When Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samoutsevitch climbed on stage at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in early March and had a go at President Vladimir Putin, they could not have imagined the rollercoaster ride they were about to embark on.
Back in September 2011 a police raid on a travellers’ site in Bedfordshire uncovered a story that left many of us perplexed. It was revealed that a well-organised operation to turn rough-sleepers into modern-day slaves had been taking place.
A few days ago the Head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, had the audacity to suggest that instead of resisting the neo-liberal austerity measures prescribed by her organization, in agreement with the EU and the European Central Bank, Greek citizens should focus on paying their taxes.
A group of Cuban-Americans are stepping into the public arena in an attempt to get the USA to “engage” with a rapidly-changing Cuba and end a decades-old embargo.
Last December multinational internet and software corporation Google donated 11.5 million dollars to several groups fighting modern-day slavery. This timely gesture constituted a new reminder of the fact that various types of human bondage continue to exist and proliferate in different parts of our planet, sometimes much closer to us than we imagine.
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