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06.04.15 Liam Mathews

An 88-year-old Upper East Side man is suing Apple to try and keep the world’s largest company from opening their imminent Madison Avenue retail outpost, the New York Post reports. Herbert Feinberg’s lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, argues that the store is incompatible with the neighborhood’s “small and luxury retailers” and “well-known art galleries […]

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01.30.15 Prachi Gupta

Though Afghan weavers have been creating “war rugs” or “war carpets” for decades, it’s nonetheless disquieting to see modern warfare like drones creep into their designs; a sobering affirmation to the rest of the world that the damaged inflicted by the stealth technology has become commonplace in that region of the world. A recent article […]

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01.19.15 Prachi Gupta

As the nation observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and considers what progress America has made (and what it has not) in combating racism and social inequality, it is hard to think of a time when the eponymous civil rights pioneer was a divisive leader among even liberals and blacks. But in 1967, just a […]

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09.04.14 Michael Rougeau

ANIMAL’s feature Game Plan asks video game developers to share a bit about their process and some working images from the creation of a recent game. This week, we spoke with Ubisoft Montpellier’s Paul Tumelaire and Yoan Fanise about Valiant Hearts: The Great War, an honest game about World War I. Valiant Hearts: The Great […]

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07.30.14 Marina Galperina

Today, a realistic U.S. army recruitment video would include a uniformed soldier calmly tapping away at a keyboard. His eyes would be locked on a screen where strategized bursts of violence would play out in CGI or very far away. Currently on view in Berlin, Harun Farocki’s “Serious Games” video series provides a documentarian view into […]

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07.21.14 Bucky Turco

On Thursday, Pro-Russian separatists shot down a commercial airliner in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 board — at least 80 of them children — and still won’t allow unfettered access to conduct a thorough investigation. Throughout the weekend, Israel continued its offensive in Gaza as the death toll rises with over 500 Palestinians and 20 […]

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06.30.14 Sophie Weiner

Ukraine’s military is strapped for cash, so much so that they’ve been openly asking for donations to help in their preparations for further conflict with Russia and Russian separatists within the country. A group called the People’s Project (whose website is more than a little dystopian) took this fundraising to the next level, crowdfunding the […]

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04.23.14 Marina Galperina

Yesterday, Vice journalist Simon Ostrovsky was detained in Sloviansk. For weeks, he has been reporting on masked gunmen seizing police stations and government buildings all over the eastern Ukraine. “Nobody abducted him, nobody is holding him hostage, he’s with us now in at the SBU, preparing material and working,” the “People’s Mayor” of  Sloviansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev […]

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04.07.14 Andy Cush

The latest work in street artist JR‘s “Inside Out” series aims to remind military drone pilots that their victims are not faceless, anonymous specks, but people with lives and families. Often, they are children. This particular child, whose name was not released, lost two siblings and both of her parents in a Predator drone strike. A […]

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03.13.14 Marina Galperina

Have no fear, Crimea! Jared Leto and his shitty band have arrived to Kiev for a concert. There he is — the actor who shouted out “the dreamers” in “the” Ukraine during his Oscar acceptance speech (which was censored by the Russian state-controlled television) — visiting what is left of the protest camps of Maidan and looking […]

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