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In foreclosures, Occupy groups see a unifying cause Reuters 16/04/2019

Fighting foreclosures and evictions, activists say, gives the disparate movement a unifying focus and embodies its anti-Wall Street message. It also has offered a way for Occupy – up till now a largely white, middle-class movement – to broaden its reach to minorities.

Iraqi children victimised "like laboratory mice" IPS 16/04/2019

At Fallujah hospital they cannot offer any statistics on children born with birth defects – there are just too many. Parents don’t want to talk. "Families bury their newborn babies after they die without telling anyone," says hospital spokesman Nadim al-Hadidi. "It’s all too shameful for them."

U.S. still importing illegal timber IPS 16/04/2019

Since 2008, over 20 U.S. companies have imported illegally logged timber worth millions from the Peruvian Amazon, charged a multi-year investigative report released Tuesday by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

Alain de Botton on ‘Religion for Atheists’ The Big Issue Australia 16/04/2019

Celebrity philosopher Alain de Botton discusses why atheists should still be interested in religion and why McDonalds is a bit like the Catholic Church.

Memoir exposes Ireland’s history of child abuse Ireland's Big Issue 16/04/2019

It is a testament to her strength that Lily O'Brien is here today; let alone that she has told her heartbreaking story in a new book, ‘The Girl Nobody Wants’. She wrote it to ensure that victims of institutionalised abuse in Ireland are not forgotten: “These children had no human rights. So many of them are dead now, from suicide, drugs, drink; thousands of children. People are not talking about the dead.”

The folk pop fusion of East and West Street Roots - USA 16/04/2019

Abigail Washburn’s original brand of folk pop effortlessly blends the sounds and traditions of American and Chinese culture. She speaks about the lure of American folk, the lyrical nature of Mandarin, taking her banjo to China and the healing and unifying power of music.

Documentary celebrates street paper success The Contributor - USA 16/04/2019

A new documentary recognizes the remarkable success one of the bestselling street papers in the INSP network. Chris Roberts’ documentary Street Paper tells the inspirational story of The Contributor and the people behind it, but the real stars are its vendors, through whose eyes the public can witness daily experiences of life on the streets.

Coming to terms with climate change The Big Issue Malawi 16/04/2019

Climate change is a source of concern for people in communities all over the world. Global temperatures continue to rise, floods are becoming more common and hurricanes and heavy snowfalls continue to plague some western countries.

Letter to my Younger Self: John Suchet Ireland's Big Issue 16/04/2019

What would you say to your 16 year old self if you could go back in time? John Suchet, a British radio and TV presenter, author and journalist offers his teenage self some words of wisdom.

Marge Piercy on feminist fiction Spare Change News - USA 16/04/2019

One of America’s foremost literary forces is Marge Piercy, a woman who lives in a tiny village on Cape Cod and has been writing strong, powerful works of fiction and poetry for five decades.

Ohio prisoners stage hunger strike with Occupy for Prisoners Street Speech - USA 16/04/2019

Prisoners at the Ohio State Penitentiary went on a successful hunger strike for better living conditions and in solidarity with the Occupy movement.

The costs of higher education Street Speech - USA 16/04/2019

Tuition fees in the United States have risen dramatically in the past three decades and the amount of student debt has soared. As higher education becomes increasingly necessary to secure stable employment, the stakes are particularly high for those on a low-income.

Impact of welfare cuts causes worry Street Sense - USA 16/04/2019

Advocates warn that continued welfare cuts in Washington DC will harm thousands of poor children, whose struggling families depend on benefits, such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, to meet their most basic needs.

Kindergarten boy brings heroin to show and tell Reuters 13/04/2019

A five-year-old boy brought packets of heroin to a show and tell at his Connecticut kindergarten, leading to the arrest of his stepfather, police said on Tuesday.

Amnesty urges Russia to free punks after protest Reuters 09/04/2019

Amnesty International has urged Russia to release three members of all-woman punk band Pussy Riot who were detained after the group stormed into Moscow's main cathedral to sing a protest song against President-elect Vladimir Putin.

Greek suicide a potent symbol before election Reuters 09/04/2019

A Greek pensioner's suicide outside parliament has quickly become a symbol of the pain of austerity and has been seized upon by opponents of the budget cuts imposed by Greece's international lenders.

Hindu girls targeted in coerced conversions IPS 09/04/2019

Bharti, a 15-year-old Hindu girl living in the Lyari area in Karachi, left home for her sewing class last December, never to return. Three days later, her father Narain Das was told she had converted to Islam.

Rebels march into New Libya with a hangover IPS 09/04/2019

A few hundred police cadets in ad hoc camouflage uniforms march up and down the grounds at a training centre in the coastal town Zawiyah. "You are the people protecting the revolution and symbol of our pride," proclaims the scrawled writing on the wall behind them.

Palestinian children learn the Brazilian way IPS 09/04/2019

Standing under a canopy just inside Jerusalem’s Old City walls, a group of 20 Palestinian children are banging drums, clapping their hands and singing in Portuguese. This is capoeira, the traditional Afro-Brazilian sport that mixes dance, music and martial arts, and it is sweeping through the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Burkina Faso exposed as hub for people trafficking INSP 09/04/2019

The lucrative trade in girls like Mercy and Jennifer is turning the west African nation of Burkina Faso into a hub for people trafficking. But efforts to outlaw the practice are thwarted by corruption, witchcraft and threats of violence. INSP’s contributing editor Billy Briggs reports.

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