It’s been a year since Russia took over the Crimean region of Ukraine, sending thousands of people fleeing their homes. Among them are many Crimean Tatars, who have found surprisingly vibrant new lives in the city of Lviv, Ukraine.
Amid the celebrations this St Patrick's Day, there are also more somber commemorations taking place. In Mexico and in a small town in Galway, Ireland, they are remembering the hundreds of Irishmen who died fighting for Mexico against the United States: the San Patricio Battalion.
On any given day at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, activists know they have an audience for their causes. We've been asking young people on the street, "What was the last protest you attended?"
Like many people in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, social scientist Zeynep Tufekci was shocked by the killing of three Muslim students there in February. At a hastily organized vigil the following night, she was reminded of the power of community in addressing problems.
Amira Mikhail was in Cairo's Tahrir Square on the day Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power. Four years later, she's still trying to press for change — but the disappointment of the Egyptian revolution's aftermath means she's doing it from the United States.
We need to be moving to a model where activists demand "no representation without conversation," said Zeynep Tufekci in a discussion about privacy, social media censorship, hashtag activism and global youth protests at the South by Southwest festival in Austin.
Zhanna Nemtsova, the 30-year old daughter of murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, is pointing the finger at the Russian government for the death of her father. But hopes that his killing may unite Russia's opposition seem faint.
Purvi Patel is the second pregnant woman in Indiana to be charged under the state's law against "feticide," a law originally passed to protect pregnant women from harm. Patel was sentenced Monday to face up to 20 years in prison, in a case has alarmed advocates for women and immigrants.