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“Men learned to fight like they learned to breathe, without even thinking. They fought dogs, they fought cocks. They fought tiny delicate birds that fit in a human hand and lived in a human coat pocket, and they bet on the results. They fought wars for decades until no one seemed to remember quite what they were fighting for. The national sport was essentially a fight, on horseback, over a headless calf or goat. Over the years, whenever Afghan men would tell me that they were tired of fighting, looking weary and creased, I would have only one response: Sure…


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In The Trial of the Chicago 7, a legal thriller about one of the most famous trials of the 60s, protestors of the Vietnam War are charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intention of inciting a riot. As the film attempts to condense six months worth of trial and history into two hours, it uncovers the corruption of Judge Julius Hoffman and the US government at the time.

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Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter and director, revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that when “Donald Trump was elected, Steven [Spielberg] thought the time to make this movie was…


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In an interview for the New Yorker Radio Hour, Anand Gopal, a prominent American journalist and a finalist for Pulitzer Prize 2015, discusses how the new-aged Taliban don’t have the slightest idea about 9/11 or, for that matter, why the U.S was even there in Afghanistan in the first place. All they have ever seen and experienced are wars, and that’s all they know. Fight, win, and take revenge when their people die. Their mentality is (almost) tribal. Anand has spent considerable time with the Taliban, and he warns about the empty claims they are making. He says a small…


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In a recent opinion piece published in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former White House press secretary for Donald Trump and now aspiring gubernatorial candidate in Arkansas, weighed in on the COVID-19 vaccination debate, recycling the typical Republican ideological keynotes.

Reversing course like many Republicans recently to encourage Americans to get vaccinated, she relied on a revisionist historical rhetoric to elevate Donald Trump as the great vaccinator protecting America’s health, blaming Democrats and public health experts for undermining vaccination efforts. Still, she stopped short, in the name of “freedom,” of calling for mandatory vaccinations, writing:

I believe in…


For all the doubt that Donald Trump and his administration cast on the reality of COVID and the efficacy of the vaccines, they made one thing absolutely clear. Whether the vaccine worked or not, America would get their shots first. As Biden took over the vaccine rollout, his administration made tireless strides towards crushing the virus. Even in the face of the Delta Variant, vaccines have doubtlessly saved thousands of lives. However, as the virus poses an increasing threat around the world, Biden’s administration revealed something that he and the most hard-line Trump officials would agree on. …


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Now that McConnell and McCarthy have torpedoed the independent January 6 insurrection commission, let’s see what might become of Joe Biden’s promise of a Republican “epiphany” once the “former guy” was marooned in Mar-a-Lago. Would it lead to at least some substantive negotiation and policy with civility, if not kumbaya comity? So far, the Republican approach to negotiation is Kevin McCarthy tweeting a story time video reading Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham in a symbolic revolt against cancel culture. …


By Divyansh Kumar

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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the developed world was undergoing an extraordinary period of economic growth. In 2019, despite significant population ageing, a bigger proportion of adults over the age of 15 were in the labour force — that is, employed or searching for work — than at any point since at least 1990. The working-age employment rate (the percentage of 16- to 64-year-olds employed) was at an all-time high in more than half of developed countries.

Now, labour markets have undergone an unexpected reversal. Although harmonised figures will not be available for some time, estimates, based…


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Viva Ruiz, “Thank God for Abortion” (2019), photograph (all images courtesy of the individual artists and Downtown for Democracy)

Abortion-ban is equivalent to chastising women due to their gender. It takes us back to the fundamental evils of society —gender inequality and patriarchy — and how they cast their dirty shadow and soil almost all dimensions of a woman’s life. These medieval anti-abortion laws make life even more difficult for them, both emotionally and logistically. Looking at where we stand today, I sometimes wonder how much longer do we have to wait before gender ceases to be a factor. …


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In the opening episode of HBOs Chernobyl a crackly voice cuts through, backdropped by a series of dim, domestic scenes. The voice belongs to none other than Professor Valery Legasov who spearheaded the scientific inquiry into the Soviet Union’s 1986 nuclear disaster.

His grim musings flow from an initial question:

“What is the cost of lies? It’s not that we’ll mistake them for the truth; the real danger is that if we hear enough lies that we will no longer recognize the truth at all. What can we do then? …


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In August, Senate Democrats forged ahead alone, without an iota support from their Republican counterparts, to pass a $3.5 trillion budget resolution.

This resolution, of course, is the necessary precursor to Senate Democrats being able to go it alone in approving a historically massive and desperately necessary investment in the nation’s human and environmentally responsible infrastructure. …

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