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'There were black Confederates too': Bargaining with US history

Al Jazeera

In 2015, 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine African Americans in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Photos of Roof draped in the Confederate flag littered a now-defunct white supremacist website. The Charleston church shooting triggered a nationwide debate over the country's more than 1,500 monuments and publically-installed symbols memorialising the mid-19th century American Civil War. Soldiers astride horses, obelisks and entire mountains have been chiselled, carved and preserved for decades. Since then, the New Orleans City Council and several other municipalities have voted that their Confederate memorials be removed.

Scientists crack how cancer becomes resistant to drugs paving the way for therapies

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Cancer evolves to survive drug treatments by'stealing' the blood supply of other parts of the body, a study has found. The breakthrough promises to lead to new treatments which scientists hope will make tumours less resistant to medication. Cancer needs a constant blood supply for the cells to divide, grow and spread. Most tumours grow new blood vessels, in order to tap into the body's blood supply and keep themselves fed with oxygen and nutrients. Cancer evolves to survive drug treatments by'stealing' the blood supply of other parts of the body, a study has found.

The rhetoric of race gets a swift kick in Rogue Machine's 'Honky'

Los Angeles Times

That's a lesson the snappy, irreverent "Honky" at the MET Theatre takes very much to heart with its opening hip-hop jingle for a trendy brand of sneakers: "When ghetto's in your sole / And it's kinda like'The Wire' on HBO / Reach for the Sky!" An equal opportunity satire for our ad-driven society, this sharply written, smartly performed Rogue Machine production deftly skewers PC platitudes and self-delusions on both sides of the black-white racial divide. Playwright Greg Kalleres' insightful takedown is set amid exploitative consumerism, as an inner-city shooting over a coveted pair of Sky ballers sparks the brand's surging "street cred" among suburban white mall rats. The shoes' designer, Thomas (Burl Moseley), is horrified when the newly hired CEO (Bruce Nozick) announces plans to leverage the tragedy for market expansion into a new demographic, thereby co-opting and diluting the company's focus on urban (read: black) youth apparel. Where a lesser play might predictably settle for black-and-white arguments, "Honky" opts for richer psychological territory: The play's five principal characters grapple with internal conflicts about their own racial identity.

Filipino Twitter Users Flood Hashtags Supporting Anti-Terror Bill With K-pop And Memes

International Business Times

Instead, the Twitter hashtags will show you a flood of memes and K-pop videos. Twitter users in the Philippines have commandeered hashtags in support of the 2020 Anti-Terrorism Act, which proposes to strengthen counter terrorism measures but which critics say could erode "constitutional and other legal protections." Instead of support for the bill, the hastags #YesToTerrorBill and #SupportAntiTerrorBill now show a variety of Korean music icons, pop culture references and memes based on them. Many of the messages attached to the tweets ask other users not to support the bill while promoting K-pop groups. User @ikonfastfiction encouraged other Twitter users to play K-pop group iKon's "Freedom" while also saying "don't #SupportAntiTerrorBill." Co-opting the hashtags appears to have been inspired by fans in the United States co-opting #WhiteLivesMatter and flooding it with K-pop videos.

Democrats' report details Russian meddling in European elections and threats to U.S. campaigns

Los Angeles Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin has systematically attacked democratic institutions across Europe and in his own country for two decades in efforts to undermine elections and other governments, Senate Democrats charged Tuesday.