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A Rare Workers’ Protest in Dubai Dispels Delusion of Opulent Utopia

Construction workers demonstrate against pay cuts and bad working conditions.

Image via the Dubai Media Office's Twitter profile.

The Dubai Media Office tweeted Monday that Dubai police had “resolved” the “issue” of construction workers who had “gathered” to “demand” “bonuses” in front of Dubai Mall. All of these words, arranged as they were, might suggest that the Dubai police had benevolently dispersed a throng of pampered workers causing traffic congestion.

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Sewing as Protest: Why You Should Care About Garment Worker Struggles

It is time for us to examine our priorities as American consumers.

On Friday Jan 17, in the shadow of giant retailer H&M’s Times Square store, I wore a bloodstained shirt and surgical mask and began working behind a manual sewing machine for eight hours. It may have been easy to miss among the bright New York City lights and the blaring cab horns, but those who stopped to watch throughout the day saw that it was not cloth running through the machine, but US dollar bills.

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How Smartphones Are Making it Easier to Fight Injustice

I’m starting to believe that if we all point our smartphones between us and the world at the right times, a smarter system is bound to be on the way.

I just got my first smartphone, an iPhone 5s. Do you remember when you got your first smartphone and the way it altered your daily living experience? I had abstained for so long because I struggle enough to be “present” and “mindful” without a screen smack between myself and the world. But as a documentary filmmaker and aspiring smartperson, this smartphone thing is becoming handy.

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