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  1. Jan 2017
    1. which has opened bread-making factories in poor rural areas where women can work and take classes on women's rights.

      Not everyone supports polygamy and some are taking actions to stop it

    2. "But the first wife was very, very jealous when the second wife came. When the third arrived, the first two created an alliance against her. So I have to be a good diplomat."

      tends to develop views that thinks of women more as objects more than people possibly

    3. The European Union, even though it condemns polygamy, criticized him for intervening in the nation's bedrooms, leading him to back down.

      Officials still want to keep polygamy

    4. Though banned by Ataturk as part of an effort to modernize the Turkish republic and empower women, polygamy remains widespread in this deeply religious and rural Kurdish region of southeastern Anatolia, home to one-third of Turkey's 71 million people.

      Although women are supposed to be empowered by the law, many people do not follow that law

  2. Oct 2016
    1. You may be familiar with Henry Fuseli’s famous “Nightmare,” but a simple search of his name leads to several equally scary works, including a different version of the painting and several prints with the same theme

      Day of the dead made its way into other forms of culture like paintings

    2. which contains more than 13,500 images of early American grave markers, mostly made prior to 1800.

      Day of the dead goes back more than 200 years

    3. Many Latin American countries hold similar celebrations, with some colorful regional differences:  In Ecuador, the Day of the Dead is observed with ceremonial foods such as colada morada, a spiced fruit porridge, and guagua de pan, a bread shaped like a swaddled infant; in addition to the traditional visits to their ancestors’ gravesites, Guatemalans build and fly giant kites; and in Brazil, Dia de Finados(“Day of the Dead”) is celebrated on November 2.

      Similar celebrations are held with different types of styles in different Latin American countries

    4. People in Mexico often build altars using brightly decorated sugar skulls, marigolds (popularly known as Flor de Muerto, “Flower of the Dead”), and the favorite foods and beverages of the deceased.

      they make good offerings like favorite foods and brightly colored altars instead of sad remeberances

    5. Halloween, the celebration conflates the Catholic holidays with an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl, the “Lady of the Dead.”

      Catholic and aztec roots

    6. “Day of the Dead,” and celebrations take place on the first two days of November, when family and friends gather to remember loved ones who have died.

      Celebrate dead instead of mourning

    7. The evening before All Saints Day was referred to as All Hallows’ Eve, which eventually became Halloween.

      Halloween has celtic roots

    8. Americans celebrate Halloween on October 31 by trick-or-treating, displaying jack-o’-lanterns (carved pumpkins) on their porches or windowsills, holding costume parties, and sharing scary stories.

      town showing haloween spirit by decorating

    1. Parent after parent in the church basement last month remembered receiving, and then naively signing, a letter from school that apparently constituted their agreement to having a child put into bilingual classes. The letter, recalled these Spanish-speaking parents, was written only in English.

      Swindled them into doing what they thought was best

    2. Mayor Bloomberg seemingly backed away. Diana Lam, the top aide to Chancellor Joel I. Klein until her ouster, was both a product and proponent of traditional bilingualism. The mayor now emphasizes improving the existing bilingual program, despite its demonstrable shortcomings.

      tries to dance around the problem instead of improving it

    3. Spanish-speaking immigrants who struggled to reach the United States and struggle still at low-wage jobs to stay here so that their children can acquire and rise with an American education, very much including fluency in English.

      just trying to make things better for kids, but can't due to school's education system

    4. I ask the teacher all the time if I can be in English class,'' said Alberto, a 9-year-old who will enter sixth grade in the fall. ''The teacher just says no.'' For the time being, Alberto added, he learns English by watching the Cartoon Network.

      The kids are being denied rights to learn english and have resorted to outside sources like television for learning.

    1. Decades of research show documented results for indigenous-language immersion—including significant gains in achievement, family involvement, and community pride—for a population of students with dismal education outcomes.

      The indigenous language immersion is important for the community

    2. There is nothing … in the way of books and other teaching materials comparable to what is available for mainstream English programs, or even Spanish-English bilingual education programs.

      They need supplies but it should not be hard to get them, but it is

    3. sees an obvious link between celebrating children’s ethnic roots and school performance.

      ethnic roots can lead to more success for students

    4. Research shows two-language instruction is linked to numerous positive and long-term benefits, including stronger literacy skills, narrowing of achievement gaps, and higher graduation rates.

      Being bilingual is better for students and should be allowed

    5. first state to prohibit bilingual programs in schools, radically altering the education of hundreds of thousands of children.

      negatively impacts the learning of bilingual students