Happy Fourth!

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San Francisco, CA

Happy fourth to all Americans abroad and stateside! Fireworks spectaculars, gut-busting barbeques and lounging poolside are all important Independence Day rituals, but being away from the U.S. in Turkey this year has helped me stop for a moment to realized how precious and fleeting democracy can be. How incredibility lucky I am to have basic human rights, when other countries’ citizens are still fighting for their voices to be heard.

In the same vein, here’s a sobering, yet deeply insightful video from the VICE Guide to Travel series, of a country that has never experienced the slightest trace of individual rights. Definitely one of my favorite videos by VICE so far.

Have a safe and restful Fourth of July.

Photo via Ron Greene’s Blog

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