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How Jane Rosenberg’s courtroom sketch of Donald Trump created a viral sensation from a dying art

By Anita Lam, Associate Professor, York University, Canada For the first time in its history, “The New Yorker” featured a courtroom sketch on its cover. The image, which appears on its April 17, 2023, issue, gives viewers a glimpse of a historic court proceeding that could not be captured by cameras: the arraignment hearing of Donald Trump two weeks earlier. Because Trump is the first former U.S. president to be criminally indicted, there is immense public interest in this case. However, when Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, his reactions and expressions could...

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Medical gaslighting continues for people with long COVID more than 3 years into the pandemic

By Simran Purewal, Research Associate, Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University; Kaylee Byers, Regional Deputy Director, BC Node of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative; Senior Scientist, Pacific Institute on Pathogens, Pandemics and Society, Simon Fraser University; Kayli Jamieson, Master’s Student in Communication, Research Assistant for Pacific Institute on Pathogens, Pandemics and Society, Simon Fraser University; and Neda Zolfaghari, Project Coordinator, Pacific Institute on Pathogens, Pandemics and Society, and the Pandemics & Borders Project, Simon Fraser University It is increasingly clear that the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself is not going away any time soon. And for some patients, their symptoms have not gone away...

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A hidden people: How generations still experience the trauma of being uprooted from their homes

By Dina Matar, Professor, Political Communication and Arab Media, SOAS, University of London When Palestinians commemorate the Nakba on May 15, they are not only remembering a violent historical event that took place 75 years ago which led to the uprooting of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland. Nor just the destruction of more than 400 villages and towns and the killing of thousands others. They are also marking the fact that the “catastrophe” did not end in 1948, but continues in different forms to this day. What Palestinians call “ongoing Nakba” still generates suffering, destruction of homes and...

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The Nakba at 75: Why Palestinians continue to struggle for recognition of their catastrophe

By Maha Nassar, Associate Professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Arizona On May 15, 2023, the United Nations will stage a high-level special meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, the mass displacement of around 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland in 1948. It is the first time that the international body has commemorated the date, which organizers said serves “as a reminder of the historic injustice suffered by the Palestinian people.” Not everyone is behind the U.N.‘s marking of the day, however. The United States and the United Kingdom were...

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A quest for significance: Why mass shooters seek a shortcut to stardom fueled by grievances

By Arie Kruglanski, Professor of Psychology, University of Maryland An acutely troubling aspect of life in contemporary America is the growing proliferation of mass shootings that claim thousands of innocent lives year after painful year and make everyone feel unsafe. The year 2023 is still young, and already there have been at least 146 mass shooting events in the U.S. on record, including the killing of five people in a Louisville, Kentucky, bank that the shooter livestreamed. There were 647 mass shootings in 2022 and 693 in 2021, resulting in 859 and 920 deaths, respectively, with no respite in...

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Immigration Enforcement: Migrant deaths in Mexico puts spotlight on how U.S. policy has shifted south

By Raquel Aldana, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Diversity and Professor of Law, University of California, Davis The fire-related deaths of at least 39 migrants in a detention facility in Ciudad Juarez, just across the U.S. border with Mexico, will likely be found to have had several contributing factors. There was the immediate cause of the blaze, the mattresses apparently set alight by desperate men in the center to protest their imminent deportation. And then there is the apparent role of guards, seen on video walking away from the blaze. But as an expert on immigration policy, I believe...

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