Activists say ethnic cleansing in Myanmar is being erased from Facebook

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Facebook has often been under fire for deleting contentious content from the platform.

This time, for example, the company has been accused of deleting posts from Rohingya activists, in and outside Myanmar (or Burma), who report on the human rights violations and persecutions of Rohingya people in the country. 

Mohammad Anwar, a Rohingya activist who writes on the site RohingyaBlogger.com, told Mashable that Facebook has pulled several posts about the latest flare of violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.  Read more…

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Activists are trolling this authoritarian leader one viral video at a time

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Sometimes it’s hard to discern a parody from its original. 

Like in this bizarre propaganda footage above, showing the 60-year-old president of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in full military uniform and dark sunglasses, firing Putin-style and with extreme precision at targets with an automatic rifle, pistol and even knives.

However, this video is actually a parody, created by opposition website in exile Khronika Turkmenistana (The Chronicle of Turkmenistan), as the first few seconds reveal. 

In the edited version, which ironically went viral with more than 300,000 views, shots of Arnold Schwarzenegger suiting up and arming himself with several weapons in the 1985 action movie Commando pave the way for Berdymukhamedov’s military show-off.  Read more…

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10 trans and gender-nonconforming youth activists of color changing the world

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It’s a saying we’ve all heard many times over: young people are the future. But they’re doing amazing things right now that deserve to be recognized and celebrated, too.

That’s especially true for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth activists of color. The LGBTQ community is often critiqued for leaving transgender people and people of color behind, and young people existing at the intersection of these identities are especially vulnerable to having their voices, perspectives, and needs overlooked.

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A badass clothing line for your woke kids is finally here

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A new line of onesies and children’s t-shirts is starting kids out on their activist journey at a young age.  

Little Activists, which launched its first collection in January, is using clothing to help children engage with modern social issues, like environmental protection, LGBTQ rights, and anti-bullying. The shirts feature cheeky, kid-friendly messages that put equality and progress in the spotlight.

One shirt, for instance, says, “I root for trees.” Another has the message “Eracism” to fight racial bias and discrimination. The goal through all the shirts, the creators say, is to encourage kids to be accepting, inclusive, thoughtful, and kind.  Read more…

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