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Russian Supreme Court Rules Gay Pride Is Not "Propaganda"

KOMMERSANT, BBC RUSSIA (Russia)



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MOSCOW - The Russian Supreme Court has ruled that Gay Pride parades are not “homosexual propaganda,” Kommersant reports.

Gay and Lesbian activists in Russia had turned to the courts after the Duma passed a law banning all “propaganda,” promoting same-sex relationships, with wording so broad that it could have outlawed nearly all public events in support of gay rights.

The courts decision, however, said that “not all public events put on by gay and lesbian activists could be called homosexual propaganda.”

The court case was specifically in response to the governor of Arkhangelsk forbidding the local gay pride parade from taking place, citing the new law.

While not overturning the original law, the Supreme Court narrowed it’s application substantially, ruling that “Forbidding homosexual propaganda does not prevent people from exercising their rights to receive and distribute general information that is neutral towards homosexuals, nor does it prevent public events that conform to laws regarding such events, including open, public debates about the social status of homosexuals, which do not impose a homosexual lifestyle on minors,” BBC Russia reported.

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Joshimath, The Sinking Indian City Has Also Become A Hotbed Of Government Censorship

The Indian authorities' decision to hide factual reports on the land subsidence in Joshimath only furthers a sense of paranoia.

Photo of people standing next to a cracked road in Joshimath, India

Cracked road in Joshimath

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Rohan Banerjee*

MUMBAI — Midway through the movie Don’t Look Up (2021), the outspoken PhD candidate Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) is bundled into a car, a bag over her head. The White House, we are told, wants her “off the grid”. She is taken to a warehouse – the sort of place where CIA and FBI agents seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in Hollywood movies – and charged with violating national security secrets.

The Hobson’s choice offered to her is to either face prosecution or suspend “all public media appearances and incendiary language relating to Comet Dibiasky”, an interstellar object on a collision course with earth. Exasperated, she acquiesces to the gag order.

Don’t Look Upis a satirical take on the collective apathy towards climate change; only, the slow burn of fossil fuel is replaced by the more imminent threat of a comet crashing into our planet. As a couple of scientists try to warn humanity about its potential extinction, they discover a media, an administration, and indeed, a society that is not just unwilling to face the truth but would even deny it.

This premise and the caricatured characters border on the farcical, with plot devices designed to produce absurd scenarios that would be inconceivable in the real world we inhabit. After all, would any government dealing with a natural disaster, issue an edict prohibiting researchers and scientists from talking about the event? Surely not. Right?

On January 11, the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), one of the centers of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), issued a preliminary report on the land subsidence issue occurring in Joshimath, the mountainside city in the Himalayas.

The word ‘subsidence’ entered the public lexicon at the turn of the year as disturbing images of cracked roads and tilted buildings began to emanate from Joshimath.

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