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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, February 8 2017

Another Pagan takes a look at the concept of cultural appropriation and how it applies to our community. BBI Media CEO and Witches&Pagans Magazine editor-in-chief Anne Newkirk Niven talks about the future of Pagan publishing. And a journalist checks in with one of Eurasia's indigenous Pagan peoples. It's Watery Wednesday, our segment on news about the Pagan community. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Cultural appropriation is inherently a controversial subject. But that doesn't mean it isn't important. At Gods & Radicals, Max Oanad discusses the complexities of the issue and how modern Paganism is deeply entwined with it.

Many people are concerned that fascism is back on the rise in the West. That might not seem relevant to Paganism but in fact Paganism has a long history with nationalist and "folkish" movements that contributed to fascism. It's Going Down takes a look at a neo-folkish and fascist movement in the Pacific Northwest tied to modern Paganism.

They say print is dying. But they've also been saying that for decades and BBI Media is still printing paper magazines. What keeps us afloat? Our editor-in-chief and CEO Anne Newkirk Niven talks with The Wild Hunt about the nature of Pagan publishing in the digital age.

How do you fight oppression? And is it possible to draw encouragement from your faith? These are the kind of questions The Twisted Rope grapples with in the wake of Trump's victory and the liberal Pagan community's shock.

When we talk about indigenous peoples we usually mean peoples of the Americas, Africa, and Oceania (roughly in that order). But it can also refer to people in Eurasia. The Guardian's Ikuru Kawajima heads to Russia to document the Mari people, one of the country's indigenous Pagan peoples.

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