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7 Places Where Citizens Got Loud in 2014

Here’s why this was the year of the protest.

In recent years, amid the rise of social media and online petitions, it’s been easy to feel like the transformative and successful movements of the past century—the civil rights movement, anti-apartheid protests, and anti-Vietnam War protests—were destined to become relics of history. However, if there was ever a year to debunk the claims of “slacktivism” and “armchair activism” that have proliferated during the internet era, 2014 was it.

In many ways, the anti-government protests in Turkey and the anti-sexual harassment protests in India in 2013 hinted at the groundswell of protests that would follow from West Africa to Eastern Europe to Central America. Protesters boldly challenged entire governments, hegemonies, and systemic injustices in discrete ways that somehow felt greater than the sum of their grievances. Though not all were nonviolent, most of the protests demonstrated an impassioned form of civic engagement that will leave indelible imprints upon the history books of the future.

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Year in Review 2010: Crazy, Outrageous, and Just Plain Ridiculous Buildings

Let’s look back at a year of wild and wacky architectural achievements—from the super-size to the super-tall to the super-expensive.

Despite a global economic crisis that slowed the construction industry to a halt, a bevy of supersize, supertall, super-expensive buildings managed to erect themselves around the world during the past year. The world's tallest building was completed in 2010, as was the world's new tallest tower, plus the largest private development in the U.S., and the world's first billion-dollar house. Now as for whether or not all these buildings are actually occupied... well, that’s a different story entirely. Let’s look back at a year of wild and wacky architectural achievements (and a few that have yet to be seen).

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The 2022 World Cup Will Not Be Gay Friendly

The president of FIFA is warning gay soccer fans not to do anything too gay at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The president of FIFA is warning gay soccer fans not to do anything too gay at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

[Sepp Blatter] noted that the world's biggest soccer tournament will have to adjust to more than just the sweltering desert heat when it takes its party-like atmosphere to the Middle East in 2022.

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The 2010 World Cup is off with a bang. Well, actually, the football has been sort of dire so far, in my opinion—not to come off like a shallow American addled by a Pavlovian desire for constant positive reinforcement, but can we get some (non-German) goals, please? Or at least some decent crosses and tidy passing? All the same, booming U.S. viewership testifies to the kind of overnight success a niche sport can achieve after a mere 98 years of organized existence in this country. At least 17 million Americans watched the national team’s stirring 1 to 1 "victory" over England, not counting all those people packed into your local branch of O’Shenanigan McLeary’s Olde Worlde Boozer.

And this burgeoning popularity came before the launch of history’s greatest World Cup highlight footage. Yes, better than your favorite piece of vintage 1970 Pele porn, and, in its own way, more satisfying that much of the actual action from South Africa so far.

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The World Cup, a large soccer tournament that the rest of the planet gets very interested in, is beginning in a week. It's an exciting, festive, global event, but most Americans don't have the background knowledge to really make sense of it.

That's what makes this guide to the World Cup, designed for fans of American sports, so handy. It compares World Cup teams to their equivalents in the NBA, the NFL, and other popular leagues. Brazil? They're like the Lakers:

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