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Iraq
7:08 am
Sun March 1, 2015

ISIS Destroys Objects That Record Region's History Of Cultural Diversity

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 7:44 am

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Middle East
7:08 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Israelis See Netanyahu's U.S. Speech As Last-Ditch Pitch For Votes

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 7:44 am

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Parallels
7:08 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Spain's Muslim Business Owners Feel Squeezed By New Zoning Proposals

Muslim men attend Friday prayers at La Pau Islamic Center in Tarragona, a Mediterranean coastal town where Muslims comprise about 10 percent of the population.
Lauren Frayer NPR

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 7:44 am

Spain's Mediterranean coast is home to the country's biggest Muslim community. And in one town there, local politicians have proposed new zoning laws that have people pondering what it means to be Spanish, or Muslim, or both.

Ruling conservatives in the town of Tarragona want to limit the number of kebab shops and Internet cafes in the town center, keeping them 500 yards apart to "protect traditional Spanish businesses" and prevent what they call ghettos.

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U.S.
7:08 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Fracking Opponents Feel Police Pressure In Some Drilling Hotspots

Opponents of fracking protested in January at the inauguration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 7:44 am

Wendy Lee, an anti-fracking activist and philosophy professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, has always protested peacefully. So she was stunned last winter when a state trooper came to her home to ask her about eco-terrorism and pipe bombs.

The trooper was investigating an alleged trespassing incident that involved Lee and two other activists visiting a gas compressor in Pennsylvania's Lycoming County in June 2013. Lee says they stayed on a public road and left when security guards told them to go away.

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Code Switch
6:06 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Mr. Spock, Mixed-Race Pioneer

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock. The character's mixed Vulcan and human heritage set him apart from the rest of the Star Trek crew.
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At a time when the mere sight of Petula Clark touching Harry Belafonte's arm held the potential to upset delicate sensibilities, the half-human, half-Vulcan character Mr. Spock embodied an identity rarely acknowledged, much less seen, on television: a mixed-race person.

Sure, the mixing of races was allegorical in Spock's case, as was the brilliantly subversive mode for social commentary on Star Trek. But that doesn't mean it didn't resonate.

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