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Ana Matronic: Der Lebensroboter INSP 31/08/2015

Die glamouröse Frontfrau der Scissor Sisters, Ana Matronic, hat die ganze Welt bereist und die Charts mit sexy Disco Pop gestürmt. Ihr Bühnenname enthüllt eine weitere Besessenheit, denn - bereits seit sie ein kleines Kind war, wollte sie ihren eigenen Roboter besitzen. Jetzt hat sie ihre lebenslange Android-Besessenheit in ein witziges und leicht zugängliches Buch umgewandelt - Robot Takeover. Sie erzählt INSP, dass Science Fiction nicht länger ein Klub für weiße Hetero-Jungen ist.

Katrina 10 years on: Katrina's Lower Ninth, then and now Reuters 30/08/2015

Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood. This Reuters series depicts shocked residents returning to their desolated homes in the wake of the natural disaster, and offers a glimpse of what the neighbourhood looks like ten year on.

Vendor spotlight: Oscar and Horacio (Mi Valedor, Mexico City) Mi Valedor - Mexico 30/08/2015

Mexico’s first street paper, Mi Valedor, launched earlier this year in Mexico City in an effort to address the cycle of poverty trapping thousands of homeless people living on the streets. The photography-based publication offers an inclusive portrayal of daily life on the streets of Mexico City, and is a place for its homeless vendors to collaborate artistically and tell their own stories, as well as earn an income. Two such vendors are Oscar and Horacio, who reflect on their experiences of homelessness and explain how the street paper is helping them get back on their feet.

Poverty and slavery often go hand-in-hand for Africa’s children IPS 30/08/2015

"Poverty has become part of me,” says 13-year-old Aminata Kabangele from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, African children are still the number one victims of suffering and destitution across the continent, with poverty a key factor pushing them into forced labour, forced conscription and sex trafficking, reports IPS.

Shifting sands: how rural women in India took mining into their own hands IPS 30/08/2015

Women sand miners in the rural Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are staking their claim on the industry, but must contend with powerful ‘sand mafias’ that operate throughout the state, as well as the lurking threats of environmental degradation and poverty in this largely rural state. But the Undavalli Mutually Aided Cooperative Society, an all-women’s collective in charge of dredging, mining, loading and selling sand, is determined to make this enterprise work, as it provides a decent wage and a degree of decision-making power over their lives.

Japan finger frostbite victim exposes Nepali desperation to revive Everest climbs Reuters 30/08/2015

A Japanese man has become the unlikely face of Nepal's desperate efforts to revive its climbing industry, seeking to conquer Everest alone for the first time since 18 people were killed in April - and since he lost all his fingertips to frostbite. But while his adventure offers a small glimmer of hope for the country’s tourism industry, other mountaineers say Nobukazu Kuriki is taking too big a gamble.

Katrina 10 years on: A decade after Katrina, Bourbon Street is rocking again Reuters 30/08/2015

Eight days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, all of its 800 or so restaurants were shut. A decade on, more than 1,400 restaurants in the city’s metropolitan area plying millions of tourists with po'boy sandwiches, gumbo and other Creole dishes that have made the region famous. While other areas of the city have not fared so well, the dining boom reflects a remarkable bounce-back for the travel industry, an economic pillar of the city that took the brunt of the costliest storm in U.S. history, reports Reuters.

Street paper encourages prisoners to turn a new page HEMPELS - Germany 30/08/2015

Since May 2011, street paper HEMPELS in Kiel, Germany has run a writing workshop for long-term prisoners at Lübeck Prison. Their stories have been regularly published in HEMPELS ever since and the project was awarded the Ingeborg-Drewitz Literature Prize for Prisoners in April 2015. HEMPELS’ managing editor Peter Brandhorst oversaw the workshops. He writes about the how putting pen to paper can encourage social rehabilitation and improve confidence among inmates. This article includes three texts from prisoners which have been previously published in the street paper.

‘The biggest moral issue on the war on drugs’ Street Roots - USA 30/08/2015

In Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, London-based journalist Johann Hari argues that the very problems the war on drugs aims to eradicate — cartels, gangs, drug-related violence and addiction — are only exacerbated by drug prohibition. In a wide-ranging interview with Street Roots, he explains why we have been thinking about addiction wrong and gives some examples of innovative solutions trialled in Switzerland, Portugal and Canada to help drug users.

The unbearable darkness of being The Big Issue South Africa 30/08/2015

Depression made world news in March 2015, when a 27-year-old Germanwings pilot turned a routine flight from Barcelona into a premeditated suicide mission. Rebekah Funk sheds light on the shadowy, stigmatised world of mental illness for The Big Issue South Africa.

Rammstein’s Flake Lorenz: “I actually keep my eyes closed during concerts” Strassenfeger - Germany 30/08/2015

Christian "Flake" Lorenz is the keyboardist for German heavy metal rockers Rammstein. Flake first spoke to Berlin street paper strassenfeger in 2008 and still buys the paper from vendors around the city. He recently sat down with editor-in-chief Andreas Düllick to talk about writing his autobiography, his role models, dealing with fame and why he spend most Rammstein concerts with his eyes shut.

Photo series: The art of war Reuters 30/08/2015

Amid the rubble of bombed-out buildings in the world’s most volatile war zones, politically charged murals and graffiti offer ground-level views of the conflict. This Reuters photo series captures murals and graffiti that chronicle the violence, fear and oppression felt by those trapped on the front line.

Katrina 10 years on: Finding salvation in the floodwaters of Katrina INSP 30/08/2015

Street Sense vendor Gerald Anderson has written a dramatic book about how he used the skills he learned in prison to rescue people during the aftermath of the hurricane, and his current situation sleeping on people’s floors in Washington. Journalist Susan Orlins met Gerald during a Street Sense writing workshop and helped him pen his memoirs. She introduces an extract from the book.

Ana Matronic: The Life Robotic INSP 30/08/2015

As the glamourous frontwoman of Scissor Sisters, Ana Matronic has travelled the world and topped charts with sexy disco pop. Her stage name reveals another obsession, though – since she was a little girl, she always wanted her own robot. Now, she’s channelled her life-long droid obsession into a witty and accessible book, Robot Takeover. She tells INSP that sci-fi is no longer a (white, straight) boy’s club.

Mumford & Sons on giving music and hope to the masses The Big Issue UK 30/08/2015

Mumford & Sons have become the biggest band in Britain and one of the most popular in the world, selling 10 million albums. Their second LP Babel was a UK and US number one, as was their most recent, Wilder Mind. After headlining their own mini-festival near Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands, the foursome sat down with The Big Issue’s Peter Ross to discuss finding a harmony between faith, fame and rock n’ roll.

Verkäufer dokumentieren Obdachlosigkeit in "Cinema from the Street" INSP 24/08/2015

Acht obdachlose und ehemals obdachlose Filmemacher aus Washington DC erzählen ihre ganz eigenen Geschichten vom Überleben in "Cinema from the Street", einem eindrucksvollen Filmprojekt des US-amerikanischen Straßenzeitungsmagazins "Street Sense". INSP hat mit der Filmemacherin und Straßenzeitungs-Verkäuferin Sasha gesprochen, die das Leben im berüchtigten Obdachlosenasyl DC General Family Shelter dokumentiert hat.

Breaking the media blackout in Western Sahara IPS 24/08/2015

In Rabat, Morocco, Equipe Media, a news agency ran by a small group of Sahrawi volunteers, is struggling to break the media blackout over Western Sahara enforced by Rabat. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have repeatedly denounced human rights abuses suffered by the Sahrawi people at the hands of Morocco over the last decades. Yet “There are no news agencies based here and foreign journalists are denied access, and even deported if caught inside,” says Equipe Media’s leader.

Opinion: What’s behind the conflict between people and animals in Tanzania? The Conversation 24/08/2015

The killing of large carnivores by villagers near Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park – home to large numbers of lions, wild dogs, cheetahs, leopards and spotted hyenas – is causing wildlife experts concern. But with attacks on livestock resulting in significant economic and cultural costs to local households, can a solution be found? Amy Dickman says the answer could lie with another animal – dogs.

"The Iranian threat": who is the gravest danger to world peace? Open Democracy 24/08/2015

Renowned academic and controversial political activist Noam Chomsky considers the Iranian nuclear agreement, signed in Vienna on 14 July, and how it relates to US policy in the Middle East. He argues that it is America, not Iran, that is the gravest threat to world peace.

U.N. remains helpless watching rising deaths of children in war zones IPS 23/08/2015

The rising death toll of civilians, specifically women and children, in ongoing military conflicts is widely condemned by international institutions and human rights organisations – with the United Nations remaining helpless as killings keep multiplying. Addressing the Security Council during an open debate on children and armed conflict last month, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said 2014 was one of the worst years in recent memory for children in countries devastated by military conflicts. IPS looks at the troubling statics released by U.N. children’s agency, UNICEF, which says its response remains grossly underfunded.

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