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“The Olympic Games in Rio are an unnatural disaster,” The New York Times recently declared. As someone who has spent two decades studying and writing about the ancient and modern Olympics, I’m not...

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Although women now make up almost half of all video game players, the gaming community remains, in some ways, hostile toward women. For example, the GamerGate controversy, which began in 2014 and involved...

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The 1990s were a high-water mark for public interest in UFOs and alien abduction. Shows like “The X-Files” and Fox’s “alien autopsy” hoax were prime-time events, while MIT even hosted an academic...

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Seventy years after the death of Adolf Hitler, “Mein Kampf” is in the public domain and free to be republished. The history of its English version is relatively well-known, thanks to historians James...

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Today, dating shows are an important ingredient in China’s cultural diet, with popular shows like “If You Are the One” and “One Out of a Hundred” attracting millions of viewers. For single people,...

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At a conference earlier this month, Facebook’s head of operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa predicted that the social networking site would be “all video” within five years. “We’re...

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On the morning of June 12, as details emerged from a shooting at an Orlando nightclub, Muslim Americans across the country likely reacted with horror, while secretly hoping that the shooter wouldn’t...

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While athletes and coaches can be overlooked vehicles of political ideology, they often play key symbolic roles in the cultural and political life of any nation. Look no further than Muhammad Ali, whose...

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In the spring of 2012, when I was living near the coastal village of Sechelt, on British Columbia’s picturesque Sunshine Coast, I began hearing a humming sound, which I thought were float planes. The...

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Donald Trump’s remarks in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting massacre – especially the reiteration of his call to temporarily ban Muslim immigration to the United States – angered leaders across...