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In 2011, Everest Pipkin and Zoë Sparks, two artists living in Austin, Texas, started collecting unremarkable, seldom-viewed videos off YouTube: a man in a green cardigan imitating bird whistles. Kermit the Frog at a shopping mall meet and greet. A Swedish woman drinking beer in the bath. Pipkin and Sparks arranged the videos into a […]

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Of Course This Happened in Illinois. Why Wouldn’t It?

May 31, 2019           |                                       

Members of the Bet on Main Street Coalition walked to the Illinois State Capitol on May 8 to speak to lawmakers. The group, funded by the video gambling industry, opposes a tax increase on video gambling. (Whitney Curtis, special to ProPublica Illinois) Anyway, this is all to say, please ProPublica Illinois is an independent, nonprofit […]

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#MyRedLine: The Afghan Women Who Won't Accept Taliban Peace At Any Cost

May 30, 2019           |                                       

“I don’t want to give up my work and hobbies.” “I’m not willing to sacrifice my right to watch a football match at the stadium with my friends.” “I didn’t have a chance to chase my dreams, but my daughter now has this opportunity. I don’t want to sacrifice her future, her rights. That’s my […]

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Migrants, women and LGBTIQ people have not been the sole targets of Italy’s far-right. Salvini, it seems, will crack down on any dissent. A few weeks ago, a teacher from Palermo, Sicily, was suspended for allowing her students to compare Salvini’s security and migration decree to Mussolini’s racist laws in a video they made for […]

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Bosnians Protests Against Corruption In Judiciary After 'Bribe' Video

May 29, 2019           |                                       

SARAJEVO — Hundreds of people have staged a protest in Sarajevo after a video emerged purportedly showing the head of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s top judicial body negotiating a bribe. The demonstrators in the Bosnian capital on May 29 called for the resignation of Milan Tegeltija, the head of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC), which appoints, […]

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I don’t order fast food from the a drive-up window very often, but when I do I brace myself for the inevitable upsell. “Do you want fries with that?” I resist the mighty urge to say something like, “If I wanted fries, I would have asked for fries, dammit!” It’s like when a breathlessly enthusiastic […]

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Florida deputy’s assault on high school student caught on video By Genevieve Leigh 22 April 2019 Bystander footage from an incident last Thursday caught a Florida sheriff’s deputy savagely attacking a high school student in a McDonald’s parking lot. The assault took place in suburban Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, the same county as the […]

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That is a question one might pose to people who are celebrating the arrest of Julian Assange. The arrest of WikiLeakers founder Julian Assange on April 11 has been met with celebration by politicians and media figures and with howls of laughter from late-night comics. Here’s Hillary Clinton’s response: [embedded content] Here is The Daily […]

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Ely is one of a handful of small towns in lake-studded northeastern Minnesota where mining or oil pipeline proposals have divided communities. While other extractive industry projects have sparked anti-pipeline protests nearby, the effort to stop a proposed copper-nickel mine near Ely is provoking few if any police confrontations. But it is no less divisive. […]

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Omar Says More Death Threats Coming Since Trump Pushed Video

April 15, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ilhan Omar says she’s faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. “This is endangering lives,” she said, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. “It has to stop.” Her statement late Sunday followed an announcement by […]

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Take Down ‘Dangerous’ Tweet of Ilhan Omar Video, Pelosi Tells Trump

April 14, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Sunday that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of Rep. Ilhan Omar following President Donald Trump’s retweet of a video that purports to show the Minnesota Democrat being dismissive of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The California Democrat also called on Trump to take down the video. Soon […]

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Democratic presidential candidates, led by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, spoke out forcefully in defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar this weekend, after the president of the United States risked inciting violence against the Muslim Congresswoman by endorsing the false claim that she downplayed the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Ilhan Omar is a leader with […]

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Iran's Social-Media Struggles Laid Bare By Telegram And Cleric's Viral Moment

April 13, 2019           |                                       

About a year ago, Iran blocked the highly popular messaging app Telegram, an encrypted tool that half the country’s 81 million people used for sharing news and information, debating in private, and conducting business. Authorities had reportedly boasted that “the blocking of the Telegram app should prevent users from accessing it via VPN” — the […]

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Hung Up: In TV Spectacle, Ukraine Presidential Rivals Keep It Simple

April 12, 2019           |                                       

KYIV — After dramatic video challenges and livestreamed drug tests, Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelenskiy took their electoral sideshow to prime-time TV on April 11 with a linkup that ended with the challenger hanging up abruptly on the incumbent president. It followed news that Poroshenko, head of state since a snap election followed a Russian […]

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