The Daily Populous

Monday July 8th, 2019 morning edition

image for Pussy Riot performing in Alabama to protest 'ridiculous' abortion ban

"It is ridiculous to me that it's still a question in 2019 whether women can have an abortion," Pussy Riot co-founder Nadya Tolokonnikova told AFP ahead of the performance.

"We want to come to Alabama and support women who are in quite a critical and vulnerable position right now," she said.

"Many Americans, they believe that Russia is a patriarchal country -- it's true in a lot of ways, but when it comes to abortion rights, it's not questionable.".

The Soviet Union in 1920 became the first state in the world to legalize abortion, though it was banned under Joseph Stalin for nearly two decades starting in 1936.

"The feminist movement today is so strong that it will be able to overcome these obstacles," the Moscow-based activist said.

"Those white, male dudes who are voting against abortion rights, they're part of the history.

She became a young mother 11 years ago, an experience that gave her "more conviction" in her feminism. »

Plant-Based Meat Is About to Get Cheaper Than Animal Flesh, Report Says

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In the report, Specht outlines the obstacles that plant-based food producers face when aiming to compete with meat companies.

“Lowering prices would just lower their revenue, which would, in turn, hurt their ability to scale and meet demand,” Specht said.

“It’s all but inevitable that the plant-based meat industry will eventually be cost-competitive with conventional meat. »

African leaders launch landmark 55-nation trade zone

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AU commission chairman Moussa Faki dubbed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) deal a "historic" moment.

It took African leaders four years to reach an agreement on the continental free-trade zone, which is expected to usher in a new era of development in Africa.

The AfCFTA is the largest trade bloc since the creation of the World Trade Organization in 1994. »

USA women's soccer: US defeats Netherlands to win Women's World Cup

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To our 2019 World Cup Champion @USWNT: you have inspired the entire country — and New York City knows how to celebrate champions.

We’ll see you Wednesday at 9:30 AM for the Ticker Tape Parade down the Canyon of Heroes.

Former American players joined the current generation on the field for the postgame celebration. »