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With Economy In Crisis, Iranians Seek Jobs In Neighboring Iraq

July 22, 2019           |                                       

As Iran’s economy continues to suffer the impact of U.S. sanctions, many ordinary workers are struggling to get by. A growing number of Iranians have gone abroad in search of work, heading to neighboring Iraq’s Kurdish region for temporary jobs that provide some relief from poverty. Originally published at – https://www.rferl.org/a/iran-iraq-economy/30069538.html

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The Movement to Expand Medicaid in Southern States Is Growing

June 23, 2019           |                                       

History Proves We Can’t Count on the Democratic Party for a Green New Deal Surviving the Mediterranean Sea Amid European Refugee Crisis 19 States Still Allow Schools to Beat Their Students Alabama Prisoners on Hunger Strike Demand End to Inhumane Conditions Primary Challengers Looking to Repeat AOC Magic Face Uphill Battle in 2020 “Willful Recklessness”: […]

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Uzbeks Say They’re Forced To Build Showcase Villages

June 19, 2019           |                                       

Sources tell RFE/RL that thousands of Uzbeks are being forced to work for free as part of the president’s “Prosperous Village” program. Local residents say they’ve been told their pensions and benefits will be cut if they don’t do as they’re told, but one local official denied that. Originally published at – https://www.rferl.org/a/uzbekistan-forced-labor/30008549.html

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Uzbeks Say They’re Forced To Build Showcase Villages

June 19, 2019           |                                       

Sources tell RFE/RL that thousands of Uzbeks are being forced to work for free as part of the president’s “Prosperous Village” program. Local residents say they’ve been told their pensions and benefits will be cut if they don’t do as they’re told, but one local official denied that. Originally published at – https://www.rferl.org/a/uzbekistan-forced-labor/30008549.html

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Uzbeks Say They’re Forced To Build Showcase Villages

June 19, 2019           |                                       

Sources tell RFE/RL that thousands of Uzbeks are being forced to work for free as part of the president’s “Prosperous Village” program. Local residents say they’ve been told their pensions and benefits will be cut if they don’t do as they’re told, but one local official denied that. Originally published at – https://www.rferl.org/a/uzbekistan-forced-labor/30008549.html

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Caitlin Johnstone finds this jarring revelation reported by only a few outlets, often in an offhand manner. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com Julian Assange’s Swedish lawyer Per Samuelson has told the press that “Assange’s health situation on Friday was such that it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him.” This jarring revelation has […]

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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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Tips for publishing something new every day, and approaching your progression as a writer with kindness rather than judgement. I’m Furaha Asani—a researcher with a PhD, a teacher, a mental health advocate, a writer, and an unpaid opinion-holder on social media. As 2015 was drawing to a close, I decided to give myself a challenge […]

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Burning Gothic: Reflections on Notre-Dame de Paris

April 21, 2019           |                                       

But no matter the destruction, the spirit of what it means to be a cathedral can and does survive such catastrophes. — Becky Clark, Church of England director of cathedrals and church buildings, April 17, 2019 The destruction of the sacred will engender moving responses. But the scope, and the particularity of that response varies. […]

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The Israel-Palestine conflict is at the heart of politics not only in the Middle East, but in the United States. As the Israeli government led by Benjamin Netanyahu moves further toward the hard right with the support of U.S. President Donald Trump, the plight of Palestinians is reaching a new level of urgency. Journalist and […]

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