By Shachar Peled

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Gaby Hoffman as Caroline in HBO’s Girls

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Leo Tolstoy opens Anna Karenina on point. Karenina was terribly unhappy when she decided to leave her husband and son to pursue her affair with Vronsky. The Russian society’s reaction was unforgiving, and old friends who have had affairs themselves avoided her company. A mother leaving her child? Unheard of. But while Tolstoy attempted to criticize the prudent Russian aristocracy, he ultimately portrayed the neglectful mother as an erratic, emotionally unstable woman. As the story reveals her character over time, Karenina grows anxious…


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“These kids use the technology to pull themselves by the bootstraps”/Illustration

When the celebrations of LGBT Pride Month will dwindle down, the streets of many cities nationwide will remain occupied with more somber dwellers: homeless LGBT teens.

About 40% of all homeless youth in the US identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, adding up to 650,000 young people. Some of them rely on mobile phones and wireless internet to stay connected, and in some cases, alive.

“These kids use the technology to pull themselves by the bootstraps. …


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The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights/Facebook

Alarmed by the reports and pictures emerging from the US-Mexican border, Silicon Valley could not remain silent to the separation and incarceration of families.

“We need to stop this policy right now,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post, as he called for donations to The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) and the Texas Civil Rights Project.


Zaha Hadid’s premature death on March 31, 2016, was a sad and sudden blow to the world of architecture. It marked a loss of a pioneering woman and one of the field’s visionaries. Hadid, who was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, continued a long legacy of groundbreaking women architects and held an influence that was “hard to overstate.”

Her predecessors, women whose contributions to building and designing one of the world’s most sophisticated urban fabrics — the city of New York — is undeniable yet seldom known. From the Theodore Roosevelt birthplace to the Union Carbide Building…


Social Media as a Refuge for the Homeless

His head was barely visible under the dark hood sheltering his face from the November wind, a pile of folded cardboard boxes shoved under two bursting bags by his side. Slouching against the front window of the Columbus Circle Starbucks, he tucked himself inside a green sleeping bag. The door beside him opened and closed repeatedly, but he never flinched. He was concentrating too deeply to notice, his face glowing dimly by the light of the screen just inches from his nose. …

Shachar Peled

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