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Homosexuality in the USSR: Past and Present

By the time the Soviet Union was established, homosexuality was considered a criminal act and punishable by death in Tsarist Russia. However, this was a mere legal formality. Those scandal-ridden courts set out for Oscar Wilde in Great Britain, Philipp, prince of Eulenburg in Germany, Arthur Rimbaud, and Paul Verlaine in France did not exist …

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The (Hijacked, Whitewashed, and Misrepresented) Identity of Martin Luther King Jr.

After establishing MLK Day, Reagan actually sent an apology to Republican Governor Meldrim Thomas, Jr, who had opposed recognizing MLK’s historical significance. In the letter, Reagan claimed he was celebrating “an image of King, not reality” — perhaps the most explicit admission by White America that it had actively manipulated MLK’s legacy to make him …

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To Pimp a Butterfly: Rap Music’s Darkest, Brightest, and Most Political Album

“Alright” was a song from To Pimp a Butterfly—perhaps its most famous track. It had served as a Black Lives Matter anthem upon its release, during the marches of 2015. The New York Times has described the song as the “unifying soundtrack to BLM protests nationwide”, and numerous commentators including Black American Television (BET) has …

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Breathing in a necro-political regime

In a neo-colonial state like Bangladesh, where the concept of sovereignty has not developed through any particular philosophical journey or tradition, but where sovereignty has been established through brutal colonial occupation, in such a state, ‘rule of law’ has always been a ‘state of exception’!   On top of everything, racism was simultaneously the driver …

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Authoritarianism in Turkey: Past and Present

Individuality, as a human trait, never found this region as its natural habitat — all its inhabitants remain the subjects of the sovereign only.   Unlike countries in the West, Turkey has never experienced the Feudalism–Simple Commodity Production (Petty Commodity Production)–Capitalism sequence. It has the Ottoman Empire in its core. Feudalism never happened; literally. Consequently, …

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Digital Security Act and the theocratic state-ocracy | Sohul Ahmed and Sarwar Tusher

When the world is in deep trouble confronting Covid 19, in a ‘war’ against an invisible virus, the Bangladesh state and its government have been waging an unannounced war against its own citizens. This war is being executed in two forms. On the one hand, the lives of millions of people have been put at …

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