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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Why Do These Women Stretch Their Necks?

Published on 29 May 2013 : Starting at an early age, women of the Padaung tribe wear a coil of brass rings around their necks. This collar, and the elongated appearance it gives their necks over time, are Padaung symbols they wear proudly. In their native Myanmar, Padaung people often faced persecution over these visible tribal symbols. Now, having relocated to a Thailand refugee camp, these Padaung women continue this centuries-old custom, memorializing the struggles of the past and maintaining a link to their tribe's history.



Monday, June 24, 2013

Food for thought! Muhammad from the view of an agnostic Jew?

Lesley Hazleton: The doubt essential to faith.

Published on 24 Jun 2013 : When Lesley Hazleton was writing a biography of Muhammad, she was struck by something: The night he received the revelation of the Koran, according to early accounts, his first reaction was doubt, awe, even fear. And yet this experience became the bedrock of his belief. Hazleton calls for a new appreciation of doubt and questioning as the foundation of faith -- and an end to fundamentalism of all kinds.



British human rights activist sued for 10 million dollars in Thailand

Migrants work in poor conditions in Thailand

Published on 24 Jun 2013 : British human rights activist Andy Hall has worked to help improve conditions for migrant workers in Thailand for years.

Now, he is being sued for 10 million dollars by a fruit processing company in the outskirts of capital Bangkok, after he contributed to an NGO report accusing the company of several rights violations including using child labour.

Hall says that migrants work for below the legal minimum wage, their passports get confiscated and there are reports of forced overtime work. There is a lot of evidence displaying that Thailand has a big problem when it comes to the treatment of migrant workers. Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok.



Friday, June 21, 2013

the meaning of "general personality disorder"?

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Terry Holdbrooks, now named Mustafa Abdullah. Photograph: Graeme Robertson
Terry Holdbrooks arrived at Guant√°namo detention camp in the summer of 2003 as a godless 19-year-old with a love of drinking, hard rock music and tattoos. By the time he left Cuba the following year, he had alienated his army colleagues, won the respect of the detainees and, most astonishingly, converted to Islam in a midnight ceremony in the presence of one of the detainees, who had become his mentor.

When I meet Holdbrooks, now 26 and named Mustafa Abdullah, he is wearing a black Muslim cap, a thick beard and long-sleeved traditional robes that almost obscure the tattoo on his right arm that reads "by demons be driven".

Holdbrooks grew up in Arizona, the only son of junkie parents who split up when he was seven years old. He was raised by his ex-hippie grandparents. Tired of being poor, determined not to follow in his parents' footsteps and keen to see the world, Holdbrooks signed up for the military. He was stationed with the 253rd Military Police Company, mostly doing administrative support work, when he was told he was to be deployed to Guant√°namo.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bilderberg 2013 - Your guide to 'The Bilderberg Group'

Published on May 30, 2013 : HELLO! We are Truthloader, and this week we are LIVE from the Bilderberg conference at the Grove Hotel in Watford. Check out our playlists, and subscribe so you don't miss out!

Bilderberg 2013 will be held at the Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire, England. It's a gathering of some of the world's most powerful and influential people. As such, Truthloader will be attending - sort of. We'll be at the new 'press area' away from the actual conference with the rest of the journalists and activists interested in what takes place there.

We wanted to make a video about who the Bilderberg are, some of the theories that surround them, and what we THINK goes on there.



After less than 40 hours of rain!

Floods wash away homes in India

Published on Jun 17, 2013 : Monsoon flooding has caused the river Ganga in Northern India to burst its banks, washing entire buildings away in the pilgrimage town of Uttarkashi. India's monsoon season causes devastating floods every year - but is also essential to the national economy.

Since this report, flooding in other parts of Northern India has killed at least 23 people, and left 50 missing.