Refugees arriving in Scotland will get this front page greeting.

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Immediately following the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, refugees from Syria were thrown into the spotlight. And, in many ways, unfairly so. Speculation began swirling that those involved in the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks had crossed into France amongst the wave of Syrian refugees escaping conflict. This line of thinking prompted harsh anti-refugee rhetoric across […]

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Watch homeless people shatter stereotypes about those who live on the street.

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There are a few negative stereotypes that are often, and erroneously, associated with people who are homeless. These stereotypes aren’t always accurate and sometimes are even rarely so and, unsurprisingly, do further harm to the very people most in need of a hand up. So why do we keep telling ourselves these blanket overgeneralizations can […]

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The 14 Stunning Photographs Of Couples In Love

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When you think of iconic romance, what image do you get? Photographer Braden Summers thought only of straight couples when he pictured iconic romance. So he decided to help change that lack of representation by photographing gay couples from around the world embracing their love. (Note: Some are real couples and some are models.) Braden […]

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There are better things you can do on Black Friday than shop. Here are 7 ideas.

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Maybe it’s because I hate crowds, or because I’m perpetually two years late to the newest technology, or because shopping makes me tired … but I’ve never understood Black Friday. Personally, I prefer to spend the day following Thanksgiving eating pie at every meal while wearing pants with elastic waistbands. I’m pretty sure that parks […]

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Why Your Choice Of Snack Food Is An Important Part Of International Relations

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According to Israeli artist Noam Edry, Israelis and Arabs never disagree about their mutual love for sunflower seeds. Edry decided to bring people from Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan together to chew through 10 tons of seeds. Check out the pictures from some of the “chews,” and watch the video at the bottom to […]

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11 Things We Would Tell Ourselves If We Could Go Back In Time

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Dear Upworthians,Now that we’re *officially* one year old, we want to say a colossal thank you! Without your interest in the issues that shape our world, Upworthy couldn’t function. If we could find a way to shake every one of your hands, we’d do it. (Full disclosure: we’d probably use a lot of Purell afterward […]

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Here's What Some Protesters Decided To Do Instead Of Picketing The Westboro Church With Hate

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Fred Phelps, the founder of the vehemently anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, passed away in March 2014. His church was famous for protesting funerals with signs reading “God hates fags” and other horribly offensive and bigoted statements. You may remember their signs. They look like this: Not so nice, not so great. Downright crappy and offensive. […]

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Here’s What Can Happen When A Country Really Makes Education A National Priority

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The Overseas Development Institute has released a new report on Mongolia that’s amazing. Even though up to 40% of its population is nomadic, the country has found a way to achieve something wealthier nations can only envy: 98% of its girls and 93% of its boys are now getting a secondary education. Mongolians value the […]

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