HISTORY OF IDEAS: Modernity – School of Life

This is a film about how the world became modern – and in particular what is exciting and beautiful about this development, and at the same time, what is hugely depressing and possibly madness-inducing about it. “Since the middle of the eighteenth century, beginning in Northern Europe and then spreading to every corner of theContinue reading “HISTORY OF IDEAS: Modernity – School of Life”

Lebanon tensions test Hezbollah-Aoun alliance

Aoun, Hezbollah diverge over port blast probe Geagea wins Christian sympathy over Beirut violence-analysts Christian seats are main battleground in 2022 vote Worsening sectarian tensions in Lebanon are testing an alliance between Shi’ite Hezbollah and its Christian ally President Michel Aoun, who may lose ground to their rivals as they step up opposition to theContinue reading “Lebanon tensions test Hezbollah-Aoun alliance”

Two Hindu men killed, temples vandalised in Bangladesh violence

Religious violence erupts after photo widely circulated on social media shows the Quran placed on the knee of a Hindu deity. Police in Bangladesh have detained at least 300 suspects after two Hindu men were killed and temples vandalised following unrest triggered by the alleged desecration of the Muslim holy book during a Hindu religiousContinue reading “Two Hindu men killed, temples vandalised in Bangladesh violence”

Tens of thousands demonstrate in Rome against neo-fascists

Tens of thousands of union members and other Italians gathered in Rome to stand up against rising fascism Saturday, a week after right-wing extremists forced their way into the headquarters of Italy’s most powerful labor confederation while protesting a COVID-19 certification requirement for workplaces. The head of the CGIL union confederation, Maurizio Landini, led theContinue reading “Tens of thousands demonstrate in Rome against neo-fascists”

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”

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”

‘Holocaust was a scam’ projected on Swedish synagogue during antisemitism summit

Words were seen on several buildings in country; neo-Nazi group claims responsibility for the incident Swedish police are investigating how the words “the Holocaust was a scam” were projected onto the main synagogue in Malmö while the city was holding an international forum on combating antisemitism. The projection was seen on the Synagogue of MalmöContinue reading “‘Holocaust was a scam’ projected on Swedish synagogue during antisemitism summit”

Brazil pandemic probe to recommend Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, senator says

A Brazilian Senate probe into the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic will recommend in its final report due next week that President Jair Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, the senator leading the inquiry said on Friday, though it remains highly unlikely that he will face a trial on any such charges. Renan Calheiros saidContinue reading “Brazil pandemic probe to recommend Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges, senator says”

CPAC set to stage far-right conference in Hungary, as federal prosecutors zero in

Viktor Orbán’s right-wing paradise will host its own version of CPAC, as U.S. organization faces federal probe The American Conservative Union, the conservative grassroots organization that puts on the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC, is taking its tested model for hosting right-wing gatherings to the authoritarian nation of Hungary.  CPAC events have been held in variousContinue reading “CPAC set to stage far-right conference in Hungary, as federal prosecutors zero in”

Alaska state senator who was banned from airline for refusing to wear a mask tests positive for COVID-19

An Alaska state senator who was banned from Alaska Airlines for not wearing a mask tested positive for COVID-19.  “It’s my turn to battle Covid head on,” State Sen. Lora Reinbold announced on her Facebook page Tuesday.  The state senator has not been able to travel to Alaska’s capital since she was banned from theContinue reading “Alaska state senator who was banned from airline for refusing to wear a mask tests positive for COVID-19”

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