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October 5th
1:32 PM

Vice »

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa began in Guinea in December 2013. From there, it quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Cases also appeared in Senegal and Nigeria, and a separate outbreak appeared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Today, Liberia lies is at the center of the epidemic, with more than 3,000 cases of infection. About half of them have been fatal. 

As President Barack Obama announced that he would be sending American military personnel to West Africa to help combat the epidemic, VICE News traveled to the Liberian capital of Monrovia to spend time with those on the front lines of the outbreak. 

In Part 1, we meet confused and distressed people trying to receive treatment in the increasingly chaotic city, and speak to an ambulance driver doing his best to aid the sick.

See also: Ebola outbreak grows worse

August 24th
2:02 PM
“Responding to Ebola requires putting patients and families into inescapably horrific situations. Being diagnosed with the disease means confronting and accepting the absolute terror of a likely-terminal condition—I am probably going to die. It requires accepting the results of an opaque test done in a faraway lab even when it still just feels like the flu. It then requires accepting that you may never have human contact again for the rest of your life—and that the only communication you will have will be with a masked man tasked with isolating you, not saving you.” - Raphael Frankfurter
The Danger in Losing Sight of Ebola Victims’ Humanity
Thousands of People Are Trapped in a Liberia Slum, Under Ebola QuarantineClashes Erupt  |  West Point Reels  Response ‘Non-existent’  |  Those who serve soldier on

Responding to Ebola requires putting patients and families into inescapably horrific situations. Being diagnosed with the disease means confronting and accepting the absolute terror of a likely-terminal condition—I am probably going to die. It requires accepting the results of an opaque test done in a faraway lab even when it still just feels like the flu. It then requires accepting that you may never have human contact again for the rest of your life—and that the only communication you will have will be with a masked man tasked with isolating you, not saving you.” - Raphael Frankfurter

The Danger in Losing Sight of Ebola Victims’ Humanity

Thousands of People Are Trapped in a Liberia Slum, Under Ebola Quarantine
Clashes Erupt  |  West Point Reels  
Response ‘Non-existent’  |  Those who serve soldier on

August 7th
10:36 AM
Giles Fraser  |  Guardian »

Gideon Levy doesn’t want to meet in a coffee bar in Tel Aviv. He is fed up with being hassled in public and spat at, with people not willing to share the table next to him in restaurants… Levy’s unpardonable crime is vocal opposition to the war and to the bombing of Gaza. According to recent polls, support for the military operation in Gaza among the Jewish Israeli public stands somewhere between 87% 
"What is different this time is the anti-democratic spirit. Zero tolerance of any kind of criticism, opposition to any kind of sympathy with the Palestinians," says Levy.  >continue<

This seems all the more incredible given the episode’s categorization as ‘war’. As if an elite SWAT team up against impoverished 6th graders made for a war.
Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel?  |  A Primer

Giles Fraser  |  Guardian »

Gideon Levy doesn’t want to meet in a coffee bar in Tel Aviv. He is fed up with being hassled in public and spat at, with people not willing to share the table next to him in restaurants… Levy’s unpardonable crime is vocal opposition to the war and to the bombing of Gaza. According to recent polls, support for the military operation in Gaza among the Jewish Israeli public stands somewhere between 87% 

"What is different this time is the anti-democratic spirit. Zero tolerance of any kind of criticism, opposition to any kind of sympathy with the Palestinians," says Levy.  >continue<

This seems all the more incredible given the episode’s categorization as ‘war’. As if an elite SWAT team up against impoverished 6th graders made for a war.

Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel?  |  A Primer

June 2nd
5:07 PM
Patrick Kingsley  |  Guardian&#160;&#187;

The television satirist seen as the barometer for free speech in post-revolutionary Egypt, Bassem Youssef, has ended his show because he feels it is no longer safe to satirise Egyptian politics.
"The present climate in Egypt is not suitable for a political satire program," the former surgeon told reporters in a press conference at his studio on Monday afternoon. "I&#8217;m tired of struggling and worrying about my safety and that of my family."
Youssef&#8217;s announcement followed a decision by his host channel, MBC-Misr, to suspend his show during Egypt&#8217;s recent presidential election campaign – in what was perceived as an attempt to stop him mocking Egypt&#8217;s incoming head of state, field marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. &gt;continue&lt;

Patrick Kingsley  |  Guardian »

The television satirist seen as the barometer for free speech in post-revolutionary Egypt, Bassem Youssef, has ended his show because he feels it is no longer safe to satirise Egyptian politics.

"The present climate in Egypt is not suitable for a political satire program," the former surgeon told reporters in a press conference at his studio on Monday afternoon. "I’m tired of struggling and worrying about my safety and that of my family."

Youssef’s announcement followed a decision by his host channel, MBC-Misr, to suspend his show during Egypt’s recent presidential election campaign – in what was perceived as an attempt to stop him mocking Egypt’s incoming head of state, field marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. >continue<

May 17th
3:25 PM
Via
aljazeeraamerica:

Nearly 1 in 4 bee colonies died this winter, survey says

Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. honeybee colonies died this winter — a loss that’s not quite as bad as n recent years, says a new U.S. Department of Agriculture survey of beekeepers. Yet dangers remain for the pollinators.
Under siege from parasites, disease, pesticide use, nutrition problems and a mysterious die-off, 23 percent of bee colonies failed, and experts say that’s considerably better than in the previous year, which was particularly bad, and in the preceding eight years, which averaged losses of 30 percent.

Read more

see also: Rate of US Bee deaths unsustainable

aljazeeraamerica:

Nearly 1 in 4 bee colonies died this winter, survey says

Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. honeybee colonies died this winter — a loss that’s not quite as bad as n recent years, says a new U.S. Department of Agriculture survey of beekeepers. Yet dangers remain for the pollinators.

Under siege from parasites, disease, pesticide use, nutrition problems and a mysterious die-off, 23 percent of bee colonies failed, and experts say that’s considerably better than in the previous year, which was particularly bad, and in the preceding eight years, which averaged losses of 30 percent.

Read more

see also: Rate of US Bee deaths unsustainable

April 15th
2:02 PM
"Russia is a power in structural decline. Its economic growth is anemic, it has an uncertain demographic future, and the state budget is highly vulnerable to any shift in oil prices. That being said, for the next several years it will have the most modern and effective military it has had since the Soviet Union collapsed. Russia’s leaders realize that right now they are the strongest they are ever likely to be, economically and militarily. Conversely, the West is at its weakest point of willpower, exhausted by crises and conflicts abroad, along with the pull of domestic agendas at home. NATO defense budgets are hardly a credible threat and will continue to decline. Even some of the Baltic states, who decry Russia as an existential threat, barely spend 1 percent of GDP on their own defense. Moscow knows that nobody wants to spend more money on defense to confront them. Putin likely calculates that if now is not the time to take on the West, then it will never come. He is rolling the dice while Russia still has dice to roll."
March 16th
1:47 PM
"I am afraid that I am interested in a cold war with the West. I was very patient. I waited for 20 years. I did everything I could so that this war would begin. I worked day and night."
—  Aleksandr A. Prokhanov, Foes of America in Russia Crave Rupture in Ties
January 21st
8:29 AM

Kiev: “akin to a war zone”

Protests are continuing in the Ukraine, often turning violent. Monday marked a second night of clashes, prompting Russia to warn the EU not to intervene.

A heavily commented reddit thread on the situation includes a link to a live video stream.

The situation is highly complex and perhaps threatens a wild sideshow to the Sochi Winter Olympics on an order greater than terror threats in the wake of Volgograd.

December 22nd
1:17 PM
Dana Priest  |  Washington Post&#160;&#187;

The 50-year-old Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), once considered the best-funded insurgency in the world, is at its smallest and most vulnerable state in decades, due in part to a CIA covert action program that has helped Colombian forces kill at least two dozen rebel leaders, according to interviews with more than 30 former and current U.S. and Colombian officials.

The secret assistance, which also includes substantial eavesdropping help from the National Security Agency, is funded through a multibillion-dollar black budget. It is not a part of the public $9 billion package of mostly U.S. military aid called Plan Colombia, which began in 2000.
The previously undisclosed CIA program was authorized by President George W. Bush in the early 2000s and has continued under President Obama, according to U.S. military, intelligence and diplomatic officials. Most of those interviewed spoke on the condition of anonymity because the program is classified and ongoing&#8230;  &gt;continue&lt;

Dana Priest  |  Washington Post »

The 50-year-old Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), once considered the best-funded insurgency in the world, is at its smallest and most vulnerable state in decades, due in part to a CIA covert action program that has helped Colombian forces kill at least two dozen rebel leaders, according to interviews with more than 30 former and current U.S. and Colombian officials.

The secret assistance, which also includes substantial eavesdropping help from the National Security Agency, is funded through a multibillion-dollar black budget. It is not a part of the public $9 billion package of mostly U.S. military aid called Plan Colombia, which began in 2000.

The previously undisclosed CIA program was authorized by President George W. Bush in the early 2000s and has continued under President Obama, according to U.S. military, intelligence and diplomatic officials. Most of those interviewed spoke on the condition of anonymity because the program is classified and ongoing…  >continue<

December 13th
1:46 PM
200km-high geysers seen on Jupiter&#8217;s moon Europa

The search for life in the solar system has taken a dramatic turn with the announcement that Europa, a moon of Jupiter first discovered by Galileo, shows signs of water geysers erupting from its south pole.
"If there&#8217;s a geyser 200 kilometres tall, and you could fly a spacecraft through it and sample the water coming out from Europa, that would be phenomenal&#8230;"  &gt;continue&lt;

Caveats &amp; Excitement  |  Europa Beckons  |  Hubble Pushed

200km-high geysers seen on Jupiter’s moon Europa

The search for life in the solar system has taken a dramatic turn with the announcement that Europa, a moon of Jupiter first discovered by Galileo, shows signs of water geysers erupting from its south pole.

"If there’s a geyser 200 kilometres tall, and you could fly a spacecraft through it and sample the water coming out from Europa, that would be phenomenal…"  >continue<

Caveats & Excitement  |  Europa Beckons  |  Hubble Pushed

October 20th
2:10 PM

Saudi Arabia mysteriously withdrew, after having campaigned for and won a seat on the UN Security Council. They said it was over Western inaction on Syria and the the Palestinians.
&#8230;all of a sudden on Friday, Saudi Arabia resigned its seat. It said that it did so over UNSC inaction on Syria and on the lack of progress in resolving the problem of Palestinians’ statelessness. Some observers also suggested that it was an implicit protest against the possibility that the US and Iran will make up.
It is hard to know what to make of the Saudi action, which has never occurred before in the history of the UN.   &gt;continue&lt;

Saudi Arabia mysteriously withdrew, after having campaigned for and won a seat on the UN Security Council. They said it was over Western inaction on Syria and the the Palestinians.

all of a sudden on Friday, Saudi Arabia resigned its seat. It said that it did so over UNSC inaction on Syria and on the lack of progress in resolving the problem of Palestinians’ statelessness. Some observers also suggested that it was an implicit protest against the possibility that the US and Iran will make up.

It is hard to know what to make of the Saudi action, which has never occurred before in the history of the UN.   >continue<