The government’s crackdown on secessionists in the coastal Spanish region is inspiring mass protests; an author delves into the historical roots of the current violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar; meanwhile, Africa will receive much-needed HIV medications at a capped price. These discoveries and more below.

Catalonia: Mass Resistance Greets Spanish State Coup Forty-one Spanish Civil Guard raids on Catalan government-related buildings and private homes on September 20 led to the arrest of 13 high-level Catalan government officials and harvested a lot of “suspect material” for the prosecutors charged with stopping Catalonia’s October 1 independence referendum. However, the raid have provoked a mass revolt in response.

What Is Behind the Violence in Myanmar? Francis Wade, author of “Myanmar’s Enemy Within,” explains the deep roots of the violence, and the long-term persecution of the Rohingya people.

In Defense of Democratic Rights in Catalonia In Catalonia an important process of independence is taking place against Spain.

This Extinct Frog Probably Ate Crocodiles and Dinosaurs Poison aside, frogs are generally weak and pathetic. Dinosaurs, meanwhile, range from weak and pathetic to huge and strong, so I’m going to say they’re generally “not weak.” But 70 million years ago, things were different.

Right-Wing Star Declares He’s Too Healthy For Insurance: Guess What Happened. The young man in “perfect health” has about 30K followers on the Twitters.

Africa to Get State-of-Art HIV Drugs for $75 Per Patient a Year Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multimillion-dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year.

Fool Me Twice: Trojan Horse Democrats Pile Into the House of Single-Payer It’s great that more than a third of Democratic senators have signed on to co-sponsor Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-All bill.

Resurrecting L.A.’s Lost Latino Murals The city’s walls have been one of the few places for minorities to tell their side of history. But too often, even those attempts have been thwarted.

How American Artists Conquered the Global Art Market—with a Boost from the State Department American art’s seven-decade-long primacy, which began in the post-war era, has continued to the present day.

War on Hebrew: For Some ultra-Orthodox, There Can Be Only One Language As members of insular Hasidic communities integrate into Israeli society, spiritual leaders are waging a campaign to preserve Yiddish.

The Perils of Letting Machines Into the Hive Mind We think we know more than we do—including how machines will behave.

 

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