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Why Puerto Rico’s Cops Ignore the Constitution at Night
On July 10, journalist Sandra Rodríguez posted on her blog several pages of leaked texts between Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Roselló and some of his collaborators. Three days later, Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism released all 889 pages of these messages. The texts were misogynistic, homophobic, and fat-phobic. The men joked about bodies decomposing in the aftermath of Hurricane…

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The Dream of Open Borders Is Real—in the High Arctic
Svalbard, Norway1 When you land in Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, you can step off the plane and just walk away. There’s no passport control, no armed guard retracing your steps, no biometric machine scanning your fingers. Svalbard is as close as you can get to a place with open borders: As long as you…

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Is Spaceflight Colonialism?
In 2017, protesters occupied the Guiana Space Centre in Kouru, French Guiana, shutting down half the world’s space launches for nearly the entire month of April. French Guiana is a “department” of France, a territory whose currency is the euro and residents are French citizens. It is the only remaining European territory in the Americas.

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What Happened When the EU Moved Its Fight to Stop Migration to Niger
The bus station at Agadez was sleepy; the hot season was coming, and by dawn a film of dust had settled on the city. But the weather conditions did not explain why there were no travelers. At the ticket office, two clerks were lying on a mattress. One told me, “We haven’t had any passengers for a long time.

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How Gay Icon Renaud Camus Became the Ideologue of White Supremacy
A pioneering gay writer in the heady 1980s. A laureate of the Académie Française, a literary circle so rarefied that its members are known as les immortels. A radical champion of art for art’s sake who withdrew to a 14th-century château to live among the paintings and the pictures that were the only sources of meaning he ever seemed to…

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PHOTOS: ‘I Haven’t Met Anybody in the Area Who Actually Wants to Take the Walls Down’
On April 18, during a night of rioting in the Northern Ireland city of Londonderry, the journalist Lyra McKee was shot and killed by the dissident group New IRA. The murder of the 29-year-old journalist, shocking in its own right, also brought back dark memories of a brutal conflict that Northern Ireland has tried to forget since the peace agreement…

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‘Blood,’ the Anthem of Sudan’s Revolution, Takes on New Meaning Amid Violent Repression
When Ayman Mao performed at the sit-in outside the Sudanese army’s headquarters in Khartoum, he was overwhelmed. Online videos of his April 25 concert show him in a dasahiki and newsboy cap and wrapped in a Sudanese flag, swinging left to right onstage with a mic in hand. The evening concert was illuminated with the cell-phone lights of tens of…

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La represión de Ecuador al aborto está encarcelando mujeres
Read in English En 2018, la abogada Cristina Torres recibió una críptica llamada telefónica. Quien la contactaba era una joven, en nombre de su madre Sara (seudónimo), que estaba encarcelada en Latacunga, una ciudad de ventiscas, atravesada por la carretera Panamericana, en lo alto de la meseta volcánica del centro del Ecuador.

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Why We Challenged Singapore’s ‘Fake News’ Legislation
On the evening of April 1, 2019, I sat at my desk refreshing the Singapore Parliament’s website, waiting for its restrictive “fake news” bill to drop. My activist peers and I had been anticipating the bill for almost two years; we expected it to be yet another piece of legislation that could hang over critics’ heads like the sword of…