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Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by three unidentified people outside her house in Bangalore in September 2017. EPA-EFE/ Raminder Pal Singh

Online attacks on female journalists are increasingly spilling into the ‘real world’ – new research

An international survey of women media workers has found that in many cases, physical attacks appear to have followed online threats.
Members of the European Parliament protest in support of Poland’s LGBTQ community. EPA/Olivier Hoslet

The EU is on a collision course with Poland over hate crime

In her first state of the union speech, Commission president Ursula von der Leyen took a confrontational stance over discrimination, singling out Poland in particular.
In Rio de Janeiro, practitioners of the Afro-Brazilian faiths Candomble and Umbanda are increasingly under attack by evangelical crusaders. AP Photo/Leo Correa

Evangelical gangs in Rio de Janeiro wage ‘holy war’ on Afro-Brazilian faiths

As evangelicalism spreads across Brazil, some of Rio de Janeiro's most notorious gangs see minority religions as an affront to God. And they're using guns to spread their gospel.
Inflammatory words can prime a mind. Elijah O'Donnell/Unsplash

Hearing hate speech primes your brain for hateful actions

A new theory of language suggests that people understand words by unconsciously simulating what they describe. Repeated exposure – and the simulation that comes with it – makes it easier to act.
Hate crimes against LGBTIQ people are continuing, and many are reluctant to report them. But recommendations from a new inquiry could help. T Chick McClure/Unsplash

Inquiry into LGBTIQ hate crime could improve how police and communities respond

A parliamentary inquiry looking at hate crimes against LGBTIQ people could acknowledge injustices in how past cases were handled, and take steps to ensure better reporting mechanisms.
Mourners wait to attend the funeral of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 16, 2017 after Heyer was killed attending a rally to protest white nationalism. Julia Rendleman/AP Photo

Why bigotry is a public health problem

As death tolls rise from hate crimes, a psychiatrist wonders: Is it time to treat bigotry like a disease?
A memorial vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter killed 11 and wounded six on Oct. 27, 2018. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Terror isn’t always a weapon of the weak – it can also support the powerful

The attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh and the sending of pipe bombs to critics of the current administration are examples of the increase in the violence on the margins of the right.

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