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A 'special cultural operation': how Ukrainians boost resilience and spread laughs with wartime memes (

The war in Ukraine has inspired a number of memes and instances of patriotic rallying across the society. "Irony is a powerful mechanism, especially when it is shared by a number of people,” says Natalya Shaposhnik, a practicing psychotherapist in Ukraine. “It is a new language to express something for which one does not...

A jail for wayward polar bears? You must be in Churchill, Canada ... (

The 900 residents of the Manitoba town have learned to share their streets on the edge of the Arctic with the huge animals and the eager tourists who come to see them. Arrivals at the airport are greeted by a large safety sign warning them not to feed the polar bears and locals routinely leave their cars unlocked to give people...

Russian defector sheds light on Putin paranoia and his secret train network (

Gleb Karakulov, who served as a captain in the Federal Protection Service (FSO), a powerful body tasked with protecting Russia’s highest-ranking officials. "Our president has lost touch with the world,” he said. “He has been living in an information cocoon for the past couple of years, spending most of his time in his...

‘I got a brain injury and a life sentence’: the hidden legacy of male violence against women (

The connection between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and intimate partner violence (IPV) is a global scandal and a public health secret. It is hard to find any reference to it on websites concerning violence against women and girls, women’s organisations, major brain injury charities, or in training for heath, police and social...

Weapons of war: sexual violence of Russian military in Ukraine (

Sexual violence by the Russian forces in Ukraine isn’t just the result of bad discipline, low morale, or abuse of power by individual soldiers, a researcher says. Its systematicity, scale, organization, and forms prove the conscious and deliberate use of sexual violence to achieve the military-political goals of the Russian...

More than money: the logic of slavery reparations (

Without understanding the history of slavery and colonialism, we cannot understand the extent to which societies today are shaped by systemic racism, unfair distribution of assets, inequality and violence – and how all of these have led to despair, marginalisation and disenfranchisement in parts of the population.

Meet the Indian widows fighting back (

While widows in India have to deal with the grief and financial loss caused by losing their husbands, many of them are also pressured into conforming to traditions that have been described as “social death” accompanied by stigma. Now a social worker and a group of widows fight for a change.

An interesting podcast about access to information (and misinformation). (

One thing that really stuck with me is the observation that right-wing disinformation is free and easily accessible. Left-wing media tends to invest more in journalism, fact-checking, etc., and therefore have higher costs, so we tend to hide the good reporting behind paywalls, which means it's not necessarily easily accessible.

China may face more embarrassment over its human-rights record (

China has been keen to prevent a much-discussed UN convention on crimes against humanity. But at the end of last year a medley of countries led by Bangladesh, Gambia and Mexico infuriated China and Russia by paving the way towards one in a committee of the UN- and they are gathering an unstoppable wave of support in the General...

Founder of Afghan Girls' School Project Arrested- and Beaten- in Kabul (

The Taliban government last year barred girls from attending secondary school, making Afghanistan the only country in the world where there is a ban on education. Matiullah Wesa has continued to drum up support from locals for his organization which campaigns for schools and distributes books in rural areas.

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