Italian mafia, political corruption in Slovakia, the murder of reporter Ján Kuciak underlines the importance of  experimental reporting in Europe

Italian mafia, political corruption in Slovakia, the murder of reporter Ján Kuciak underlines the importance of experimental reporting in Europe

Capitalizing on the strengths of their smaller markets and the inexpensive cost of reaching audiences online, these innovative startups are cultivating specialties, offering ancillary services, and even becoming major media players in their respective markets//Crimson Tazvinzwa
To journalists at Slovak news startup Denník N, the murder of reporter Ján Kuciak underlined the importance of the experiment they started more than three years ago.

Kuciak was shot in February as he investigated links between the Italian mafia and political corruption in Slovakia for digital news outlet Aktuality.sk and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. His death revealed the lengths to which criminals, corrupt officials, shady businesspeople, and others would go to quash a story in the Central European country. Continue reading Italian mafia, political corruption in Slovakia, the murder of reporter Ján Kuciak underlines the importance of experimental reporting in Europe

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US ‘Presidential candidate’ Pete Buttigieg Challenges Pence’s Views on Gay Marriage

US ‘Presidential candidate’ Pete Buttigieg Challenges Pence’s Views on Gay Marriage


Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of Southbend, Ind., on Sunday challenged Vice President Mike Pence’s traditional Christian views on sexuality and said that his marriage to a man has brought him “closer to God.”


“Being married to Chasten has made me a better human being because it has made me more compassionate, more understanding, more self-aware and more decent,” he said at the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual brunch.

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“US Vice President is smelling me”; Former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores alleges; adding  she ‘… was uncomfortable,'”

“US Vice President is smelling me”; Former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores alleges; adding she ‘… was uncomfortable,'”

I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, “I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it. And also, what in the actual fuck? Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?” He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused. There is a Spanish saying, “tragame tierra,” it means, “earth, swallow me whole.” I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me ~ Former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores Continue reading “US Vice President is smelling me”; Former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores alleges; adding she ‘… was uncomfortable,’”

Brunei Boycott: celebrities including Elton John call for the boycott of hotels

Brunei Boycott: celebrities including Elton John call for the boycott of hotels

AIWA! NO!|| British pop legend Elton John has joined “friend” George Clooney in calling for a boycott of nine Brunei-owned hotels over the sultanate’s new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery.

“I commend my friend, #GeorgeClooney, for taking a stand against the anti-gay discrimination and bigotry taking place in the nation of #Brunei – a place where gay people are brutalized, or worse – by boycotting the Sultan’s hotels,” the Rocket Man singer wrote on his Twitter page late Saturday.

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Michael Jackson’s Family Reacts to ‘Leaving Neverland’ Claims: ‘His Naiveté Was His Downfall’

In their first television interview since the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, Tito, Marlon, Jackie, and Taj Jackson are advocating for Michael Jackson’s innocence.

As part of a two-part interview special, the Jackson family sat down with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning” to respond to claims that Jackson sexually abused young children at his Neverland Ranch. Following the airing of the Jackson’s interview on Wednesday, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the two men involved in Jackson’s 2005 trial and the subjects of the HBO documentary, will share their side of the story in an interview with King set to air on Thursday. Continue reading Michael Jackson’s Family Reacts to ‘Leaving Neverland’ Claims: ‘His Naiveté Was His Downfall’