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No Waverers Allowed: Looking Back on The Northern Ireland "Troubles."

Clair Wills London Review of Books
The reprinting of a classic book on the Northern Irish "Troubles" of 50 years ago is the occasion for a relook at warring nationalisms, armed violence and ethnic oppression that divided a population, leaving capital and British imperialism unscathed.

Maoism: A Global History

Ben Margulies LSE Review of Books
Julia Lovell’s fascinating new history of the international career of Maoism reveals the resonance of the ‘Great Helmsman’ in a populist age.

Lawsuit claims Post falsely advertises 'real cocoa' in its cereals

Jessi Devenyns FoodDive
False cocoa?
A lawsuit filed last month accuses Post Consumer Brands of misrepresenting the ingredients in its products. The case argues that highlighting the ingredient for its simplicity wrongly implies that it is "nutritionally and organoleptically superior."

Elexxxion

John Paul Davis Rattle
New York poet John Paul Davis reflects on the multitude of political candidates, their promises, their lies.

Los Angeles: City of Segregation

Adam Tomes Counterfire
The book under review documents a century of struggle against the partitioning of groups on the basis of race through property markets, constructions of community, and the scourge of neoliberalism, revealing racialist ideology and means to end it.

Georgetown’s Jackson ‘Jazzed’ About History

LaMont Jones Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
Scholar, activist, and Grammy-award winning writer Maurice Jackson, along with his co-editor, Blair A. Ruble, have assembled a new and original group of essays that examines jazz and it's Washington, DC history.

What I Eat: It’s in My DNA

Carla Hall Heated: by Medium and Mark Bittman
The Yoruba believe that “The soul that does not eat pepper is a powerless soul.”
Via a DNA test kit, I discovered that my lineage traces back to the Yoruba people of Nigeria and the Bubi; I also discovered that, regardless of whether I knew it, my palate carries the flavors of the generations who came before me.