Reconstruction: Crash Course Black American History #19

At the end of the Civil War, the United States was still a very divided place. 700,000 people had died in a bitter fight over slavery. Reconstruction was the political process meant to bring the country back together. It was also the mechanism by which the country would extend the rights of citizenship to BlackContinue reading “Reconstruction: Crash Course Black American History #19”

Masked men storm Moscow screening of film about Stalin-era famine

Authorities question staff of Russian NGO Memorial after mob disrupts screening of Mr Jones at its office A group of masked men stormed the offices of a renowned human rights organisation in Moscow on Thursday to disrupt the screening of Mr Jones, a British co-produced film about the Holodomor, the Stalin-era famine that killed millionsContinue reading “Masked men storm Moscow screening of film about Stalin-era famine”

Border migrant smuggling continues in Belarus – WION

Border migrant smuggling continues in Belarus. Local smugglers have said that migrants are being sent to EU via Belarus. The EU has accused Belarus of encouraging migrants from Iraq.

Frederick Douglass: Crash Course Black American History #17

Clint Smith teaches you about one of the most famous writers, orators, and advocates of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass. Douglass was born in slavery, escaped to the North, and became one of the most influential people of his time. Douglass wrote about the experience of slavery in a way that captured the attention ofContinue reading “Frederick Douglass: Crash Course Black American History #17”

NC senator demands Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson resign for calling homosexuality ‘filth’

A state senator says Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson should resign for calling homosexuality and transgenderism “filth.” “There’s no debate here,” said Sen. Jeff Jackson, a Mecklenburg County Democrat. “This is open discrimination. It is completely unacceptable. “Mark Robinson should resign.” Robinson, a Republican, made the comments in June at Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove, butContinue reading “NC senator demands Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson resign for calling homosexuality ‘filth’”

The Dred Scott Decision: Crash Course Black American History #16

In this video, we’ll learn about the US Supreme Court decision in Scott vs Sanford, handed down in 1857. The case ultimately rejected the idea that Black people could be citizens of the United States, and this helped entrench the institution of slavery, denied a host of rights to a huge number of people (bothContinue reading “The Dred Scott Decision: Crash Course Black American History #16”

‘Unprecedented’ Video Leak Shows Rampant Torture at Russian Prisons – NGO

A prominent NGO that tracks abuses in Russia’s prison system says it has received “thousands” of leaked video clips showing inmates being beaten and tortured by guards in several prisons across the country.  “This is an unprecedented leak that will send shockwaves across the country. In total we have over 40 gigabytes of files showingContinue reading “‘Unprecedented’ Video Leak Shows Rampant Torture at Russian Prisons – NGO”

The Underground Railroad: Crash Course Black American History #15

Escape was one of the many ways that enslaved people resisted their captivity in the system of American slavery. The Underground Railroad was not literally a railroad. It was a network of people, routes, and safe houses that helped people escape from slavery in the south to freedom in the north. Today we’ll talk aboutContinue reading “The Underground Railroad: Crash Course Black American History #15”

Clean environment could become U.N. human right. Not so fast, say U.S., Britain

Rights council to decide on proposal this week U.S., UK, Brazil, Russia among critics – sources Lawyers say right could help in climate cases Britain and the United States are among a few countries withholding support for a proposal brought at the United Nations that would recognise access to a safe and healthy environment asContinue reading “Clean environment could become U.N. human right. Not so fast, say U.S., Britain”

Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed sworn in as PM for second five-year term – Al Jazeera

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been sworn in for a second term, after he and his party secured a landslide victory in June’s elections. He has described the poll as Ethiopia’s first attempt at a “free and fair” vote. The vote was overshadowed by the conflict in Tigray – where hundreds of thousands areContinue reading “Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed sworn in as PM for second five-year term – Al Jazeera”

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