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A Chance to Reimagine the European Union

The EU’s flaws have come into high relief during the recession, but it may be an opportunity to change them; an Israeli contractor wants to build a residential project where only Jews can live; meanwhile, cat cafes are spreading throughout the world. These discoveries and more below.

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The Europe We Want
The continuing economic crisis has revealed both the inadequacies and the limits of the process of neoliberal European integration.

Wall Street Journal’s Lobby Chandelier Is Coming Down
Wall Street Journal deputy editor in chief Matt Murray told staffers that the Journal’s low-hanging chandelier will come down once they figure out how.

Israeli Contractor Plans Jewish-Only Residential Project in Jaffa
A group of religious-Zionist Israelis committed to Judaizing Arab neighborhoods of Jaffa plans on building a new residential project that will cater to and be subsidized exclusively for Jews.

Gay Cat In Nigeria Is Publicly Disowned By His Owner
A woman in Nigeria has disowned her seven-year-old cat for displaying “unnatural sexual behavior” when it made repeated sexual advances towards other male cats, the Nigerian newspaper Leadership reports.

The Long Regulatory Road to America’s First Cat Cafe
Cat cafes, where guests can sip coffee while petting or playing with a cast of resident felines, have been a thing in Japan since the mid-2000s.

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