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The International Writer's Magazine: Our 12th Year - January 2011 - Welcome
Travel stories & guides
Politics & Comment
Ways of living
Pleasing Our Palates in Palau
Jane Cassie

Japanese bentos, spicy Asian, all-American; Palau’s multi-ethnic cuisine is pleasing to any foodie’s palate and is a direct offshoot of this tiny nation’s culture and past
The Glacier Express
Donna B. Cueto

My brief escapade in the country known for its Alps and plateau was a mere side trip from my one month vacation in Germany last Augus
Sissi lives on in Vienna’s Heart
Melissa Bird-Collado

Austria must be one of the smaller XXI century European countries. But Vienna, its capital, is covered by a royal hallo that will always remind visitors that less than 200 years ago it was an Empire of nine kingdoms
Alan Dale

The massive medieval walls suddenly overshadowed the flat farmland, chillingly suggesting their having moved when I wasn’t looking. That was nothing compared to Obidos’s next assault on my senses.
In Modern Venice
Kim McKechney

Our gondolier sported a thick handlebar moustache worthy of the Village People.  A thin cigarette dangled dangerously from his mouth, hanging so loosely it seemed to brazenly flout the laws of physics
Let them eat snow
Dean Borok digs his way out of Manhattan.
I have a low tolerance for appreciating cringe-inducing behavior, particularly after having indulged in it myself during so many periods of my life.

The Joe Cool Comeback Rally
James Campion

Inside Barack Obama's State of the Union Call to Charm
Tunisia's startling revolution
Marwan Asmar

It took a flicker to start a revolution that toppled a ruler after 23 years in power. Many are calling it the "Jasmine Revolution" after the nation's national flower

The Echoes of Tucson in The United States of Fantasyland

James Campion

The Great American Experiment plods along, wounded again as it has and always will be by those whose sense of freedom goes beyond rational boundaries into the well-worn satchel of destruction

Spanish Bridges & Economic Choices
James Skinner

Spain’s banking system, the pride and joy of President Rodriguez Zapatero, is in a shambles on equal footing to the other members of the European ‘Finance’ Club

Oyo State is not a battleground
Adewale T Akande

The recent gruesome murder of the Chairman of the State National Union of Road Transport Workers, Alhaji Lateef Salako (aka Elewe-omo) spells danger as the general election draws near

Snooki Goes to Washington
Dean Borok
The strength of the popular British TV espionage series MI5 (Spooks) lies in its superb writing, which does not avoid complicated story lines yet manages to arrive at a satisfying conclusion at the end of each episode

Exiles from Cuba...
Ruby Weldon

We were standing on a dusty street corner in Celestun, a somewhat derelict village on the northern Gulf of Mexico side of the Yucatan Peninsula.  The side few tourists frequent, its waters not as azure, and its tourist amenities not as developed as the southern Caribbean side.
Let’s talk about Sox, baby 
David Calleja

In the front office of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, Barney is standing in front of me. not too dissimilar to the late John Candy’s lovable character Uncle Buck
Challenged individuals in Jordan
Marwan Asmar

It’s a video clip to boost the confidence of the physically-challenged to lead normal lives and to tell parents to be strong.
What Makes a Polyglot?  
Antonio Graceffo

Many people wish to learn a foreign language. Unfortunately, like weight loss, and mastering a foreign language is one of those dreams that people spend a lot of money on, but somehow never achieve
Fast track to wireless in Asia
Jules Kay
Business and leisure travellers are often at the forefront of personal connectivity. Smartphones, tablets and laptops are only as useful as the wireless networks they connect to
Travelling with your iPad
Jules Kay

The iPad is now well established as the world's ultimate personal entertainment companion. For many people, it is also now an indispensable travel accessory
Why Do Beer Ads Look so Tempting?
David Russell

Today’s brewers are smarter than the Egyptians is having solved the problem of halting the aging process while stabilizing the beer’s taste
REVIEWS Film & Books
Bring Me the Head of Padraic
O Conaire

Joseph Guderian

Frank’s life allows little silliness, filled as it is with job, school, his art, and above all, the family. Sometimes after a few pops with his best friend, Ligos, the pair get silly, parodying the Irish types they both know so well:
Premonitions of angels
Abigail George
Just keeping on
Flecked with dizzying introspection, difficult, monstrous yet inspiring new things that bring you joy
Remembering Elaine
Martin Green
Next morning a stunning girl who was in my lit class stopped me on the way out and asked, “Are you the one who hit somebody at a party yesterday?”

The Last Loaf
Beata Gallay

My mother and that woman had been walking all day, all the way to the other end of the city.  For a while they took the streetcar but it stopped before the bridge and they were told to get off and cross the bridge on foot.
Sam North

When laconic detectives ruled the literary world  

Hash Browns and Tattoos
Joshua M. Cisneros

I believe strongly, more then the fact that what runs through my body is blood, that when reached a certain point of maturity we gain, like gods, control, choosing to either fumble and go insane...

Allegory II
Russell Bittner

I watch my little ducklings from a distance.  They are, after all, my little ducklings.  I’ve shown them how to float; how to snatch a lungful of air; how to flutter down on fin-like wings to the bottom of the lake to find weed -- all of which they’ll need to survive. 
A Lesson for Mr. Schubert
Michael Young

The high school band raised their instruments and Mr. Schubert’s baton sliced through the air. He closed his eyes and waited to bask in the glorious sound. Like being in the opera house again.

The Hunger Games - MockingJay
by Suzanne Collins
Sam North

‘If We burn you burn with us’
Third and final part is an amazing induction into propaganda warfare - Katmiss is deeply scarred inside and out.
Frozen Out by Quentin Bates
(Available now)
This is the first in a brilliant new detective series set in Iceland and featuring police sergeant Gunnhildur of Hvalvik’s small police force.  A body found washed up on a beach at her fishing village sparks a nationwide investigation that grows in proportions and national importance.
Eastern Approaches:
Shaken, Not Stirred
John M Edwards

Was Scottish Adventurer Sir Fitzroy Maclean the real-life prototype of  James Bond?
The Quiet Duel
Director:Akira Kurosawa
Dan Schneider
Great artists have a way to make even their lesser works interesting, if not great. Such is the case with the 1949 black and white film, The Quiet Duel
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Nick Lewandowski

Vampires have finally gotten their teeth back. Rows upon rows of them, in fact. The Passage is the first novel in author Justin Cronin’s planned post-apocalyptic vampire trilogy
Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em and little fleas have lesser fleas infinitum
- Augustus de Morgan
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