Opinion

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Progressive films will shine at Toronto Festival

The 35th Toronto International Film Festival will include new titles from some of the world's great progressive filmmakers - and Bruce Springsteen.

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Poem of the week: “Jerusalem”

"Shouldn't it be as important to learn about one another's poetry, country to country, as one another's weather or gross national products?"

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Another chicken and egg story

Given the need to feed a growing world population, what kind of farming is viable and sustainable today?

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“Takers” and “Get Low” - what’s the right age?

Age-marketing could make you miss some pretty good movies, and here are two.

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According to the fruits of their labor

A photo-essay about blueberry workers in eastern Maine by photojournalist David Bacon resurrected my own memories of picking blueberries in Maine as a young boy.

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The global pop militancy of M.I.A.

Some on the left may dismiss her as indulging in postmodern "identity politics" - M.I.A. herself has said that her work explores her "otherness."

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Poem of the week: Diamonds of clarity on the human condition

In "At the Public Market Museum: Charleston, South Carolina," Jane Kenyon's singular American poetic imagination offers clarity and revelation on the human condition.

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Loss of a jazz warrior: Abbey Lincoln

Vocalist, actress and activist Abbey Lincoln, who died Aug. 14 at age 80, captured the energy and drive of an era in recording and film as few others could.

What catastrophe are we waiting for?

Global climate change is putting humanity's most basic, most elemental needs increasingly at risk.

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“American Idol” is about young talent, not celebrities

Sooner or later every popular TV show  eventually flops, and "American Idol" last season appeared to be heading down that path - but the show must go on, right?

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