Muslims around the world celebrate Eid across a backdrop of resistance

This year’s Eid al-Fitr comes at a time when Muslims around the world are coming together in solidarity. Gaza is under siege from a settler-colonial state. The treatment of Uighur Muslims in detention camps has been declared a ‘crime against humanity’. Black Muslims face multiple oppressions. Kashmiri Muslims continue to live under occupation. Queer Muslims face persecution and rejection. As ever, Muslims have come together to express grief and hope. Palestine Palestinian activist Muhammad Smiry shared an image of people praying together: Eid Fitr Mubarak from the capital of Palestine pic.twitter.com/o3qvt0pH4o — Muhammad Smiry 🇵🇸 (@MuhammadSmiry) May 13, 2021 Author Elif Shafak shared thoughts on the heartbreak of Eid…

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As the world celebrates Press Freedom Day, Julian Assange remains in Belmarsh prison

As people worldwide celebrate the UN’s World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange remains incarcerated. The US continues to demand Assange’s extradition for his role in obtaining and publishing national defence documents from 2009 to 2011. The leaks, provided by US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, are known as the Guantanamo Files, the Iraq War Logs, the Afghan War Diary, and the US diplomatic cables (aka Cablegate). There are noteworthy parallels which can be drawn between Assange’s case and that of famed US Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Ellsberg was a former senior adviser and analyst with the defence and state departments during the…

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How Lifting Intellectual Property Restrictions Could Help World Vaccinate 60% of Population by 2022

As new coronavirus cases surge across India, overwhelming hospitals and crematories, calls are growing louder for wealthy countries to stop hoarding excess supply of COVID-19 vaccines and to loosen intellectual property restrictions preventing more countries from making their own vaccines. We speak with economist Jayati Ghosh and Congressmember Ro Khanna of California. Source link

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Meet the Texas Doctor Developing a “People’s Vaccine” to Help Inoculate Billions Around the World

We look at the state of the pandemic and vaccine rollout in the United States and around the world with Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hotez is part of a team at Baylor University that is working with a private Indian company to develop a low-cost COVID-19 vaccine. The task of developing a simple vaccine is “daunting,” Dr. Hotez says. “We’re talking about 5 billion doses of vaccine. And the question is: Where do you get 5 billion doses of vaccine?” he says. “We’re…

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Tory government’s ridiculous claim that it’s a ‘world leader’ on climate is proven wrong, again

The UK government loves to describe itself as a ‘world leader’ on tackling the climate and biodiversity crises. Its actions, however, rarely live up to its rhetoric. A new report from the Woodland Trust is a case in point, as lays bare the dire state of the UK’s trees and woods. One of the worst in Europe The Woodland Trust’s report is called State of the UK’s Woods and Trees. As the title suggests, it’s a comprehensive assessment of the scale, condition and life-supporting capacity of the country’s woods and trees. It focuses primarily on native woods and trees because those are of the highest value in terms…

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World leaders are using Facebook to manipulate their populations

Facebook has allowed politicians to use a loophole on the platform to “deceive and harass” their citizens, according to a Guardian investigation. Company internal documents and an account from a whistleblower show that world leaders have been able to get away with political manipulation on the site, particularly in poorer, non-western countries such as Afghanistan, Bolivia, and Mongolia. By contrast, Facebook was much quicker to address political manipulation of the platform in richer countries or cases that received substantial media attention, for example in the US and South Korea. Former Facebook employee Sophie Zhang came forward to reveal how Facebook was slow to take action on political manipulation she…

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On World Poetry Day, people celebrated ‘all incredible poets worldwide’

On 21 March, people marked #WorldPoetryDay, first embraced by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1999. According to UNESCO, the annual commemoration aims to support “linguistic diversity through poetic expression” and increase “the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard”. Alongside this, the day seeks to: promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry, foster the convergence between poetry and other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and raise the visibility of poetry in the media. The day pays homage to poets across continents and encourages creativity. On Twitter, renowned and innovative young poets from all over the world shared their work,…

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While women protest around the world, it’s tragic that we still have to shout loudly that trans women are women

On International Women’s Day, women around the world have taken part in mass strikes, or have joined protests, while sending solidarity to all women who aren’t able to strike, or whose jobs are too precarious to take time off. In India, thousands of women farmers protested against neo-liberal farm bills and the Modi government, while in El Salvador women marched against femicide. In Rome, women demonstrated for income, rights and dignity, while sending solidarity to teachers and all the women who weren’t able to join them. In the UK, the Women’s Strike Assembly organised memorials in six cities, while women participated in a digital memorial online, to “mourn…

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On International Women’s Day, let’s take a look at one of the strongest women’s movement in the world

Perhaps the strongest women’s movement in the world right now is the Kurdish Women’s Movement. On International Women’s Day, The Canary takes a look at these revolutionary women. Kurdish women came to world attention in 2014, gaining global media headlines in their fight against Daesh (ISIS/Isil) in Rojava, Syria. Yet, as is typical in a patriarchal society, western media outlets usually depicted the Kurdish Women’s Movement as young, beautiful twenty-somethings with guns, even appearing in women’s magazine Marie Claire. But Kurdish women, from the young to the very old, were struggling against patriarchy and fascism for decades before Daesh existed. Kurdish people are the largest stateless group on…

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Millions Mark International Women’s Day as Pandemic Deepens Inequality, Violence Around the World

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Millions of women around the world are taking to the streets today to mark this International Women’s Day — in a year where women have been disproportionately impacted by rising poverty, unemployment and violence during the pandemic. In the Philippines, hundreds of women led a rally outside the presidential palace in Manila, chanting “Stop killing us.” Protesters are demanding the resignation of President Duterte. This is an advocate with the women’s rights group Gabriela. JOMS SALVADOR: We would like to underline the fact that we are in a deeper crisis and we are facing…

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