Bypassing Resistance, Brazil Prepares to Build a Dam

 Bypassing Resistance, Brazil Prepares to Build a DamFor Raimunda Gomes da Silva, the impending construction of a huge hydroelectric dam here in the Amazon is painful déjà vu.
About 25 years ago, the building of another dam more than 200 miles east of here flooded her property, driving a plague of poisonous snakes, insects and jaguars onto her land, she said, before submerging it completely.

Step back in history Fort Battleford a place of refuge for panicked settlers

Step back in history   Fort Battleford a place of refuge for panicked settlersThe squad of North West Mounted Police (NWMP) sat nervously around their campfire, while an edgy, rifle-carrying civilian sentry peered over the stockade walls and a fretting quartermaster anxiously calculated if they would be able to survive a long siege.

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Art review: Todd Gray and Kyungmi Shin at See Line Gallery

Art review: Todd Gray and Kyungmi Shin at See Line GalleryBased both in Inglewood and Ghana, husband-and-wife collaborators Todd Gray and Kyungmi Shin bring together American pop culture and African spiritual traditions in a loose, wide-ranging installation at See Line Gallery. Titled “Spirit Shack,” the work explores the fascinating nexus of celebrity and spirituality but unfortunately never quite gels.

Experience the rising of shamanism

Experience the rising of shamanismIn the 1970s, anthropologist Hank Wesselman was a graduate student working toward his doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkley, when he was brought into the world of the shaman. Wesselman was in the portion of Ethiopia known as the eastern African Great Rift Valley.

Fans of the memoir 'Eat Pray Love' should find the movie satisfying

Fans of the memoir "Eat Pray Love" does exactly what it should to satisfy its core audience: It provides a gorgeous escape, exquisitely photographed and full of female wish fulfilment. Yet it also offers sufficient emotional heft and self-discovery to make you feel as if you've actually learned something and, perhaps, emerged a better person solely through osmosis.

It's easy to see why author Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir became an international phenomenon, even without help from Oprah. Everyone's looking for something — for answers, for their true and higher purpose — and Gilbert had the fortitude (and the wherewithal) to take off alone on a journey around the world to find herself after her divorce.