shades of Freedom

Americans talk constantly of freedom. Both in terms of potentially losing it and in comparison with other countries’ levels of freedom. But the word has grown so overused and generic, like “love,” that few people genuinely stop to think about the power behind it. I’ll admit until this year, I would include myself in that category. Traveling to countries…