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NEWS Embracing veganism and animal sentience: the long view on Coronavirus outbreak

The current outbreak by the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV is not the first, and will not be the last microbe that jumped from animals to humans, because we continue to eat animals as food and invade their natural territory. A good way to reduce infectious outbreaks from animals is veganism, stopping wildlife trade, human consumption of animal products, and importantly, recognizing animal sentience. Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 recognized animal sentience in Europe. We should follow suit because we are less likely to eat animals, colonize wildlife habitats and be exposed to animal pathogens, once we accept animal sentience and agency.
NEWS The Fly on the Wall…

The rise of populism and post-truth is a wake up call to humanity and modernity to: (1) Recognize that knowledge production, journalism (and life) are value-loaded, and thus, inherently political, (2) Rethink the relationship between journalism and activism, (3) Realize it is not politics but sweeping politics under the carpet and unchecked human power that are existential threats to journalism, democracy and peace on planet Earth in the 21st century
NEWS Cambodia: Is Justice Possible After Genocide?

In Cambodia I often heard that the particularity of the Cambodian genocide is the fact that “they killed their own people”. They mean by it that Khmer Rouge killed their ethnic kin, other Khmer.
NEWS Tuol Sleng: The Prison-Museum of the Cambodian Genocide

At the entrance of Tuol Sleng, which was known as S-21 prison under the Khmer Rouge, a visitor is faced with a poster that publicized the ten “security regulations” of the prison, in Khmer, with French and English translations. Number six says: “while getting lashes or electrification you must not cry at all.”
ARMENIA Becoming Aram: The Formative Years of a Revolutionary Statesman (1879-1908)

If you had told Aram Manoukian on March 6, 1908, that within a decade he would successfully lead the defense of Van against the Ottoman military, save tens of thousands of Armenians from imminent murder, become the temporary governor of Van after the withdrawal of the Turkish forces, and then emerge as the founder of the First Armenian Republic as Tsarist Russia faltered, he probably would have had a good laugh. After all, that day seemed to usher in the end of Aram’s life as a free man—if not his life altogether—as Turkish policemen and soldiers dragged him out of a 30-foot-deep well where he was hiding with fellow revolutionaries, and escorted the lot of them to the military commander’s residence, where they were interrogated, photographed, and sent to solitary confinement.