Crime And Punishment In The Gaza Strip

VICE gets a rare glimpse into Gaza Strip and life under Hamas rule. Worth a watch.

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The Great Snack Food Gentrification

Snack Food Gentrification

Nothing gets my blood pumping like the thought of artisanal bacon and quinoa-seasoned local popcorn.

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Appalachia Needs Regeneration, Not Christmas Nostalgia

Appalachia

The Article: Appalachia needs regeneration, not Christmas nostalgia by Jeff Biggers in Al-Jazeera.

The Text: A retired coal miner in eastern Kentucky recently sent me an early Christmas card warning. “Whatever you do,” he wrote, “I prefer dirty coal from Santa Claus instead of the annual drivel of ‘Christmas in Appalachia’ pity.”

Pity, poverty, depravity, coal despair, even the picturesque — name your favorite Appalachian or hillbilly caricature of the Mountain South over the past century.

But for a region that once served at the forefront of the American Revolution, the anti-slavery movement and labor and civil rights struggles and that gave us our first American female Nobel laureate for literature (Pearl S. Buck), among other cultural innovators, I think it is time to turn the page on nostalgia and grant Appalachia what it deserves: a regeneration fund.

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Bernie Sanders On Starvation Wages

Bernie Sanders on the ACA, the loss of unemployment benefits, and minimum wage hikes. Paying minimum wage and nothing above it doesn’t make you moral–it just means you can’t be prosecuted by the federal government.

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Is This How We Preserve Mandela’s Legacy?

Obama Mandela Freedom

By punishing and persecuting those who fight for truth and transparency, what kind of message do we send to the rest of the world and to our youth?

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