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How Indonesian forest law is being used against poor people

'€œWhy are you leaving now? Come back here! I have told the truth but you do not believe me. Let'€™s take an oath on our lives!'€ Asyani, a frail, …

25,000 Indian Farmers Are Threatening to Kill Themselves Tomorrow | VICE News

Farmers in India are demanding compensation from their government for ruining their farmland — and they are putting their lives on the line.<p>Twenty-five thousand farmers signed a petition to India's President Pranab Mukherjee saying they will hang themselves on India's Independence Day — Saturday, …

India

The Peculiar Inequality of Singapore's Famed Public Housing

Most residents of the city-state live in tidy, subsidized highrises. Unless, of course, you happen to be one of the foreign workers who helped build them.<p>A typical drive through Singapore offers an almost continuous view of orderly and largely uniform highrise apartment buildings. Residents’ …

Syed

Watch This Beautiful Human Rights Film 'Then I Came By Boat'

The story of Tri Nguyen’s childhood escape from war-torn Vietnam, and his eventual resettlement in Australia, is so beautifully shared in this …

Born this way? Society, sexuality and the search for the 'gay gene'

Are our sexual desires derived from our genes? Or can we make active choices about who we are sexually attracted to?<p>Over the past decade the idea that we are “born this way” — or that our sexuality is genetic — has become increasingly important. The mantra has become a political strategy, in …

LGBTQ

Black fire

<i>What Happened, Miss Simone?</i>, a new feature-length documentary on Netflix about the life and music of America’s most defiantly unclassifiable popular …

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Can Facebook damage your mental health?

Over the past ten years, Facebook has added a new dimension to the social lives of over a billion people—and together with other social media like …

Die Mauer

The early days of the Berlin Wall.<p>The wall that divides Berlin is hard to visualize, because it defies comparison. Other things in the city are easy enough to imagine, because they can be Iikened to something familiar—the Kurfürstendamm to Fifth Avenue, Potsdamer Platz (in an earlier period) to …

In Full: Noel Pearson remembers Gough Whitlam

Australia

Google’s New Skybox For Good Program Gives Real-Time Satellite Imagery To Non-Profits

On the heels of acquiring satellite startup Skybox in August, Google and Skybox have announced the Skybox for Good program, which will provide real-time satellite imagery to organizations and programs that save lives, protect the environment, promote education and positively impact humanity, …

The wrong basket

Silicon Valley tech companies are renowned for pushing barriers and being ahead of the curve. But the recent announcement by tech giants Facebook and …

UNICEF #ENDviolence

Typically, parents, teachers, students and communities expect schools to provide a safe haven for children to grow, learn, thrive and succeed.<p>Yet for …

UNICEF

Human trafficking: from outrage to action

There’s so much emotion and sentiment and evangelizing around trafficking. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of feeling good about feeling bad; to …

The antiblackness of 'modern-day slavery' abolitionism

Flagellation of a Female Samboe Slave (1796) by William Blake. Wikimedia/Public domain.The contemporary movement against ‘modern-day slavery’ makes a …

The Planning Machine

Project Cybersyn and the origins of the Big Data nation.<p>In June, 1972, Ángel Parra, Chile’s leading folksinger, wrote a song titled “Litany for a Computer and a Baby About to Be Born.” Computers are like children, he sang, and Chilean bureaucrats must not abandon them. The song was prompted by a …

DSM-5 and the mental illness make-over

Over the past century psychiatry has described conditions that would have once been medicalised, moralised, criminalised or perhaps dismissed as …

"No person who is fleeing war should ever face a closed border." @melissarfleming who spoke at #TEDGlobal yesterday. http://t.co/WDlabqPcJW

Fielding the wrong ball – culture as a cause of ‘modern slavery’

Fishing community and the children of Krokrobite beach - Ghana. Juliette Atkinson/Demotix. All rights reserved.New abolitionists such as the Abolish …

Insane Makeup Turns Models Into 2-D Paintings Of Famous Artists

Facepainting isn’t just for kids anymore, and one talented Russian makeup artist is elevating it to an artform.<p>When we think of face painting, we usually think of clowns, county fairs and this turtle-loving zombie kid. We certainly tend not to respect it as an art: instead, it’s considered a …

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