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July 31, 2014
Rich Hill, Missouri, a once thriving coal town home to 1,400 people, is mined out. Like hundreds of other small towns across America, Rich Hill has experienced great losses in its industry, population, and the resources that went with them. But in the trenches of deep poverty, the town’s next generation holds on to the hope for change.
July 25, 2014
After the 1949 revolution in China, Chairman Mao famously proclaimed that “women hold up half the sky.” But since then, the sky has been turning darker. In 2007, the Chinese government added to its official lexicon the term shengnü, “leftover women” who are unmarried, professional, women older than 27 years old. This derogatory term is one sign that recent market reforms in a one-state party system with legacies of social engineering, a massive propaganda apparatus, and a tight grip on information.
July 18, 2014
Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. The Internet’s Own Boy is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.