The Daily Vertical: Corrupting Putin's Software

The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian’s personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page […]

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Respecting human rights: the key to elephant conservation

It’s time for a new model of conservation: one that holds human rights at its core. Baby Sumatran Elephant. Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images. Press Association Images. All rights reserved.Few people on earth have as close a relationship to the forest elephant as Baka “Pygmies”. They classify them into more than fifteen types, depending on age, appearance, […]

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Intercepted Podcast: Trump Declares War on The Planet in Real-Life Remake of The Purge

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher,and other platforms. New to Podcasting? Click Here. Donald Trump is treating the health of the planet as a short sell. The deadly game? Make as much money for big oil as possible before the planet goes up in flames. This week on Intercepted, Naomi Klein […]

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The Daily Vertical: Corrupting Putin's Software (Transcript)

There is a very good reason why Vladimir Putin’s regime is so clearly freaked out about this past weekend’s mass nationwide protests. It’s not just that they demonstrated that there is a lot of dissent brewing in the regions, suggesting that Putin’s base may be eroding. It’s not just the fact that an unprecedented number […]

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Howe Gelb

Howe Gelb’s multiple-decade catalog is hard to pin down, but the one current that runs through it all is the Tucson, Arizona musician’s warm-burning songwriting. The sometime Giant Sand leader pares down to a piano for his latest record, Future Standards, and accompanied only by a bassist, Gelb doubles down on the songwriting skills he’s honed over […]

Seeing the myth in human rights

To call human rights a “myth” would appear to discredit them, but myth was central in drafting the Universal Declaration. Español. Is it possible that human rights are a myth? To ask this question is likely to be perceived as advocating for a dismissal or even a rejection of human rights. Indeed, when the term […]

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Brenda Xu – Lovely Storm

Brenda Xu – Lovely Storm – from the self-released 2017 album Overflow.

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Don’t mention Jesus! Why excluding beliefs from the public sphere is mistaken

Should we hide our deepest values in the public sphere or shout them from the rooftops? Credit: Freegreatpicture.com. Creative Commons Zero – CC0. A bemused reception greeted British Member of Parliament Carol Monaghan when she arrived at work earlier this month in Westminster. Like many practising Christians, she had attended an Ash Wednesday service where […]

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Brexit as a driver of modern slavery?

Signing Article 50 today may well give the prime minister her legacy, but it could also derail her other signature policy by increasing ‘modern slavery’ in the UK. Philip Toscano/PA Wire/PA Images. All rights reserved. The signing of Article 50 today marks the point of no return for the UK’s exit from the European Union. […]

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Jeff Sessions Targeting of So-Called Sanctuary Cities Likely Unconstitutional, Experts Say

Analysts say the assault makes communities less safe and likely will be challenged in courts Visit http://therealnews.com for more stories and help support our work by donating at http://therealnews.com/donate.

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