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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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to, on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

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Martin Luther King's Memory Inspires Teenage Dream

Jul 3, 2013



And now we continue our special series remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, which will be 50 years old this summer.


MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: I have a dream...

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 1: As a kindergarten teacher in a Texas public school, my dream is for our country to begin to value our youngest members of society.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 2: Because everyone deserves a beautiful destiny. It's a right bound by my heart and soul, written in blood by every human being with an admiral heart.

HEADLEE: Of course a lot has changed since the march on Washington. So we've been asking you, our listeners, to give us your own "I Have a Dream" speech, using the #MyDream on Twitter. They can be big wishes for the future of the world or small things for your own life. We've received tons of responses, both in our mailbox and on Twitter.

To get a quick rundown of what some people are saying, our colleagues at NPR's Code Switch have a little Storify put together on their page. You can head over to to check that out. Today we hear from Aubrey Moran. She's a 14-year-old from Ocean Springs, Mississippi and she's about to enter her first year of high school. Yeah, you remember what that was like. Her dream is to make sure all other young people have the opportunity to dream.


AUBREY MORAN: I realize that not a lot of people have certain things that I do, so I kind of - that's what I based my speech on, was this - that people that really don't have things they should or deserve. Like education and stuff like that. Or people that aren't recognized all the way. They don't even have to be needy.

They can be that girl that no one knows her name, that always stands in the back lurking in the shadows. The girl that comes home to a shattered family, where they all lay in pieces at her small innocent feet. And no matter how much glue and tape she uses, the pieces won't stay, her family won't ever return to normal.

HEADLEE: Of course, Aubrey's not the only one with a dream. We want to hear from you about anything that inspires you. To join in, use the #MyDream on Twitter. You can send us a link to a blog post or even some video or audio of you telling us what your dream is. You can also reach us by e-mail, Make sure to include your name and information and we might just get you on the air. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.