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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, December 13

An economic slowdown hangs over Thailand. Concerns abound that anti-Semitism is on the rise. And some thoughts on Pagans' relationship to societal privilege in Western culture. It's Fiery Tuesday, our segment on political and societal news from around the globe. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

The United States has been enjoying an economic recovery for a few years now. But not every part of the world is so fortunate. In Thailand, the Chamber of Commerce has reported the possibility of a downturn there, which might be partially attributable to concerns about Donald Trump's trade policies.

It's a hard thing to be uplifted from your home and forced to flee elsewhere. Often the residents of your new home aren't very welcoming. But sometimes success stories happen. The Bhutan News Service takes a look at a group of Bhutanese refugees who were able to successfully integrate into Louisville.

Most of the talk about racism during this year's election has been about Muslim Americans, Hispanic Americans, or African Americans. But Jewish Americans have also been targets. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz takes a look at how the "sewer covers are off" when it comes to anti-Semitism.

There's been recent discussions of rolling back environmental protections here in the United States. But meanwhile, in the developing world many activists are trying to enact new ones. Tuoitre News covers the recent debate about pollution standards in Vietnam.

As a religious minority ourselves, we Pagans generally like to think of ourselves as one of the oppressed. But while that's true to some extent, we also often enjoy privileges that other minorities do not. Gods & Radicals takes a harsh look at the idea of the "Pagan passcard."

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