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A brief history of war and drugs: From Vikings to Nazis - News from Al Jazeera A brief history of war and drugs: From Vikings to Nazis From World War II to Vietnam and Syria, drugs are often as much a part of conflict as bombs and bullets.
Saturday, 26 November 2016
Egypt's anti protest law: Legalising authoritarianism - News from Al Jazeera w: Legalising authoritarianism How the Egyptian regime used the law to crack down on opposition and isolate voices of dissent. Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker Share via Facebook Share via Twitter Comments Print Egypt's military generals have constantly employed repressive tools to instill fear among the population [Getty Images] byAmr Hamzawy Senior Associate, Middle East Programme, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Since the summer of 2013, following the military coup led by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the ruling regime in Egypt has managed to handcuff the public space, surround it with restrictions. This has been in a stark contrast to the period before the coup when Egyptians, during the popular uprising that took place on January, 25, 2011, were encouraged to engage actively in managing the country's affairs through peaceful means and ballot boxes. This period benefited both civil society organisations and political parties.
Huge rise in hospital beds in England taken up by people with malnutrition | Society | The Guardian ‘Poverty is causing vulnerable people … to go hungry and undernourished,’ shadow health secretary says. ‘Poverty is causing vulnerable people … to go hungry and undernourished,’ shadow health secretary says. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Denis Campbell Health policy editor Friday 25 November 2016 17.26 GMT Last modified on Friday 25 November 2016 22.00 GMT View more sharing options Shares 3,199 The number of hospital beds in England taken up by patients being treated for malnutrition has almost trebled over the last 10 years, in what charities say shows the “genuinely shocking” extent of hunger and poor diet. Official figures reveal that people with malnutrition accounted for 184,528 hospital bed days last year, a huge rise on 65,048 in 2006-07. The sharp increase is adding to the pressures on hospitals, which are already struggling with record levels of overcrowding. Critics have said the upward trend is a result of rising poverty, deep cutbacks in recent years to meals on wheels services for the elderly and inadequate social care support, especially for older people.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Hippies, Punks, Nomads, Nudists - Rainbow Gatherings are a Festival of Freedom (PHOTOS) Hippies, Punks, Nomads, Nudists – Rainbow Gatherings are a Festival of Freedom (PHOTOS) October 5, 2014 Rainbow Gathering_Plaid Zebra The Plaid Zebra THE PLAID ZEBRA 390 SHARES Photos BY: BENOIT PAILLE In the isolation of the woods gather tribes of the miscellaneous and open-minded. From gays, punks, Christians, sectarians, nudists and Krishna followers, to Nomads and conspiracy theorists, like a vivid palate of paint; they meet at the annual Rainbow Gathering. 30,000 people attended the largest Rainbow Gathering in history, which took place in Washington State in a publicly-owned national forest. When this large, rainbow gatherings become something like a micro society; a utopian city that even has neighborhoods, where everyone is welcome. What might look to the undiscerning eye as a festival of freaks, drug addicts, and naked people, is actually community of like-minded people that practice the ideals of peace, love, respect, harmony and freedom. Participants widely believe that the modern lifestyles and systems of government are unsustainable, exploitative, and out of harmony with the natural systems of the planet. The rainbow family is an expression of Utopian impulse with an added touch of bohemianism and hippy culture, which refer to mainstream society as “Babylon” and consciously express an alternative to consumerism, capitalism, and mass media. These gatherings happen annually all over the world, and have proven a durable phenomenon for over 40 years. They wake up with the sun, and several sacred ceremonies begin to take place. There are discussion circles where all ideologies and beliefs coexist in harmony. When you hold the talking stick, no one else can speak, even if the circle is 600 strong. Hours earlier, forty people just arrived in a horse-drawn caravan from Brazil, whose journey lasted about a year. At the Rainbow Gathering in Palenque, Mexico, Benoit Paillé documents a colourful pattern of different lifestyles. Going to the Rainbow Gathering, he says, means to reconsider yourself. Those who attend will be transformed and purged of the cultural fabrications that have been imposed on them, arriving home with the invisible, but powerful gift of questions and ideas. Rainbow Gathering Rainbow Gathering Palenque Mexico Rainbow Gathering Rainbow Gathering Brazil Rainbow Gathering Rainbow Gathering Brazil Rainbow Gathering Rainbow Gathering Palenque Mexico Rainbow Gathering Brazil Rainbow Gathering Rainbow Gathering
100 Women: Jeanette Winterson helps children rewrite Cinderella - BBC News Jump media playerMedia player helpOut of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. 100 Women: Jeanette Winterson helps children rewrite Cinderella 22 November 2016 Last updated at 02:50 GMT UK author Jeanette Winterson has helped school children re-imagine the fairy tale Cinderella for a new generation. As part of the BBC's 100 Women season, she visited a primary school in the Cotswolds to discuss ways in which Cinderella is sexist and then asked the children to come up with their own version. Video journalists Kelvin Brown and Jack Slater, produced by Sarah Buckley.
Monday, 21 November 2016
Standoff continues over Dakota pipeline protests — RT America Police use a water cannon on protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. November 20, 2016 © Stephanie Keith Police use a water cannon on protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. November 20, 2016 © Stephanie Keith / Reuters 641 The standoff over the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline continues after a night of clashes left over 180 people injured. Images of some of the gruesome injures are starting to appear on social media. Trends Dakota Access Pipeline Dakota pipeline protesters and police began to gather again on the Backwater Bridge on Monday mid-morning. The AP reported police told the crowd they had identified firearms among the protesters and said people who were armed should leave. They also warned people who went onto the bridge could be arrested. By early afternoon, protesters had backed away from the bridge leaving about a dozen remaining.