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Banksy Has Updated His Famous 'The Girl With The Balloon' Artwork To Stand With Syria

The Syria crisis hasn't slowed down. Over 100,000 people have died in three years, with thousands of Syrians displaced, many of whom are women and children. But many are still standing with Syria, including the street artist Banksy, who has reworked his famous and popular street artwork of a girl reaching for a red balloon. The original depicted a young girl with flowing hair reaching for a heart-shaped balloon just beyond her grasp. The new version of his classic stencil is a young Syrian girl reaching for a balloon, accompanied by a #WithSyria hashtag — part of a global vigil campaign to mark the three years since the crisis began.Have a look at the following below:1. Banksy's original artwork and the reworked piece, plus his website message in support of #WithSyria.2. Photographs of young Syrian children holding red balloons as part of the #WithSyria campaign.3. Actor Idris Elba with a red balloon supporting the campaign.4. The animated campaign video for #WithSyria with Idris Elba narrating and music by the band Elbow.

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Banksy's original artwork...


...and his new, edited version in support of #WithSyria:

Here is the message Banksy has on his official website, too:

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Photos of Syrian children holding red balloons in the style of Banksy's famous image, taken especially for the campaign:

3. Idris Elba supporting the campaign:

4. The beautiful animated video for the campaign, narrated by Idris Elba and music by Elbow:

Moricz was banned from speaking up about LGBTQ topics. He found a brilliant workaround.

Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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Matthew McConaughey in 2019.

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey made a heartfelt plea for Americans to “do better” on Tuesday after a gunman murdered 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde is a small town of about 16,000 residents approximately 85 miles west of San Antonio. The actor grew up in Uvalde until he was 11 years old when his family moved to Longview, 430 miles away.

The suspected murderer, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was killed by law enforcement at the scene of the crime. Before the rampage, Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother after a disagreement.

“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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