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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.