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THE INVISIBLE: Living in the Shadows of Ghosts

Image: Stephen Cohen Gallery

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CAIRO | City of the Dead
Enrico Ferorelli

Cairo’s urban sprawl first spilled into the city’s vast, ancient cemeteries more than 50 years ago. Today they are home to a vibrant squatter community of approximately 500,000. The bustle of an informal economy — machine shops, glassblowers, coffee shops — thrives alongside mausoleums dating back to the eighth century. The government tolerates this improvised urbanization and provides the more densely populated areas with basic services, including water for laundry.

 

FRANCE | Survivors of the Aristocracy
Lauren Greenfield

The French aristocracy was supposed to have died with the Revolution. But according to the Association of French Nobility, there are still some 3,500 noble families in France. Although most aristocrats now have to work to maintain their châteaus, noble trappings — such as the hare hunt (above) and exclusive social gatherings, or rallyes (below) — have survived. In the words of one count: “The French nobility represents values that are disappearing…in the Western world. You have to find something higher than materialism and consumerism.” — Tim Dickinson

Photos (French aristocracy) courtesy of Stephen Cohen Gallery

SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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