The tiny country of Swaziland held its first ever Pride event on Saturday


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The small African country of Swaziland celebrated its first ever LGBTQ pride on Saturday and no one, not even Donald J. Trump, can destroy this tiny bit of joy.

It wasn’t an easy event to organize in Swaziland, a largely conservative country where anti-sodomy laws exist, according to the Daily Beast. Still, organizers pushed forward. 

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The event was organized by Rock of Hope, a local Swazi LGBTQIA+ nonprofit, as well as volunteers from home and broad.  Read more…

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Pokemon Go’s Popularity Hits Levels Not Seen Since Launch

According to Superdata, the number of people actively playing Pokemon Go in May 2018 was pretty high. The only other time the numbers have been that elevated was during the summer Pokemon Go launched. During this uptick in player activity, Pokemon Go reportedly made $104 million (about £79 million).

According to Eurogamer, Superdata initially had an exact number of players listed for May 2018–about 147 million people–but that number has since been removed from the report. We wouldn’t be surprised to find out that number is true, though. Pokemon Go has a repeated pattern of attracting a larger number of players during the summer months when more students are out of school and workers are on vacation.

It’s not just the summer air that’s getting people out and catching Pokemon again. Pokemon Go has recently received several new updates, all of which have had largely positive receptions. Trading is perhaps the largest update to recently come to Pokemon Go, but the game has also added Alolan forms for four different Pokemon, a legendary Gen 3 Pokemon, research quests, and global challenges that occur during live summer events.

This summer marks the two year anniversary of Pokemon Go, a mobile gaming phenomenon that took the world by storm. We gave the game a 7/10. In our Pokemon Go review, Miguel Concepcion praised the game’s “ability to draw players from multiple generations and varied gaming backgrounds together” but criticized the “bugs and high battery consumption.”

You can play Pokemon Go right now on mobile, and get a similar experience on Nintendo Switch later this year with Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!.

Millions of people around the world have fled their home countries and become refugees — here’s what they go through to make it to the US

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Millions of people around the world have been forced from their home countries due to war, genocide, or persecution.

They come from conflict-ridden countries like Syria, Somalia, and Sudan, and they wait for years in refugee camps before they can secure a spot in safe countries.

The United States takes in just a tiny fraction of the world’s refugees — but it maintains perhaps the strictest, most rigorous vetting process.

Here’s a look at where the world’s refugees come from and what they endure to make it to safety in the United States:

The UNHCR estimates that some 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Some of them are refugees within their own countries, some have managed to flee their home countries altogether, and some have no citizenship — and therefore nowhere to go.

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As of 2016, the most recent year with data available, just 0.8% of the world’s refugees were resettled in safe countries. For 0.4% of refugees, that safe country was the United States.

Source: UNHCR

When refugees flee their home country, they often have to temporarily seek safety in a “host country,” where they typically live in refugee camps until they can permanently be resettled. For instance, many of Syria’s 5.5 million refugees sought temporary safety in neighboring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.

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Source: UNHCR

The United States is one of 37 countries that offer resettlement programs, though refugees don’t get to pick where they’re sent. Instead, the UNHCR assigns them to the US. Then, they undergo a rigorous, years-long screening process by US officials. Here’s how that works:

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President Donald Trump has dramatically restricted America’s refugee intake since he took office, and though he has demanded that “extreme vetting” be implemented for refugees coming from majority-Muslim countries, those closest to the refugee-vetting process say the current system is already as extreme as it gets.

The refugees undergo years of screening filled with intensive interviews, detailed background checks from multiple government agencies, biometric data collection, medical tests, and constant scrutiny from the US officials who vet them.

Sources: UNHCR, Business Insider

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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SEE ALSO: ‘I don’t know how much harder it can get’: What it takes to go from refugee to American

3 steps to building more useful computer vision

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Donald Trump isn’t even trying to lie convincingly anymore


We’re all tired of “Donald Trump tweeted more BS” stories, but the lie he dropped on Saturday is too much of a doozy to ignore.

“I never pushed the Republicans in the House to vote for the Immigration Bill, either GOODLATTE 1 or 2, because it could never have gotten enough Democrats as long as there is the 60 vote threshold,” Trump tweeted on Saturday afternoon.

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Here. See it for yourself. His own words, from his own tweet.

I never pushed the Republicans in the House to vote for the Immigration Bill, either GOODLATTE 1 or 2, because it could never have gotten enough Democrats as long as there is the 60 vote threshold. I released many prior to the vote knowing we need more Republicans to win in Nov.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2018 Read more…

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