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Will a new US TV series on the ‘Macedonian teens who helped elect Trump’ perpetuate a tired cliché?

A new series by streaming platform Quibi will supposedly tell "the true story of the Macedonian teenagers who made a fortune creating fake news in the run-up to the 2016...

How the world's six largest economies are faring amidst the global political economy of COVID-19

"The political economy of any one nation, however, is interlinked with the global economy, and because of this the scale of activities in the largest economies really does matter."

New Age communities are driving QAnon conspiracies in Brazil

QAnon emerged in the US but its plasticity makes it easily adaptable in a Brazilian context, where New Agers seeking alternative truths play a prominent role in propagating its ideas.

Julian Assange supporters rally to defeat extradition to United States

"The extradition to the US of a publisher and journalist, for engaging in journalistic activities while in Europe, would set a very dangerous precedent."

The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the environment

"If suddenly, skies are more blue, and citizens breathe more freely, they realize a more healthy and sustainable life is within reach."

Most Taiwanese unfazed by former president's fearmongering on war with China

Speaking at a conference on August 10, former Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou said that, once China attacks Taiwan, “the first battle will be the last."

Is moving to Canada the real American Dream?

"I thought Canada was just another America, only with nicer people and colder weather. Since moving to Toronto, I’ve been fascinated by the special relationship between the two."

How a bad translation of ‘Black Lives Matter’ ended up enabling racist narratives on Chinese social media

A popular Chinese translation of the anti-racism protest slogan is paradoxically being used to spread racist discourse.

The historic selection of Kamala Harris as the Democrats’ vice-presidential candidate resonates in the Caribbean

Could Kamala Harris, daughter of immigrants and the first Black/South Asian woman vice-presidential candidate for a major U.S. political party, be "great for diversity"?

How the murder of musician Hachalu Hundessa incited violence in Ethiopia: Part I

In the wake of musician Hachalu Hundessa's murder, Ethiopia has struggled to come to terms with the violence and turmoil that erupted along ethnic and religious faultlines.

What will a US ban on WeChat mean for Chinese netizens?

While many in the West have criticized Trump's ban, some overseas Chinese dissents see the decision with positive eyes.

Moderate globally, impact locally: A series on content moderation in the Global South

''Even as the platforms have grown and spread around the world, the center of gravity of these debates continues to revolve around D.C. and San Francisco.''

Melbourne academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert remains a ‘political hostage’ inside Iran’s Qarchak prison

"Whatever the governments of #Australia and the #UK are doing to free their citizen, Kylie Moore-Gilbert from prison in #Iran, it’s failing miserably. This innocent woman should be free."

As a Salvadoran, the U.S. symbolized safety for me. Now, that is crumbling

Incessant US immigration reforms under the Trump administration bring uncertainty and hopelessness to immigrants like me.

Chinese nationalists call for retaliation measures against US diplomacy

While the Chinese government attempts to de-escalate tensions following the closure of one of its consulates in the US, nationalists talk about a "nuke race" on Chinese social media.

Black Lives Matter forces an IBM U-turn on facial recognition

Under pressure from Black Lives Matter movement activists, the company IBM has announced its withdrawal from the facial recognition software market

Remembering Amadou Diallo, a Guinean victim of police brutality in the USA

Amadou Diallo, a Guinean in the USA, was shot 41 times by NYC police. His family sued the city and settled for $3 million and created the Amadou Diallo Foundation in...

The magic of paper and ink: A conversation with Iranian-American artist Hadieh Shafie

Born in Iran and raised in the US, Hadieh Shafie is fascinated with reimagining the book form, drawing textual forms and exploring color and its emotive power.

‘To speak of George Floyd, it is necessary to speak of my own failures’

"I think of. . . all the times I've bitten my tongue while my uncles raged on about the grotesquerie of blacks, their laziness, their ineptitude, their savagery."

Are Japanese ‘murder hornets’ invading North America?

It's unlikely they will murder you, but they pose a serious threat to apiaries.

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