politics

The Magna Carta, nearly 800 years old, still influences modern perceptions of civil rights

The Magna Carta is seen by many as THE founding document for modern western constitutional government. Almost 800 years ago, a King was forced to surrender power to his subjects. Now one of the original copies of the Great Charter is on display at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Host Marco Werman goes on a field trip with The World's history guy, Chris Woolf.

Conflict & Justice

A Trinidadian immigrant reflects on her hometown of Ferguson, Missouri

Ruffina Farrokh Anklesaria immigrated to the US from Trinidad 15 years ago. She settled in Ferguson, Missouri, and says she's seen the town's diversity transform. Right now, Anklesaria is teaming up with other members of the community to highlight the positive side of the small Missouri town, but she says as an immigrant, she still sees racial divisions in the US.

Conflict & Justice

New York City's hijacked hashtag launches a global conversation on police brutality

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When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.

Science, Tech & Environment

The protectors of the world's largest fresh water lake may be put out of business by a Russian court

A citizens' group devoted to protecting Siberia's Lake Baikal, the largest and deepest lake in the world, may be forced to close after being declared a "foreign agent." The court ruling follows a 2012 law forcing any group that gets foreign funding and engages in political activity to register as a foreign agent or face big fines.

Global Scan

Dennis Rodman brings his brand of basketball diplomacy back to North Korea

Dennis Rodman's controversial relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un turned another page this week. The former NBA star was in North Korea this week to select and train a North Korean basketball team that will take part in an exhibition game in honor of Kim's birthday. Plus Egyptian activists are thrown in jail and elves — yes, elves — halt a highway project in Iceland, in today's Global Scan.

Global Politics

It just got even tougher to be gay in Nigeria

Technically, it's been illegal to be gay in Nigeria since the country's independence from Britain in 1960. But the wording was vague and the law was hard to enforce. Now a new law just signed by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan creates an effective dragnet with the ability to arrest any Nigerian who is gay or who supports or advocates on any issues related to homosexuality.