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If you haven’t yet heard about Goodluck Jonathan, the new President of Nigeria, you should read this article.

Why does everyone think artists are terrible at governing?

Andrew Sullivan posts the full report from the Office of Professional Responsibility on “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” otherwise known as torture. He also wants your help translating the legalese and getting the word out about what he calls “a critical piece of information for history and for future prosecution of the war criminals involved.”

In the department of good questions, “Why Do All National Anthems Sound the Same?”

According to Al Jazeera, there are now 120,000 refugees from the fighting in the Congo, and that number’s growing. That’s a lot of people.

Speaking of that last link, has anyone else noticed how exceptionally good Al Jazeera English‘s international news coverage is? You should give it a chance, if you haven’t already.

Does saying this make me a terrorist? Let’s just ask the Pomona student who was detained by the TSA and the FBI at an airport for studying Arabic on a plane so he could translate Al Jazeera.


Seth Fischer's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best Sex Writing 2013, Buzzfeed, PankGuernica, Lunch Ticket, Gertrude, and elsewhere. His Rumpus piece "Notes from a Unicorn" was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013. He teaches and tutors at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles, and he was a Jentel Arts Residency Program Fellow. Find more writing of his writing at www.seth-fischer.com, or reach him @sethfischer. More from this author →