A Video Leak Reveals the Use of Rape as Torture in Russian Prisons

An investigator visits Regional Tuberculosis Hospital No 1 under the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service, its staff charged with abusing convicts. Investigative Committee Office for Saratov Region. (Investigative CommitteeTASS via Getty Images)

Content warning: This article discusses torture and sexual assault in prison and includes graphic descriptions.

“They told me to take [their genitals] into my mouth, to suck,” an inmate from one of Russia’s correctional colonies told Novaya Gazeta in a recent interview.

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A reluctant warrior? An examination of Gen. Colin Powell’s bloody legacy from Iraq to Latin America

We look at the life and legacy of Colin Powell, who is best known for giving false testimony to the U.N. Security Council in 2003 about nonexistent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, paving the way for the U.S. invasion and occupation that would kill over 1 million Iraqis. Powell, who was the first Black secretary of state, the first Black and youngest chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first Black national security adviser, died on Monday due to blood cancer and Parkinson’s disease that left him vulnerable to infection from COVID-19. Tributes poured in from top U.S.

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Altercation: ‘Both Sides’ Journalism Versus the Truth on Climate Change

Mitch Daniels, identified as “a [Washington] Post contributing columnist … president of Purdue University and a former governor of Indiana” on the Post op-ed page, is concerned about academic freedom. He—or someone who works for him—apparently came across an article in Scientific American signed by 12 scientists objecting to the widely publicized views of Steve Koonin.

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This notorious 15th-century book gave instructions on spotting witches

by Melissa Chim, General Theological Seminary
Books have always had the power to cast a spell over their readers – figuratively.
But one book that was quite popular from the 15th to 17th centuries, and infamously so, is literally about spells: what witches do, how do identify them, how to get them to confess, and how to bring them to swift punishment.
As fear of witches reached a fever pitch in Europe, witch hunters turned to the “Malleus Maleficarum,” or “Hammer of Witches,” for guidance.

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Chinese Internet Yanks Celtics Games From Air After NBA Player Called Xi A ‘Brutal Dictator’ For Oppressing Tibet

A Chinese internet company with close ties to the communist government yanked Boston Celtics basketball games from the air on Thursday after the team’s center, Enes Kanter, spoke out against the dictator Xi Jinping and his political cronies for oppressing Tibet.
Tencent Sports, which maintains a streaming partnership with the National Basketball Association, abruptly ended its coverage of the popular games after Kanter posted a short video to Facebook on Wednesday calling on “brutal dictator” Jinping to “Free Tibet.”
“My message for the Chinese government is: Free Tibet.

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Chinese Internet Yanks Celtics Games From Air After NBA Player Called Xi A ‘Brutal Dictator’ For Oppressing Tibet

A Chinese internet company with close ties to the communist government yanked Boston Celtics basketball games from the air on Thursday after the team’s center, Enes Kanter, spoke out against the dictator Xi Jinping and his political cronies for oppressing Tibet.
Tencent Sports, which maintains a streaming partnership with the National Basketball Association, abruptly ended its coverage of the popular games after Kanter posted a short video to Facebook on Wednesday calling on “brutal dictator” Jinping to “Free Tibet.”
“My message for the Chinese government is: Free Tibet.

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Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart Dish on ‘Waking and Baking’ and Why Candy Corn Is Trash

Before we could begin our Zoom interview about their Peacock Halloween special, Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart had some important business to take care of.
“Let me let Martha see my birthday gift,” Snoop said as he reached off camera. A small, furry ball of wrinkles came into view.
Stewart, even-tempered as ever, did not exclaim her remark—delivered, instead, with the gently surprised pleasure one might feel at the sight of unexpected bread with dinner. But she did repeat it a couple times with feeling: “Cream Frenchie.

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Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart Dish on ‘Waking and Baking’ and Why Candy Corn Is Trash

Before we could begin our Zoom interview about their Peacock Halloween special, Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart had some important business to take care of.
“Let me let Martha see my birthday gift,” Snoop said as he reached off camera. A small, furry ball of wrinkles came into view.
Stewart, even-tempered as ever, did not exclaim her remark—delivered, instead, with the gently surprised pleasure one might feel at the sight of unexpected bread with dinner. But she did repeat it a couple times with feeling: “Cream Frenchie.

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Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart Dish on ‘Waking and Baking’ and Why Candy Corn Is Trash

Before we could begin our Zoom interview about their Peacock Halloween special, Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart had some important business to take care of.
“Let me let Martha see my birthday gift,” Snoop said as he reached off camera. A small, furry ball of wrinkles came into view.
Stewart, even-tempered as ever, did not exclaim her remark—delivered, instead, with the gently surprised pleasure one might feel at the sight of unexpected bread with dinner. But she did repeat it a couple times with feeling: “Cream Frenchie.

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John Keats’s Politics of Pain and Renewal

“The Grave of Keats,” 1873 by Walter Crane. (Photo by Ashmolean Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

Like a lot of people who get their understanding of the world from books, I fell in love twice when I was 20. I was introduced to Hart Crane’s poetry a few weeks after I met my wife, and I connected immediately with Crane’s depressive excess and with his precociousness—both tragic and goofy. He could be cruel, especially about those whose approval he craved, and he would inflate brief encounters into life-changing entanglements just to feel interesting.

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