Harper's (July 2011)

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Gold trustworthy:
Profiting from paranoia with necessary metals
By Thomas Frank

The language of work
By Mark Kingwell


Last night
By Colson Whitehead

Incident within the Oriente
By Paul Theroux


By invoice Knott

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Refugees trek across the desert. indd_0524 56 Refugees on the beach in Djibouti wait for boats that will take them to Yemen. Refugees wade toward a boat. 5/24/11 10:56 AM Mo the sho en. oat. More than forty refugees crowded into one small boat, which traveled halfway to Yemen before it broke down, forcing the occupants to return to the shores of Djibouti on March 29, 2010. The refugees were arrested by Djiboutian police PHOTO ESSAY 57 shortly after landing. Ed Ou was detained for five days. indd_0524 57 5/24/11 10:57 AM le t t er f r o m mins k Inside the Snow Globe Dodging the secret police with the last pollster in Belarus By Sam Knight I was early for Andrei, fifteen min­ utes at least.

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Afolayan spent nearly three months filming it, at a cost of more than $300,000—both unprecedented figures for the Nigerian industry. The film had already toured the festival circuit in Europe and North America—­­a rare accomplishment for a Nollywood feature—but was relegated to the TV and video competition at FESPACO. Afolayan felt slighted. “The format shouldn’t be what determines how good your film is,” he said. Afolayan’s complaint was part of a larger grievance that the African film world would not give the Nigerian industry its due.

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