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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…

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For Afro-Colombians, the 2016 Peace Treaty Brought No Peace
November 2016 should have marked a watershed moment in Colombia’s bloody history, as it is the date when the Colombian government signed a final peace accord with the FARC guerrilla group after more than half a century of war. And yet, since that date Colombia has become one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a human-rights…

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Why We, Palestinians and Israelis, Insist on Mourning Our Dead Together
Mourning is a personal matter. When it comes to mourning victims of war, terror, and state-sponsored suppression, mourning is also a political matter—especially in Israel and Palestine. We, a Palestinian man from the West Bank who served 10 years in an Israeli prison and an Israeli woman who served in the Israeli army, are not supposed to care about each…

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In Their Fight to Stop a New US Military Base, Okinawans Confront Two Colonizers
In one of Teiko Yonaha-Tursi’s earliest memories, she’s on a mission that gets interrupted. Walking barefoot through a lush green field in Itoman, Okinawa, Yonaha-Tursi—then just Teiko Yonaha—stops suddenly and starts jumping up and down. Her little legs have been taken over by fat red ants. “Okinawa is a very hot and humid island,” said Yonaha-Tursi, now a grandmother, retired…

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Ecuador’s Crackdown on Abortion Is Putting Women in Jail
Last year, a lawyer named Cristina Torres got a cryptic phone call from a young woman. The caller explained that she was contacting Torres on behalf of her mother, Sara (a pseudonym), who was imprisoned in the city of Latacunga, a windy crossroads on the Pan-American Highway, high on the volcanic plateau of central Ecuador.

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The Widening Rift Between the US and China
If you ignore the headlines, you’d think the United States and China were the best of partners. Americans continue to rely on Chinese-made products in their homes, at their offices, and in their pockets. If you live near a university, you can still bump into one of the 340,000 Chinese studying in the US.

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Is Israel’s Benny Gantz Guilty of War Crimes?
Israel’s election on April 9 culminates the most frenetic campaign season in recent memory. From the announcement by Israel’s attorney general to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust pending a hearing; to the TV report that his rival Benny Gantz’s cell phone was hacked by Iranian intelligence; to the recent ad in which Justice…

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In a First, Palestinians Challenge Israel’s Settlement Enterprise—in a US Court
Randa Wahbe is a United States citizen with West Bank residency who is studying for a PhD in anthropology at Harvard University. Over the years, the 31-year-old Palestinian-American has used Airbnb, the online vacation rental platform, to travel in Miami, Denver, Istanbul, and Tunisia. Despite the site’s promise of “healthy travel that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive and sustainable,” however,…