In the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning a half-century of abortion jurisprudence, Justice Samuel Alito repeatedly argued that this difficult issue should be decided by the people through their elected representatives. Such calls for democracy to work, however, should be looked at with great skepticism by the American people, given how often and how [...]

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Since February 24, the war in Ukraine has left at least 15.7 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and protection (UN OCHA). Many humanitarian agencies have scaled up their operations in response to the dramatic humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and its neighboring countries. But in a war that has seen large-scale attacks on [...]

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UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Olivier De Schutter, in a report published Wednesday, condemned the Lebanese government and the central bank for the country’s worst economic and financial crisis, which has pushed most of its population into poverty. The report categorises the crisis as entirely manufactured by failed government policies which [...]

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According to a press release on Thursday, May 12th from the Danish Ministry of Justice, the Danish Attorney General has recommended charging former Defence Minister, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, with “the unauthorized disclosure of highly classified information.” The Attorney General’s office has recommended that charges be brought under the rarely used section 109 of the Danish [...]

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The Texas Supreme Court Friday ruled that state agencies in Texas may investigate gender affirming care as child abuse but that the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is not bound to undertake any such investigations. On February 18, Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion stating that many forms of gender affirming care [...]

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The families of 98 victims of the Champlain Towers south condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida reached a $997 million settlement Wednesday. The condominium collapsed on June 24, 2021. The 12-story complex collapsed abruptly in the early morning, almost instantly destroying dozens of individual condo units and burying victims under tons of rubble. Rescuers spent weeks [...]

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Sudanese Military Thursday fired tear gas and stun grenades at protestors as attempts at a peaceful resolution to unrest have fallen apart. According to a press release from the Khartoum State Resistance Committees, the protestors intended to march from Jackson Station, Al Qandul Square, and the Stadium to the Republican Palace in Khartoum. Current political [...]

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The first trial of a Russian soldier for war crimes began Friday in Ukraine. According to Iryna Venediktova, Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Sergeant Vadim Shysimarin is accused of shooting a 62-year old civilian who was riding his bike in the Sumy Region of Ukraine, less than 200 miles from Kyiv, on February 28th. Venediktova stated, “or these [...]

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The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCRC) Friday released a statement condemning the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and calling for a “prompt, transparent” investigation into her death. Shireen Abu Akleh was killed on Wednesday while covering an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) raid on the West Bank [...]

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Last week, Louisiana made headlines by proposing a bill that would make abortion a homicide and explicitly allow pregnant people to be charged with murder. While the bill ultimately failed to advance in the Louisiana House of Representatives, it’s important to know that many states already have laws on the books that could result in [...]

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