Thousands in India gather for Magh Mela festival amid COVID surge – DW News

In northern India, tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims have gathered for a festival, despite a huge jump in COVID-19 infections. The Magh Mela festival, which includes bathing in the Ganges river, is one of the holiest pilgrimages in the Hindu faither. Last year’s festival was described as a COVID-19 ‘superspreader’ event. How are pilgrimsContinue reading “Thousands in India gather for Magh Mela festival amid COVID surge – DW News”

The Mughal Empire and Historical Reputation: Crash Course World History #217

In which John Green teaches you about the Mughal Empire, which ruled large swaths of the Indian Sub-Continent from 1526 to (technically) 1857. While John teaches you about this long-lived Muslim empire, he’ll also look at the idea of historical reputation and how we view people from history. Namely, he’ll look at the reputations ofContinue reading “The Mughal Empire and Historical Reputation: Crash Course World History #217”

India monks call for ‘Muslim genocide’ in hate speech summit

Outrage as far-right religious and political groups seek Rohingya-like mass murder and exodus of Indian Muslims, in presence of the leaders of ruling BJP, in a three-day Hindutva conclave held in northern Haridwar city. Leaders of several far-right groups with ties to the ruling Narendra Modi’s government have called for ethnic cleansing of minorities inContinue reading “India monks call for ‘Muslim genocide’ in hate speech summit”

Anti-Vaxxers, Conspiracy Theories, & Epistemic Responsibility: Crash Course Philosophy #14

Today we explore what obligations we hold with our personal beliefs. Hank explains epistemic responsibility and the issues it raises with everything from religious belief, to ship owning, to vaccinations.

The Supreme Court Is Ready to Make Taxpayers Fund Religious Schools

The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard a case involving just 4,800 students in rural Maine. But because of the way the Court seems certain to rule, the case will affect everyone in America. The reason is a single word: discrimination. On its face, the case, Carson v. Makin is an outlier. Maine has a unique system for students in far-flung rural areas:Continue reading “The Supreme Court Is Ready to Make Taxpayers Fund Religious Schools”

In democracy’s birthplace, pope warns of populist threats

Pope Francis warned Saturday that the “easy answers” of populism and authoritarianism are threatening democracy in Europe and called for fresh dedication to promoting the common good. Arriving in Greece, the birthplace of democracy, Francis used a speech to Greek political and cultural leaders to warn Europe at large about the threats facing the continent.Continue reading “In democracy’s birthplace, pope warns of populist threats”

From Abortion Bans to Anti-Trans Laws, a Christian Legal Army is Waging War on America – Democracy Now!

As the Supreme Court looks poised to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban and possibly overturn Roe v. Wade we speak to The Nation’s Amy Littlefield about her investigation into the Christian legal army behind the Mississippi law as well as anti-trans laws across the country. She also critiques the mainstream pro-choice movement’s failure to centerContinue reading “From Abortion Bans to Anti-Trans Laws, a Christian Legal Army is Waging War on America – Democracy Now!”

Georgia judge denies defense motion for mistrial in Ahmaud Arbery case

A Georgia judge denied a motion for a mistrial on Friday in the Ahmaud Arbery murder case from a defense lawyer who claimed that Black pastors outside the courthouse were a “woke left mob” that influenced the jury in the trial of three white men. More than 200 pastors gathered on Thursday outside the GlynnContinue reading “Georgia judge denies defense motion for mistrial in Ahmaud Arbery case”

Armenian troops killed in Azerbaijan border clash

A number of Armenian soldiers have been killed and captured in a flare-up of violence on the border with Azerbaijan. Armenia said some of its troops had been killed and two combat positions had been lost, while Azerbaijan said two of its soldiers were wounded. Azerbaijan made big gains in a six-week war fought lastContinue reading “Armenian troops killed in Azerbaijan border clash”

Canada: Alberta Education pulls document recommending students also learn positive Nazi economic policies

Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange has pulled a guidance document recommending schools include positive material about Nazi-era German economic policies when teaching about war atrocities. The document, published in January 2020 by the ministry, endorses considering whether classroom resources “reveal both the positive and negative behaviours and attitudes of the various groups portrayed.” “For instance,Continue reading “Canada: Alberta Education pulls document recommending students also learn positive Nazi economic policies”

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