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London Has Fallen: An abhorrent movie, fueled by American exceptionalism, testosterone, and xenophobia

I’ll admit, most terrorism/spy/war/national defense movies of the past decade anger me for a dozen or so different reasons, not the least of which is because they frequently draw on Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism, fear-mongering, misogyny, etc. to advance their messages (that sounds rather like a certain political candidate we know, doesn’t it?). But London Has…

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Infographic: Prison profits

Prison reform and prison labor are topics we’ve written about before on the Occasional Planet. American prisons are making tons of money hiring out their inmates for minuscule wages. It’s more than just breaking rocks and stamping license plates too. Companies like Victoria’s Secret, Wal-Mart, McDonalds, and even Boening use inmates to sew, run phone…

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Muslim women say: “Trump, can you hear us now?

When Khizr and Ghazala Khan took the DNC by storm, calling out Donald Trump’s imbecilic Islamophobic comments, the Donald struck back… with more imbecility. And Muslim women weren’t having it. To recap, the Khans are a Gold Star family whose son, Humayun, died in service to the country, and who spoke at the DNC to…