Universal basic income of £1,600 a month to be trialled in England
"Universal basic income usually covers people’s basic needs but we want to see what effect this unconditional lump sum has on people’s mental and physical health, whether they choose to work or not," says Will Stronge, the director of research at the thinktank Autonomy, which is backing the plan.

Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser does an Ask Me Anything
Via []( Lesser was born in Poland in 1928. Most of his family were killed by Nazis. He moved to the United States, became a realtor, and has spent much of his life trying to "prevent the world from developing amnesia." > I named my foundation "Zachor" which is the Hebrew word for "remember" because every generation must re-learn the consequences of hatred and bigotry.

Andrew Battel: Pirate, Convict, Merchant, and Mercenary – Molten Sulfur Blog
Really interesting dude I really wasn't sure where to put this.

Misinformation and echo chambers are often used to explain polarization and political divides between people. New research, however, finds there is another factor we should worry about, namely our online consumption of quality news, or exactly the lack of it.

For those who are unaware, #AudioMo is an annual event, where every June, people try to publish a piece of audio every day. The audio could be some bird song they enjoyed hearing, or an hour long conversation with someone else about a topic that's important to them. It doesn't really matter. What's nice is filtering the hashtag, then scrolling down through, listening to voices from all walks of life, talking about a vast range of subjects that you might never have given any thought to.

subheading: Though insects are a part of our daily lives, they provoke strong and often negative emotions. And yet, they are precious allies of biodiversity. What if we learned to get to know them, so as to better appreciate them?

Since Russia's invasion, Ukrainian artists and cultural workers swiftly has been shifting their focus to contributing to war efforts, including on the front lines. But they are also working to maintain and promote Ukraine's unique artistic and cultural heritage.

Help Putin find Ukraine: A historian explains the Russian government’s obession with the past
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin once again reiterated his favourite sentiment: “It was only after the October Revolution that various quasi-states appeared and the Soviet government created Soviet Ukraine. It is a well-known fact.” To historian Alexander Orlov such statements are not only incorrect, but they show the Russian government's "passeism", the hostility towards the present and future.

The textbook (without giving context) quotes Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov’s statement regarding Germany’s attack on the Soviet Union: “Our cause is just! The enemy will be defeated! Victory will be ours!” It is supposed to become a part of the school curriculum starting September 1, 2023. However, the publication Podyom (“Rise”) writes that the textbook will not be mandatory, citing the Russian Word publishing house.

The secretive prisons where Russia hides and tortures Ukrainian civilians
Over the last 14 months, Russia has abducted thousands of Ukrainian civilians, from volunteers and journalists to former soldiers and officials, and locked them in Russian prisons. Most of them are not allowed to communicate with their lawyers or loved ones and without knowing reasons for their incarceration. Now Ukrainians who have been released from the facilities, as well as with their relatives and lawyers, talk about how this clandestine prison system works.

Press freedom advocates have increasingly been criticising “lawfare”, the misuse of the law to silence critical voices. It typically involves charges not directly related to journalism and is more and more a common tool among corrupt and authoritarian regimes keen to fight freedom of expression. Instead of being targeted for the words published or spoken, journalists, publishers and editors are pursued on supposedly unrelated charges.

Imagine if every person in the world could have a conversation with another person, across all borders. A Chinese woman from Shanghai and an American woman from the Rust Belt would exchange stories about their lives. A coal miner from Germany and a small farmer from Madagascar could share their experience of climate change. A cleaning woman from Greece could debate a teacher from Hungary about migration and LGBTQ rights. What would such conversations change?

“We need to stop disguising military threats as ‘political compromises’”: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Oleksandra Matviichuk warns of Russian imperialism
The Ukrainian laywer and human rights activist says that Putin does not fear Nato but democracy and claims that Russia "has to be stopped in Ukraine" to not go further in its imperialistic expansion. "The imprisoned peoples of Belarus, Chechnya, Dagestan, Tatarstan, Yakutiia, and others endure forced russification, the expropriation of natural resources, and prohibitions on their own language and culture." [Speech transcript in English and German, or watch the recording in English.]

Iryna Gorobtsova was abducted by Russian forces from the home where she grew up in Kherson. She has now spent a year in a Crimean prison, with virtually no contact with the outside world.

True Russia, a non-profit organisation founded by Russian artists and economists who oppose the war, have created a constantly growing database of social, cultural and scientific initiatives of communities around the world - from distance jobs for academics to remote IT assignments, and from housing initiatives to psychological help.

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