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Steve Taylor: Pecking away at the urban chicken movement

I didn’t really try to stop my bird dog from smashing through the fence into my neighbor’s backyard. He was only doing what comes naturally, and those clucking chickens had taunted him only feet away for months. I murmured a Willy Wonka, “Stop, come back,” and watched three plump, drably colored but fully flightworthy hens lead my retriever on a merry chase around their yard from the new hole in the redwood.

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Preventing another Assyrian genocide: Acting locally, thinking globally

When it comes to local action, we sometimes think that it is limited to local politics – land-use planning, zoning, city finances, government services, etc. However, local action can include awareness and movement on national and international issues. Furthermore, as retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Sargis Sangari, founder of the Near East Center for Strategic Engagement, recently wrote, local terrorism is a global problem and must be identified and fought at the local political level to have global impact.

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