Carl Bernstein was instrumental in uncovering the Watergate scandal that forced President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Speaking to Spare Change News, he pulls no punches in assessing Trump’s upcoming presidency – calling him “more dangerous than McCarthy”. Though he has previously been very critical of the kind of celebrity culture of which Trump is a master, Bernstein says it would be wrong to blame the mainstream media for the election result. Instead he points the finger at social media, the alt-right media and websites such as The Drudge Report.
More than a month has passed since the official closure of the Calais Jungle. Now, all that is left for those who lived and volunteered there is memories of the camp in Northern France. Big Issue North talks to four English volunteers who recall the good and the bad of their camp experiences. “They are the kindest people I’ve ever met. They will give you something even though they have got nothing. That’s what people don’t get,” says teaching volunteer Sally Kincaid of the refugees.
The Big Issue’s Andrew Burns recently took a tour of Northern Ireland’s stunning landmarks – the backdrop for TV sensation Game of Thrones. On location, he talks to the people who became part of the country’s most lucrative opportunity. The programme has brought £166m into the province’s economy, and continues to bridge old divides. “Landowners, neighbours, councils, environmental agencies – they used to be afraid of Game of Thrones. Now they love it,” explains location manager Naomi Liston.
Cleveland-born former truck driver Wayne Smith has seen most of America from the comfort of his cab. Now settled in the city of Evanston, just north of Chicago, he has been selling StreetWise in the Windy City for the past four years. A man of simple pleasures, Wayne plays music at his pitch and offers a friendly word to his customers. He says, “StreetWise was the perfect venue. I have a product, I am selling it, and people buy it.”
This report by Tatjana Maksimović for Serbian street paper Liceulice explores the cultural, religious and ethical issues that have shaped abortion rights in Serbia and its neighbouring Balkan states. Latest World Health Organisation figures show around 22 million illegal abortions take place worldwide annually, with at least 50,000 women dying every year as a consequence.
The Gourmet Gardens in Basel are a place for people living in poverty to grow fruit and vegetables that they cannot afford to buy themselves - at the same time allowing a green fingered group to harvest new social contacts. In building friendships and producing healthy food throughout the year, founder Hazima also sees the garden as a kind of occupational therapy. "Everyone here has some kind of baggage. But you can forget everything for two or three hours when you're gardening. It's also a pleasure to see how the things you've planted with your own hands thrive,” she says.
Almost twice the size of India, the Amazon rainforest absorbs an estimated two billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Its preservation is vital in the fight against global warming. Agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) are responsible for preserving the forest within their borders. Due to the country’s deep recession, a 30% drop in Ibama's budget has meant fewer operations this year, evidenced by idle helicopters and jeeps, with no fuel to power them. Reuters talks with Uiratan Barroso, one of Ibama's regional heads of law enforcement, who warns of an onslaught of deforestation. "The loggers are better equipped than we are," he says.
Deep cracks have appeared in Italy’s civil service and legal systems following the spike in migrants arriving on its shores since 2013 – 500,000 compared to 119,000 over the previous three years. Each application lands on the desks of civil servants in an office near Rome’s Trevi Fountain. With delays rife, the government has been criticised for failing in their commitment to streamline the process. Reuters speaks people in Rome on both sides of the system: those dealing with the multiple piles of applications and the people who wait apprehensively to hear the decisions that will define their future.
One of the hallmarks of President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh’s regime over the past two decades has been a crackdown on groups who speak out about violations of human rights. Last month activists rebelled against the law that restricts their gatherings, coming together at the Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) held in Gambia’s capital Banjul. They expressed serious concerns about ongoing attacks on political opponents ahead of this month’s presidential election. The event took place against the backdrop of President Jammeh’s words in May: “Let me warn the evil vermin called the opposition. If you want to destabilise this country, I will bury you nine feet deep.”
The availability of injectable contraceptives for women in India has stirred a deep debate across the country. The cheapest form of contraceptive has been made legal by the government and supported by the World Health Organisation. However, it has received criticism from advocates of women’s rights. They highlight evidence that long term use of the injection causes menstrual irregularity, amenorrhea and demineralisation of bones.
In an exclusive interview to mark the 20th anniversary of Dutch street paper Straatjournaal, vendor Evert van den Brink talks to Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. As UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon’s Special Advocate - and a regular street paper buyer - she speaks candidly about her role in teaching people how to avoid crippling debt through the financial education platform, Money Wise. She says, “Everywhere in the world – including the Netherlands – there are people who have been left behind, who have become invisible. I hope this will help them become involved in society again. This is my small attempt to help people.” --PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO DUTCH GOVERNMENTAL RESTRICTIONS, THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN DUTCH, ENGLISH AND SPANISH. INSP APOLOGISES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.--
In 2016, the Harry Potter universe has ridden its broomstick right back into fashion. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is riding high at the box office, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child landed in the West End. But for many, including some keen folks who’ve brought Qiuidditch into real life, Broomstick Training never left the zeitgeist. The Big Issue Australia’s Annabel Brady-Brown may have well and truly outgrown her wizarding robes, but she argues that we still need Harry.
Faced with the choice of living with an abusive partner or being homeless, young mother Carla chose the latter. In escaping her violent abuser, she found self-determination and sufficiency thanks to the stringent conditions she followed at Alternative House: Assisting Young Mothers in Virginia State. With their support, Carla has carved her own professional path, working her way up from odd jobs to landing a steady spot as an administrative subcontractor. “You can have a lot of opportunities and resources available to you, but if you don’t know how to use them the best way you can, it doesn’t matter how much people are trying to help you,” Carla says.
Hinz&Kunzt is one of the first destinations for East Europeans arriving in the German city of Hamburg. Unfortunately, demand for vendor places far outstrips supply explains editor-in-chief, Birgit Müller. Delving further into the issues facing migrants, Hinz&Kunzt’s Romanian-born social worker Ana-Maria Ilisiu shares what it’s like to work on the frontline - and why she believes children are the best hope of preventing a new generation of homelessness.
Taking its name from the ancient Greek word for ‘hope’, Elpis is Salerno’s first social restaurant. It opens daily in a busy neighbourhood of the southern Italian city. To qualify, potential service users engage with a local support service, which issues a card entitling them to one meal a day for just one euro. “The social restaurant is not a form of welfarism,” says Maurizio Caporaso, vice-president of the non-profit behind the idea. “It is a helping hand, a way of sharing responsibility.”
The Homeless Advocacy Project, a non-profit legal services organisation in Philadelphia, is suing New York City for their refusal to issue birth certificates to NYC-born residents of Philly. The project has deemed NYC’s action unconstitutional, saying the case highlights the frustrating Catch-22 situation faced by Philadelphians affected by homeless born in New York City. One Step Away speaks to HAP’s Executive Director, Marsha Cohen, who says, “The people we are trying to help have a desperate need for essential services such as housing, medical treatment, and employment.”
The very first issue of the Denver Voice was put together on a single typewriter in 1996. Now a veteran of the street paper network, it has withstood two decades of staff changes and financial troubles to offer employment to more than 4,000 people. As the paper celebrates 20 years of helping Colorado’s homeless move off the street and into other jobs, INSP takes a look back at its journey.
Street Roots vendor Janick Webb is a life coach on Portland’s streets. With his positive mental attitude, he stays upbeat despite periods of debilitating physical pain which often end with ambulance trips to hospital. “I stay positive by recognising the negatives first,” he says. “Get those out of the way, and figure out how to change the things you can change.” The money he currently earns selling Street Roots is going towards a permanent home in the New Mexico city of Truth or Consequences.
From above, the Serbian village of Smoljinac looks like any normal small residential area. On closer inspection, the buildings turn out to be purpose-built bungalows where the deceased are memorialised. Inside the cosy cabins are furnished rooms full of wreaths and funeral paraphernalia, with family crypts buried below. The Serbian Orthodox Church turns a blind eye to the conspicuous chapels as many of their owners are big benefactors.
Daesungdong Elementary School is located in Korea’s Demilitarised Zone – once described by former U.S. President Bill Clinton as “the scariest place on Earth”. It is where 11-year-old Lee Su-jin and her classmates get their education. Despite the political tension that hangs over Freedom Village, places at the school are coveted across South Korea as children have a rare opportunity to learn English from American soldiers based in the zone. “People are worried about us, but soldiers are with us, and we do evacuation drills. I don't think there is anything to be scared or worried about,” says Su-jin.