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  1. Syria Was Once Heaven

    Nariman and her mother Khadijah fled Aleppo, Syria, two years ago, and now live in a collective shelter in Lebanon. They describe — and mourn — the Syria that was, and hope for the Syria that will be.

    Current Events
  2. The Best of Tropics of Meta in 2016

    The editors at Tropics of Meta compile their favorite posts from 2016, on topics including architecture, hip hop, and politics — both tragic (the Orlando shooting, the US presidential election) and inspiring (struggles for social justice).

    Commentary
  3. Foodbanks and Social Justice: We Need a New Conversation About Poverty

    An ethnographer on the rise of food banks in the United Kingdom: “We need a new conversation about poverty that looks at the actual, lived experience of people who are living through it.”

    Current Events
    Photo by Waldo Jaquith
  4. The Rise of the Crowd-Sourced Syllabus

    From the Trump Syllabus 2.0 to the Native Lives Matter Syllabus, crowd-sourced syllabi have popped up as resources for educators and readers looking for background about complex current events.

    Academia
  5. An Open Apology To Dolly Parton 

    In a post that has gone viral instantly, author, editor, and book-loving mother Amy Rawe writes an ode to Dolly Parton’s community work and philanthropy, especially her efforts to promote childhood literacy.

    Books
    Image by Linda Stanley (CC BY 2.0)
  6. How to Find and Support Trustworthy Journalism

    Journalist and independent-press advocate Josh Stearns offers a wide range of resources for readers looking for trustworthy media outlets in our post-truth, fake-news era.

    Current Events
  7. Conflicted Elector in a Corrupt College

    Art Sisneros, a Texas Republican and a member of the Electoral College, explains his decision to resign from the College on religious grounds ahead of this year’s vote.

    Commentary
  8. The Uses of Patriotism

    “If there’s something contradictory about being a white supremacist and loving America, the people who chanted U-S-A while Donald Trump insulted Muslims and Mexicans haven’t gotten that memo.”

    Current Events
    Image by fuseboxradion (CC BY-SA 2.0).
  9. Parachute journalism and rural America’s revenge

    “Democrats and most of the mainstream media ignored what was happening in rural America until the morning after the election. And they ignored it at their own peril.” Post US-election, Truevine and Factory Man author Beth Macy writes about the forgotten citizens of rural America.

    Commentary
  10. Undocumented, Unafraid, Unapologetic…Depressed

    “The fear of deportation never leaves our thoughts. Some of us might be protected under DACA, but our loved ones are still at risk.” Life in the US as a DREAM Act beneficiary — with parents still undocumented.

    Current Events
  11. Shakespeare, Trump: On Being Irrational

    “What Happened? How did we get here?” John Kelly looks at the first questions we ask when we encounter the irrational in art and in real life — and at how we might answer them and move forward.

    Commentary
  12. So You Want to Wear a Safety Pin

    “[D]on’t do it without a plan. Because the very last thing a tense situation needs is someone full of good intentions but with no knowledge of de-escalation tactics or self-defense.” Ideas for moving beyond symbolism to activism in the wake of the US presidential election.

    Current Events
  13. 2016 Election Day: Live Blog

    Live coverage and results of the 2016 Election at FiveThirtyEight, including the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and the race for control of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

    Current Events
  14. Mathematical Alternatives to the Electoral College: A Webcomic

    Pondering the 2016 US presidential election, Ben Orlin’s signature stick figures wonder about other, mathematically fairer ways to determine who wins.

    Comics
  15. A Proportional Response

    Have Americans given up on the idea of “proportional response”? Writer Dina Honour wonders why the price paid by some people for being non-white, non-Christian, or getting pregnant is so high.

    Culture
    "Lady Blind Justice" image by Marc Treble.