Monthly Archives: February 2014

Closing the Games

And so we come to the end another Olympic Games with all of the pomp and ceremony – marching athletes, flag waving, extinguishing the cauldron, speeches, huzzahs, passing the flag.  Hyper-nationalism on display for all to see. It is probably … Continue reading

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My God! Are We Norse?

Toritto, Italy I have an unusual last name. Scarangello Actually it was Scarangella.  It was changed by the bureaucrats at Ellis Island who mistook the cursive “a” for an “o”.  So that became our name.  In Italy our name is … Continue reading

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Female Genital Mutilation

Forceps, rubber gloves and other instruments used in female genital mutilation lon a table in Hargeiysa, Somalia. Excerpts from a book by Nawal El Saadawi: “The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World.” She is an Egyptian novelist, … Continue reading

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