<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-iorio/fela-kuti-in-an-unpublish_b_5642148.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">Fela Kuti in an Unpublished Interview Conducted After His Release From Prison</a>

Fela Kuti in an Unpublished Interview Conducted After His Release From Prison

The release of Alex Gibney’s new documentary on the late Nigerian pop star Fela Kuti spurred me to sift through my own personal journalistic archives to find an audiotaped interview I conducted with Fela in 1986.

And here it is, a transcript and audio clip of my mostly unpublished interview with Fela, perhaps the first one-on-one he granted after being released from prison in ’86.

On June 17, 1986, seven weeks after his release from Nigeria’s toughest prison, Fela spoke exclusively with me. And, bravely, he remained defiant against the military regime in …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/noel-a-poyo/a-market-approach-to-immigration_b_5641970.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">A Market Approach to Immigration</a>

A Market Approach to Immigration

The U.S. Congress has proven itself irrelevant in the face of the humanitarian crisis we see with migrants, and particularly children, who make their way to the United States under the pressures of extreme poverty and the violence that poverty sometimes breeds. With no reform in sight for our broken immigration system, the president of the United States should focus on addressing the market forces that contribute to this tragedy.

A lack of local economic development throughout large areas of Central America and Mexico leave many, many people reasonably looking for opportunity elsewhere. I am confident that …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-rettinger/microsofts-four-biggest-problems_b_5641212.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">Microsoft's Four Biggest Problems</a>

Microsoft's Four Biggest Problems

Where is Microsoft headed in the next three to five years? Will it continue to slog along, as it has been for the past several years, riding its PC legacy and expanding its footing in the cloud, while its market is increasingly defined by business users instead of consumers?

With Satya Nadella now at the wheel, it’s clear that Microsoft is looking for a new direction. Nadella has famously said that the company is shifting to a “mobile-first, cloud-first” mentality, although so far the company only seems to be making headway in the latter.

To better understand where …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ronald-a-lindsay/an-atheists-somewhat-relaxed-view-of-the-quran_b_5640853.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">An Atheist's (Somewhat) Relaxed View of the Qur'an</a>

An Atheist's (Somewhat) Relaxed View of the Qur'an

Horrific acts of violence are currently being carried out in several areas of the world in the name of Islam, from Iraq and Syria to Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, to provide a partial list. And, of course, Islamic terrorism is not a new phenomenon.

For well over a decade now, there has been a debate about whether Islam and its key holy text, the Qur’an, are different from other faiths and their sacred texts in that Islam and the Qur’an are allegedly uniquely belligerent, inspiring if not commanding violence toward others, and therefore are a significant …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/01/us-ukraine-train-arm_n_5643192.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">U.S. Plans To Train, Arm Ukraine National Guard In 2015</a>

U.S. Plans To Train, Arm Ukraine National Guard In 2015

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The Obama administration has notified Congress of its plans to train and arm the Ukrainian national guard next year, the Pentagon said on Friday, as Washington continues to intensify its response to Moscow’s support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.

“The Defense Department and State Department have notified Congress of our intent to use $19 million in global security contingency fund authority to train and equip four companies and one tactical headquarters of the …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/01/cia-interrogations-911-senate_n_5643150.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">Officials: Harsh CIA Bush-Era Interrogations Were Unnecessary, Senate Report To Conclude</a>

Officials: Harsh CIA Bush-Era Interrogations Were Unnecessary, Senate Report To Conclude

By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate committee report will conclude that the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks yielded no critical intelligence on terrorist plots that could not have been obtained through non-coercive methods, U.S. officials familiar with the document said.

Foreshadowing the impending release of a report expected to suggest that the “enhanced” …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/qasim-rashid/9-israel-palestine-facts_b_5643077.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">9 Facts About the Israel-Palestine Conflict On Which We Can All Agree</a>

9 Facts About the Israel-Palestine Conflict On Which We Can All Agree

Simply open your mouth on Israel-Palestine, and faster than you can blink you’ll be labeled either a heartless Zionist or a Hamas terrorist. Both extreme labels are equally fruitless.

If we cannot find a middle ground in dialogue, how can we expect Israel and Palestine to find a middle ground during war? After all, peace is what we’re after, right? Right.

In full disclosure my analysis is as a human rights lawyer and a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community–a 125-year-old worldwide Muslim organization that arrived in Palestine in 1920. Today, Ahmadi Muslims enjoy generous religious …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/natasha-tynes/silence-is-no-longer-an-o_b_5642114.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">Silence Is No Longer an Option When There Is a War on Children</a>

Silence Is No Longer an Option When There Is a War on Children

When I first moved to the United States from the Middle East after working for numerous media outlets including Al Jazeera in Qatar, I managed to secure a phone interview with someone from CNN about a possible junior position. Before I’d opened my mouth to explain what I could offer, the woman who was interviewing me went on a tirade about CNN’s objectivity, about how they “are not like Al Jazeera” and “cover both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” She voluntary offered this piece of information before she’d asked me anything. I fumbled and didn’t know what to say. Why …read more

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Big Smo draws small, enthusiastic crowd at Birchmere with ‘hick-hop’ and a great band

By Sarah Godfrey

The microgenre that is country rap has a resurgence in popularity every so often—remember Bubba Sparxxx? Cowboy Troy? It usually gains a bit of media attention, makes some rap fans say, “hey, country isn’t so bad,” and has country fans thinking, hmmm, this rap stuff can be okay. Then, having fostered a little cross-genre appreciation but no solid fan base, the sound returns to obscurity. But at least one artist is hoping that in the Venn diagram of country music fans and rap fans, the tiny intersecting sliver is growing.

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