The new British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her cabinet today.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Coffee Break: People Arguing And Counting And Singing And Getting Gassed Edition

Jul 31, 2013

* If you're anywhere near Winston-Salem, please note that Tonya Pinkins, whose chops are so considerable that I don't entirely know where to start with her amazingness, so just Google her, is in cabaret thereabouts, as part of the biennial National Black Theatre Festival. This is a thing that makes me want to go to North Carolina. [Winston-Salem Journal]

* It is awesome that the Feds have revised the way they calculate the GDP to include "artistic originals" — in other words, the value of the art and entertainment newly created for us to experience. But can we please not call it The Taylor Swift Effect? [Yahoo Finance]

* In less alarming biz-of-show news, Oscar has a new boss — Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a reputedly savvy marketer who's run publicity for Paramount and other outfits, was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She's the organization's third female boss, and the first African-American to run the ship. [Entertainment Weekly]

* I was hoping our guy Gene Demby had written about the Jay-Z/Harry Belafonte business, so I was glad to find this. [Code Switch]

* Sub-Saharan politics aren't generally our bailiwick here, but I've got a personal fascination with Zimbabwe, and today's elections could be a real turning point. Plus, the astonishingly durable Robert Mugabe has inspired plenty of protest art, so I claim thin-edge-wedge privilege. And this is a good read anyway. [The New York Times]

* Writers and directors, STILL AT ODDS. [Huffington Post, via Twitter and Vulture and Think Progress and a public symposium, so basically a big game of Telephone]

* Nerds will be nerds, even when they're getting tear-gassed. [The Guardian]

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