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How a painful father/daughter conflict upended decades of Republican electoral strategy

January 15, 2020

The future of the American electoral system may pivot on the fraught relationship between a right-wing father and his radical daughter.  Stephanie Hofeller became famous last year after discovering a trove of files on her late father’s hard drives detailing his activism in right-wing gerrymandering and efforts to influence the U.S. Census.  Thomas Hofeller, a […]

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Will Lanisha Bratcher go to jail for voting in North Carolina?

January 13, 2020

Lanisha Bratcher of Hoke County, North Carolina, might be going to jail because she voted. She is an American citizen of legal voting age, so that’s not the problem. Occupy Wall Street joined the NAACP as thousands marched in midtown Manhattan on December 10, 2011 to defend voting rights.But Bratcher’s an ex-convict, and in her […]

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After Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s disasters keep piling up

December 10, 2019

Two years after shaking off its long-reigning dictator Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe remains an oppressive country in the grip of economic, environmental, and civil-rights disasters. Publicly, however, President Emmerson Mnangagwa is optimistic, stating at a recent summit in Dubai that his country is “open for business.” “Come and make money here,” he said. “All opportunities are […]

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Did Boris Johnson actually just ban fracking?

December 6, 2019

With the United Kingdom’s general election coming up on Dec. 12, a controversial fracking “ban” may be the wedge the Conservative Party needs to win over traditional Labor voters. Imposed in November by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government, the supposed ban took effect immediately, amid rising public dismay over earthquakes that seemed to be […]

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Thangyat is sort of like slam poetry, and in Myanmar it can get you thrown in jail

December 4, 2019

Members of the Peacock Generation, a satirical performance troupe in Myanmar, face ongoing repression for staging politically offensive comedy. Using a traditional comic form called thangyat, members of the troupe made a target of Myanmar’s thin-skinned military — the Tatmadaw. Bans and censorship Thangyat, which mixes poetry, dance, and music, has at times been permitted […]

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An environmentalist lesbian wins Colombia’s second most powerful political office

November 21, 2019

For the first time since its founding in the early 1500s, Bogata, the capital of Colombia and the nation’s economic hub, has a female mayor. Claudia Lopez, 49, will be sworn in to office as one of the most powerful politicians in Colombia — making her a symbol for women and girls in a nation […]

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