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The Kremlin’s ‘Hooligans’ and the War in Ukraine

Dr. Brian LaPierre, history professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, writes about the history of hooliganism in Russia. The term, he writes, has been weaponized to “demonize its domestic and international critics,” including Russian protesters against the war.

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Culture

Telling Every Story: Intimate Photographs, and Antics, of Bonny Parham in Amory, Miss.

Long-time newspaper editor Bonny Parham had a consistent presence and a personal stake in her community. Amory, Miss., was her home, and she documented its happenings for 40 years, from the 1960s to 2000. The perfectionist had to do good work not only for the newspaper’s survival but also because she needed the meager small-town newspaper salary for her and her son to eat and have a roof over their heads. Her photos live past her and now document the town through her eyes.

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Truth-tellers, Pick Up Your Pen: Do It For Art, For Truth, For The People

If you’re already an MFP VIP Club member, you’ll know that our founding editor Donna Ladd launches a series of writing talks on Tuesday, Jan. 25. This talk series is an excellent opportunity to hear words of wisdom and inspiration from one of the best in the country. She won’t be reading or editing any of your work, but her talks about her own writing journey and what she’s learned along the way are always inspiring. 

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A New ‘Sheriff’ Is Reporting Unconscionable, Bipartisan Jail Practices in Mississippi

Our new journalistic sheriff is on Mississippi criminal-justice beat to make sure that this problem, and related ones, stay front and center until solutions are engaged. No more closing of the eyes, kicking the problem down the road and media ignoring it. Reporter Kayode Crown is determined to not allow that to happen, and as of Jan. 15, he is a full-time reporter at the Mississippi Free Press.

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