A losing team’s merch: Sports consumerism feeds international landfills

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Prevailing lines of thought in the United States often dissuade critical thinking — after all, isn’t “charity” a good thing? But the dark underbelly of American consumerism operates in the dark, hiding beneath notions of charity or international aid. It’s a virtually invisible market, far out of sight and out of mind for the vast majority of American sports fans.
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Documenting distance: A profile on student Ashley Njoroge

In her native Kenya, Ashley Njoroge never experienced prejudice because of the color of her skin. It wasn’t until she arrived in Berkeley for undergraduate studies that she began to feel acutely aware of her Blackness. “I knew I was Black but it wasn’t something that I consciously thought about,”
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The traveler’s paradox: Traveling alone as a woman

There’s an air of romanticism inherent in the act of “adventure.” It’s Odysseus. Jules Verne. Jack Kerouac. Chris McCandless. Generations of men, admired adventure writers, have had us yearning for the open road. Yet there’s a reality of traveling alone as a woman that is often inferred and rarely recorded.
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