Ferdinand and Isabella Were Cowards.

In researching for a writing project I came across my old books on Judaism in Spain from when I was living in Madrid. In particular I found my copy of the Alhambra Decree, or the 1492 Charter of the Expulsion of the Jews. The Spanish Inquisition had been underway for a while at that point, … Continue reading

Octopus Witches and the Marginalized

As usual, a fortune-telling octopus is hogging the camera. For the last week, sports commentators, blogs and even the New York Times have found a new media darling in Paul the Octopus. Paul, an oracle from Germany, successfully predicted eight out of eight World Cup matches, including all of Germany’s games and the eventual championship … Continue reading

A World Cup with Less Injuries

On Sunday, the Netherlands took on Spain in the final World Cup match. Spain is obviously a tremendous team, and to fight them it seemed clear that Holland was forced to use some violent tactics, even deserving of red cards. The game will be remembered, among other things, as the most penalty-ridden World Cup final … Continue reading

The World Cup Finals and the Refugee Experience

This Sunday, the World Cup will come to a close with a European battle of wills: Spain and the Netherlands, two teams that have never won the championship, will fight it out to see who can make history first. Both countries are known for partying hard, and the celebrations of either team’s win will likely … Continue reading

The Real Football and Marginalized Children

It is football time, my friends, and I am excited. No I don’t mean the football with the big guys who beat each other up. I mean the football with the smaller guys who don’t touch anything – not even the ball. I became a soccer fan during the ’02 World Cup, when a few … Continue reading

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