From a blogger to a political prisoner. The story of Ihar Losik

A 28-year-old journalist and blogger, Ihar Losik wasn’t supposed to be in prison. He was meant to keep covering news, spending time with his wife and daughter, and doing his part in building a better, brighter future. However, all of this would be in a parallel Universe. Not in Belarus.  Freedom of the press and […]

“Free Navalny!” | San Francisco joined global anti-Putin rallies

Alexei Navalny, Russia’s opposition leader and prominent critic of Putin, was arrested on January 17, shortly after his flight landed in Moscow. Navalny spent five months in Germany undergoing treatment after poisoning with Novichok nerve agent, allegedly carried out by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied FSB’s involvement in […]

Slippery slope: IIHF head Fasel meets Lukashenko as protests continue

This is a developing story, please check back for updates. Last updated at 12:30 pm PST January 13, 2021. Ice Hockey World Championship is scheduled to take place on May 21-June 6. Belarus and Latvia are expected to co-host the event. However, since the widely disputed August 9th presidential election in Belarus and the brutal […]

The Belarus Democracy Act is heading to the Senate

As Belarusian protests continue for the 129th day since the widely disputed August 9th presidential election, the bill HR 8438 (more commonly known as the Belarus Democracy Act of 2020) is making its way to the Senate after the House of Representatives passed it on November 18th. To raise awareness of the importance of this […]

Building digital society from scratch. Is e-government our future?

Estonia is a small post-Soviet country of about 1.3 million people, located in Northern Europe. However, it’s famous not for its size or population. Being called “the most advanced digital society in the world,” it now runs 99% of all government services online, becoming the first e-government country on the planet. In 2014, Estonia introduced e-residency — […]

Life after COVID: what to expect?

Life after COVID. How will our world look like? Will it ever be the same, or should it be, anyway? To find out, we spoke to Bradley Tusk, an American businessman, venture capitalist, philanthropist, writer, as well as former deputy governor of Illinois and first political advisor for Uber. Check out our video to find […]

Election Chronicles: while votes are counted, protests continue

During the spring-summer protests, Oakland was one of the Bay Area “hotspots” where some looting and civil unrest occurred. As the nation keeps hanging in uncertainty over the election results, we asked local residents and small business owners what they expect now. One of the windows at MudLab has been smashed during the spring-summer protests […]

Women across the US protest against Trump, Pence, and Barrett

Despite the pandemic, Women’s Marches were held across the country this weekend. Thousands of women took to the streets of Washington, DC, New York, Cleveland, San Francisco, and other major cities across the US. Additionally, there were digital streams for those who did not feel comfortable to participate in person. In San Francisco, March for […]

Trump tests positive for COVID-19. Is Biden next?

Both candidates shared a stage and a heated debate on Tuesday. About 48 hours later, President Trump and the first lady tested positive for novel coronavirus. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump twitted late Thursday. Ironically, during […]

Belarus protests: a look inside the strike

A miner at Belaruskali, Yuri Korzun was never particularly interested in politics. “I have a family to take care of, so I always worked a lot and just didn’t have time for it.” It all changed this year when the coronavirus pandemic hit.  “This year, Lukashenko put every Belarusian at risk, ignoring coronavirus,” Yuri shared. […]
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