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Why journalists were targeted by Russian forces to conceal crimes of genocide against Ukrainian people

Mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boichenko, said in a recent interview that Russia was blocking international organizations from entering Mariupol to prevent them from seeing what had become of the city. On April 4, President Volodymyr Zelensky described the horrific atrocities committed in Ukraine, calling the Russian military butchers for the massacres of civilians. The horrific discoveries in the Kyiv oblast towns of Irpin, Bucha, and Hostomel after Russia’s retreat at the end of March made it frighteningly clear just how much Russia had to hide in areas it was occupying or besieging. Before the Russians fled they even mined...

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The media has a duty to report that a political party openly endorses using violence to overturn elections

If people avidly follow the news, they probably pick up a lot of bits about trivial events. But did they also hear former President Trump admit that he had intended to have Mike Pence overturn the 2020 election? In a statement, Trump asserted that Pence had the power to “change the outcome” and should indeed have “overturned the election.” Did they hear that the Trump administration actually drafted orders for federal law enforcement to seize voting machines before his loss could be certified? It is true — Trump personally called Rudy Giuliani to see if the Departments of Justice...

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From Tulsa Massacre to Ukraine Invasion: Why erasing history books does not stop the timeless acts of hate

Looking at the events unfolding in Ukraine, it is not hard to compare them to what occurred during Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland, which in 1939 marked the start of World War II, especially when you see how two dictators, like Hitler and Putin, followed the same playbook. Both invasions were unprovoked attacks against innocent people. When you consider the reasons behind the attack on Ukraine, they are like the motives behind the Tulsa massacre in 1921. It shows how acts of hatred and evil are timeless. Erasing them from history books does not prevent similar human rights violations...

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Pandemic in a time of war: The dilemma of seeking shelter from bombs while COVID-19 infections continue

In late February, Kyiv resident Serhii Fokin had a tough decision to make: walk into a bomb shelter during an air raid and risk infecting those around him, or stay at home, risking being killed by a Russian missile. Fokin chose the second option, staying in his apartment’s corridor near a bearing wall, known to resist blasts better than others. Medical masks and social distancing have become a thing of the past in Ukraine ever since Russia launched its all-out war against the country on Feb. 24. The precautionary measures recommended during the pandemic have largely been neglected by...

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Beyond Censorship: How China amplifies propaganda for Russia’s distorted version of the war in Ukraine

While international audiences saw images of besieged Ukrainian cities and thousands of civilians fleeing the country through humanitarian corridors that have faced Russian bombardment, Chinese viewers were shown Russian aid convoys bringing supplies to beleaguered Ukrainians. China’s People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, posted a video on March 9 on Weibo, the popular Chinese social-media platform, showing Russia providing humanitarian aid to Ukrainians outside Kharkiv, a Ukrainian city near the Russian border that has faced artillery and rocket attacks since Moscow’s February 24 invasion. The video received more than 3 million views. In other coverage, the...

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Unearned Suffering: Critics contend that Big Pharma is supporting Putin’s regime by staying in Russia

Even as the war in Ukraine has prompted an exodus of international companies from Russia, from fast-food chains and oil producers to luxury retailers, U.S. and global drug companies said they would continue manufacturing and selling their products there. Airlines, automakers, banks, and technology giants — at least 320 companies by one count — are among the businesses curtailing operations or making high-profile exits from Russia as its invasion of Ukraine intensifies. McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Coca-Cola announced a pause in sales this week. But drugmakers, medical device manufacturers, and health care companies, which are exempted from U.S. and European...

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