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      Pongo Calling review – Roma lorry driver turns viral activist after political persecution

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 06:00 · 1 minute

    Film-maker Tomáš Kratochvíl follows the story of Czech-Mancunian trucker turned activist Štefan Pongo

    Centring on an ordinary man with extraordinary determination, Tomáš Kratochvíl’s documentary shows how one simple video can ignite a revolutionary movement. After emigrating to the UK nearly 15 years ago, Czech Roma lorry driver Štefan Pongo built a new life for himself and his family in Manchester. At the same time, the persecution faced by his community never strayed far from Pongo’s mind. After hearing a speech in which Miloš Zeman, then the president of the Czech Republic, claimed that 90% of the Roma people were “socially unadaptable” and resistant to work, Pongo started a viral appeal online where he and countless other Roma compatriots posted selfies of themselves at their workplaces.

    The appeal was straightforward, yet hugely impactful. Its aim was to battle harmful stereotypes thrust upon Roma people, which Pongo himself had experienced first-hand from a young age. In one particularly painful anecdote, he mentioned his primary school teacher rubbing his arms in front of the whole class to demonstrate how “dirty” the Roma are. As Pongo took a leadership role in the fight for Romani rights, his activism also translated into real-world actions, organising protest rallies in Brussels, and travelling to rural Slovenia to deliver aid to the most vulnerable in the community.

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      In Sweden, a far-right assault on the media is undermining the Nordic model | Martin Gelin

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 06:00

    From troll farms to racist hate speech, nationalists’ bullying tactics are having a chilling effect on political journalism

    Employees at Sweden’s national news channel, TV4, were last month told to avoid wearing clothing or badges that might identify their employer’s logo in public. The security risk was deemed too big. The advice was made in response to increased threats against the station and its reporters after its investigative programme, Kalla Fakta (Cold Facts), alleged that the far-right Sweden Democrats – the second biggest party in Sweden – operated a vast network of anonymous social media accounts, coordinating attacks on political opponents and the media.

    Sweden is one of the world’s strongest democracies, with very high levels of trust in its media and political institutions. But journalists covering domestic politics now have to fear for their safety.

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      Photoespaña: the exhibition where the staging is as impressive as the art

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 06:00

    Madrid’s yearly photography festival has shone light on new photographers, established industry names, and artists whose work has gone unrecognised for decades

    By the end of September, PhotoEspaña , Madrid’s yearly photography festival, will have hosted more than 80 exhibitions featuring the work of nearly 300 photographers and visual artists. Shows by established figures such as Elliott Erwitt, Paloma Navares, David Goldblatt and Erwin Olaf lead a roster that also includes less familiar names, Lúa Ribeira, the Widline Cadet and Consuelo Kanaga among them.

    Above: Erwin Olaf’s Narratives of emancipation, desire and intimacy at Fernan Gomez cultural centre. Photograph: La Fabrica. Right: Boris Savelev’s Viewfinder – A way of looking, at the Serrería Belga. Photograph: Oak Taylor Smith

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      Ursula von der Leyen on track to keep job after EU elections boost

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 04:00

    Macron’s move to call snap elections also seen as helping commission president’s bid for second term

    Ursula von der Leyen is on track to remain for a second term as president of the European Commission, as EU leaders meet on Monday for a first discussion on divvying up the bloc’s top jobs.

    The EU’s 27 heads of state and government will gather for dinner in Brussels in their first group meeting since European elections last week boosted nationalist and far-right parties and triggered Emmanuel Macron to call snap elections in France .

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      Global spending on nuclear weapons up 13% in record rise

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 17 June - 04:00

    States are on course to spend $100bn a year, driven by a sharp increase in US defence budgets

    Global spending on nuclear weapons is estimated to have increased by 13% to a record $91.4bn during 2023, according to calculations from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) pressure group.

    The new total , which is up $10.7bn from the previous year, is driven largely by sharply increased defence budgets in the US, at a time of wider geopolitical uncertainty caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas war.

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      US tourist found dead on Greek island near Corfu and three others missing

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 16 June - 20:41

    Body of missing man found on Mathraki beach in string of recent cases of Greek island visitors dead or gone missing

    A missing US tourist has been found dead on a beach on a small Greek island west of Corfu, local media reported.

    The body of the man was found Sunday on a rocky, fairly remote beach on the island of Mathraki by another tourist. He had been reported missing Thursday by his host, a Greek American friend. The tourist had last been seen Tuesday at a cafe in the company of two female tourists who have since left the island.

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      ‘Youth is the future’: gen Z should be celebrated, says Prada

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 16 June - 16:57

    The house’s menswear show drew on youthful spirit, while Fendi got ready to mark 100 years with a new crest

    They have been been ridiculed as snowflakes and “too woke” by some, but Prada’s co-creative designers think gen Z are a generation to be celebrated.

    Speaking backstage after their latest menswear show, which took place on Sunday afternoon at the Prada Foundation in Milan, Miuccia Prada said: “Youth is the future. It is hope. We wanted to do something that would express youthful optimism because the times are so bad.”

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      Key global powers fail to sign Ukraine peace summit communique

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 16 June - 16:51

    China snubs event in Switzerland, while countries including Brazil and India do not endorse text

    Key regional powers including Brazil, India, South Africa and Saudi Arabia have failed to sign up to a joint communique issued at the end of a Ukraine peace conference in which more than 80 countries and international organisations endorsed its territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s invasion.

    Speaking at the end of the two-day summit in Switzerland, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, welcomed the “first steps toward peace” but acknowledged that not all attenders had come onboard. “Unfortunately there are people who are still balancing,” he said, adding that Russia was trying to divide the world.

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      Macron calling snap elections could leave France in chaos, Sarkozy warns

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 16 June - 14:25

    Ex-president says decision to hold vote after upheaval of European parliamentary ballot is ‘major risk’ for country

    Emmanuel Macron has been warned by a former French president that his decision to call snap elections could plunge France into chaos, as his centrist party languishes third in opinion polls, far behind the far-right National Rally.

    Nicolas Sarkozy said dissolving the national assembly was “a major risk” for France, “because it could plunge it into chaos, from which it will have the greatest difficulty emerging”.

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