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The historic film made by Slovak American immigrants

"Jánošík," which premiered in 1921, was one of the first feature-length films. It was made by two Slovak American brothers.
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How Russia’s ‘foreign agents’ law silences dissent

Russia uses its "foreign agents" law to silence critics and the media. U.S. rules disclose who is behind the messaging people receive. Know the difference.
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Defending technology from authoritarian abuse

The U.S. is working with international partners to ensure the responsible development of technology and to prevent authoritarian misuse.
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U.S. works to prevent atrocities worldwide

In a new report, the U.S. government calls attention to atrocities around the world and details U.S. and partner nations' efforts to stop them.
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U.S. supports Uyghurs in ‘Voices of Xinjiang’

Relatives of Uyghurs harassed or detained in the People's Republic of China are sharing stories through the State Department's Voices of Xinjiang project.
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U.S., international partners support Burma’s path to democracy [rolling updates]

The United States and partner nations support the Burmese people's calls for democracy. Learn more about efforts to deter human rights violations in Burma.
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Why do many Americans list pronouns on social media profiles?

Read on to learn why it matters what pronouns you use to refer to people and how the United States embraces sharing pronouns.
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Democratic partners condemn crackdown in Belarus

The United States and partner nations have sanctioned Belarusian officials in an effort to deter the regime's human rights violations.
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Giving young refugees a voice in the U.S.

Ahmed Badr, a refugee from Baghdad, created a nongovernmental organization in the U.S. to help other displaced young people express themselves.