World Press Photo of the Year 2010


People | Photography | World
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by Christian, No Comments
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Jodi Bieber from South Africa took this photograph of Bibi Aisha, an 18-year-old woman from Oruzgan province in Afghanistan who fled back to her family home from her husband’s house, complaining of violent treatment. The Taliban arrived one night, demanding Bibi be handed over to face justice. Bibi’s brother-in-law held her down and her husband sliced off her ears and then cut off her nose. Bibi was abandoned, but later rescued by aid workers. After time in a women’s refuge in Kabul, she was taken to America, where she received counseling and reconstructive surgery. She now lives in the United States.

HIV-positive patient cured by stem cells


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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 by Christian, No Comments
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German doctors announced what could be ground-breaking news in the fight against HIV and AIDS. An HIV-positive patient, who had developed acute myeloid leukemia, is said to have been cured of his HIV infection after a bone marrow transplant, which was performed in 2007.

WikiRebels – The Documentary


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Friday, December 10th, 2010 by Christian, 1 Comment
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WikiRebels is the first in-depth documentary on WikiLeaks and the people behind it. From summer 2010 until now, Swedish television reporters Jesper Huor and Bosse Lindquist have traveled to key countries where WikiLeaks operates, interviewing members such as Assange, new spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson, as well as people like Daniel Domscheit-Berg who now is starting his own version Openleaks.org.

The Big Picture – In Protest


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Thursday, November 18th, 2010 by Christian, No Comments
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Thousands of protesters and demonstrators around the world have recently been marching, shouting and engaging to make their points – from Mexico to London to Chile to Germany and Spain and elsewhere. Collected here is a view of protests and demonstrations around the world over the past two weeks.

Kashmir – A Skier’s Journey: Ep1


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Monday, September 20th, 2010 by Christian, No Comments
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The first in a series of 3 ski-travel episodes, skiers Chad Sayers and Tobin Seagel travel halfway around the world to Kashmir to ski the high altitude Gulmarg gondola, only to find the snow pack is a ticking time bomb. Presented by Gore-tex and Arcteryx. Via

Dickhead


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Friday, September 10th, 2010 by Christian, No Comments
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The Search For New Species


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Monday, August 2nd, 2010 by Christian, No Comments
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This month a team of Canadian and Spanish researchers went on a deep-sea expedition using a remotely operated vehicle at Newfoundland at Canada’s Atlantic coast with a maximum depth of about 3.000 meters and found 11 potentially new species. Among them is the little fella pictured above, a still unidentified purple octopus.

B.I.K.E.


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Friday, July 30th, 2010 by Christian, No Comments
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B.I.K.E. is an exploration of the Black Label Bicycle Club and the wider tallbike subculture that has grown up around it. Comprised mainly of artists driven by anti-materialism and a belief that the impending apocalypse will render cars useless and bicycles in power, BLBC battles mainstream consumer culture and rival gangs for its vision of a better tomorrow. The film chronicles the trials of co-director Anthony Howard as he tries to become a member of the club.

Broken Social Scene – Meet Me In The Basement


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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 by Christian, No Comments
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Fair Wear Foundation


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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 by Christian, No Comments
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In an industry as large as fashion, it remains difficult to know the conditions of many production facilities. That’s where the labor conditions group Fair Wear Foundation comes in. The Amsterdam-based nonprofit aims to fully expose the manufacturing process with a verification system to ensure that garments are made under sustainable working environments. As a multi-stakeholder initiative, they work to get corporate and textile associations, trade unions and non-governmental associations on board too.

With ten years already under their belt, FWF represents many fashion brands from Acne and Mammut to Cheap Monday and Nudie Jeans. Today the foundation inspects 1,000-plus factories that manufacture garments for 50 labels, helping reassure consumers that, from China to Turkey, fair labor standards are met.

You can download their 2009 annual report here.

Holy Wars


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Monday, July 26th, 2010 by Christian, 1 Comment
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Shot over a four year period, Holy Wars follows a danger-seeking Christian missionary and a radical Irish Muslim convert, both of whom believe in an apocalyptic battle, after which their religion will ultimately rule the world.

Last Train Home


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Saturday, July 24th, 2010 by Christian, No Comments
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In Last Train Home, Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan tells the story of a family embarking on an annual tormenting journey along with 200 other million peasant workers to reunite with their distant family, and to revive their love and dignity as China soars as the world’s next super power.

The Big Picture – Oil Spill In China


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Friday, July 23rd, 2010 by Christian, No Comments
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Five days ago, in the northeastern port city of Dalian, China, two oil pipelines exploded, sending flames hundreds of feet into the air and burning for over 15 hours, destroying several structures – the cause of the explosion is under investigation. The damaged pipes released thousands of gallons of oil, which flowed into the nearby harbor and the Yellow Sea. The total amount of oil spilled is still not clear.

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Jane Korman’s 89-year-old father Adolek Kohn arrived at Auschwitz in a cattle car over 65 years ago. In 2009, he returned to Auschwitz and other locations in Poland associated with the Holocaust and did a victory dance with his daughter and several of his grandchildren. When Korman first exhibited the videos in Australia, she received quite a bit of criticism.

Many Jewish survivors have reacted gravely to the video, accusing her of disrespect. Yet Korman told Australian daily The Jewish News that “it might be disrespectful, but he [her father] is saying ‘we’re dancing, we should be dancing, we’re celebrating our survival and the generations after me,’ – the generation he’s created. We are affirming our existence.”

Soccer Saturday


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Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 by Christian, No Comments
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What a day: Germany kicks Argentina out of the World Cup with a devastating 4:0 and Arsenal Lodown wins the Borgmann Cup! Sorry Grill, not so royal today.