Praising Seitan?

A truce in a skirmish in the perceived “food wars?” Perhaps. Here’s In Defense of Food author Michael Pollan praising vegetarians and vegans (and Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals) in this excerpt from an exchange of letters… Read More

Dog Days in Africa…and China

“Where,” my colleague Daniel Salau asked when in Bujumbura, the capital of the central African nation of Burundi, “are all the stray dogs?” “The Chinese workers ate them,” came the reply. Apparently, Bujumbura wasn’t the only place where… Read More

Giant Swamp Taro and Other Local Delicacies

In mid-July, I lugged two giant suitcases to the airport and flew across the US, then the Pacific, to land on a too-short runway in Kolonia, Pohnpei. During the coming year, I’m teaching Algebra II to high school… Read More

Peace Prize and A Palate

When the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded last week to democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China,” it felt appropriate. Liu’s been writing and speaking about the need for… Read More

The People’s Agreement Prevails in Tianjin

A sign of hope last week in the build up to the Cancun climate conference. Members of the Bolivian delegation as well as representatives from other ALBA (the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America) countries succeeded… Read More

Facebook and a Chicken

“The Social Network,” the origins of Facebook movie that’s still No. 1 at the U.S. box office, has an interesting animal rights sub-plot. Facebook co-founder, Eduardo Saverin is accused by the Harvard undergraduate student newspaper, the Crimson, of… Read More

The Commonwealth Games and Gandhi Jayanthi

This weekend, India welcomes the world to New Delhi as they begin to host the 19th Commonwealth Games. It is a first for India and the second for Asia to be hosting this international sporting event. There is… Read More