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Ban the Box

The year is 1993. Carlito’s Way is our favorite movie. We watched it at least 10 times. We knew the lines of our favorite scenes verbatim. Moya would play Gail, and I Carlito. She was fond of the scene where Gail confronts Carlito as to why they broke up. Moya was a romantic — she was fond of saying, “Prison could never come between true love.” She thought Carlito was selfish — thus only protecting himself by breaking up with Gail after he got sentenced to 30 years in prison. I admired
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Nigeria Kidnappings — Who Are the ‘Boko Haram?’

By Andrew Lam Editor’s Note: Professor Michael Watts teaches geography at UC Berkeley and is the author of many books, including “Silent Violence: Food, Famine, and Peasantry in Northern Nigeria” and “Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta.” He spoke to NAM editor Andrew Lam about the recent kidnappings of more than 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria by the radical group known as Boko Haram, and the apparent inability of the Nigerian government to either prevent or respond to
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