Social media misinformation stokes a worsening civil war in Ethiopia

As Tamu Shatallah walked past the inauguration stage draped in gold, his thoughts were on the deadly civil war that has plagued Ethiopia for nearly a year. It’s a war “between brothers, between sisters,” Tamu said. A war that, as far as he can tell, has done nothing for his country. That stage in Ethiopia’sContinue reading “Social media misinformation stokes a worsening civil war in Ethiopia”

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”

Lebanon: Deadly chaos erupts during Beirut blast probe – WION

Armed clashes have broken out in Beirut during a protest, people were seen protesting against the lead judge who was investigating the last year’s massive blast in the city’s port.

Wisconsinites plan to sue “every school board” that ignores CDC’s COVID advice

Brewery’s Super PAC fed up with “anti-science’ school boards, helps parents sue. A Wisconsin brewery that says it’s fed up with “anti-science,” “Tucker Carlson-watching zombies” is funding a series of lawsuits against school boards that do not follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on COVID-19. So far, the Minocqua Brewing Company’s Super PAC has helpedContinue reading “Wisconsinites plan to sue “every school board” that ignores CDC’s COVID advice”

China appears set to ban reporting by news outlets not directly funded by the Communist Party, in a further blow to free speech

China may stop all private investment in media, meaning the Communist Party would fund it all. A submission to a top decision-making body would stop investment in news gathering and distribution. The rules would give the Chinese government an even stronger grip over news and information. The Chinese government is proposing new rules that wouldContinue reading “China appears set to ban reporting by news outlets not directly funded by the Communist Party, in a further blow to free speech”

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 GOP lawmaker on Oath Keepers roster says it’s none of the public’s business

A North Carolina state lawmaker appears on the membership roster of the Oath Keepers, a far-right paramilitary organization that played a prominent role in the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol. Rep. Keith Kidwell, who serves on the Republican leadership team as a deputy whip in the NC House, is among some 38,000 peopleContinue reading “NC GOP lawmaker on Oath Keepers roster says it’s none of the public’s business”

Russia labels reporters ‘foreign agents’ after journalist Dmitry Muratov awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Hours after Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov was jointly awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, Russian authorities have begun labelling other journalists and media organisations “foreign agents” in an effort to sideline critics. Mr Muratov, and fellow journalist Maria Ressa of the Philippines, won the prize for their fight for freedom of expression. Many in Russia had hoped that the prize wouldContinue reading “Russia labels reporters ‘foreign agents’ after journalist Dmitry Muratov awarded Nobel Peace Prize”

‘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”

Maria Stewart: Crash Course Black American History #14

Clint Smith teaches you about Maria Stewart, a Black woman who lived in the 19th century, and was a pioneering abolitionist, writer, and orator. When studying history, we often focus on the big picture and world-changing events. Today we’ll focus on how one woman flouted the social conventions of her time and place and becameContinue reading “Maria Stewart: Crash Course Black American History #14”

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