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06.23.14 Sophie Weiner

Amnesty International has launched their “Panic Button” app, designed to allow activists to quickly alert many people when they are in danger. The app has been in development for over a year, Wired reports. It has recently been launched in Brazil, Sudan and the Philippines. By quickly tapping your power button or the number “1” […]

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12.23.13 Marina Galperina

According to Kremlin-run news agency Russia Today and other Russian media, Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina has been released from prison, just minutes ago. However, the circumstances are bizarre. Her lawyer confirmed the release, despite Alyokhina’s desire to stay in prison. According to Russian-language tweets from @gruppa_voina, Alyokhina was escorted out of jail via a Federal Penitentiary Service vehicle and her lawyer was unable to […]

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07.30.13 Andy Cush

Remember when the International Olympic Committee reassured nervous tourists and athletes that Russia would not be arresting attendees for being gay during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games? Vitaly Milonov, the Russian lawmaker who penned the country’s first “gay propaganda” law in St. Petersburg, which led to the federal ban, now says that’s not the case. Here’s Milonov, […]

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07.23.13 Marina Galperina

If you’re planning to go to Russia — say, for the 2014 Winter-clusterfuck Olympics in Sochi — don’t. If you do, don’t be gay. Try not to do anything gay either. No rainbow flags. No holding hands. If you do pull any public gay, lesbian or “pro-gay”/gay-affirming/non-homophobic faggotry of any sort, you can be detained by the police and […]

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07.08.13 Julia Dawidowicz

About 150 female inmates in California were sterilized between 2006 and 2010 after receiving misleading information and being pressured into surgery, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting. Documents suggest that since the 1990s, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation performed up to 250 sterilizations without the legally required case-by-case medical consultations. These practices hark […]

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07.01.13 Marina Galperina

Nothing says “Free Pussy Riot!” quite like Putin pasties on a hairy barrel chest. We’re crammed in tight just off Fifth Avenue prepping for the Pride Parade and my giggling, balaclava’ed neighbor flicks the pasty-Putin’s nose. The tassels spin. Hours earlier in St. Petersburg, 40 gay rights activists were attacked by 200 nationalist thugs. They were […]

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05.08.12 Marina Galperina

South Korean custom officials have confiscated thousands of capsules stuffed with 99.7% crushed dead babies. The pills sell as alternative medicine “cure-all” and “stamina” uppers. That’s right, aborted and still-born babies — refrigerated, microwave dried, pummeled into powder, sold on the Internet to clear coughs and strengthen erections or whatnot. Grisly. Where are they coming […]

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05.04.12 Marina Galperina

“You know he’s blind, so the night to him is nothing,” said dissident artist Ai Weiwei when his friend, fellow victim of China’s Big Chill, and human rights activist Chen Guangcheng escaped detention — climbing walls, running through villages on an injured ankle and slipping past “multiple cordons of guards”… blind. After hiding out at the American […]

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04.01.11 Marina Galperina

Yesterday’s Strategy-31 protest march, Russia’s monthly “unsanctioned” public assembly in support of Russians’ Constitutional right to public assembly ended in arrests – a record 150 in Moscow! – and police beatings. […]

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