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You may have heard of the Slow Food movement. It got started in Italy and promotes local, small-scale and ethical shopping and eating. Its new...




You may have heard of the Slow Food movement. It got started in Italy and promotes local, small-scale and ethical shopping and eating.

Its new spin-off is the Slow Cities movement, and Der Spiegel reports it's growing pretty quickly. In a Slow City cars are banned from the city center, large chain stores are kept out, and people shop and eat local.

The "Cittaslow" designation is spreading across Italy and into Spain, the UK and Germany. We're guessing this is partly because there aren't any strict requirements to be a Slow City right now. But they're working on it (slowly, we imagine).

Check out the Slow Cities charter.
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In the months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the military to move Japanese-Americans into internment camps to defend the West Coats from spies.

From 1942 to 1946, an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans, of which a vast majority were second- and third-generation citizens, were taken in their homes and forced to live in camps surrounded by armed military and barbed wire.

After the war, the decision was seen as a cruel act of racist paranoia by the American government against its own citizens.

The interment caused most of the Japanese-Americans to lose their money and homes.

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The head of the 1,100-member Federal Judges Association on Monday called an emergency meeting amid concerns over President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr's use of the power of the Justice Department for political purposes, such as protecting a long-time friend and confidant of the president.

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North Korea remains arguably the most mysterious place on Earth. Its people and modern day customs are shrouded behind a digital and physical wall of propaganda. Many people in the United States feel that North Korea is our "enemy" but almost none of us have had the opportunity to interact with an actual person who lives in, or has lived under, the country's totalitarian regime.

Even more elusive is what life is like in one of North Korea's notorious prison camps. It's been reported that millions live in horrific conditions, facing the real possibility of torture and death on a daily basis. That's what makes this question and answer session with an escaped North Korean prisoner all the more incredible to read.

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