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As a writer and correspondent I have barbequed with the Latin Kings street gang, shared tea and almonds with a sponsor of the Taliban, and chewed knotty stroganoff in the crumbling desert palace of a fading Maharaja. (``There is only one explanation for the rapid expansion of the British Empire,’’ he told me, pointing with a manicured finger to his dining room’s cracked and vaulted ceiling. ``Divine providence.’’ A jungle’s worth of tatty stuffed tigers looked on dubiously.)

I was at Newsday's New York City edition for seven years covering the bombast of the Rudolph Giuliani era. I later moved to South Asia, where my topics ranged from militancy in Pakistan and Afghanistan to the dying art of the hand-painted Bollywood movie poster. I
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IMG_8498Here’s how Bangladesh took a hammer to extreme poverty in some of its poorest districts, for the low price of $12 a year per resident. The program is also the country’s first line of defense against global warming and rising seas. Read it in POLITICO Magazine, or the Dhaka Tribune.

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“At this point...my body's so worn out that the important stuff just kind of washes past me. But I'll tell you what. I'll never look at home the same way again. I'll never look at education the same way again. That's what's been missing here, the whole way, from Kampala to Juba. It's education. How are you supposed to want something if you've never seen it? And we totally take that for granted. I do, anyway. So, yeah, let's give it another day, but not much more than that. 'Cause I'm tired.”
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“Ali had had four wives and sixteen children, not counting the six who died as youngsters. "I'm so sorry," I said, wincing at the magnitude of his loss.

"It was a long time ago," he said, puzzled by my concern. "Are you married?" he asked. "How long?"

Six years, no children, I told him, adding, "But that will probably change next year."

"How do you know?"

"What?"

"How do you know it will change? It is on God's hands."

"Well, some practices will start and others will stop," I said.

He gasped. "It's wrong. You are killing the eggs, the sperm."

"You know," I said, "the female body ejects its eggs every month."

"Yes," he said, gripping the table's edge, "but the sperm! They must move freely. You mustn't hold them back. It's murder!”
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Dan Elizabeth wrote: "Dan-You sound like you have fascinating job. I'm very interested to read your book recommendations!
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EKC"


Thank you Elizabeth. I'm hoping to start writing regular reviews of new books, and it's fun to share old favorites as well. Best/Dan


Elizabeth Dan-You sound like you have fascinating job. I'm very interested to read your book recommendations!
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