OPINION: UN Development Agency Embraces Egypt’s Abusive Rulers
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OPINION: UN Development Agency Embraces Egypt’s Abusive Rulers

The United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) Egypt office issued a press release last week lavishing praise on President al-Sisi’s government’s supposed “good governance and accountability.” This is a very different Egypt from the one Human Rights Watch and other rights organizations have been monitoring. Instead, we have documented a brutal crackdown on human rights across…

OPINION: Sri Lanka: Rights Abuses Jeopardize EU Trade Benefits
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OPINION: Sri Lanka: Rights Abuses Jeopardize EU Trade Benefits

(Brussels) –  The European Union should publicly set out a clear framework with short timelines for Sri Lanka to comply with its human rights commitments and retain tariff-free access to the EU market, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the European Commission this week. EU pressure over a sharply deteriorating human rights situation…

OPINION: Cameroon: Repression Marks Crackdown Anniversary
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OPINION: Cameroon: Repression Marks Crackdown Anniversary

(Dakar) – Cameroon’s authorities should ensure accountability for their security forces’ crackdown on opposition leaders, supporters, and peaceful protesters in September 2020, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. They should immediately and unconditionally release all those held for expressing their political views or for exercising their right to peaceful assembly, and end the campaign…

OPINION: Zimbabwe: Dire Lack Of Clean Water In Capital
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OPINION: Zimbabwe: Dire Lack Of Clean Water In Capital

(Johannesburg) – Residents of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, face a potable water crisis three years after a deadly cholera outbreak, Human Rights Watch said today. Zimbabwe’s central government and the Harare City Council should urgently act to ensure clean water for millions of people affected. The water situation in Harare is largely the same as in…

OPINION: Bush And Warren Lead New Bill To Protect Renters Nationwide From Eviction
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OPINION: Bush And Warren Lead New Bill To Protect Renters Nationwide From Eviction

With millions of people across the United States facing lapsed eviction moratoria, joblessness, and expired unemployment benefits as the coronavirus pandemic drags on, U.S. Rep. Cori Bush and Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday unveiled a bill to help keep renters in their homes.The pair led dozens of lawmakers in introducing the Keeping Renters Safe Act…

OPINION: Sunrise Movement Targets Kyrsten Sinema For Obstructing Build Back Better Act
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OPINION: Sunrise Movement Targets Kyrsten Sinema For Obstructing Build Back Better Act

Hours after 13 Sunrise Movement activists were arrested at the Students March on Congress for Climate Action in Washington, D.C., members of the youth-led environmental group rallied for a Monday evening protest outside Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s Phoenix office to demand that the Arizona Democrat support at least a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that funds robust…

OPINION: Family Member Of Civilians Killed By US Drone Strike Demands Justice
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OPINION: Family Member Of Civilians Killed By US Drone Strike Demands Justice

There are stories that seem to leap from the pages of the Old Testament directly into our newsfeeds. These stories slow down the frenetic pace of news consumption, forcing us to ponder what it means to exist in a world where such brokenness is possible—and sanctioned in the name of national security.Over the weekend, Washington…

JOURNALISM: With Legacy Newspapers Contracting, Local Newsletter Startup 6AM City Is Planning Rapid Expansion
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JOURNALISM: With Legacy Newspapers Contracting, Local Newsletter Startup 6AM City Is Planning Rapid Expansion

6AM City, a group of local newsletters based in Greenville, South Carolina, has been operating largely under the radar since 2016. It ramped up in a big way Tuesday, announcing plans to triple in size from eight to 24 markets by late this year. It joins Axios Local and other players (Patch, WhereBy.Us) in the…

JOURNALISM: NewsGuild Releases Report On Culture And Harassment At Pittsburgh Guild
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JOURNALISM: NewsGuild Releases Report On Culture And Harassment At Pittsburgh Guild

The NewsGuild has proposed changes to its parent union’s constitution and will provide all members with clear instructions on how to report harassment following the release of a report Tuesday that revealed multiple incidents of harassment at the Pittsburgh Guild over the past 20 years. The report, titled “Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh 2021 Listening Tour,”…

OPINION: United States Announces Plan To Address Extreme Heat
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OPINION: United States Announces Plan To Address Extreme Heat

The administration of US President Joe Biden announced yesterday a major interagency initiative to respond to the impacts of extreme heat in the United States. This effort, which closely follows the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, will seek to develop the first-ever federal heat standard to protect workers. Extreme heat – exacerbated by climate…

OPINION: US: Treatment Of Haitian Migrants Discriminatory
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OPINION: US: Treatment Of Haitian Migrants Discriminatory

(Washington, DC) – The US deployment of border agents on horseback against Haitian migrants on September 19, 2021, stems from abusive and racially discriminatory immigration policies by the administration of President Joe Biden, Human Rights Watch said today. The previous day, the Department of Homeland Security announced a six-step “strategy to address the increase of…

OPINION: China And Pakistan See Eye To Eye On The Taliban—Almost
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OPINION: China And Pakistan See Eye To Eye On The Taliban—Almost

As the dust settles on the Taliban’s reconquest of Afghanistan, regional neighbors are adjusting their policies to take the new geostrategic reality into account. Among these countries are the self-proclaimed “iron brothers”—China and Pakistan. The good news for Beijing and Islamabad is that their respective policies on Taliban-run Afghanistan broadly align. But one particularly touchy…

OPINION: Summit Gives Biden Chance To Nudge Post-Soviet States Toward Democracy
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OPINION: Summit Gives Biden Chance To Nudge Post-Soviet States Toward Democracy

After the messy withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Biden may be ready to turn his attention to a more uplifting event on his calendar: a “summit for democracy.” But drawing up any guest lists can be fraught, especially when it’s the leader of the free world deciding who makes the cut. Among post-Soviet states, Biden is…

FRONT PAGES: Loud Chewers And Slurpers. Americans’ Most Atrocious Food Sins
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FRONT PAGES: Loud Chewers And Slurpers. Americans’ Most Atrocious Food Sins

By Zoya Gervis // SWNS NEWS COPY w/ VIDEO + INFOGRAPHIC Three in five Americans would end a date early or break up with someone if they had a food habit they found annoying – especially men – new research suggests. In a new poll of 2,000 Americans, research shows that men are almost twice…

FRONT PAGE: Many Americans Are Divided On These Favorite Holiday Food Staples
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FRONT PAGE: Many Americans Are Divided On These Favorite Holiday Food Staples

By Kyle Shokeye // SWNS NEWS COPY w/ VIDEO + INFOGRAPHIC “Virtual” Thanksgiving dinners may be here to stay. A survey of 2,004 Americans who celebrate Turkey Day explored how people are looking to spend the upcoming holiday and found more than half (57%) will still rely on celebrations through video calls in light of…

FRONT PAGE: Parents Implement Screen-Free Zones Around The House To Monitor Their Child’s Tech Use
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FRONT PAGE: Parents Implement Screen-Free Zones Around The House To Monitor Their Child’s Tech Use

By SWNS Staff NEWS COPY W/ VIDEO + INFOGRAPHIC Kids these days… four in five American parents agree it’s harder to raise children today than when they were growing up, according to new research. The survey polled 2,000 American parents of school-aged children to see how they handle their kids in today’s digital age and…

FRONT PAGE: Half Of Brits ‘finally’ Got On Top Of Their Home Life And Chores During Lockdown – But A Quarter Are Worried The End Of Restrictions Will Undo All Their Good Work
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FRONT PAGE: Half Of Brits ‘finally’ Got On Top Of Their Home Life And Chores During Lockdown – But A Quarter Are Worried The End Of Restrictions Will Undo All Their Good Work

A poll of 2,000 adults found the past 18 months has given them a chance to conquer their domestic duties and keep tabs on things like never before. And as a result, half of those polled ‘enjoyed’ being at home. However, a third (32 per cent) are now worried they’ll start to lose this sense…

FRONT PAGE: Millions Of Adults Have No Idea That Mushrooms, Red Meat And Oily Fish Are Sources Of Vitamin D
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FRONT PAGE: Millions Of Adults Have No Idea That Mushrooms, Red Meat And Oily Fish Are Sources Of Vitamin D

A survey of 2,000 adults revealed a stark lack of knowledge around adult vitamin intake, including where to source them. While just 12 per cent claimed they are very familiar with the sources of Vitamin D, only 38 per cent realise that late April to September are the months you can get Vitamin D from…

FRONT PAGE: 7 In 10 Parents Say Taking Photos Is Their Favorite Part Of Family Vacations
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FRONT PAGE: 7 In 10 Parents Say Taking Photos Is Their Favorite Part Of Family Vacations

By Aleksandra Vayntraub // SWNS NEWS COPY W/ VIDEO + INFOGRAPHIC The average parent only gets 17 minutes of relaxation a day while on vacation with their kids, new research has found. In fact, one in five said they get 15 minutes or less, and one in 10 parents have less than five minutes to…

FRONT PAGES: Nearly Half Americans Work At Their Dream Jobs
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FRONT PAGES: Nearly Half Americans Work At Their Dream Jobs

Nearly half of adults are living out their childhood fantasies — they’re working their “dream jobs” from when they were young. A new survey of 2,000 Americans revealed that 43% are currently living out their childhood dream, and an additional 19% have previously worked in their dream field. On average, those respondents first landed their…