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Fill the stomachs first

Whatever happens in the next few days in Egypt, the role played by poverty and persistently high unemployment in prompting and sustaining the anti-government protests in Tunisia, Egypt, and other Middle Eastern states seems to be a significant one. Alongside

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The new SCOPE is here! The new SCOPE is here!

Well, dear readers, we’ve finally made it. The first issue of SCOPE magazine is now out and available for free download here. Full of provocative thinkers and fabulous artists, it’s even better than we hoped. Please take a copy, read

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Irish eyes aren’t smiling

One of the archetypal title sequences in television produced in the British Isles is comprised of shots of a 1930s automobile trundling up and down the gravel-paved roads of the Yorkshire Dales in the BBC’s long-running adaptation of James Herriot’s

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The Devil finds work for idle hands

One of the most interesting ways to pass an hour or two is to visit the National Security Archive site, hosted by George Washington University, which collects and posts declassified U.S. government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act,

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Global salvation by pop can

“Within 6 hours deserts receive more energy from the sun than humankind consumes within a year. An area of around the size of a living room, covered by mirrors for concentrating solar thermal power plants, would suffice to cover the

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A pony ride with no ponies

When journalists and editors wake up at 3am and with clammy brows ponder the future that may await their professions, one of the shadows that they see in the darkness is a company called Demand Media. Demand is what is

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You can write my name down

The most famous organization of spies in the world is the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States — although it is possible that continuing pop-culture references to the now-superseded KGB might still give the CIA’s fame a run for

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Out of immateriality, diversity

Though we often think of the power of architecture as deriving from a specific material structure — in other words, from a specific arrangement of beams and tiles and walls — it is the “negative” aspects of architecture which often

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Basim Magdy’s wide, wide world

Born in Assiut, Egypt and educated in Cairo (and now living in Basel and Cairo), Basim Magdy is an artist comfortable with (or perhaps, more accurately, driven to produce in) a wide range of modes: painter, illustrator, videographer, installation artist,

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