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The German Bundestag Wednesday voted to formally recognize the Holodomor, a man-made famine that decimated Ukraine in 1932 and 1933, as a genocide. According to the declaration, Soviet authorities demanded inflated quantities of grain from Ukrainian farmers and punished those who fell short with additional demands. Affected regions were cut off from the rest of [...]

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Pakistan authorities Wednesday announced that the previously-banned film “Joyland” has been cleared for release. “Joyland” follows the love story between a young man and a transgender actress. On November 11, authorities announced that “Joyland” was not certified for release due to “highly objectionable material” that does not conform “with the social and moral standards” of [...]

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The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Wednesday voted to impeach Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. Krasner, a former public defender and member of the progressive prosecutor movement, has faced sharp criticism from Pennsylvania Republicans since his election in 2021. Approved by the House Judiciary Committee yesterday, articles of impeachment against Krasner passed the full House with [...]

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The Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Wednesday announced the nation’s first executions in seven years. The public prosecutor carried out the death sentences of four Kuwaitis, one Syrian national, one Pakistani national and one Ethiopian national at Kuwait’s Central Prison. Those executed were each convicted of premeditated murder in additional to various other crimes. According to [...]

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Alabama, Louisiana, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont Tuesday voted on Election Day ballot measures to end the practice of enslavement after criminal conviction. Under the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, slavery and involuntary servitude may not exist “except as a punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” This language [...]

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US voters in California, Michigan, Kentucky and Vermont Tuesday voted in favor of abortion rights in four state ballot measures. Results from Montana’s vote remain inconclusive, but abortion advocates are poised to win. In June, the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade with Dobbs v. Jackson Women Health Organization and ruled there is no [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday unsealed charges against seven leaders of five Haiti-based gangs for alleged kidnappings of US citizens in 2021 and 2022. Lanmo Sanjou and Jermaine Stephenson, alleged members of the 400 Mawozo gang, and Vitel’homme Innocent, alleged leader of the Kraze Barye gang, were charged with conspiracy to commit hostage [...]

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A spokesperson for the New Zealand Court of Appeal Tuesday confirmed to news outlets that mass shooter Brenton Tarrant has filed to appeal his conviction and sentence of life imprisonment without parole for the worst mass shooting in New Zealand history. The court has not yet announced hearing dates for Tarrant’s appeal. On March 15, [...]

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US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Tuesday stayed the ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in case No. 21-5289 “pending further order” of Roberts or the court. Under Tuesday’s order, Trump and associated companies may refrain from providing tax return information to the House of Representatives [...]

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The World Justice Project (WJP) Wednesday released its 2022 Rule of Law Index. For the fifth year in a row, the majority of countries experienced a decline in the rule of law. 85 out of 140 countries, accounting 61 percent and 4.4 billion people, saw a decline in rule of law. 52 countries, or 39 [...]

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