Cher visits Pakistan to save the 'world's loneliest elephant'
She believes in life in the wild.Pop goddess Cher met with the prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, on Friday, to help save Kaavan — known as “the world’s loneliest elephant.”The legendary singer and Oscar-winning actress was celebrating the departure of Kaavan, who’ll soon leave a Pakistani zoo for an animal sanctuary in Cambodia.“Just came from meeting to thank Prime Minister Imran Kahn for making it possible for me to take Kaavan to Cambodia,” the 74-year-old Grammy Award-winner tweeted. “Kaavan will be able to leave for Cambodia on the 29.”Four Paws International, an animal welfare orga...
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Will Bunch: Trump, GOP's ridiculous, flailing coup isn't a joke. It's a crime. There must be consequences
OK, so you haven’t seen so many slam dunks since the U.S. “Dream Team” won the 1992 Olympics, as Team Trump’s ace legal department actually embraces “My Cousin Vinny” while racking up a courtroom won-loss record that rivals the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s been more than two weeks since the media and all other reputable observers called the 2020 election as a resounding win for Joe Biden, and yet President Donald Trump and his minions continue to press a case for overturning the result that’s melted faster than the stuff running out of Rudy Giuliani’s hair or his wherever.Yes, it’s so easy ...
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October – A bleak month for freedom of expression in Sri Lanka
Type of Violation in October 2020. Image via Groundviews.This post by Ruki Fernando originally appeared in Groundviews, an award-winning citizen media website in Sri Lanka. A shortened and edited version is published below as part of a content-sharing agreement with Global Voices.October was a bleak month for freedom of expression in Sri Lanka with four cases of assault against five provincial journalists. All five journalists had to be hospitalised. Media organisations issued statements condemning these incidents and protests were held in the aftermath of at least one incident.There were also...
Beyoncé Releases Drip 2 Collection, A New Ivy Park & Adidas Collaboration
Beyoncé has released her second collaboration with Adidas – her new gender-neutral clothing line, with generous diversity in sizes.The singer-songwriter announced the October 31 release of her new clothing collection, made in collaboration between the Adidas shoe company and her own venture Ivy Park. The new line has been dubbed Drip 2 and features gender-neutral outerwear ranging from XXXS to 4X. It includes accessories such as fanny packs, hats and a duffle bag, all in various soft colors.The singer modeled select pieces on her social media, with one tweet announcing its availability. The mo...
As Pompeo campaigns against China, a growing welcome in India
Washington (AFP) - When the United States tried to seal a defense deal seven years ago with the Maldives, a sprawling and strategic archipelago, its plans were quietly torpedoed by a friend -- India, which considers the Indian Ocean its sphere of influence. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit the Maldives this week after top-level talks in India -- which offered open support when the Pentagon finally went ahead with a defense pact with the island nation in September.What brought about the change, analysts say, is a deepening concern in New Delhi about China, which engaged in a deadly ...
Editorial: COVID-19 is being used as a cover to constrict global freedom
The global coronavirus pandemic “has fueled a crisis for democracy across the world,” according to a bracing report, “Democracy under Lockdown: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Struggle for Freedom,” from the nonpartisan watchdog Freedom House.Tragically, freedom has been contracting, not expanding, for 14 consecutive years, and the pandemic has resulted in declines in democracy and human rights in 80 nations as governments have responded by “engaging in abuses of power, silencing their critics, and weakening or shuttering important institutions, often undermining the very system of accoun...
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Understanding pandemic fatigue
Non-profit JKS Volunteers took initiative by providing the community of Jaffna, Sri Lanka with dry food packages and distributing 1,000 sanitary pads to women in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Image from Flickr by SDG Action Campaign. CC BY-ND 2.0.This post by Shashika Bandara originally appeared in Groundviews, an award-winning citizen media website in Sri Lanka. An edited version is published below as part of a content-sharing agreement with Global Voices.Sri Lanka is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 infections with 1,307 total infections with 1,180 new cases confirmed within seven days, as ...
Władza dla Gotabayi Rajapaksy w Sri Lance i Ishmaela Toroamy w Bougainville
Prezydent Sri Lanki Gotabaya Rajapaksa ma otrzymać dodatkowe uprawnienia. Projekt ustawy, będący poprawką do konstytucji, został złożony w parlamencie przez prawicowy rząd lankijski. Zmiany pozwolą prezydentowi m.in. na powoływanie i odwoływanie ministrów, powoływanie funkcjonariuszy policji, szefów sił zbrojnych, władz sądowniczych i służb publicznych oraz rozwiązanie parlamentu w dowolnym momencie po pierwszym roku jego funkcjonowania. Prezydent otrzyma całkowity immunitet chroniący go przed jakimkolwiek oskarżeniem. Przedstawiciele opozycji obawiają się, że Gotabaya Rajapaksa będzie nadużyw...
Haiti's currency is suddenly strong against the dollar. For many, that's disastrous
A sudden and spectacular appreciation in Haiti’s national currency, the gourde, is creating havoc across the country as economists try to figure out what’s fueling it and skeptical Haitian consumers wonder how long it will last.Over the past four weeks, the gourde has risen in value from 118 gourdes to the U.S. dollar at the end of August to 65 gourdes for every greenback on Wednesday, an appreciation of 81.5 percent.The gourde’s rise is a windfall for importers, big dollar-denominated borrowers and those doing business or getting paid in gourdes, who have seen their earnings plummet due to th...
Miss traveling? This year's cookbooks will take you around the world.
Not long ago, in the before-the-pandemic times it seemed so easy to hop on a plane, and within a few hours, be in a different world. The cultural exchange could start with a restaurant recommendation from a taxi driver, or by stumbling into a farmers market or wine shop.With only a few countries accepting United States passports, many of us have delayed or canceled our international travel plans. In fact, Airbnb reports a surge in bookings in rural areas as many people are limiting their excursions to road trips and staycations. Even our North American neighbors Mexico and Canada remain closed...
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