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Marilia Duffles
Marilia Duffles is a contributor to the Financial Times and the Economist. She has also written for the Globo, Brazil’s leading newspaper.
by | Oct 19, 2015

Just a block away from a recent Kasich campaign event on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., a young veteran sat on a bench in the dark shadow of the U.S. Capitol dome. Tony had lost his leg in the Iraq…

by | Sep 14, 2015

In the mellifluous and colorful ballet Coppélia, a magical inventor named Dr. Coppélius makes a pretty wooden doll so life-like a young villager forsakes his true love for the doll instead. Coppélia sits lifelessly on the balcony but seems so…

by | Dec 1, 2014

There is nothing like watching politicians utter the naked truth. So rare it defies belief. Like Cidinha Campos, the blunt Brazilian Congresswoman from Rio de Janeiro, who points the finger at the bad political apples with justified and refreshing outrage….

by | Aug 28, 2012

Amongst the billions of Homo sapiens scattered across this mysterious planet of ours, there are but a few human princes. No, not the royal sort whose thin veneer of worth and dignity is inversely proportional to their lofty, worshipped position…

by | Feb 11, 2011

Common sense is 235 years old. Common Sense, that is: The 18th-century pamphlet by the Englishman Thomas Paine that argued beautifully for independence from British rule in just 48 pages. While this opus is still very much alive in classrooms,…

by | Oct 14, 2009

September 29th, 10:48 a.m. PDT. Seismologists report a substantial earthquake epicentered on the ocean floor 120 miles south of the tiny bacon-strip island of American Samoa. Within minutes the earthquake had spawned a tsunami with terrifying consequences.  By 8:00 p.m….

by | Aug 28, 2009

I’m wrestling with my amateur version of a great philosophical paradox: if rudeness is so pervasively commonplace throughout society, does it cease to be rudeness? It started when I went to our local bookstore this week to hear the nattily…

by | Apr 27, 2009

I’m full of hope that the surfeit of interest in the recent New York Times piece — the ninth most emailed “Does Bo Know He’s Top Dog”? — will shift over with equal gusto to what I feel morally compelled…

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