Nadia Murad: from ISIS Sex Slave to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has gone to anti-rape activists Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege. As Brett Kavanaugh’s bitter nomination fight monopolizes all conversations of sexual violence, the work of Murad— a Yazidi rape survivor—and Mukweg— a Congolese gynecologist—urges everyone to look beyond partisan squabbling in the U.S. and recognizes the sheer brutality faced by women all over the world. Both award recipients come to represent the global battle against gender-based violence. Murad’s story, especially, showcases the active role of the sexual assault survivors as they turn their tragic past…

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Amy Schumer, Emily Ratajkowski and 300 Others Arrested at Kavanaugh Protests

Comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski were arrested and detained in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, as thousands of demonstrators marched down the Senate Office Building where the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set to occur. Among the massive crowd, Schumer was spotted holding a “We Believe Anita Hill” sign. “That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to keep showing up and no matter how this goes, they cannot keep us down,” Schumer shouted. “We will win. A vote for Kavanaugh is a vote saying…

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Fake News Alert: What You Heard About the Indonesian Tsunami May Not Be True

“This video is a HOAX,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the national spokesman of the Indonesian disaster-management board, said on Twitter of an apocalyptic video clip featuring a cloud of volcanic ash chasing down fleeing residents. A deadly 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Palu, Indonesia on September 28th. Since then, authorities in Indonesia have identified a number of social media hoaxes. These fake reports have been spreading further fear and frenzy among residents in the disaster zone. The footage Nugroho referred to, for example, has nothing to do with Indonesia’s ongoing disaster. It…

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Turkey’s currency keeps weakening after conflict with the U.S.

The Turkish lira has continued its downward spiral after the country’s finance minister, Berat Albayrak, stated U.S. trade sanctions against Ankara could intensely damage the Middle East. Investors were apparently taken aback by the minister’s rhetoric against the U.S. and therefore released their investments from the country’s businesses. This is something that has happened a substantial amount of times throughout the last months, as conflicts between Turkey and the U.S. seem to be directly affecting the state of the country’s currency. The currency is currently standing at a value of…

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Madden 19 Video Game Tournament Turns Deadly in Jacksonville

Today, August 26th, a video game tournament for the popular football simulation game Madden 19 was taking place at the Jacksonville Landing complex where several e-sports teams were vying to get past the qualifying stage. A video posted on CNN captures what seems to be the sound of gunfire during a live portion of the tournament, with several screams in the background before the live footage was halted. Several fatalities are currently all that is known for this mass shooting, one of which includes a shooting suspect. Authorities currently are not aware…

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