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Woman carrying wood in front of destroyed building (© Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Images)

Life in Russia-occupied Ukraine

Ukrainians are trying to rebuild their lives after Russia's attempts to erase their independent traditions and control their borders.
DJ Kool Herc holding street sign reading 'Hip Hop Blvd' (© Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

Hip-hop’s international influence

What are the history and origins of hip-hop? Learn more about the genre here and see how it has inspired artists around the world.
Person seen on ground surrounded by people in uniform (© Misha Friedman/AP Images)

Authoritarian regimes continue jailing journalists

Authoritarian regimes continue to jail journalists around the world. Learn more about the problem and how the U.S. supports independent news.
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Meet the watchdogs guarding internet access

When authoritarian regimes block the internet, these organizations expose the restrictions against free expression.
Graphic featuring grid of faces (Courtesy of OneBeat)

2 exchange programs, 600 artists from over 60 countries

Two State Department programs — OneBeat and Center Stage — bring hundreds of artists from around the world together in the United States.
Illustration of woman with Ukrainian flag around neck and flower crown (State Dept./D. Thompson)

United with Ukraine [August–September 2022]

Check out our latest coverage of the developments in Ukraine and the U.S. response. This article will be updated on a rolling basis.
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Ortega closes NGOs in Nicaragua, cutting off essential services

The Ortega regime voted to cancel licenses for 144 NGOs, forcing the humanitarian, medical and educational organizations to close.
Graphic of giant fist holding man with his hands up; Russian flag on sleeve of fist and facial recognition shown on man (Graphic: State Dept./M. Gregory. Image: © rudall30/Shutterstock.com)

Putin’s latest crackdown on dissent and information

Russians who criticize the war in Ukraine are facing prosecution and isolation. Find out more about Russia's campaign of suppression.
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United with Ukraine [June-July 2022]

Check out our latest coverage of the developments in Ukraine and the U.S. response. This article will be updated on a rolling basis.