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Progress: Atlanta uses co-living to tackle gentrification, and more

1. United States A new community-owned real estate model that targets both residential and commercial gentrification has launched in southwest Atlanta. The Guild, a co-living organization, has purchased a building on Dill Avenue in Capital View, a historically Black neighborhood. During the Great Recession, residents say that investors bought up much of the commercial real […]

Syrian victims of torture find justice in a German court

Berlin A former member of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s secret police was convicted Wednesday by a German court of facilitating the torture of prisoners in a landmark ruling that human rights activists hope will set a precedent for other cases. Eyad al-Gharib was convicted of accessory to crimes against humanity and sentenced by the Koblenz […]

German far-right party set for state surveillance due to extremism

German far-right political party Alternative for Germany (AfD) is already being monitored in three German states over concerns about its activities. But the AfD may soon be declared unconstitutional following the conclusion of a two-year federal investigation. That would put the party under state surveillance, just months away from federal elections. The situation taps into a […]

French university students fight isolation, financial woes in pandemic

Since France’s first pandemic lockdown nearly one year ago, university campuses have been shuttered and students have been limited to full-time online learning. Unlike other schools here, where in-person teaching opened up this past fall, university students have been left behind. One consequence has been the social and academic isolation of online learning. Many college […]