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Congratulations to Dilman Dila for having his short story "Homecoming" selected among the 2008 Million Writers Award
Notable Stories of 2007.

Crispin Oduobuk's short story "Maiduguri Road" was selected among the 2007 Million Writers Award Notable Stories of 2006.

Anjana Basu's  "The Black Tongue" and Mita Ghose's "Grey, White, Yellow" were selected as Notable Stories of 2005 in the 2006 StorySouth Million Writers Award.  Anjana Basu's story "The Black Tongue
placed third among the Top 10.

Mohammad Nasrullah Khan and Marlene Amero's story "Donkey Man" was
selected among the Notable Online Short Stories of 2003 in the 
StorySouth Million Writers Award.

Good Boys in the Morning
A Short Story
By John McMahon

Somchai takes a deep breath, drawing the air as if on the trail of a wounded animal. He shakes his head, licks his lips, takes a short sharp draw on the glass pipe. “I love the little mice. I love the way they squeak. But how can we know which one is ours?” 

By Viktor Car

Standing on another serpentine queue in Gatwick I tried to read another good article, this one ridiculing Sarah Palin. But the incessant Coatian babble continued all around me. Those beefy heads were everywhere, deeply and seriously immersed in matters of money and the various ways to make more of it.

By Roger Poppen

My aunt nods sympathetically. She confides she had a similar problem with her youngest daughter in college many years ago. My uncle solved it, she says, by paying the young darkie a considerable sum to cease his attentions.

 Dark Haunts 
By Abha Iyengar

I sat on a cane seat with dozens of magazines and read them as if my life depended on it. They transported me into an alien world, my own make-believe world, a world very different from the one I knew. I was like a fly drowning in sweet sherbet, and loving every moment.

A Review
By Anjana Basu
The White Tiger
By Aravind Adiga 

Part of The White Tiger boils down to the divide between the haves and the have-nots, the rich who employ and the poor who are forced to be employed. Balram describes the situation as a kind of rooster coop.

Preface to the German edition of 
The Rise and Fall of Palestine
A Gowanus Highlight

By Norman Finkelstein

Iinsofar as Israel has justified its crimes in the name of all Jewry
(and its historical persecution), one could argue that the question is, in part, wrongly posed.  In fact, it wasn't I but Israel that exploited my Jewish identity (and the persecution of my parents): because Israel claimed to be acting in my name, I had a responsibility to say "not in my name."   Indeed, for a Jew to remain silent was a form 
of complicity in Israel's crimes. 

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