Did the USSR have a ‘Blue Scare’? – History Matters

We all know about America’s red scare in the 1950s when everyone and their mom freaked out about Communists secretly plotting to overthrow the government and eat their babies. But did the USSR have anything similar with respect to capitalists. Did the USSR have a blue scare? To find out the answer (it’s no) watchContinue reading “Did the USSR have a ‘Blue Scare’? – History Matters”

Let’s talk about identifying with the bad guy a little more – Beau of the Fifth Column

Dr. Bernice King: I Think It’s Time For Massive Civil Disobedience, Noncooperation With Evil – MSNBC

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy is remembered by his daughter Dr. Bernice King, who discusses how many leading GOP leaders misrepresent the meaning of the civil rights icon’s message to justify policies that are antithetical to his vision.

Florida bill would allow cameras in classrooms and microphones on teachers

Florida lawmakers are debating a bill that would allow schools districts to put cameras in classrooms and microphones on teachers.  The measure was proposed by state Representative Bob Rommel, a Republican from Naples. “I think if we can do it in a safe way to protect the privacy of students and teachers, I think weContinue reading “Florida bill would allow cameras in classrooms and microphones on teachers”

The ongoing challenges to democracy in Asia – DW News

Many regions in Asia saw challenges to their democratic form of governance in 2021. But there were always people who stood up to abuses of power. We look at how in Myanmar, Hong Kong, India and the Philippines.

China: Highest number of daily COVID cases since Wuhan outbreak – DW News

China has recorded its fourth rise in new coronavirus cases in a row. That’s despite some 13 million people already under lockdown in the country’s Shaanxi province. The spike in cases there has produced China’s highest infection rates since the pandemic’s very first outbreak in Wuhan.

The push to ban books in Texas schools spreads to public libraries

Some Texas residents are asking for greater say in what titles appear on public library shelves. When the Llano County Library shuts down for three days this week, starting Tuesday, it won’t be for the holidays. Instead, a group of six librarians in this small Central Texas county will be conducting a “thorough review” ofContinue reading “The push to ban books in Texas schools spreads to public libraries”

AP photographer beaten by Israeli police in east Jerusalem

An Associated Press photographer was pushed and beaten by Israeli police in an unprovoked attack Friday while covering a protest in a tense Jerusalem neighborhood, sending him to the hospital with head injuries. The AP said it was outraged by the violence against staffer Mahmoud Illean, while a prominent journalists’ advocacy group called for disciplinaryContinue reading “AP photographer beaten by Israeli police in east Jerusalem”

The Trump administration made ‘deliberate efforts to undermine the nation’s coronavirus response for political purposes,’ report finds

A House committee released new evidence that Trump officials interfered with the US’s COVID response. Weakened CDC testing guidelines and blocked CDC briefings were among the committee’s findings. The report also said Trump “neglected the pandemic response” to “promote the Big Lie” of a stolen election. A new report from the House Committee on Oversight and ReformContinue reading “The Trump administration made ‘deliberate efforts to undermine the nation’s coronavirus response for political purposes,’ report finds”

Belarus: Opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years over protests

A Belarusian opposition leader who rallied mass protests against disputed leader Alexander Lukashenko has been jailed for 18 years. Sergei Tikhanovsky was convicted of organising riots among other charges following a trial condemned as a sham. He planned to challenge Mr Lukashenko in the 2020 presidential election, but was detained before the vote. His wife,Continue reading “Belarus: Opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years over protests”

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