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Free the Hikers: Update from Sarah Shourd
Free the Hikers: Update from Sarah Shourd

Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, Photo courtesy of Sarah ShourdSarah Shourd, one of the three American hikers detained in Iran in July 2009–and the only one who was subsequently released– provides an update about her friends who remain imprisoned. Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on the Free the Hikers blog, and is reprinted here with permission of Sarah Shourd.

Wunderland Kalkar: Nuclear power plant turned amusement park
Wunderland Kalkar: Nuclear power plant turned amusement park

The SNR-300 was meant to be Germany’s first Fast Breeder nuclear reactor. I have no idea what that means, other than you may not want to take your kids there for a family-friendly adventure.But judging by the photos I saw on Laughing Squid today, maybe you should.The SNR-300 site was sold in 1995 to a Dutch businessman after public outcry over Chernobyl and other high-profile nuclear catastrophes shut the project down.

Why would anyone ever want to leave America?!?
Why would anyone ever want to leave America?!?

America is the greatest country in the world. Why would you want to live anywhere else?Maybe to experience another culture. Maybe to do some traveling. Maybe for work.Maybe to escape the hordes of morons in this country who don’t know anything about the world, and yet insist on characterizing it as bug-infested, crime-ridden and moments away from a coup.

Literal video: The endless charm of stating the obvious
Literal video: The endless charm of stating the obvious

The first literal video I saw was this A-Ha “Take on Me” spoof.I couldn’t stop laughing. It touched a chord. So often you or I might sing a snippet in the spirit of the literal video, but to do it so seamlessly and for the length of the entire song, well, you have to admit that it takes talent.Among the many YouTube users now posting their own literal videos, many mention Dusty McNeato whom they credit as being the originator of literal video.

The anti-irony of Khmer glamour photos
The anti-irony of Khmer glamour photos

Lauren Quinn gets an unexpected reaction after “going native.” Editor’s note: This article was published in its original form here. I ONCE SAT in a cafe in Tangier, Morocco. Some famous man-filled cafe where Western writers used to pen masterpieces. Or cruise for ass. Or trip out on exotic drugs. Or, most likely, some combination of the three.

La Dorada – The Big Red of Argentina
La Dorada – The Big Red of Argentina

I love weird soft drinks. In every China Town and Korea Town I am always on the look out for cans that promise chunks of foreign fruit matter – drinks that eat like a meal. Odd favor, texture, unexpected ingedient or a cool can? I’m there.The other night I was out for an otherwise lovely dinner in a Peruvian restaurant in the Once neighborhood here in Buenos Aires.

Solo travel: 6 reasons to wander alone
Solo travel: 6 reasons to wander alone

Buckling my seatbelt on the flight from New York to London, it finally struck me that I was going on this trip to Europe alone.Call it a delayed reaction, but after months and months of planning my trip, the fear and trepidation of traipsing across a continent all by myself occurred only at the last minute.

Matador Picks: Pearl Jam, Hitchcock, Foie Gras and…Yngwie?
Matador Picks: Pearl Jam, Hitchcock, Foie Gras and…Yngwie?

Photo: fiskfiskEditor’s note: in the first of a ‘soon-to-be-famous’ new series, Matador explains whatever we’re feeling to be ‘culturally relevant’ for us at the moment.TenIt’s difficult to believe that Pearl Jam’s Ten is almost twenty. This week’s re-issue will contain a re-mastered version of the original release, as well as new version re-mixed by Brendan O’Brien.

7 Reasons Why Working Abroad Is Your Best Career Move
7 Reasons Why Working Abroad Is Your Best Career Move

Upon graduating university the last thing I wanted to do was talk about career fairs, interviews and networking.I had no interest in leaping directly into the rat race world of 9 to 5 and even less interest in establishing a career. Instead, I planned to pack my backpack after that last exam and board a one-way flight to Australia.

Working with the Deaf in Vietnam
Working with the Deaf in Vietnam

Photos courtesy of the author“Find a cause that matters to you, take a volunteer trip, and you will likely return a better person for the experience,” reflects Paige Stringer on her experience teaching hearing-impaired schoolchildren in Vietnam.I met Thien on the second day of my volunteer assignment at the Thuan An boarding school for the hearing impaired in Vietnam.

Twitter contest: Ethnotek handwoven backpacks
Twitter contest: Ethnotek handwoven backpacks

Matador is giving away three backpacks courtesy of Ethnotek.A few weeks back we announced that Matador community member Jake Orak’s awesome new company had launched. Ethnotek creates backpacks with beautiful, removable front pieces, called THREADS, that are handwoven and dyed by indigenous tribes – and we’re giving three of them away.

The philosophy of liberty explained
The philosophy of liberty explained

In 8 minutes, learn how the philosophy of liberty is based on the hallmark of self-ownership.In the USA, it seems barely a moment passes before you hear references to freedom and liberty. This could be talk about the right of free speech, gun control, property, or any other number of topics.This is not surprising.