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  • Pressure from the Taliban has Contributed to Rise in Underage Marriages in Afghanistan

    The author is an Afghanistan-based female journalist, trained with Finnish support before the Taliban take-over. Her identity is withheld for security reasons.

  • Artisanal Miners Face Onerous Obstacles to Become Legal

    Greed, poverty, irresponsible legal mining giants which exploited and then abandoned South Africa’s mines, together with the government’s failure to enforce regulations on the mining giants to rehabilitate mines before closing them, have created fertile ground for a thriving illegal artisanal mining sector called Zama Zama, many of them run by criminal syndicates. South Africa’s

  • Iraq in 2023: Challenges & Prospects for Peace & Human Security

    Over the past two decades Iraq has been affected by several waves of intense conflict and violence. The 2003 invasion of Iraq by a multinational coalition led by the United States and United Kingdom toppled the Ba’athist regime of Saddam Hussein. It also ushered in years of chaos and civil war, as a variety of



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  • Judge reportedly orders Trump aides to testify in January 6 special counsel investigation – as it happened

    Mark Meadows and other top aides ordered to appear before grand jury, as Trump lawyer testifies in separate classified documents caseA federal judge has ordered Mark Meadows and other former top aides to Donald Trump to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the former president’s efforts to overturn the election that led to the January 6 attack on the US capitol, ABC News reported on Friday.Citing multiple sources familiar with the matter, ABC reported that the judge, Beryl Howell, rejected Trump’s claim of executive privilege for Meadows and other aides and officials who worked for him, including his former director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe, his former national security adviser Robert O’Brien, former top […]

  • ‘Executive guy’ DeSantis doesn’t want to be Trump 2024 running mate

    Florida governor, who trails former president in Republican polls, says he would not accept an offer to join Trump’s ticketRon DeSantis, the rightwing Florida governor and rising Republican star, has said he would not accept an offer to be Donald Trump’s running mate because he is “probably more of an executive guy”.“I think that you want to be able to do things,” the Florida governor told the hard-right Newsmax channel. Continue reading...

  • Michael Cohen’s lawyer compares Trump to Clinton-Lewinsky case

    ‘Can you imagine if … he had written personal checks as part of that controversy?’ Lanny Davis says without naming ClintonA lawyer representing a key witness in the investigation into Donald Trump over hush money payments has drawn comparisons between the case and the sex scandal that embroiled Bill Clinton, as it became clear there would be no indictment in the Trump investigation until next week at the earliest.Lanny Davis, who represents Michael Cohen, Trump’s former fixer, hypothesized about what might have happened if Clinton had handled his affair with Monica Lewinsky differently. Continue reading...

  • ‘Parents’ rights’: Republicans wage education culture war as 2024 looms

    Republicans hail policies they say will give parents a say in their children’s schooling – but critics say it’s a guise to advance a rightwing education agendaSpeaking recently at a theater in Davenport, Iowa, Donald Trump marveled at the crowd’s reaction when he vowed to “bring back parental rights into our schools”. The line elicited thunderous applause – one of the loudest ovations of his nearly two-hour address.“Can you imagine what I’m doing? I’m saying, ‘Parents, you have rights’ … and the place goes crazy,” remarked the former president, who is again seeking the Republican nomination. Continue reading...

  • Trump stays out of handcuffs – for now: Politics Weekly America podcast

    Last weekend, Donald Trump predicted he would be arrested. This has yet to happen. So why did he bring attention to a hush money case that could put him in handcuffs soon?Jonathan Freedland and Hugo Lowell discuss why Donald Trump might still face criminal charges next week, and why it might actually benefit his campaignArchive: NBC, CNN Continue reading...


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  • John O’Neal and Junebug Jabbo Jones: Theater from the Rural South

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This essay is taken from “Art in a Democracy: Selected Plays of Roadside Theater.” The two-volume collection of plays celebrates the work of Roadside Theater, an Appalachian community-based theater company formed in 1975 as part of Appalshop. Roadside’s work has focused on telling the stories of the Central Appalachian coalfields and of collaborating The post John O’Neal and Junebug Jabbo Jones: Theater from the Rural South appeared first on The Daily Yonder.

  • 45 Degrees North: Sticker Shock

    Ever wonder why rural volunteer fire and EMS departments always seem to be holding fundraisers? It's because they have to. The post 45 Degrees North: Sticker Shock appeared first on The Daily Yonder.

  • Q&A: When the Meaning of a Song Comes after It’s Written, with Country Artist Bonner Rhae

    Editor’s Note: This interview first appeared in Path Finders, an email newsletter from the Daily Yonder. Each week, Path Finders features a Q&A with a rural thinker, creator, or doer. Like what you see here? You can join the mailing list at the bottom of this article and receive more conversations like this in your inbox each week. The post Q&A: When the Meaning of a Song Comes after It’s Written, with Country Artist Bonner Rhae appeared first on The Daily Yonder.

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  • Iran Has History of Persecuting Minorities: Might This Change Now?

    There have been more than six months of nationwide protests in Iran. Nationwide unity has emerged among seemingly disparate groups: the young and the old, women and men, and even rival ethnic groups. Terrified by this unprecedented wave of activity, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), known in Iran as the Sepah, invaded the streets… Continue reading Iran Has History of Persecuting Minorities: Might This Change Now?

  • Learn More About Miraculous Kashmiri Music and Ustaad Ramzan Joo

    Sufiana music arrived in the Kashmir valley with Islam. Originally, musicians from Iran and Central Asia were patronized by Sultan Zain ul Abdin, a liberal and tolerant ruler of Kashmir. These musicians brought new musical instruments to Kashmir, then modified existing ones to make them compatible with the new Sufiana Music in the Kashmir valley. … Continue reading Learn More About Miraculous Kashmiri Music and Ustaad Ramzan Joo

  • A Look at Prophecies, Then (1962) and Now (2023)

    Indulge me for a moment. This is how “The Prophecy” in my 1962 high school yearbook began. It was written by some of my classmates in the year we graduated from Friends Seminary in New York City.   “Being an historian, I am jotting down these notes out of habit, but what I saw and experienced… Continue reading A Look at Prophecies, Then (1962) and Now (2023)


  • A solar solution to the West’s changing climate?

    The summer of 2022 was tough for farmers in the American West: Hot, dry conditions led snow to melt early, reservoirs to run low and streams to pare down to mere trickles. For many, that meant less water to grow crops and reduced yields. But Byron Kominek, a farm manager near Longmont, Colorado, enjoyed an abundant harvest of peppers, tomatoes, squash and lettuces. When his family farm stopped […]

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  • Dangerous Homes: Guns and Domestic Violence Exact a Deadly Toll on Kids

    Angela Brooks will never forget the FaceTime call from her 10-year-old granddaughter, Nie’Mae.  “She said, ‘Granny, please help us. Mama’s dead,’” recalled Brooks, 58, a nurse in St. Louis.  Brooks didn’t believe it. Then Nie’Mae turned the phone around to show her a body on the floor. It was Brooks’ daughter, Chasity Cooper, 40. She The post Dangerous Homes: Guns and Domestic Violence Exact a Deadly Toll on Kids appeared first on The Trace.

  • ‘He Has a Battle Rifle’: Police Feared Uvalde Gunman’s AR-15

    UVALDE, Texas — Once they saw a torrent of bullets tear through a classroom wall and metal door, the first police officers in the hallway of Robb Elementary School concluded they were outgunned. And that they could die.   The gunman had an AR-15-style rifle, a design used by U.S. soldiers in every conflict since Vietnam. The post ‘He Has a Battle Rifle’: Police Feared Uvalde Gunman’s AR-15 appeared first on The Trace.

  • Shootings of Children Nearly Doubled During the Pandemic — and Black Kids Bore the Brunt of the Violence

    Black children were 100 times more likely to be shot than white children during the first 21.5 months of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “This study shows how important it is to bring a health disparity lens to research,” said Jonathan Jay, The post Shootings of Children Nearly Doubled During the Pandemic — and Black Kids Bore the Brunt of the Violence appeared first on The Trace.

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    • TikTok Hires Former Biden Staffer as it Fights U.S. Ban

      On the same day its CEO appeared before Congress for the first time, social video company TikTok hired a new lobbyist in D.C. who formerly worked for President Joe Biden.  Ankit Desai, the new TikTok lobbyist, was a legislative correspondent for Biden for 10 months in 2005 while he was a U.S. senator, as Sludge


    • 3 Reasons California’s Drought Isn’t Really Over, Despite All the Rain

      PICKS are stories from many sources, selected by our editors or recommended by our readers because they are important, surprising, troubling, enlightening, inspiring, or amusing. They appear on our site and in our daily newsletter. Please send suggested articles, videos, podcasts, etc. to   3 Reasons California’s Drought Isn’t Really Over, Despite All the

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      Headlines for March 24, 2023; “France Is Furious”: Anger Grows at Macron for Raising Retirement Age as Millions Strike & Protest; Rep. Ro Khanna on Regulating Banks, TikTok, China, Ukraine & His Vote on the “Horrors of Socialism”; The Candidate and the Spy: James Bamford on Israel’s Secret Collusion with Trump to Win 2016 Race; Cop City: Judge Denies Bond to People Rounded Up in Mass Arrest for Opposing Police Training Facility

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    • Trump Rally in Waco Called Not a Dog Whistle, But a 'Blaring Air Horn' to Far-Right

      While former U.S. President Donald Trump's 2024 campaign insists it is purely coincidental that his planned Saturday rally in Waco, Texas falls during the 30th anniversary of a deadly 51-day siege targeting a religious cult, some Texans and extremism experts aren't buying it. Since law enforcement—including Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents—carried out the botched operation at a Branch Davidian compound near Waco from February 28 to April 19 in 1993, the event has been a source of anti-government sentiment for the likes of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and U.S. militia movement members. "When Donald Trump flies into Waco on Saturday evening for the first major campaign event of his 2024 reelection quest, dog ears won't be the only ones twitching," the Houston Chronicle editorial board argued Thursday. "Trump doesn't do subtle; dog-whistle messages are not his style. The more apt metaphor is the blaring air horn of a Mack 18-wheeler barreling down I-10." "'Waco' has become an Alamo of sorts, a shrine for the Proud Boys, the Three Percenters, the Oath Keepers, and other anti-government extremists and conspiracists." "The GOP-friendly city of Waco—Trump won McLennan County by more than 20 percentage points in 2020—has every right, of course, to host a former president, the leading contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, but 'Waco,' the symbol... means something else entirely," the board stressed. "'Waco' has become an Alamo of sorts, a shrine for the Proud Boys, the Three Percenters, the Oath Keepers, and other anti-government extremists and conspiracists." The twice-impeached former president faces potential legal trouble in multiple states and at the federal level for everything from a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to trying to overturn his 2020 electoral loss and inciting the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump, a documented serial liar, took to his Truth Social platform last weekend to say that he would be arrested Tuesday—as part of a New York grand jury investigation into the hush money—and call for protests. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said Thursday that Trump "created a false expectation that he would be arrested." In a Truth Social post on Friday, Trump warned of "death and destruction" if he is indicted—which led the watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) to charge that "he's not being subtle, he's threatening prosecutors with violence." The Chronicle board tied Trump's legal problems to his Waco trip: Thirty years later, the anti-government paramilitary groups feeding off lies about the "deep state" and a stolen election periodically visit the modest, little chapel on the site of the sprawling, ramshackle building that burned to the ground. Although the Branch Davidians had nothing to do with anti-government conspiracists, chapel construction was funded by loud-mouthed conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Militia members and conspiracists know exactly what Trump's Waco visit symbolizes. They have heard him castigate the FBI and the "deep state," particularly after agents searched for classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. How they'll respond to his remarks, particularly if he shows up as the first former president in American history to face criminal charges, has law enforcement in Waco and beyond taking every precaution. What he says will likely set the tone for the presidential campaign to come. Every American should be concerned. Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung wrote Friday in an email to The New York Times that Waco was chosen "because it is centrally located and close to all four of Texas' biggest metropolitan areas—Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio—while providing the necessary infrastructure to hold a rally of this magnitude." The Chronicle board noted other local options, writing that "the Waco Regional Airport and an expected crowd of 10,000 or so fit the bill. Of course, Temple or Belton or Killeen (home to Fort Hood) would have fit the bill, as well—without the weight of symbolism." The Texas newspaper was far from alone in sounding the alarm about Trump's upcoming trip to Waco. None — (@) "Waco is hugely symbolic on the far right," Heidi Beirich, co-founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, told USA TODAY. "There's not really another place in the U.S. that you could pick that would tap into these deep veins of anti-government hatred—Christian nationalist skepticism of the government—and I find it hard to believe that Trump doesn't know that Waco represents all of these things." "Waco has a sense of grievance among people that I know he's got to be trying to tap into," Beirich added. "He's being unjustly accused, like the Branch Davidians were unjustly accused—and the deep state is out to get them all." The newspaper pointed out that "though Trump has held more than 100 campaign rallies and similar events, and mounted a near-daily schedule of them during his campaigns, this week's appears to be the first one ever held in Waco." Megan Squire, deputy director for data analytics at the Southern Poverty Law Center, also rejected the Trump campaign's suggestion that the trip isn't connected to the 1993 standoff and what means to many members of the far-right. "Give me a break! There's no reason to go to Waco, Texas, other than one thing," Squire told USA TODAY. "I can't even fathom what that's about other than just a complete dog whistle—actually forget dog whistle, that is just a train whistle to the folks who still remember that event and are still mad about it." None — (@) Even some right-wing figures are openly making the connection, as TIME reported: "Posting on the messaging app Telegram, far-right activist and conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer called the rally in Waco 'very symbolic!' A few MAGA influencers on social media noted the choice of location, with one calling it 'a meaningful shot across the brow of the deep state.'" Nicole Hemmer, a Vanderbilt University associate professor of history and author of Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics and Partisans: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s, wrote in a Friday opinion piece for CNN that Trump's trip is "a provocation of historic significance." "When Trump became president in 2016, rather than becoming synonymous with the federal government as previous chief executives had done, he styled himself as both its victim and its adversary, promoting conspiracies about the deep state and encouraging supporters to keep him in power by any means necessary," Hemmer highlighted. "In choosing Waco as the kickoff site for his campaign rallies, he has signaled that his courtship of extremist groups will continue, and that he sees his role as a pivotal figure in the far-right mythos as central to his efforts to retake the presidency."

    • 'No One's... Having Fun': Surveys Show Soaring US Economic Pessimism

      A pair of polls published Friday revealed that the rising cost of living is causing financial strain for most Americans—especially people with lower incomes—and that pessimism about the state and future of the country's economy is pervasive and spreading. A Wall Street Journal/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that 80% of 1,019 respondents said the nation's economy is in "poor" or "not so good" condition. Asked about the future of the economy, 47% of those polled said they believe it will be worse in a year, while just 15% said they think it improve. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said the economy will be in about the same shape a year from now. The pessimistic economic outlook can be summed up in one survey question: Asked if they felt confident that life for their children's generation "will be better than it has been for us," only 21% of respondents answered affirmatively. The Hill noted that 42% of people who took a similar survey in 2001 said they didn't think their children would enjoy better lives than theirs. Today, that figure has soared to 78%. None — (@) Other survey findings include: 92% said that rising costs of living is creating some degree of financial strain in their lives, or will cause problems if prices keep rising; 52% said it would be difficult to find a job with another employer with approximately the same income and fringe benefits they have now; 56% said a four-year undergraduate degree isn't worth the cost because people often graduate without specific job skills and with a large amount of debt; and 44% said their personal finances are in worse shape than they imagined for themselves at this stage of life. Despite the respondents' economic pessimism, 68% of people polled said they were "pretty happy" or "very happy" in life. The Associated Press and NORC—the University of Chicago's research arm—published a separate poll Friday that found "about half of U.S. adults in households earning less than $60,000 annually and about 4 in 10 of those in households earning $60,000 to $100,000 say they're very stressed by their personal finances." None — (@) According to the AP: About three-quarters of adults across income groups say their household expenses are higher now than they were a year ago, but those in households earning less than $100,000 a year are more likely than those in higher-income households to say they also have higher debt. Those facing a combination of rising debt and expenses overwhelmingly say their financial situation is a major source of stress. One 76-year-old woman interviewed by the AP said that "there's no comfort zone in their finances—no vacation" for people like her, who are " just getting by." "Medications are expensive. Groceries. No one's living large or having fun," she added. "They should be having fun." A 28-year-old single mother who works at an Alabama Walmart told the AP: "I used to do three grocery trips a month. Now it's one-and-a-half at the most." "We're just gonna have to cut back on a lot of things," she added.

    • 'Scorched-Earth Politics': Indian MP Ousted, Sentenced to 2 Years Over Modi Insult

      Democracy defenders sounded the alarm Friday after senior Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi was ousted from his parliamentary seat a day after being sentenced to two years in prison in a dubious defamation case involving an insult against the surname of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India's lower house of Parliament announced Friday that Gandhi—a former president of the Indian National Congress party (called Congress for short) who until Thursday represented the constituency of Wayanad in the southern state of Kerala—was disqualified to serve in office due to his conviction for defaming the Modi name. The case involved Gandhi allegedly asking during a 2019 campaign rally in Kolar, Karnataka, "How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?" The Times of India reports Surat Chief Judicial Magistrate H. H. Varma convicted Gandhi for defamation under the Indian Penal Code. Varma granted Gandhi bail on a bond of ₹15,000 (approx. $180) and suspended the sentence for 30 days so he may appeal. None — (@) While convicting Gandhi, Varma said that the defendant could have limited his insult to the prime minister, but by disparaging all people with the name, the defendant "intentionally" defamed them. The Modi surname comes from the Modh Ghanchi or Teli Ghanchi community primarily inhabiting western states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Rajashtan, and traditionally employed in the oil pressing and trading business. Although officially designated an Other Backward Caste, Gujaratis do not view the widely successful group as such. Gandhi tweeted Friday that he is "fighting for the voice of India" and is "ready to pay any cost." Congress called Gandhi's conviction an "infirm, erroneous, and unsustainable" judgment. Party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the government's "efforts to create a chilling effect, a throttling effect, strangulating effect on open, fearless speech relating to public interest, will not stop either Rahul Gandhi or the Congress party." None — (@) "There are some disturbing aspects of this judgment which of course will be subject to challenge immediately, but firstly, the heart of the law of criminal defamation is that persons who are complainants should be those who must be able to demonstrate how they personally have been defamed, or prejudiced," Singhvi continued. "Now," he added, "the admitted position is that no one who is the subject matter of the statement which is found to be offending has filed a criminal complaint." M.K. Stalin, the leftist chief minister of Tamil Nadu state, tweeted that "the metamorphosis of BJP's vindictive politics into autocracy is happening at an alarming pace," a reference to Modi's right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The prime minister is also a member of the Hindu supremacist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) paramilitary group. None — (@) "The disqualification of Rahul Gandhi is an onslaught on all the progressive-democratic forces of our country," Stalin said in a statement Friday. "All the political parties in India shall realize this and we should oppose unitedly." In the United States, Democratic California Congressman Ro Khanna—whose parents immigrated from Punjab state— called Gandhi's ouster a "deep betrayal of Gandhian philosophy and India's deepest values." "This is not what my grandfather sacrificed years in jail for," Khanna added, referring to former Congress parliamentarian and independence movement figure Amarnath Vidyalankar. "Narendra Modi, you have the power to reverse this decision for the sake of Indian democracy." Arundhati Roy, the renowned Indian writer, said during a Wednesday lecture at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm that "India's democracy is being systematically disassembled. Only the rituals remain." None — (@) Mentioning the persecution of religious minorities—especially Muslims—the brutal military occupation of Kashmir, and the imprisonment of journalists, Roy added that "India for all practical purposes has become a corporate, theocratic Hindu state, a highly policed state, a fearsome state [seething] with Hindu supremacist fervor."

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      • Ahead of the Final Four, Houston Criminalizes Homelessness

        Efforts by cities across the country to “clean up” before major sporting events such as the Super Bowl aren’t new. But when those efforts involve forcing the unhoused away from certain areas, they often employ the use of police to criminalize support services for homeless… The post Ahead of the Final Four, Houston Criminalizes Homelessness appeared first on UNICORN RIOT.


      • Are coincidences real?

        I am an unequivocal rationalist and yet I still want to see something strange and wonderful in life’s weird coincidences - by Paul Broks Read at Aeon

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