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Paulo Genovese’s presentation at the Pressenza Workshop of the Global Media Forum

My presentation is focused on Brazil, especially in the protests of June 2013. Millions of people took to the streets in hundreds of cities. It started with 20 cents. This was the amount of the increase in public transport fares for bus and metro in the city of São Paulo. A small group known as MPL - Free Ticket Movement, for its initials in Portuguese, carried out ​​a demonstration, as they always had done ...

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South African Writer, Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer Dies at 90

The South African writer Nadine Gordimer has died at the age of 90. She wrote more than two dozen works of fiction, three of which were banned under the apartheid regime. In 1991, she won the Nobel Prize for Literature. In a statement, her family said her proudest moments included her testimony at a 1986 trial in defense of 22 members of the African National Congress who were accused of treason. The Nobel c ...

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Lack of Toilets Keeps Women Out of Politics

By Stella Paul MALLAMPETA, India, Jul 4 2014 (IPS) - Nine months after she was elected head of her village council, 36-year-old Krupa Shanti has overseen some significant changes in this rural outpost of Mallampeta, 570 km away from Hyderabad, capital of the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. “Since I took over, 300 people have got their Below the Poverty Line (BPL) ration cards and are receiving ...

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Halt Violence Against Muslims and Christians in Sri Lanka… Now! — UN

Aiming to stem the tide of violent attacks and recrimination against Sri Lanka’s Muslim and Christian communities, a group of United Nations human rights experts on 2 July 2014 called on the Government to adopt urgent measures to stop the promotion of racial and faith-based hatred and end “the atmosphere of impunity” fueling hate speech and violence by Buddhist extremists. Among other incidents, the UN inde ...

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Some Myths about Muslims

By Nivedita Menon*, TRANSCEND Media Service – In the context of massive propaganda campaigns, the subtle use of stereotypes, and the fact that both the Western and the Indian media share certain basic biases, many people end up believing in a range of myths about the adherents of the world’s second largest religion. This is a quick attempt at exposing those myths. Myth: ‘Muslim’ countries are never secular. ...

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Computer passes the Turing Test

Alan Turing, 1912 –1954, was a British mathematician, logician cryptanalyst, compute scientist and philosopher. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of "algorithm" and "computation" with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered as the "Father of Theoretical Computer Sc ...

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The Migrants’ Files: Database of Death around the European Borders

They know their lives are at risk, yet each year thousands of people from Africa, the Middle East and beyond — war refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants — leave their homes and try to reach the promised land of Europe. On the third of October 2013, more than 360 would-be emigrants drowned off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa. A catastrophe of this dimension grabbed the media’s attention ...

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William Worthy & Vincent Harding: Thank You and Goodbye

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan The world lost two remarkable men in May, two African Americans who helped shape modern history, yet whose names and achievements remain too little known. William Worthy, a journalist, died at the age of 92. Civil-rights activist Vincent Harding was 82. Each was a witness to some of the most pivotal events of the latter half of the 20th century. They led their lives speaki ...

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Sima Samar – Afghan women’s rights activist, gets award

Sima Samar is a recipient of Right Livelihood Award Foundation's award. Sima Samar, born 3 February 1957, is a woman’s rights and human rights advocate, activist and a social worker on national and international forums. She served as Minister of Women's Affairs of Afghanistan from December 2001 to 2003 and is currently the Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and, since 2005 ...

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Protecting Net Neutrality and the Open Internet

By Chris Riley Mozilla's official blog on open Internet policy initiatives and developments In January, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order that prevented Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from blocking and discriminating against edge providers, including any website operator, application developer or cloud service provider. We called the court’s rulin ...

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