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The Arab City

The Arab City | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Today there is no better context in which to investigate the complexities of global practice in architecture than that of the rapidly changing Arab city.
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Having never travelled in the Arab world, I was intrigued by this article about the trends in architecture in that part of our globe. It seems as if what was once chaos—often splendid but still chaotic— is being replaced with conceptual art, but it isn't clear exactly from whence the vision of that art comes, from a pan-Arabism that denies cultural identity or perhaps the desire to hide the messy realities of life behind a facade of modernism. At any rate, if architecture and its role in society are of interest to you, this is a fascinating article. 
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What Starbucks' Race Relations Stunt Can Learn From a Chipotle Burrito

What Starbucks' Race Relations Stunt Can Learn From a Chipotle Burrito | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Starbucks needs Chipotle's food-for-thought recipe: honest storytelling on cups and bags — and nothing more
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An interesting piece that asks a greater underlying question: Can literature matter? Will people think about the weighty words printed on coffee cups and take-away bags? Whatever one may think of Starbuck's or Chipotle, they are both expressing a belief in the worth and intelligence of their customers, a belief which, in itself, refreshes us as a people. 

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Incest a 'fundamental right', German committee says - Telegraph

Incest a 'fundamental right', German committee says - Telegraph | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Anti-incest laws in Germany could be scraped after a government-backed group said relationships between brothers and sisters should be legal
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This is one of those topics I just love. What do you think? Should incest be against the law? By the way, what is incest? First cousins? Brother and sister? How about Aunt and nephew or ever father and daughter? What are the appropriate guidelines? Let's read your thoughts.

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Black, Latino, Native American children lagging: report | Al Jazeera America

Black, Latino, Native American children lagging: report | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Annie E. Casey Foundation study finds dramatic racial discrepancies among U.S. kids
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As we do unto the least of these our children so do we reveal our hidden souls, and we aren't doing very well. This is both important and disturbing.

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Bloodsport

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From cockfighting to buzkashi, Afghanistan’s pastimes are as brutal as the country’s history.
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When we in the U.S. and Europe talk of Afghanistan and the development of democracy and government there, we tend to ignore the reality of its ferocious culture. Often the true nature of a society can be found in its sports; these vignettes of Afghan "competitive athletics" help us to understand the gulf between the war lord and tribal realities and the fantasies of Washington, London, and the like.

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Jeremiah Moss: My vanishing New York

Jeremiah Moss: My vanishing New York | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Any place that is old, that is authentic to New York, that has any personality, it seems like these places have a target on their back,” says Jeremiah Moss. A couple years ago, the blogger — who go...
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Some of them I've been to and some I haven't. Some are scruffy and some worse than that. But they are all part of the New York that was, a place of unique charm that is slowly being buldozered to make way for what?

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U.S.-Mexico border wreaks havoc on lives of an indigenous desert tribe | Al Jazeera America

U.S.-Mexico border wreaks havoc on lives of an indigenous desert tribe | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
If you are Tohono O’odham and live on the Mexican side, it’s a second-class life
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One of the hardest things for many Americans to understand is that Native Americans are not from some other place. If your ancestors came from England, Ireland, Russia, India, or even by force from Africa, you do not have a sense of being tied to your homeland and therefore of not being willing to move. By the very act of immigration, our ancestors made us neo-local. Not so for the First Peoples of the Americas. Their traditional lands are their home and often the center of their faith. If we would be decent and caring, we must help them to savor life on those traditional lands, to continue as much as possible their tribal traditions, and to have dignity as members of their communities and traditions.

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