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Who are the Arctic 30?

Who are the Arctic 30? The Guardian profiles the 30 men and women from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise who have been held under arrest by Russian authorities since the group's attempted protest on a Russian oil rig on September 18. The…

Juan Cole on Why Correa might give Snowden Asylum

With NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden apparently on his way to Ecuador, the country will be on the receiving end of great deal of media scrutiny over the next several days, particularly in the U.S. Since most people in the U.S. couldn't…

Andes’ Tropical Glaciers Going Fast

Another reason to visit as many Andean glaciers as possible. From 'Andes’ Tropical Glaciers Going Fast' in Climate Central: The glaciers of the tropical Andes have shrunk by between 30 and 50 percent in 30 years and many will soon disappear…

Slovene Rhapsody – NYT

Slovenia earns another slot in the NYT Travel section today. And both Ljubljana AND Piran are mentioned. (But not pirancafe.) In Slovenia, Visiting Ljubjana, Piran and Maribor - NYTimes.com.

Susana Baca Named Peru’s Minister of Culture

Some happy news, via Luaka Bop: Susana Baca Named Peru’s Minister of Culture « LUAKA BOP. As was probably the case for many, the first song I heard by Baca was Maria Lando, from the David Byrne/Luaka Bop compilation, The Soul of Black…