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Hong Kong’s Youth Won’t Let China Erase The Memory Of Tiananmen (HBO)

June 20, 2019           |                                       

Tens of thousands of people, young and old, flooded into Hong Kong’s Victoria Park for a candlelight vigil Tuesday night to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Organizers called it a “record turnout” and said it was the largest number of attendees since 2014, when Hong Kong was rocked by pro-democracy protests […]

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Hong Kong’s Youth Won’t Let China Erase The Memory Of Tiananmen (HBO)

June 20, 2019           |                                       

Tens of thousands of people, young and old, flooded into Hong Kong’s Victoria Park for a candlelight vigil Tuesday night to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Organizers called it a “record turnout” and said it was the largest number of attendees since 2014, when Hong Kong was rocked by pro-democracy protests […]

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Turbocharged Tractors Plough Through Russian Race Track

June 10, 2019           |                                       

Russia’s first official tractor race, “The Bizon Tractor Race”, in the city of Rostov, north of Moscow, features souped-up vehicles, many of which were working the fields just days beforehand. The tractors race tyre-to-tyre through mud, over spingboard jumps, and around sharp corners. Originally published at – https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-tractor-race/29991764.html

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Landing At Pushkin: Putin Decree Assigns Russian Airports The Names Of Cultural Figures

May 31, 2019           |                                       

It’s already pretty hard to travel to Russia without hearing the name of the beloved 19th-century poet Aleksandr Pushkin. Now it may be impossible, if you fly into Moscow. President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree attaching the names of historical figures to dozens of airports across Russia, from Moscow to Magadan. Under the decree […]

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VENICE, Italy—Before a backdrop of rising global tensions and increased anxiety surrounding political change and inertia, the 58th international Venice Biennale fulfills its goal of delivering an aesthetic temperature reading of the world in 2019. The central exhibition’s title, “May You Live in Interesting Times,” is an ersatz ancient Chinese curse that uncannily reflects our […]

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Baltimore police officer Michael O’Sullivan was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury for falsely accusing a city resident of committing a crime. The charges allege the officer perjured himself when he testified that a Baltimore youth possessed a gun, despite body camera footage that allegedly contradicts his testimony. O’Sullivan was indicted on one count of […]

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ISIS Kills Over 60 Syrian Troops in 48 Hours of Attacks

April 20, 2019           |                                       

A flurry of ISIS attacks over the past 48 hours, which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is describing as the deadliest such attacks since the fall of the caliphate, has killed over 60 Syrian troops and other pro-government fighters. The attacks hit several provinces across Syria’s north and east, with a Thursday strike in […]

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‘Afghanistan Has Changed’: Post-2001 Generation On Prospects Of Peace With Taliban

April 19, 2019           |                                       

Talk of peace in Afghanistan is ramping up, with the United States and the Taliban negotiating and Kabul preparing to host hundreds of ethnic, religious, and tribal leaders to settle on a road map for ending nearly 18 years of war. But while those born after the U.S. invasion in 2001 make up around half […]

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Taliban Launch Another Offensive Against Key North Afghan City

April 14, 2019           |                                       

Shocking everyone when it fell to the Taliban in 2015, the city of Kunduz has repeatedly been contested since then, with the Afghan government desperately trying to keep a strategically vital northern city under control. This weekend, the battle for Kunduz started again, with Taliban forces carrying out a series of pushes from different fronts […]

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‘Mayor Pete’ Makes It Official: He’s Running for President

April 14, 2019           |                                       

SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Pete Buttigieg, the little-known Indiana mayor who has risen to prominence in the early stages of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, made his official campaign entrance Sunday by claiming the mantle of a youthful generation ready to reshape the country. “I recognize the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern millennial mayor,” he […]

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How Do You Strangle a Corporation?

April 11, 2019           |                                       

[embedded content] In this week’s missive we explore the question: how do you strangle a corporation, when it doesn’t have a neck? Some of my more regular listeners may be tired of hearing about the fact that the rent on my apartment in Portland, Oregon has more than doubled since I moved to the city […]

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Worst Day of Fighting in Libyan Capital, PM Mobilizes Military

April 11, 2019           |                                       

A week of heavy fighting in the Libyan capital of Tripoli grew substantially Wednesday and into Thursday, with both sides bringing tanks in, and locals reporting heavy tank-fire heard across the city. Reports are that the invading Libyan National Army (LNA) of Khalifa Hafter is no more than seven miles from the city’s center at […]

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Chicago made history on Wednesday by becoming the largest U.S. city to commit to 100 percent renewable energy before the middle of the century. It is, in the summation of Kyra Woods, Chicago organizer with the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Action Campaign, “a monumental achievement.” According to the Sierra Club, the city council unanimously […]

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