Dear Brexiteer. What we need you to do now.

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So well done, first of all. You listened to the arguments, the same ones I listened to. You heard all the same information I did, you listened to the same debates that I did, but you voted to leave. And you won. I take that – it was a democratic process and sometimes in the democratic process you lose, as I have done.

The referendum has activated the political energies of people who haven’t been interested in politics for some time, so we are told, and many of them are like you, who voted to leave. So here’s the plea of the losing side to you now.

Firstly, don’t stop – don’t stop with your political passion and activism, because we need you now. We need you to be active, we need you to keep talking to the people who you trusted with this vote, and we need you to…

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The Daily Show – Gun Control & Political Suicide

John Oliver vows that never again will a political career end in a senseless act of meaningful legislation.

The Daily Show – Gun Control Whoop-de-doo

Following the Senate’s defeat of the Manchin-Toomey amendment, John Oliver tests the theory that government-mandated gun control doesn’t work.

The Daily Show – John Oliver’s Australia & Gun Control’s Aftermath

John Oliver learns that it’s pointless for America to study the Australian gun control experience because the situations are just too similar.

The above videos are from 2013; three years later nothing has changed.

Read Sheryl Sandberg’s Heartfelt Letter About Her Late Husband

TIME

Last month, Dave Goldberg, then CEO of tech company SurveyMonkey, and more importantly, husband of top Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and father of their two children, passed away unexpectedly while on vacation in Mexico.

Dave’s friends and colleagues have since shown an outpouring of sadness, respect, and support with many celebrating his kindness and selflessness as much as his business smarts and leadership. On Monday, at the end of the 30-day religious mourning period in Judaism known as sheloshim, Sandberg posted a note on Facebook, reflecting on her grief and her learnings.

Here are our favorite moments:

“Real empathy is sometimes not insisting that it will be okay but acknowledging that it is not.” Sandberg says she finally understood that telling people facing challenges that “everything will be okay” is not actually helpful. Sometimes, acknowledging what is happening — the pain — is what people truly need.

“Let’s all…

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Brutish, Blind, Deaf-mute

GlobalConsilium

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Roughly half of the world’s seven billion habitants are women. Both in advanced economies as well as in emerging economies, many women still lack equal opportunities, acknowledgement, protection of governments, institutions, and society. Contrary to biased preconceptions, the issue of gender equality is not a battle of the sexes, or an argument of supremacy over men, it’s a matter of rights for women and men alike.

Why brutish, blind, deaf-mute?

Brutish: gender equality is still far away from becoming a reality. The first step to reduce the gender gap is by eliminating the barriers that exist in education. Although these have been reduced mainly in terms of primary education enrollment, there are still millions of girls and adolescents that cannot go to school. On the other hand, those who can attend, have to endure several obstacles that in multiple occasions force these girls and adolescents to abandon their studies. According…

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Separated and Unequal: The Rise of Gated Communities

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photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/69845298@N00/299155491">Private Property</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">(license)</a> Darren Larson ‘ Private Property via FlickrCC

Among high perimeter walls, 24-7 security guards, nice roads and an array of fairly similar houses; the inhabitants of gated communities have a sense of common identity that is provided by the comfort of concrete walls. Gated communities are nothing more than modern housing in the form of a residential community such as a condominium, housing estate or villa. In the last decade or so these kinds of housing or urbanistic developments have increasingly become a global trend. From Pakistan, Malaysia or India to Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, the rise of gated communities have come to shape society as we know it.

Although the first gated communities started gaining notoriety in the United States back in the 80´s, their global popularity did not peaked until the last decade or so. Nowadays, gated communities have come to embody some sort of new lifestyle many…

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