Photographer Donna Ferrato has spent decades photographing the lives of survivors of domestic violence for magazines such as Time Magazine in the USA. Indeed, during the 1980s Ferrato’s pioneering work helped expose the issue via her groundbreaking book, Living with the Enemy (1991, Aperture) which has been reprinted three times. The artist’s new photographs celebrate female and child survivors of domestic violence and are currently on show in Nashville, Tenneessee, USA.
Sandra Corfitz’s father abandoned her when she was just a child for a life of addiction and homelessness. She never expected to see him again alive but did so after he began selling Danish street paper, Hus Forbi, and turned his life around. “He got a purpose in his life, a way to support himself, a desire to get up and get out,” Corfit said. Hus Forbi tells her story.
Francesca Martinez is an English comedian and actor who became famous in her teens for starring in children’s television show, Grange Hill. Martinez also has cerebral palsy and has spent much of her acclaimed stand-up career using jokes to change the public perception of disability. The self-described “wobbly” comic speaks to Antonia Charlesworth of The Big Issue in the North about her new book, What The **** Is Normal?!
Hus Forbi vendor Britta Larsen interviewed a famous Danish actress called Danica Cursic who stars in ’The Pheasant Killers’. This is the second film in a crime series called Department Q, where one of the principal characters is a homeless woman. The character is played by Cursic who, during research for the role, met with Britta to learn about life as a homeless person. When filming was over, Britta interviewed Danica to find out how she found playing someone on the streets.
Sir Roger Moore is the British actor most famous for playing James Bond in several Bond films during the 1980s. In a letter to his younger self for The Big Issue UK, the 86-year-old reflects on time spent unemployed and moving to the US to work illegally before he got his big break. Moore also reveals that he’s never been able to sit through an entire Bond film.
A homeless shelter that has served the vulnerable in Washington DC, USA, since 1986 is to be replaced with a new building. The 1350 bed facility is commonly known as CCNV, which stands for the Community for Creative Non-Violence, an anti-war and poverty group that transformed the building into a homeless shelter in the 1980s. Discussions are being held to decide whether to build the new shelter on the same site, with homeless residents being asked for their input on how the new shelter can best serve them.
When it comes to housing there are no cheap areas anywhere in London, UK, although some places are slightly less extortionate than others. Stratford, in the east London borough of Newham, used to be one of those slightly less than extortionate places. But not anymore. As UK comedian Russell Brand backs protesters in London, Adam Forrest of The Big Issue UK finds the housing crisis is forcing a sea change in age-old demographics.
A federal jury has convicted one former Blackwater contractor of murder and three of his colleagues of voluntary manslaughter in the deadly shootings of 14 unarmed civilians killed in Baghdad’s Nisour Square seven years ago. The massacre resulted in a wave of popular anger in Iraq against the United States and the army of private security contractors it employed there. It also sealed the reputation of Blackwater as a trigger-happy mercenary outfit whose recklessness and insensitivity to local populations jeopardised Washington’s interests in conflict situations. IPS reports.
Inderjeet Parmar is a Professor in International Politics at City University London, UK. In an opinion piece for The Conversation UK, he writes about Ben Bradlee, executive editor of the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991, during which time the paper exposed the Watergate scandal leading to the downfall of President Richard Nixon. Bradlee was one of the most famous journalists in the world. He died on 21st October 2014.
Before the Fukushima nuclear crisis forced them from their homes, residents of Futaba had praised the Daiichi power plant as a "godsend" that brought jobs and money to the Japanese coastal town. Now, more than three years after the disaster, they remain stuck in cramped emergency housing facing the reality they will likely never go home, with Futaba set to become a storage site for contaminated soil, a new documentary film shows.
A British-led petition signed by 29,000 people has demanded that Switzerland's Roche, the world's biggest maker of cancer medicines, cut the price of its expensive new breast cancer drug Kadcyla. The campaign shows the growing pressure on drug companies as a raft of promising new cancer treatments reach the market. U.S. insurers also say they are alarmed by a coming flood of cancer medicines with "astronomical price tags", while pricing rows have flared in France and Italy.
Climate warriors from a range of small island states including Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Solomon Islands and Samoa, are taking on the coal industry in Australia by paddling canoes into the sea to block ships from entering the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle. For these populations, the fossil fuel industry poses one of the gravest threats to their very existence.
As an Ahmadi leader, Kahloun knew he was a target for hired assassins in the bustling but lawless metropolis of Karachi. General insecurity in Pakistan is multiplied manifold if you are, like Kahloun, an Ahmadi – a sect of Islam that many orthodox Muslims abhor as heretic. “I never thought they would target my family,” says Kahloun, 57, a successful businessman who left everything behind, obtained political asylum and moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
Eileen B. spent much of her early life as a dedicated secretary in abusive relationships. Today, Eileen says she is much happier selling a street paper and taking care of her dog and two cats in her apartment.
For girls living in northern Pakistan’s sprawling tribal regions, the struggle for education began long before that fateful day when members of the Taliban shot a 15-year-old schoolgirl in the head. Still, the news that Malala Yousafzai – a former resident of the Swat Valley – won the Nobel Peace Prize brought hope to those battling the Taliban. “It will be a motivational force for parents to send their daughters back to school,” said Muhammad Shafique, a professor at the University of Peshawar.
Since the mid-90’s, Ireland has been an attractive destination for people from all over the world, in particular Eastern Europeans and West Africans. But many children have arrived without their parents while some were trafficked. These children are known as ‘separated children’ and some have lived an existence of neglect and sexual abuse. Indeed, around 6000 children are thought to have arrived in Ireland since 1999 and at least 440 remain unaccounted for. Ireland’s Big Issue reports.
“We put ourselves between the harpoon and the whale in inflatable boats,” says Greenpeace's Maite Mompó. She spoke to The Big Issue UK about being a deckhand on the Greenpeace vessel, Rainbow Warrior, and perilous attempts at sea in Antarctica to stop whales being harpooned.
During World War II, thousands of people fled their homes in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to escape approaching Soviet forces. The plight of the Baltic refugees in 1944, and their time spent in makeshift camps where food and proper accommodation was scarce or non-existent, gave rise to the first wave of postwar homelessness. Suzanna Hanney of StreetWise reports on a new exhibition that documents the lives of refugees who came to Chicago, Illinois, USA, to escape violence.
Ewan McGregor is a Scottish actor who shot to fame in the 1990s playing drug addict, Renton, in the hugely successful film, Trainspotting. Since then he has starred in a string of Hollywood hits including Moulin Rouge, Black Hawk Down and all three episodes of the new Star Wars trilogy. He speaks to Rebecca Harkins-Cross of The Big Issue Australia about his new film, Son of a Gun, in which he plays a villain for the first time.
A phone-hacking scandal in the UK where journalists at one of the country’s biggest-selling newspapers illegally tapped hundreds of people’s phones caused outrage in Britain. Celebrities, politicians and a murdered schoolgirl were targeted by the News of The World resulting in calls for restrictions on press freedom, prison sentences and questions for the British Prime Minister. It was Nick Davies, an investigative journalist with The Guardian, who exposed illegal activities and a toxic culture of corruption and exploitation at the now-defunct tabloid owned by media magnate, Rupert Murdoch. Davies speaks to The Big Issue in the North about his book, Hack Attack, which is being adapted for film by George Clooney.