Political activism

FILE - In this May 10, 2017 file photo, Muslim-American comedian Hasan Minhaj cracks jokes for the audience after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed May 10th as "Hasan Minhaj Day," at Gracie Mansion, in New York. In December 2018, Netflix is facing criticism for pulling an episode, from viewing in Saudi Arabia of Minhaj's "Patriot Act" that lambasted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led war in Yemen. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
January 02, 2019 - 4:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix faced criticism Wednesday from human rights groups for pulling an episode in Saudi Arabia of comedian Hasan Minhaj's "Patriot Act" series that criticized the kingdom's powerful crown prince. The American comedian used his second episode, released Oct. 28, to criticize Crown...
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FILE- In this Aug. 9, 2017, file photo, Louis C.K., co-creator/writer/executive producer, participates in the "Better Things" panel during the FX Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Audio has emerged of Louis C.K. apparently mocking the students-turned-activists from the Parkland, Florida school shooting. The sound-only recording was posted Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 in a since-removed YouTube video that said it was from a Dec. 16 standup set at a Levittown, N.Y. comedy club. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
December 31, 2018 - 6:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Audio has emerged of Louis C.K. apparently mocking the students-turned-activists from the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. The sound-only recording was posted Sunday in a since-removed YouTube video that said it was from a Dec. 16 stand-up set at a Levittown, New York, comedy...
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This image released by Focus Features shows Theodore Pellerin, left, and Lucas Hedges in a scene from "Boy Erased." Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by well-reviewed films "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" and "Boy Erased." (Focus Features via AP)
December 29, 2018 - 11:51 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have already enacted laws prohibiting licensed...
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Bangladeshi police personnel seal the voting material at a distribution center before being transported to polling stations on the eve of the general elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. As Bangladeshis get set for Sunday's parliamentary elections, there are fears that violence and intimidation could keep many away from the polls, including two opposition candidates who said police had barricaded them inside their homes. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
December 29, 2018 - 10:51 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — As Bangladeshis get set to vote in Sunday's parliamentary elections, there are fears that violence and intimidation could keep many away from the polls, including two opposition candidates who said police had barricaded them inside their homes. Under the decade-long...
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December 28, 2018 - 10:53 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Thousands demonstrated Friday in nearly two dozen neighborhoods of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, calling for President Omar Bashir to step down, according to activists, keeping up the pressure on the autocratic general-turned-president who has been in power for nearly 30 years. The...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2008, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., arrives at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 31, 2008. Barack Obama’s earliest supporters in Iowa are setting aside the wistful romance of his surprise 2008 caucus victory and focusing on who can seize the presidency from Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
December 28, 2018 - 5:34 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The romance of Barack Obama's surprise victory in Iowa hangs like a championship banner in the minds of Democrats in the state more than a decade after they set him on the road to being the nation's first African- American president. But as they begin to think about Iowa's...
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Lebanese anti-government protesters clash with riot policemen as they try to reach the government building in central Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. Hundreds of Lebanese protested against deteriorating economic conditions as politicians are deadlocked over forming a new government. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
December 23, 2018 - 10:41 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Lebanese protested against deteriorating economic conditions Sunday, with some briefly scuffling with army troops, as public anger mounts against politicians deadlocked over forming a new government since May. The army appealed for calm in a statement, urging protesters to...
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December 22, 2018 - 12:10 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Protests over worsening economic conditions resumed Saturday for a fourth consecutive day, with thousands taking to the streets in a string of Sudanese cities, including the capital Khartoum, as activists reported that authorities rounded up more than a dozen politicians from a leftist...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, Tumso Abdurakhmanov, the 32-year-old Chechen video blogger, holds a letter from Interpol during an interview with The Associated Press somewhere in Poland. Abdurakhmanov, a critic of the Chechen ruler, faces deportation from Poland as European nations become increasingly wary of sheltering refugees from Chechnya. (AP Photo/Francesca Ebel)
December 19, 2018 - 5:19 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A gravelly voice rings out from the phone's loudspeaker: "Aren't you scared of me?" The man on the screen, 32-year-old Chechen video blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov, frowns. "I'm not scared of people like you," he says, looking into the camera. "But you people are cruel, so I'm always on...
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December 17, 2018 - 12:27 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A prominent artist will insist that one of his murals be removed from a Los Angeles school if officials follow through on plans to cover up another artist's mural that some activists find offensive. Artist Shepard Fairey tells the Los Angeles Times that seeking removal of his...
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