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Two Years After Rana Plaza, Are Bangladesh's Workers Still at Risk?

The Nation

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After a major fire, labor standards in Bangladesh are improving, but workers must have a voice if these changes are to be sustainable.

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An epic legal battle pays off for trafficked workers

The Christian Science Monitor

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Hundreds of Indian oil workers were sent to the Gulf Coast after Katrina, but their working conditions were far below any human standard. In an unprecedented response, they brought a lawsuit against the company that hired them - and won.

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Depressed? Try Therapy Without the Therapist

The New York Times

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MoodGYM is an online program targeted to help those suffering from depression for whom it is a challenge to access therapy because of location or the stigma it carries.

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Five Cheap Ways Tech Is Transforming Classrooms

Bright Magazine

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Low budget schools, across the U.S., are having students use their smartphones as learning tools inside and outside the classroom. At no extra cost they can incorporate technology into the curriculum.

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Freelance Nation: “The Greatest Economic Transformation in Human History”?

WNYC

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The 2008 recession’s job losses spurred a development of a Do-It-Yourself economy. With the advent of Uber, Etsy, Airbnb, and others, the marketplace has become full of micro-entrepreneurs who thrive with independent web-assisted businesses.

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How cities are searching for solutions among massive mounds of data

The Globe and Mail

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New York City suffered from fires that erupted in overcrowded, run-down apartments. Then the city sleuthed through residential records and found that landlords who foreclosed let their properties fall apart and ignored safety-code violations. Greater Toronto wants to expand upon New York City’s m...

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How to Cut the Prison Population (See for Yourself)

The New York Times

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Prisons in the United States are overcrowded with many non-violent offenders and the cost to keep them in jail consumes public budgets. Criminal justice reform has attracted bipartisan interest with diverse proposals to aid adjust the incarceration rate. The Urban Institute has developed an inter...

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In Aleppo, cell phones are helping some desperate Syrians find clean water

Public Radio International (PRI)

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In war zones, people have a difficult time finding clean water and safe areas to inhabit. Social media, smart phones, and technology applications are aiding in people’s survival. In Aleppo, Syria, the International Committee of the Red Cross posted a map on Facebook to show alternative sources o...

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Secrets Shared Must Be Handled With Care

The New York Times

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Children who have been through traumatic experiences have trouble opening up to people. A virtual program in Mexico City created by psychotherapists uses animated characters to get children to explain their thoughts.

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Is there such thing as an affordable lawyer?

The Atlantic

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In the United States, legal costs have become prohibitively high. Several solutions—such as Rocket Lawyer, which provides counsel via the phone, or such as in the Netherlands, where non-lawyers can provide legal advice—may remedy the situation.

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