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Book Review: Plastic: An Autobiography by Allison Cobb (Essay Press, 2015)

Allison Cobb isn’t interested in delivering epiphanies to readers. She’s interested in literature that opens a mystery and a sense of wonder, and offers a container for others to experience that opening. Plastic: An Autobiography, embodies that mysterious and wonderful opening.

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Concert Review: Animal Collective Perform Sung Tongs at the Moore Theatre

The early aughts belonged to the garage rock revival from New York City, yet by 2004 the scene began to show signs of exhaustion. The best acts had been gobbled up by major labels and Top 40 radio. In May of that year, a little-known group based in Brooklyn put out a sleeper hit titled Sung Tongs.

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What’s Behind the Eritrea-Ethiopia Thawing Relations?

On June 5th Ethiopia announced a monumental reform on behalf of its new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. The nation would accept and implement the 2000 Algiers Agreement that ended the Eritrean–Ethiopian War (1998-2000). It also announced a new support for a 2002 ruling by the UN-backed Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC), which bestowed several contested territories, including the town of Badme, to Eritrea. For the last sixteen years, Ethiopia has ignored the ruling and kept troops stationed in these disputed territories.

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Zimbabwe Teeters Between Eastern Investment & Western Exploitation

With a new Zimbabwean president via coup d’état, the mainstream media speculates that the coup was sponsored by China. Meanwhile, the nation’s new leadership has already received financial backing from Beijing and is seeking investments from western powers.

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