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Lest the power of fiction in the political sphere be doubted, remember Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. By personalizing the slave experience and bringing to light the subhuman ways slaves were treated, the 1852 novel heightened the tensions between Northerners and Southerners that erupted in the Civil War. Reportedly, Lincoln called Stowe “the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.” After reading Upton Sinclair’s 1906 novel The Jungle, a riled-up Teddy Roosevelt launched his own investigation of food preparation and handling conditions. The public outcry in response to Sinclair’s scarily accurate descriptions of unsanitary food preparation brought about the signing of the Meat Inspection Act and other regulatory laws.

Henríquez’s novel is poised to have a similar impact on how people understand the immigrant experience. Calling the truth fiction is sometimes the best way, after all, to open people’s eyes.

Scientists Discover What Happens in the Brains of Sex Addicts

University of Cambridge scientists and others performed brain scans on 19 heterosexual men who had compulsive sexual behaviors and 19 heterosexual men who didn’t, with the participants either watching explicit pornographic videos or sports. Two of the participants in the former category had lost their jobs after watching porn at work and four of them said intensive pornography use had led them to escalated behavior such as hiring prostitutes.

What they found was very familiar

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Thor is a woman and now Captain America is black

Marvel is going all out to diversify their Avengers cast, not only bestowing the Thor title on a woman, but also officially giving the role of Captain America to a black man for the first time ever. 

These announcements came Wednesday evening on The Colbert Report as a preview of the new stories in the Avengers NOW! initiative. The new series will also give Iron Man a change of direction (and a new suit) and greater visibility to the Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man and Dr. Strange (among others) in preparation for their movie debuts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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7 huge problems left by the World Cup in Brazil

 The long list of controversies before the tournament’s start included mass evictions, violent protests, police brutality and construction worker deaths. But now that the party is over, the buzz about the games is mostly good, and the problems that the media once covered with such concern are slowly being swept under the rug. 

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That’s what international media outlets seem to forget: that it’s people simply trying to live their lives that are paying the ultimate price. In this latest escalation, just like any other escalation, every Gazan is a target.

Since the start of the latest round of air strikes, life in Gaza has totally changed. In some ways, it has disappeared almost entirely. Gone is the usually festive spirit of Ramadan. Instead, Gazans are stuck at home, watching their loved ones being killed on television, and praying that it won’t be them next. Death hangs over even the most mundane aspects of life. Leaving home to go to the supermarket to stock up on food means running the risk of either being killed or injured.

Learning is not virtue but the means to bring us an acquaintance with it. Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.

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This year Malala celebrates her 17th birthday by traveling to Nigeria to honor the missing girls, and to encourage the government to do more to get them back home.Malala expresses her concern not only about the Nigerian abductions but also the violence in Syria, the rapes in India, and the crossfire between Gaza and Israel, and how all this is affecting access to education, particularly for girls.“We cannot sit on the sidelines and let this continue,” she says. “Each of us is responsible. We cannot rest until we have justice and freedom for every girl and every boy.”Read Malala’s Washington Post opinion piece about how we are #strongerthan fear and the enemies of education.

halftheskymovement:

This year Malala celebrates her 17th birthday by traveling to Nigeria to honor the missing girls, and to encourage the government to do more to get them back home.

Malala expresses her concern not only about the Nigerian abductions but also the violence in Syria, the rapes in India, and the crossfire between Gaza and Israel, and how all this is affecting access to education, particularly for girls.

“We cannot sit on the sidelines and let this continue,” she says. “Each of us is responsible. We cannot rest until we have justice and freedom for every girl and every boy.”

Read Malala’s Washington Post opinion piece about how we are #strongerthan fear and the enemies of education.