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The rise of pseudoscientific Islamic cures in Iran

As the country struggles to secure vaccines, clerics are pushing unproven remedies

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London is littered with conspiracy leaflets as Covid deniers dodge Facebook moderators

Thousands are rallying to print coronavirus vaccine disinformation and anti-lockdown propaganda and deliver it to British homes

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Now that every aspect of life is uploaded to the internet, tech companies get to choose which parts of the past are fit to preserve

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The English West Country has long been replete with ancient legends and New Age beliefs. Now, it is waiting for the Great Awakening

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Seeking promotions and financial rewards, doctors and researchers are fueling a thriving industry that produces bogus studies for cash

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A network of social media personalities cast doubt on Uyghur abuses in Xinjiang

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Dozens of Chinese TikTok videos show Uyghurs being transported to work in involuntary labor schemes during the Covid-19 outbreak

Copublished with Rappler, Kloop

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June 2020

Online queer gatherings offer a virtual escape from Putin’s suffocating traditional values

Copublished with Coda Story and The Advocate in partnership with Magnum Photos

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Coda Story, June, 2020

Viewing girls as innocent victims of a big pharma conspiracy or at risk of promiscuity, the movement is endangering the health of all women

Published with Coda Story 

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The campaign to promote a mysterious Soviet-era drug as a coronavirus miracle cure

April 2020

A viral Facebook video has fuelled interest in Arbidol, one of Russia’s most popular over-the-counter flu medicines, as a COVID-19 treatment

Published with Coda Story

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A US-funded lab in Tbilisi, Georgia fights COVID-19 — and Russian disinformation

 March 2020

Once a frequent target for Moscow’s propaganda machine, conspiracy theories about the lab are falling flat

Published with Coda Story 

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News agencies, human rights activists and influencers have had their accounts deactivated.

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The Londoners using face paint to trick facial recognition

January 2020

A group of Londoners defy security cameras by walking through the city in surreal face paint

Published with Coda Story

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How TikTok opened a window into China’s police state

Setember 2019

Copublished with WIRED, WIRED Japan, Coda Story & Rappler


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The Uyghur Women Fighting China's Surveillance State

May 2019

Xinjiang, northwest China, is in a state of surveillance lockdown. One million ethnic Uyghurs are now in concentration camps. Every message, word and movement is monitored for its extremist potential. But in Istanbul, 3000 miles away, a community of Uyghur women who have escaped a life of repression are fighting back – via smartphone.

Copublished with Coda Story and WIRED

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The Transgender Conservatives Who Are Sticking With Trump

May 2018

As President Trump battles with federal judges over his desire to ban trans people from the military, a group of devoted trans supporters are standing firm behind him.

Published in The Daily Beast