“When I started to see people coming back without their limbs, I felt compelled to say something. It wasn’t enough just to march in protest. The politicians weren’t listening to the people,” says Canadian rock star Bryan Adams. The famous singer and musician is also an award-winning photographer and he explains why he had to capture the brutal truth about war with images of British veterans. From The Big Issue UK.
Writer Lesley Mofokeng catches up with Claire Danes and her fellow Homeland cast members in Cape Town, South Africa. “I love being here. It’s one of the most beautiful places I have been to on the planet. I travel pretty extensively and it is breathtakingly beautiful,” Danes says. The Big Issue South Africa reports.
Ozzy Osborne is the Englishman who became famous as lead singer of heavy metal pioneers, Black Sabbath. In a letter to his younger self, Osborne says: “The teenage Ozzy would never believe, not in a million years, that he could have the life I've had. How did that kid get from living in Aston, Birmingham to a house in Beverly Hills, California? I don't understand it.” By The Big Issue UK.
Environmental problems, by their nature, don’t respect borders. Air and sea pollution often affect countries that had nothing to do with their production. Many extreme weather events, like typhoons, strike more than one country and climate change affects everyone. These environmental problems can aggravate existing conflicts among countries. But they can also bring countries together in joint efforts to find solutions. IPS reports on how fishing is helping ease tensions between two bitter enemies, North Korea and South Korea.
He’s survived a zombie apocalypse and taunted Gotham City, now Cillian Murphy is channeling his inner Don Corleone. The Big Issue UK speaks to the Irish actor who was the only villain to feature in all three of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Murphy’s new role is a feared gangster in a new television series by the British Broadcasting Corporation. By Andrew Burns.
World leaders will gather this month at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. The topic they should (but probably won’t) address is soaring inequality around the globe. Alan Attwood writes an opinion piece for The Big Issue Australia.
Even with significant government spending, the South African schooling system is failing learners, according to Dr Emma van der Vliet. In an opinion piece for the Big Issue South Africa, she explores the issue and says: “Despite high hopes for a “brave new world” of education in post-apartheid South Africa, our schooling standards have deteriorated. So much so, in fact, that local results are much weaker than those of our poorer neighbour, Zimbabwe. This seems baffling on the surface, but let’s try to make some sense of it. How? By seeing how South Africa fares in six key areas.”
Hecho en Buenos Aires talked with Jonathan Bernabé Aguirre (aka Morrón), one of its Argentinian vendors. Morrón is 29 years old and lives in Glew. His pitch is at Adrogué and Banfield and his hobby is to make people happy.
Nicola Griffith is the British-American author of several novels, including ‘Ammonite’ and ‘Slow River’, that won a host of science fiction awards over the last two decades. The English-born, Seattle writer speaks to Mike Wold about her new fantasy trilogy based on the life of St Hilda, an important figure in the conversion of England to Christianity who founded Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire.
Winter has not yet hit the nearly besieged city of Aleppo in Syria but children are already attending classes in winter coats and stocking hats. Cold, damp underground education facilities are less exposed to regime barrel bombs and airstrikes but only about 20 original school buildings are still operating from some 750 in the area prior to the uprising. IPS reports on how children are trying to go to school as an intractable crisis continues.
“Going back home? That would be suicide. The Islamists would cut our throats straight away,” says Khalil Hafif Ismam, a Mandaean refugee from one of the oldest yet most decimated communities in Mesopotamia. The Ismams are Mandaeans, followers of a religion that experts have tracked back 400 years before Christ, and which consider John the Baptist as their prophet. Accordingly, their main ritual, baptism, has taken place in the same spots on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates for almost two millennia. But their existence is now under threat from ISIS. IPS reports.
EU politicians have backed a plan to allow nations to ban genetically modified crops on their soil even if they are given approval to be grown in the European Union, raising the chance their use will remain limited on the continent. Widely grown in the Americas and Asia, GM crops in Europe have divided opinion, with opposition in many countries including France and Germany, while Britain favors them. Reuters reports.
Archaeologists working in Alaska's remote interior have discovered the burial site of an Ice Age infant and a late-term fetus believed to be the youngest remains found in the Americas from that period. The burials, found underneath the cremated remains of an Ice Age toddler, date to about 11,500 years ago and provide new insights into mortuary practices of the people who lived at the time.
David Rachline, the mayor of the French Riviera town of Frejus, quietly loaned a free room to the town’s Jewish community recently to celebrate Yom Kippur. In most other towns in France the gesture would have been unremarkable. But Rachline belongs to the far right National Front, a party whose founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was convicted of inciting racial hatred in 1996 when he said the gas chambers used to kill Jews in the Holocaust were "merely a detail” of World War Two. Reuters reports.
It is a question all Iranians are asking: who is stalking the streets of Isfahan, throwing acid into women's faces? The attacks - there have been at least four in the busy city in central Iran in recent weeks - appear aimed at terrorizing women who dare to test the boundaries of the Islamic dress code. The crimes coincided with the passage of a new parliamentary bill that allows private citizens to enforce "morality" laws. The bill has sparked a clash between hardline politicians, who overwhelmingly support it, and moderates including President Hassan Rouhani. Reuters reports.
Addressing violence against women, in all of its forms, is a global imperative and should be one of the international community’s top priorities, says Lakshmi Puri who is the assistant-secretary-general of the United Nations and deputy executive director of UN Women. In an opinion piece for IPS, Puri argues that the focus of prevention and response to violence against women should be on strengthening global policy frameworks and ensuring accountability mechanisms are in place.
A new report published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) shows that nine out of 10 cases of journalist killings go unpunished. The report found that between 2004 and 2013, 370 journalists were murdered “in direct retaliation for their work” and that in 90 percent of these cases there was total impunity – “no arrests, no prosecutions, no convictions.” IPS reports.
“It was the first summer of Street Books, the street library I founded in June 2011. Twice a week I set up my bicycle library, pulled out the drawer of books and hung the sign: “Street Books is a bicycle-powered mobile library serving people who live outside,” says Laura Moulton, who believes books can save the soul. Street Roots reports.
There were nearly 3,200 unaccompanied minors in Oregon schools in the 2012-13 school year, according to the Department of Education in the US state. But the actual number of Oregon students who live without a legal guardian is certainly much higher, experts agree. So, what happens with the kids’ schooling and what is being done to help them. Street Roots reports.
An exhausted world, a disarray of growth and a global need for change. Miguel Grinberg tells us who the main players are in the Degrowth Movement and discovers that happiness is not about what you buy, but about the parsley you grow on your balcony. Hecho En Buenos Aires reports.