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Charging Julian Assange Under the Espionage Act Is an Attack on the First Amendment

It’s a sad day in America when the most appropriate thing to say is the line often misattributed to Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” When basic rights are under attack from the government, the arguments that are called for are neither original nor subtle. On Thursday, the Justice Department announced that it was charging the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act, ... Full story

We will 'fight to the death' to save the Amazon

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is advancing at worrying levels. In January, the area lost was double that in the same month in 2019, according to official figures. This after a catastrophic dry season last year in which fires destroyed large swathes of the rainforest, a carbon store which is seen as key in slowing down the pace of global warming. There was outrage around the world as fire destroyed trees and killed wildlife at a rate ... Full story

The One War That the Human Species Can’t Lose

Sign up for Bill McKibben’s new Climate Crisis newsletter and get weekly updates from inside the climate movement. On the final day of my expedition to Antarctica last year, ten of us set out on a Zodiac to tour dozens of icebergs in nature’s wondrous ocean museum. The frozen sculptures glistened in exquisite hues of blue and cyan; iceberg colors vary by the density of air bubbles. Each was formed after snapping off an ancient glacier. The ... Full story

Frozen bird discovered in Siberia is 46,000 years old Washington Post

The frozen carcass of a horned lark discovered in northeast Siberia by fossil ivory hunters could help scientists better understand how the ecosystem evolved at the end of the last ice age, new research suggests. Scientists said they extracted DNA from the “exceptionally well-preserved” ancient bird carcass that they determined was roughly 46,000 years old, according to an article published Friday in the journal Communications Biology. ... Full story

Responding to news of Russian interference, Trump sends chilling message to U.S. intelligence community

Trump upbraided Maguire in the Oval Office on Feb. 14, saying that the intelligence community had handed Democrats political ammunition during a bipartisan briefing a day earlier about efforts to secure the 2020 election. A senior career intelligence officer who worked for Maguire told lawmakers that Russia had “developed a preference” for Trump. She also described other steps Russia is taking, including assistance to the presidential campaign ... Full story

U.S. Election 2020 | Reuters

NEVADA DEMOCRATS REPORT HIGH EARLY CAUCUS PARTICIPATION. LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Nearly 75,000 Nevadans participated early in the state's Democratic U.S. presidential nominating contest, the party said on Friday, a sign of a potentially large turnout in the first test for the candidates in the diverse western United States. Full story

Dubs or subs? Parasite renews debate on how to watch foreign films

Image caption South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. The South Korean dark comedy film Parasite had a historic awards season sweep - and in the process, reignited the debate over whether subtitles or dubbing is the best way to watch a movie that isn't in your native language. As director Bong Joon Ho accepted the first-ever best foreign language picture Golden Globe for a South Korean film, he said: "Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of ... Full story

Bernie Sanders Has Early Lead in Nevada Caucus Results: Live Updates

LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Democratic Party said it expects to have more results from its presidential caucuses soon. “Caucuses are running smoothly, results are coming in, and we’ll have them up soon,” Nevada Democratic Party spokeswoman Molly Forgey said. “We’ve been prepared all along for a high influx of results as caucuses wrap up, and we’re working diligently to accommodate and continue processing the high volume of incoming results from ... Full story

France's Macron: unclear if EU-Britain to have trade deal by year-end

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he talks during the 57th International Agriculture Fair (Salon international de l'Agriculture) at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, France February 22, 2020. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS. PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday cast doubt over the likelihood of the European Union and Britain reaching a post-Brexit trade deal by the end of the year, saying he ... Full story

The DR Congo music festival celebrating life - BBC News

In a field in central Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, 36,000 people last weekend got the chance to forget fears about insecurity and enjoy some top African music acts at the Amani Festival. The annual festival, named after the Swahili word for peace, is a rare time for such large numbers to come together in one place here. Goma is the biggest city in a region that has seen an upsurge of violence in recent months. Attacks ... Full story

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