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Trans activist Adel Onodi received death threats but refused to be silenced, using theatre, activism – even the cover of Elle magazine – to stand up for people’s rights. “It’s very difficult and slow to get change to happen, but it’s in the air. You can feel it, it’s started.” Transgender people in Europe face […]

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Stephen Thompson | The setting: Austin’s Central Presbyterian Church, last week, during SXSW. The mood: somber, stately, reverent. The moment: just seconds before a performance by Fragile Rock, a rowdy local indie-rock band that performs emo songs, fronted by bickering puppets. To say that Fragile Rock sent the evening hurtling sideways would be an understatement, […]

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USA Today and DCist report the Venezuelan embassy building is now largely filled with activists opposed to Trump policy. They are seeking to prevent the building being taken over by the “illegitimate” government of Juan Guaidó and have draped banners outside the building including “End the Deadly Sanctions.” See Facebook page of the activists and Twitter feed for CodePink founder Medea Benjamin; or […]

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Xi Seeks To Reassure Critics Over $1 Trillion Belt And Road Project

on April 26, 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping says his plan to recreate the old Silk Road is designed to increase and enhance international trade cooperation, as he bid to reassure critics of the $1 trillion infrastructure project. Xi also told attendees at his Belt and Road Forum on April 26 that Beijing would eliminate anticompetitive subsidies to Chinese […]

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OSCE, Western Powers At UN Assail Moscow's Plan To Ease Russian Citizenship For Ukrainians

on April 26, 2019

The OSCE and Western powers at the United Nations have criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to ease the process of granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainians in territory of eastern Ukraine held by Russia-backed separatists. The Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe said in a statement on April 25 that its chairmanship “believes that […]

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ProPublica Illinois, ProPublica and Partners Win Three Sigma Delta Chi Awards From the Society of Professional Journalists

on April 26, 2019

The Society of Professional Journalists announced Thursday that investigative series from ProPublica and ProPublica Illinois won three Sigma Delta Chi Awards. The awards honor exceptional professional journalism produced in 2018, with entries spanning television and radio broadcasts, newspapers, online news outlets and magazines. “Stuck Kids” was recognized with the award for Online Non-Deadline Reporting (Independent). […]

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What Happens When New Mothers Don’t Have Insurance? Help Us Find Out.

on April 26, 2019

This story was co-published with Vox. The U.S. remains one of the most dangerous high-income countries in the world for women to give birth. And with the uninsured rate rising across the country particularly among people who are low income — an already dangerous situation could deteriorate even further. More than half of all maternal […]

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Kindness: “Cry Everything” featuring Robyn

“Cry Everything” is the first song from Kindness in 5 years and it has a lot going for it. First, longtime collaborator (and friend), Robyn co-wrote and supplies her nimble vocals. Second, you can spot a Todd Rundgren sample. Last but not least, it features a cathartic dance beat that makes you want to raise […]

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The end of Syrian war might be around the corner with the elimination of the “Islamic State”, which in the past years had control over the largest area in Syria, and formed with its areas of influence in Iraq the so-called “Islamic Caliphate”. The rise of ISIS necessitated the formation of an international coalition to […]

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Tackling the “Impossible”: Ending Violence

on April 26, 2019

Whenever, in ordinary circumstances, the subject of violence comes up, most people throw up their hands in horror and comment along the lines that it is ‘in our genes’, ‘nothing can be done about it’ or other words that reflect the powerlessness that most people feel around violence. It is true that violence is virtually […]

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Leaked documents implicate French government in war crimes in Yemen By Kumaran Ira 26 April 2019 Disclose, an independent investigative media, published on April 15 a devastating report exposing France’s role in the Saudi-led coalition’s war crimes in Yemen. The coalition has massacred thousands of civilians in operations using weapons supplied by France, Britain, the […]

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Macron moves to prosecute journalists who revealed French arms sales in Yemen war By Will Morrow 26 April 2019 In a far-reaching assault on democratic rights and free speech, the government of Emmanuel Macron is moving to prosecute journalists who have exposed both France’s complicity in Saudi Arabia’s illegal war in Yemen as well as […]

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Debunking Myths of ‘Red-Brown’ Alliances

on April 26, 2019

Recently, a certain political concept has been resurrected that warrants interrogation. The notion of a ‘red-brown’ alliance has been thrown around so ubiquitously as a form of political slander that any substantive meaning to the term has been evacuated. Rather than accurately designating any associations that may exist between the left and far right, the […]

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