Thandisizwe Chimurenga and Sarah Rosenblatt, Truthout: In response to the killing of Black people by police and the lack of accountability that follows, there has been a resurgence of civil disobedience reminiscent of the 1960s civil rights movement. Black women activists have been at the head of this new movement.
Walidah Imarisha, Bitch Media: The science fiction – or speculative fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism etc. – we humans create doesn’t appear out of the ether. Whether it’s settings from The Hunger Games, Harry Potter or Star Wars,these fantastical worlds end up exploring issues like war, racism, gender oppression, power, privilege and injustice.
Jack Shuler, Truthout: Keith LaMar is sentenced to die for his role in the 1993 Lucasville riot, one of the most violent prison uprisings in US history. While he lives in an Ohio supermax prison because of the crimes he’s convicted of, LaMar strives to maintain connections with the outside world.
Justin Norman, Truthout: When compassion becomes politically inconvenient, churches turn their backs on those in need.
Aisha Maniar, Truthout: The former Guantánamo child prisoner Omar Khadr, who returned to his native Canada in late 2012, has finally received essential shoulder surgery and is catching up on the education he was denied. Still, Khadr may be left blind due to untreated wounds.
Alexander Main, NACLA: At first glance, the White House’s new plan appears to herald a salutary shift away from the US government’s failed regional security policy.
Francesca Dziadek, Inter Press Service: The Berlin International Film Festival, known as the Berlinale, has established a European hub for indigenous voices across a number of platforms, including its NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema series and Storytelling-Slams.
Midia Ninja and Laura Capriglione, NINJA: The Iguatemi Mall did not seem to welcome the crowd. Neither did the Rolls-Royce store on Cidade Jardim Avenue. These sacred luxury consumer temples, where the water tanks are always full, lowered their doors before the the march that brought together 15,000 men, women and children.
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