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Brazil Protesters Denounce Bolsonaro Over COVID Crisis

Brazil Protesters Denounce Bolsonaro Over COVID Crisis

Intermediate
May 20, 2021

Read this intermediate-level article from Al Jazeera about protests in Brazil against president Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the corona pandemic. The article includes vocabulary explanations and related conversation questions.

Amazon Workers in Alabama Vote Against Forming Company’s First Union

Amazon Workers in Alabama Vote Against Forming Company’s First Union

Advanced
April 9, 2021

Amazon has won a victory in its hard-fought campaign to stop workers at an Alabama warehouse forming the company’s first union, in a tough blow for the US labor movement

Germany: Collective Deportation of Tamils to Sri Lanka Met With Outrage

Germany: Collective Deportation of Tamils to Sri Lanka Met With Outrage

Intermediate
April 6, 2021

Twenty-four Tamils have been deported from Germany to Sri Lanka. Citing the danger returnees face, a refugee support organization and a Catholic priest condemned the action

Malcolm X Family Demands Reopening of Murder Investigation

Malcolm X Family Demands Reopening of Murder Investigation

Advanced
February 22, 2021

The daughters of assassinated US black civil rights leader Malcolm X have requested that the murder investigation be reopened in light of new evidence

Algeria to Collect 1 Million Signatures for Bill Criminalising French Colonialism

Algeria to Collect 1 Million Signatures for Bill Criminalising French Colonialism

Intermediate
February 8, 2021

Algerian MPs have started a petition to call on the government to enact a law to criminalise the French colonial occupation of the country

More Than 5,000 Protesters Arrested in Russia

More Than 5,000 Protesters Arrested in Russia

Intermediate
January 31, 2021

Police have detained over 5,100 people in Russia and used unprecedented security measures to try and stop the protests

Argentina Legalises Abortion

Argentina Legalises Abortion

Easy+
December 30, 2020

Women in Argentina will now have the right to terminate pregnancy up to 14 weeks. The Senate vote is an important development for abortion rights in Latin America.

Federal Judge Orders Wisconsin to Provide Transition Care to Trans Inmate

Federal Judge Orders Wisconsin to Provide Transition Care to Trans Inmate

Advanced
December 19, 2020

A judge has ruled that a trans inmate in Wisconsin should receive gender-affirming medical care.

Ella Kissi-Debrah: Nine-Year-Old is First Person in the UK to Have Air Pollution Listed on Death Certificate

Ella Kissi-Debrah: Nine-Year-Old is First Person in the UK to Have Air Pollution Listed on Death Certificate

Intermediate
December 21, 2020

For the first time ever in the UK, a coroner has ruled that air pollution made a ‘real contribution’ to Ella’s death in 2013

Oklahoma Elects a Non-Binary Black Muslim Millennial to The State House

Oklahoma Elects a Non-Binary Black Muslim Millennial to The State House

Advanced
November 4, 2020

27-year-old Mauree Turner unseated an incumbent and cruised to victory to become the first Muslim individual elected in Oklahoma.

Poland Protesters Tussle with Police After Abortion Ruling

Poland Protesters Tussle with Police After Abortion Ruling

Intermediate
October 23, 2020

Poland's constitutional court has ruled that abortions due to birth defects are unconstitutional

UK Government Abandons Self-Identification Plan for Trans People

UK Government Abandons Self-Identification Plan for Trans People

Intermediate
September 23, 2020

Trans people say the current self-identification process (which requires a medical diagnosis) in the country is intrusive and demeaning