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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
13 May 2016

Despite the prison is self-managed, security and administrative management of the prison entrusted to the police. In the pyramid of the prison system, at the back of the interior minister and the director of the penitentiary department there is the colonel-in-chief, the only one who actually lives in the building and, in fact, represents the Bolivian government within the walls of San Pedro. Often they are interviewed by journalist and videomaker and, with same frequency, they are replaced by their superiors.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
10 May 2016

Section Pinos, which owes its name to a large tree in the middle of his small yard, holds two restaurants, two bars, a soccer field, a billiard room and a study room, now it used as a copy shop. The lack of accommodation available in the prison, because of overcrowding, led prisoners to set up makeshift shelters practically anywhere: attics, stairs and gaps have thus become housing for one or more people, sometimes entire families.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
10 May 2016

In each section are placed some pay phones equipped with metered and managed by one or more inmates, required to pay the good section of the revenues. The phone, controlled by the police prison, should be the only system of communication with the outside. In truth, most of the prisoners own a mobile phone with which it can continue to manage relationships with the outside and, if they did, their illicit activities, unaware of the police.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
05 May 2016

Visits inside the prison are allowed for most days of the week and like everything inside the prison are by payment.Visitors are allowed to spend the entire day inside and through an additional payment, even to stay overnight.Who does not receive visits can always reach his loved ones through the inevitable phone, only prohibited on paper and for which refills are sold in many commercial activities managed by the prisoners.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
05 May 2016

The monoblock of Palmar, although it is a collective dormitory, it is equipped with a TV and three electric hot-plates. Television, inside the prison, is a faithful mate of life for the majority of the prisoners and it continues to remain on even when no one looks.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
05 May 2016

The roofs of the prison, which are accessed by some cells of the last floor moving a sheet resting on the beams, are used for a variety of activities:drying foods,sunbathing,smoking outdoors and drying clothes . Of this late activity are occupied the mostly of poorest prisoners who, after washing clothes, bedding and mattresses for other companions; they venture on to the rickety sheet metal roofing at about 10 meters above the ground, seriously endangering their lives, to earn only a few pesos.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
04 May 2016

Within a niche carved into the wall and protected by a wooden structure, a television with a powerful sound system it offers a little ‘entertainment to the prisoners, in the yard of Palmar section. Often some viewers are not part of the section but, despite being prohibited, there is a tacit tolerance and shared.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
29 Apr 2016

Marco, a young twenty year old with a long interval between the recovery community and juvenile prison dreams, as a free man, a future in hip hop music. habitual consumer of alcohol and drugs of all kinds, he wrote his lyrics mostly in prison, where he finds every day a lot of ideas, including the conditions of the detainees and their adventures before his arrest. It is more inspired by Latin American artists and Cypress Hill.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
25 Apr 2016

Among the many commercial and craft activities there is a dressmaker’s workroom manage by 3 three prisoners, which shall make garments both for the prisoners themselves than for external institutions and associations. Genaro, the head of the workshop, he learned to be a tailor in prison and dreams, as a free man, to open his own workshop. In his past, for years, he had always dealt with the cocaine refining process in the Bolivian jungle and he had never done work legally paid.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
21 Apr 2016

In addition to the shelters and individual cells, there are also common dormitories, arranged to accommodate a larger number of prisoners, because the rent of a single cell is quite expensive and many can not afford it.To convict it is given a bed, a personal locker and the possibility to use the common warming. So, without any rehabilitative logic, prisoners in preventive detention, young thieves and small-time dealers must live side by side with murderers, rapists and drug traffickers.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
18 Apr 2016

Several times a week entering hundreds of liters of smuggled alcohol in San Pedro. Corruption, which is overflowing among the police, it allows the input and feeds a commercial chain, as well, is created. Mostly it is pure alcohol at 96 °, manufactured by the bolivian company names Caiman and packaged in aluminum cans of 1 liter with a characteristic purple color. After the resale and consumption of their content, the latter are recycled within the prison and thus become pretty toys sold outside.

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Photo Essay: San Pedro Jail: the Pris...
La Paz
By Andrea Carrubba
08 Apr 2016

Penitenziary organization gives the breakfast and the lunch to the prisoners, in the plazas of the sections. Out of this, everything is by payment. Every is coocked by prisoners in the kitchen of Palmar section.

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Greek Parliament
Athens
By Nicola Zolin
13 Jul 2015

Greek Parliament Debates Debt Crisis

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Roving Barefoot for Propane Gas
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
18 Feb 2015

February 17, 2015

Sana'a, Yemen
 
The Yemeni population is once again faced with a severe shortage of propane gas. This has caused much grief among poverty stricken Yemeni families who make up the majority of the Yemeni population. Fifteen-year-old Bashir Merhibi is the eldest son in a Yemeni family. Bashir struggles on a daily basis to find propane gas to cook food. Instead of going to school in the morning, Bashir is forced to search the streets barefoot for propane gas in a number of neighborhoods in the Yemeni capital. A Transterra contributor spent the day with Bashir Merhibi as he searched for propane tanks. He would roll his 40-pound empty tank along the road with his feet through many neighborhoods hoping to take a full tank home to his family so they can cook their food. Unfortunately Bashir was unable to obtain any propane gas as the price had increased to 1,900 Yemeni Rial (almost $9), and he only had 1,200 Rial. The severe gas shortage in Yemen is due to disgruntled tribesmen who occasionally blow up gas pipelines and block supply routes in the province of Ma'rib to pressure the Yemeni government to meet their demands. The shortage of gas in Yemen has resulted in a price hike of propane gas, which many Yemeni families cannot afford.
 

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Roving Barefoot for Propane Gas (roug...
Sana'a, Yemen
By Yousef Mawry
18 Feb 2015

February 17, 2015
Sana'a, Yemen

The Yemeni population is once again faced with a severe shortage of propane gas. This has caused much grief among poverty stricken Yemeni families who make up the majority of the Yemeni population. Fifteen-year-old Bashir Merhibi is the eldest son in a Yemeni family. Bashir struggles on a daily basis to find propane gas to cook food. Instead of going to school in the morning, Bashir is forced to search the streets barefoot for propane gas in a number of neighborhoods in the Yemeni capital. A Transterra contributor spent the day with Bashir Merhibi as he searched for propane tanks. He would roll his 40-pound empty tank along the road with his feet through many neighborhoods hoping to take a full tank home to his family so they can cook their food. Unfortunately Bashir was unable to obtain any propane gas as the price had increased to 1,900 Yemeni Rial (almost $9), and he only had 1,200 Rial. The severe gas shortage in Yemen is due to disgruntled tribesmen who occasionally blow up gas pipelines and block supply routes in the province of Ma'rib to pressure the Yemeni government to meet their demands. The shortage of gas in Yemen has resulted in a price hike of propane gas, which many Yemeni families cannot afford.

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Sound bite, Bashir Merhibi, (Man, Arabic)
"My name is Bashir, I am 15 years old and I am in the ninth grade. Instead of going to school, I wake up and go searching for propane gas with this tank, and this tank has been through all kinds of streets. From street to street and from station to station, I have kicked and pushed this tank with my hands and with my feet".

"I have been searching for gas since seven in the morning; I haven’t eaten breakfast or lunch. I drank water and ate a biscuit from the store and that’s it and continue to search and search for gas in a number of streets and propane gas stations. In this country, you have to search for everything. Nothing comes without struggle. Just like this: this is an example of Yemen. They give you gas like this: drip-by-drip".

"I started my search at seven in the morning and the time now is five pm. After searching for gas in many streets and many stations, I finally found one. I thought I was going to pump gas, so I waited in line until I reached the front."

"I asked the owner how much? And, he replied, ‘1900’ (Yemeni Riyal.) I then told him, “Fear god! The original price is 1200 (Yemeni Riyal) and you want to sell it for 1900?” I tried to plead with him and told him I only have 1200; however, he told me to either pay 1900 or go home. We argued and argued and almost got into a fight. I took my tank and told him all I have with me is 1200."

Sound bite, Kamal Ali Ahamed - Propane Gas Store Owner, (Man, Arabic)
“The cause of gas shortage is due to the low gas production from Safer. The Safer Gas Company fills 39 propane trucks every day; however, there are 1200 propane trucks queuing in line at Safer Company waiting to fill their gas trucks so they can distribute gas throughout the nation. This has led to fewer propane truck deliveries to the Yemeni capital. Because of this, only 150 to 200 propane trucks make deliveries per week. This has led to higher demands for gas in the Yemeni capital, while there are fewer gas deliveries."

"The second reason is there are now more cars which run on propane gas. In 2014, nearly 67 thousand cars that run on gas entered the county. This resulted in a higher demands for gas; however, the gas production in Safer (Mareb province) is only sufficient enough for the use of average households only."

Sound bite: Bashir Merhibi, (Man, Arabic)
"No car, no motorbike and no bicycle. I am just like all other Yemenis, I have to kick and push, kick and push from street to street and from gas station to gas station Sometimes, I find a station with propane gas however, there are long lines which reach up to 500 to 600 tanks. When I reach the station, people usually try to cut in line in front of me, which results in heated arguments and sometimes fights. I don’t know what else to do. This is very depressing. The gas problem in Yemen is very depressing."

Sound bite: Abdurahman al-Yemani - Citizen, (Man, Arabic)
“We want a solution to the gas problem; we been waiting in line since the morning. All of us have haven’t ate lunch. The rich people are living comfortably because they have gas; however, we the average workers have to spend all day waiting in line. Will they ever have mercy on us, or are we going to continue living like this?"

Sound bite: Bashir Merhibi, (Man, Arabic) "Unfortunately, I am now going home and I don’t know how to tell my mother and father that I couldn’t find gas. What will I tell them, what shall I do?"

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Yemenis Block-off Main Roads and Burn...
Sana'a
By Yousef Mawry
30 Jul 2014

July 30, 2014
Sana'a, Yemen

Hundreds of Yemenis blocked off main roads and burned tires, in a number of Yemeni provinces, in protest against the latest price-hike of petroleum products, which came into effect on the third day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

On Wednesday morning the prices of fuel had increased from 2,500 to 4,000 Yemeni riyals ($11.6 to $18.6) for 20 liters. The price of diesel also increased from 2000 to 3,900 riyals.
Yemen is considered to be the poorest country in the Middle East with nearly half of its population living in severe poverty.

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The Greek return to the land
Pelion
By Emmanuel Haddad
09 Jun 2014

"Reverse mobility", says Kasimis Charalambos, specialist of the Greek rural world, when asked about the current movement of "return to the land" that turns thousands of Greek city-dwellers into farmers or olive producers. Since the end of the civil war in 1949, the Greek rural world experienced an exodus and Athens, a once 200.000 inhabitant's city, now gathers almost half of the 11,23 million's national population. "A tool of resilience against the crisis", adds Karina Benessaiah, who writes a Phd on the issue. Indeed, since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008, more than 600 000 jobs were destroyed in the country, mainly in Athens, where unemployment, combined with increased taxes and raising daily costs, turned life into a never-ending nightmare. Suicide rate have dangerously increased and the Neo-nazi party Golden Dawn, whose members are whether in jail or in trial, is the third party of the capital, since the municipal elections that were held in May. "I want to leave the city to be free and human again", endeavors Giorgia, unemployed for 2 years, from a piece of land located in Nea Makri and owned by the collective Nea Guinea, which provides trainings to city-dwellers eager to live a sustainable and self-managed life. "This field, at a one-hour-distance from Athens, is a bridge between Athenians and the rural world, a laboratory to succeed in the hard process of going back to working and living of the land", explains Fotini, founder of Nea Guinea, who will move in Nea Makri for good in September. For Dimitris and Penelope, Athens is already an old souvenir. They swapped their urban lifestyle in the beginning of the crisis for the tough adventure of the rural world in Pelion, at five-hours-distance from Athens. In spite of many sacrifices and efforts, they are happy to live among olives, apple trees, homeopathic plants and wild pigs. For them, more than an economic opportunity, returning to the land was also a way to live a more sustainable life and to take their distance with the Greek political system that they find illegitimate. Agriculture may be a tool of resilience, but it will not be enough to solve the economic crisis, in a country where more than half of the youth is unemployed.

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The Greek return to the land 08
Pelion
By Emmanuel Haddad
09 Jun 2014

Back in her house, Penelope picks some Malva, let her chicken out from his house, in the back of the garden. A big dog is at the entrance, "vital to chase wild pigs", she precises. "For one year, we lived here with a friend without water and electricity. Now things are easier. But my friends are still scared to visit, because they are scared of loosing the confort of the city. Still, when I go back to Athens, every body tells me how he envies me and which he could do it. So why don't they do it?!"

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The Greek return to the land 09
Pelion
By Emmanuel Haddad
09 Jun 2014

"The return to the land is positive in the short term; life is easier and cheaper in the province than in Athens, and cultivating the land is a proactive way to react to the loss of a job or the closure of a company. But on the long term, it is not clear yet if people will manage to earn a living with that", confesses Karina Benessaiah. Penelope does not look for benefits. For her, the return to the land must go with a renewed economic system. "I swap my creams and oils against services with the local community. And I sell my fruits and vegetables in an independant market in Volos, the nearest big city, that was created by an anarchist squat for ecological producers. But here, I don't need a lot to live."

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Pelion
By Emmanuel Haddad
09 Jun 2014

For 20 years, Giorgia worked as a secretary in a law office. Unemployed for two years, she only finds offers to work for 400€/month, 6 days on 7. "As an unemployed, I even have to pay charges to the State, and I don't receive anything. We feel like thieves, as if we would have to pay back something we robbed. But the only who robbed were the banks!", she denounces. Recently, the Greek vice-minister of Justice brought in a bill proposing to lock up until one year in jail any citizen who would not be able to pay a debt over 5000 euros to the Greek State after 4 months. "Nea Guinea is our way to do the revolution against the system of austerity and neoliberalism. But instead of fighting against police like the anarchists, we do concrete and everyday actions. From housing to energy, health to food, we propose to the Athenians an alternative, sustainable and self-managed way to live, without having debts to pay to a State that we don't trust anymore", abounds Fotini.

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Elderly Care in Thailand: Luxury at a...
Phuket
By Biel Calderon
31 May 2014

Elderly care has been one of the sectors affected by the global economic crisis in Europe. Many retired people cannot afford to pay for the services they require. Countries like Thailand have seen this dilemma as an opportunity to offer these services at a lower price. In Phuket, one of the main tourist towns in Thailand, a Swiss woman has opened a caring house, the Baan Tschuai Duu Laa (House of Help and Care), which hosts elderly from Switzerland, Germany and the United States. The residents of the care home now enjoy better care at a much lower price than their home countries.

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Economic Crisis in Damascus
Syria
By TTM Contributor 4
14 Aug 2013

Due to the displacement of the roads and the large scale economic crisis in the country, the prices of goods and services has increased drastically, resulting in a decrease in consumerism and trade.

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The Syrian Living Condition During Ra...
Syria
By yaceen saeb
04 Aug 2013

Syria: the living conditions of citizens and the poor economic situation during the days of Ramadan

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Viome 13
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

"The politicians don't want the self-management, because unemployment and crisis are often useful for low wages and foreing investors", said a worker during a break.

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Viome 17
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

After bankrupt, workers decide to occupy the factory and then to self-organize the production. Now they produce cleaning products.

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Viome 2
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

In February 2012, after the occupation of the factory, the workers started a new self-management production, selling cleaning products and trying to expand their experience in other factories in Greece.

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Viome 11
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

In June 2013, Naomi Klein visited the Viome factory as an experiment of social redistribution from the botton. Actually there is no owner of the factory, just the general assembly makes decisions.

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Viome 22
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

“No worker who is not a shareholder, no shareholder who is not a worker,” say the workers of VIOME

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Viome 4
Thessaloniki
By Michele Lapini
29 May 2013

A worker during a break in Viome.

Through a formal proposal dating from October 2011 they have been claiming the establishment of a workers' cooperative under full workers’ control, demanding legal recognition for their own workers’ cooperative, as well as for all the others to follow.
Thessaloniki, 29.05.2013

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
14 Apr 2013

A member of the " I Don't Pay" movement reconnects the electricity to the home of the unemployed tenant.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
02 Apr 2013

A demonstrator with the " I Don't Pay" movement flag.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
01 Apr 2013

An "I Don't Pay'" movement member hangs a flag on a column.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
01 Apr 2013

Members of the " I Don't Pay" movement protest against gold mining in Halkidiki.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
01 Apr 2013

Members of "I Don't Pay" movement demonstrate in front of Greek Electricity provider DEI as electricity bills continue to increase.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Auster...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
01 Apr 2013

Mr Vasilis Papadopoulos, a representative of the
"I Don't Pay" movement, speaks of the party's future plans against the new austerity measures in Greece.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
01 Apr 2013

Members of the '" Don't Pay" movement march through the streets of Korinthos carrying yellow
flag's bearing the party's logo.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
31 Mar 2013

A member of the "I Don't Pay" movement helps reconnect the electricity in a family's home. Their electricity was cut because they could not pay the bill.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
31 Mar 2013

Members of the "I Dont Pay" movement are seen marching through the streets of Athens.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
31 Mar 2013

A donation box with the "I Dont Pay" movement's logo depicting the resistance to the austerity measures in Greece.

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"I Don't Pay Movement", Greek Austeri...
Athens,Greece
By giorgos33
31 Mar 2013

Members of the '" I Don't Pay'" movement are seen opening toll booths in the Zevgolatio region of Greece allowing cars to pass without paying the toll fee.