The Munduruku tribe of Brazil has recently seen its land encroached by miners illegally searching for gold. Last year the tribe’s leaders travelled to Brasilia to press the government to remove all non-indigenous miners from their territory, but frustration with the length of time for their case to be heard led them to take matters into their own hands. Reuters photographer Lunae Parracho gained unprecedented access to venture into the jungle with the tribe on a manhunt for wildcat gold miners.
At the age of just 21, Sebastian Vettel became the youngest Formula One driver ever to win a grand prix. The German racer has won the last four world championships and if he wins again in 2014 he will equal the astonishing record set by his hero and fellow German, Michael Schumacher. The 2014 Formula One season begins in March, with racing drivers facing the most rule changes in motor sport history. Vettel speaks to INSP about the new challenges he’ll face.
Freud believed that many conditions are caused by childhood trauma, but there are claims that many unqualified therapists have taken his theory too far by having patients rewrite their past history, sometimes resulting in loving parents being remembered as sexual abusers. Jennifer May of Ireland’s Big Issue reports on this strange phenomenon after speaking to psychologist Katharine Mair about her new book.
War veterans comprise some 30 percent of America’s homeless population. On any given night, around 58,000 former military personnel sleep rough on the street or in shelters. Thankfully, this number has been in decline since 2010 and now a new project is aiming to end homelessness among veterans altogether. Some people believe that recent success in both Phoenix and Salt Lake City has provided a model that could be used across the whole of America.
Guns ‘n’ Roses legend Slash is arguably the most recognisable guitarist in rock music. Selling millions of records with the American band during the 80s, then going on to form rock super-group Velvet Revolver, the top-hatted troubadour has now turned his talents to film directing. He talks to Steven MacKenzie of The Big Issue UK about producing his first horror film, Nothing Left to Fear, and reveals what keeps him awake at night.
Food banks have opened inside several schools in Tennessee, USA, to provide students with meals. The Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville opened food banks in five schools across the county after learning that pupils were coming into school so hungry it was difficult for them to concentrate and learn. While food banks were originally opened for emergency supplies, many poor families in America now rely on them as the main source of their diet. Critics say further cuts to the food stamp allowance are set to make the situation worse.
Real Change vendor Jeff Bouck sadly passed away recently. Bouck began selling the street paper Real Change in Seattle, Washington, USA, after losing his fishing job through injury at the age of 41. Married to fellow vendor Karen who died in 2011, Bouck is survived by their daughter, a student at Arizona State University, whom they were immensely proud of. Bouck’s friends, many of them homeless, set up a small memorial on a pillar under the north side of the bridge where he often slept alongside them.
Doctors do not just treat medical conditions but human beings who are often dealing with a number of issues in addition to their health problems. In Poland, many people often do not have health insurance but the Stowarzyszenie Lekarzy Nadziei [Doctors of Hope Association] is there for them, providing free medical care to homeless people in Krakow and Warsaw. Agata Jabłonowska-Turkiewicz of WSPAK reports.
What is life like for ordinary North Koreans? Closed off from the rest of the world and held under the tyranny of Kim Jong-un, its mysterious workings are ripe for fantasy. Writing for The Big Issue UK, author of The Defections - a thriller about North Koreans escaping into South Korea - Hannah Michell says it is time to demystify the secretive state.
Former US president turned painter George W Bush is to have his artwork featured in an exhibition called “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy”. It is not known exactly what the subjects of his paintings are - he is previously known to have painted dogs and self-portraits - but Bush’s art will supposedly provide an insight into his unique relationships with other world leaders.
Many thousands of civilians were killed, injured or remain missing as a result of the 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka between government forces and separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The conflict ended in 2009 but a UN human rights chief has criticised the government’s failure to investigate war crimes on both sides, and called for an international inquiry.
Three high-profile journalists for Al Jazeera – including veteran correspondent Peter Greste – were arrested along with a string of other journalists in Egypt in December 2013 in what many critics say was an attack on press freedom. The military government in power has accused the reporters of conspiring with terrorists and broadcasting false information due to their coverage of the Muslim Brotherhood – branded a terrorist organisation after being ousted from power in 2013. Despite growing international pressure to release the journalists, the trial is set to go ahead in March. NOTE TO EDITORS: INSP is supporting the global campaign to free the above journalists as their detention is an attack on democracy and the freedom of the press. If you wish to offer your support please use this hashtag - #FreeAJStaff
There are fears that allegations of scorched earth evictions of the Ogaden people in Ethiopia could lead to further instability in the African country. For two decades conflict has raged between the government and the Ogaden National Liberation Front, who fight for the self-determination of some 10 million ethnic Somali people living in Ethiopia. Reports of forced evictions and human rights abuses, with villages being burned down in the vicinity of oil fields, have raised concerns that foreign energy interests in Ethiopia may only deepen tensions.
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A new trade agreement among Pacific Rim nations and the US is being negotiated behind closed doors without any public scrutiny or oversight from lawmakers. Called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the agreement is the largest in history and yet most of the information in the public domain has come from whistleblowers who fear it could cost jobs, roll back environmental safeguards and give corporations more power to sue governments and set policies. Fair trade activist Elizabeth Swager talks to Nathan Gilles of Street Roots.
Veteran US comic Richard Lewis has spent the past 45 years doing stand-up and appearing on numerous TV shows including the hit series, Curb Your Enthusiasm. In an interview with Sue Zalokar of Street Roots, the comedian reflects on a life in comedy and his recovery from addiction while slamming draconian drug laws. He also reveals his sadness following the recent deaths of celebrity friends Lou Reed and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
A group of international organisations fighting wildlife crime has unveiled a new website aimed at assisting whistleblowers. WildLeaks will allow people to safely and anonymously reveal information on wildlife crimes to combat poaching. The illegal trade in wildlife is said to be worth some 17 billion dollars each year and there are concerns it is financing terrorism.
Cuts to the US’s food stamp program are not just about politics but the degradation of our youth, according to Dr Deborah Frank, the founder of Children’s Health Watch. She believes that billions of dollars’ worth of cuts to food aid will leave many families and their children hungry. Arguing that poor nutrition goes hand in hand with ill health and a lack of concentration in school, adversely impacting not only on a child’s health but their future, Dr Frank tells Joanne Zuhl of Street Roots that food stamp cuts are not just an economic issue but a human rights violation.
Thousands of lesbians across South Africa are being terrorised by “corrective rape”. Horrific reports of such crimes are rife, but just how many women and men have been raped and even murdered due to their sexual orientation is still unknown. Many women living openly as gay are extremely vulnerable to groups of men intent on “correcting” their sexual orientation through rape. However, a new policy that would see a separate criminal category for hate crimes against gay people is being proposed to urgently address the escalating problem.
An Austin-based nonprofit recently mailed 1500 copies of a proposal to abolish the federal minimum wage and create a “universal living wage” to all US mayors, calling for their support. The proposal outlines a 10 year plan to prevent homelessness and poverty by raising the current minimum wage which stands at just $7.25 per hour.