Tapachula, Mexico: Stopping the caravans

Tapachula, Mexico: Stopping the caravans

Mexican authorities have begun cracking down on the caravans of Central Americans journeying through the country toward the U.S. border. Mexican immigration agents and police detained en masse a migrant group of 371 people last week, the largest single raid on a caravan since migrants last year began making the Continue Reading

Kiev, Ukraine: Hitting back at Putin

Kiev, Ukraine: Hitting back at Putin

Ukraine’s Presidentelect Volodymyr Zelenskiy won’t take office until next month, but the comedian turned national leader is already getting tough with Russia. In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent attempt to destabilize Ukraine by granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainians in the breakaway, Russianoccupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Zelenskiy made Continue Reading

Pyongyang: Warmbier ransom

Pyongyang: Warmbier ransom

The Trump administration has admitted that one of its officials signed a document pledging to pay North Korea a $2 million hospital bill to release comatose American student Otto Warmbier, though it says no money was actually handed over. Warmbier fell into a coma in 2016 while serving a 15-year Continue Reading

Greenbelt, Md: Released on bail

Greenbelt, Md: Released on bail

A Coast Guard lieutenant who was allegedly planning a white supremacist attack is entitled to be released before his trial, a federal magistrate ruled last week. Christopher Hasson was arrested in February on weapons and drug charges, but prosecutors have not charged Hasson with terrorism. Hasson, a self-described white nationalist, Continue Reading

South Bend,indiana: Political hit job

South Bend,indiana: Political hit job

A recent college graduate said two conservative hoaxsters manipulating him into falsely accusing Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg of rape. Right-wing social media antagonists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman reportedly spent a week searching for young gay Republicans who would level an accusation against Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Continue Reading

Attacked for being black

Attacked for being black

The Czech Republic’s first black lawmaker just got beaten up, said Martin Fendrych, yet nobody wants to call it an act of racism. Dominik Feri, 22, was at a wine-tasting event in the small eastern town of Borsice when a man came up to him and asked, “You’re Feri?” As Continue Reading

London: Prison for Assange

London: Prison for Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to nearly a year in prison this week for jumping bail. Assange, an Australian citizen, broke his bail in 2012 when he fled to the Ecuadoran Embassy in London after Sweden requested his extradition in a rape case. Assange said he feared Sweden would Continue Reading

Quebec: Massive floods

Quebec: Massive floods

A dike breach sent waist-high water surging into a Montreal suburb this week, causing some 5,000 residents to flee with their children and pets. Sirens blaring, police, firefighters, and soldiers drove through the streets of SainteMarthe-sur-le-Lac, banging on doors to tell homeowners to leave immediately. Other floods forced some 4,000 Continue Reading