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About marypmadigan

Writer/photographer (profession), foreign policy wonk (hobby).

Are humans alone in the Universe?

We are, according to this report, Dissolving the Fermi Paradox, published earlier this month. It’s not surprising that we haven’t found anyone who is like us. Life on the surface of a planet is precarious – the constantly changing atmosphere … Continue reading

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Sketching – Portrait 2

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Sketching – Woman facing away

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Sketching

Sketching at the Art Student’s League, in a class taught by the amazing Costa Vavagiakis

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Life Drawing

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Qatar sponsoring Extremist Preachers

According to the State Department, Qatar’s government provides preachers with guidance for Friday sermons, reviews content, and reserves the right to take judicial action against clerics who fail to adhere to such guidelines. Yet far from punishing or at least … Continue reading

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Qatar and ISIS

Newly resurfaced tweets have revealed that a Qatari government official publicly congratulated ISIS in 2014, days after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared an “Islamic Caliphate” from Iraq’s Mosul. Hamad Lahhan Al-Mohannadi, Deputy Chairman of the Central Municipal Council in Qatar, and … Continue reading

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