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Breaking information barriers! New media are revolutionizing the landscape in the Americas

Breaking information barriers! New media are revolutionizing the landscape in the Americas

In the dynamic world of communication, America is experiencing a boom of new media that challenge the status quo and provide unprecedented news value. These innovative players in the media landscape, far from being mere add-ons, are emerging as reliable and fresh alternatives, captivating diverse audiences and transforming the way we consume news and information. What makes these new media so special? Diversity and plurality of voices: Unlike traditional media, often concentrated in large conglomerates, new media give voice to a wide range of perspectives and narratives, from indigenous communities to underrepresented minorities. This enriches public debate and promotes a…
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Shahjahan Bhuiya, the hangman turned TikTok star, dies in Bangladesh

Shahjahan Bhuiya, the hangman turned TikTok star, dies in Bangladesh

Shahjahan Bhuiya, who rose to fame by executing some of Bangladesh’s most notorious criminals in exchange for reduced sentences for his crimes and later gained brief fame on TikTok, died on Monday in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. The National Police announced Tuesday that the cause of his death, which occurred in hospital, has not yet been confirmed. Abul Kashem, Bhuiya's landlord, said he took Bhuiya to the hospital on Sunday after Bhuiya experienced chest pains. Last year, Bhuiya told local media that he was 74, but his national identity card, provided by Kashem, indicated that he was 66 at the time…
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Motorcycles and chaos in eastern Ukraine

Motorcycles and chaos in eastern Ukraine

Russian motorcycle soldiers have introduced a new element of chaos to the fighting in eastern Ukraine, often using motorcycles, dirt bikes, quad bikes and dune buggies to quickly traverse open and exposed spaces. Lieutenant Mykhailo Hubitsky described these assaults: "They moved quickly, scattered and swerved." These unconventional vehicles are now so common that Ukrainian trenches often overlook scrapyards of abandoned and exploded off-road vehicles. Moscow's forces aim to make small tactical gains, often just a few hundred meters. Despite the high risk, these motorcycle assaults help Russian forces traverse minefields while being observed by drones and under artillery fire. The…
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French far right scores big win in first round of election, polls show

French far right scores big win in first round of election, polls show

Early projections indicate that the Rassemblement National party has won a landslide victory in the first round of elections for the French National Assembly, bringing the nationalist, anti-immigration party to power for the first time. Polling projections suggest the party won about 34% of the vote, far ahead of President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist Renaissance party and its allies, who won about 21%. The scores do not reliably predict how many parliamentary seats each party will win, but National Rally is likely to be the largest force in the lower house, though not necessarily with an overall majority. A coalition of…
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Palestinian Fighters in West Bank Draw Inspiration from Hamas in Gaza

Palestinian Fighters in West Bank Draw Inspiration from Hamas in Gaza

The narrow alleys of West Bank refugee camps are covered with black tarps to hide Palestinian fighters from Israeli drones. Green Hamas flags and “martyrs” banners adorn buildings damaged by Israeli raids and airstrikes aimed at curbing the growing militancy fueled by the Gaza conflict. This scene, however, does not take place in Gaza or a traditional Hamas stronghold, but in a refugee camp in Tulkarem, a city in the Israeli-occupied West Bank where the moderate Palestinian faction Fatah has long held sway. Recently, I met Muhammad Jaber, a local commander, in one of these dusty, war-torn alleys. At 25,…
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Kim Jong-un's new pin symbolizes his noble personality cult

Kim Jong-un's new pin symbolizes his noble personality cult

At a recent meeting with the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced a promising harvest and a new defense treaty with Russia. However, what attracted the most attention was the introduction of a new accessory: breast pins with the image of Kim Jong-un, as shown in photos by state media. The Kim family, in power in North Korea since 1948, has long been revered as a godlike figure. Portraits of Kim Jong Un's grandfather, Kim Il Sung, and his father, Kim Jong Il, adorn every home and office, and citizens are required to wear pins depicting…
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The Dark Charm of Russian Nihilistic Entertainment

The Dark Charm of Russian Nihilistic Entertainment

The leader of the Universe gang, Vova, brother of Marat, has just returned from the harrowing Soviet-Afghan war. Despite the horrors he has witnessed, he seems unfazed, and his peers show no curiosity about his experiences. This sets the tone for the series: a world so devoid of meaning that it becomes impenetrable. Director Zhora Kryzhovnikov confines the camera to the stark, rectilinear apartment blocks, never venturing beyond. While the period details are surprisingly accurate, the true essence of Kazan remains elusive. The plot oscillates between frenetic activity and inertia. The play takes place at a crucial moment in history.…
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Nigel Farage Makes His Parliament Debut

Nigel Farage Makes His Parliament Debut

Nigel Farage, known for his support of former President Donald J. Trump, his pivotal role in Brexit and his reputation as Britain’s most notorious political provocateur, has been elected to Parliament for the first time. At the helm of the emerging Reform UK party, Farage defied expectations by securing four seats in Parliament, beating many analysts’ predictions in a system that typically disadvantages smaller parties. His party platform has focused heavily on anti-immigration policies. Farage won a decisive victory in Clacton, a declining coastal town where pre-election polls had indicated strong support for him. The victory comes after seven previous…
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Political changes in France after early elections

Political changes in France after early elections

After Sunday's snap legislative elections in France, the nation faces a deadlocked parliament and significant political uncertainty. No major political factions, left, center or right, have won an outright majority. The left-wing New Popular Front emerged as the leading group with 178 seats. President Emmanuel Macron's centrist coalition followed with 150 seats, while Marine Le Pen's anti-immigration Rassemblement National party and its allies secured 142 seats. Contrary to expectations, the National Rally did not win a clear victory. A strategic move by centrists and leftists to form a "republican front" against the National Rally in the second round of voting…
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Cigarette smuggling in Gaza Humanitarian aid convoys intended to deliver supplies to the starving population of Gaza now face a major challenge

Cigarette smuggling in Gaza Humanitarian aid convoys intended to deliver supplies to the starving population of Gaza now face a major challenge

In the heavily blockaded Gaza Strip, cigarettes have become a rare commodity, often selling for $25-30 each. Both U.N. and Israeli officials have reported that coordinated attacks by groups seeking to profit from these contraband cigarettes are severely hampering the transportation of essential aid into southern Gaza. Israeli authorities carefully monitor all goods entering and leaving Gaza through checkpoints under their control. Despite these efforts, cigarettes have managed to pass for weeks inside aid trucks, mainly through the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Gaza. To evade Israeli controls, traffickers in Egypt hide cigarettes in sacks of flour, diapers and even…
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