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Protesters Return to the Streets in T...
Bangkok, Thailand
By George Henton
26 Oct 2013

Riot police, with shields defaced by protestors, stand guard at a second protest site near Government House in Bangkok. The protests remained strictly coordinated by its leaders and despite some symbolic pushing riot police by one or two protestors, events passed without any feared violence.

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The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am ...
Istanbul, Turkey
By Claudia Wiens
12 Sep 2013

Istanbul, Turkey . 12th Sep, 2013. The 13th Istanbul Biennial, “Mom, am I barbarian?”, curated by Fulya Erdemci, runs from 14 September untill 20 October. Admission to the biennial exhibitions is free, overlapping with the biennial’s vision to create a public space and be accessible to everyone. Diego Bianchi's art work, shown in SALT Gallery, emerged during the last decade as a magnifying and distorting lens of urban life that focused on the formal and mostly chaotic traces of consumerism. Bianchi's project for the 13th Istanbul Biennial is an installation inspired by any given city's brash. © Claudia Wiens

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Aquaponics in Egypt (3 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
23 Jun 2013

A steady hum of generators filtering the water for the many fish tanks envelops a worker feeding the fish. The farm is producing Nile tilapia roughly 500 grams in weight, with plans to grow them larger in the near future.

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Aquaponics in Egypt (14 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
23 Jun 2013

Insect catchers, in vibrant blue and yellow dangle above the growing areas. The ability to grow without the use of soil and limited water use is incredibly important in the desert climate.

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Aquaponics in Egypt (13 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
23 Jun 2013

Many of the materials used by the farm are easily found and purchased, making aquaponics a desireable, lower-cost option.

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Aquaponics in Egypt (12 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
23 Jun 2013

Not only is the farm sustainable in its practices, but it also offers novel types of produce for the markets.

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Aquaponics in Egypt (11 of 14)
Cairo, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
23 Jun 2013

According to the farmers, the more efficient the system becomes, expansion becomes cheaper and more productive per square meter. Their goal is to produce 400 heads of lettuce per day.

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Kenyan Grandmothers' Survival -Editor...
Nairobi, Kenya
By Mais Istanbuli
28 May 2013

Wairimu Gachenga, 70, lives in the notorious Nairobi slum of Korogocho, Kenya. She looks after her grandchildren, 19 year old Wahome Njeriand and 17 year old Wairimu Njeriafter, after their mother died from HIV. In order to make ends meet, she travels to the Dandora dumpsite to collect plastic and other recyclable material which she then sells. On a weekly basis, she receives some cabbage and other plant material from a church in the area that she uses to feed her family.

Gachenga regularly joins a group of grandmothers from the area who get together to practice self-defense techniques, after one of the natives was raped in 2007. Elderly women in Kenya are increasingly suffering from sexual assault, since many believe that they have a lower risk of catching HIV compared to younger women. In response to this problem, the group is also part of a support group for the women, where they swap stories and ensure each other's safety. When one of the women doesn't attend a meeting, the rest of the group suspects that she is in danger. Gachenga, like many other women in her condition, has resorted to communal means to secure her livelihood, where the weekly meetings act as a safe haven for those in need of help.

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Garbage City
Cairo, Egypt
By Mais Istanbuli
17 Mar 2013

Mokattam village, or Garbage City, as it is known by the locals, is a slum settlement at the base of Mokattam Hill on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. The slum is populated by a community of workers called Zabbaleen, who personally collect, sort, re-use, re-sell or otherwise repurpose Cairo’s waste. Over 90 percent of the population is Coptic Christian.
This shocking photo essay reveals the reality of thousands of Egyptians who for generations have been living and working among mountains of stinking rubbish, with no access to running water, sewage, or electricity.

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Morrocco on two wheels (14 of 25)
Taroudant, Morocco
By Martushka Fromeast
27 Feb 2013

Cycling bridges generations of women. How do you bicycle in a long djellaba?

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Cham Fisher Folk Fear Their Future
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By U.S. Editor
23 Jan 2013

The Cham Muslim group has been living in Cambodia for hundreds of years, many subsisting as fishermen and women. But in Phnom Penh, where the peninsula divides the Mekong River from the Tonlé Sap River, many families are threatened by the development of a large hotel. The Sokha Hotel, under construction next to the pier, will have more than 450 rooms. The Cham Muslim community, many of whom don't own houses or land, fear that hotel management will force them to vacate. Where they will go, nobody knows.

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The Pilgrimage (14 of 29)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
By Leyland Cecco
31 Dec 2012

A pilgrim returns to the camp near Lalibela's rock churches. Thousands of the pious will sleep on the fields in anticipation for the upcoming Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas celebration. Perched high in the mountains of Northern Ethiopia, Bet Giyorgis is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for one of the oldest Christian sects in the world, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. Lalibela, Ethiopia. December 2012.

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Juna Akhara Makes 'Shahi Bhoomi Pujan...
Allhabad, Uttar Pradesh (INDIA)
By newspoint
01 Dec 2012

It was an event awaited by all as it happens only once in 12 years as the first akhara in the series of 13 of Sanatan dharma Panch Dasnam Juna Akhara made an official entry into the city led by two Shankaracharyas and 40 Maha Mandaleshwars. Truly a historic occasion, given the fact that the occasion was the most auspicious.
Kumbh Mela (Fair) is the largest gathering of people for a religious purpose in the world. Millions of people gather on different places for this auspicious occasion. Kumbha is a Sanskrit word for Pitcher, sometimes referred to as the Kalasha.
According to astrologers, the 'Kumbh Mela Fair' takes place when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. Kumbh (Kumbha means pot) Mela (means fair) is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage. In 2013 from 27th January the Purna Kumbh Mela will be held on Allahabad which occurs after every 12th years.
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“Kumbh Mela (Fair ) will start its time. It was the first worship of the Kumbh. It is called the ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ (land worship ). I am fully satisfied with the arrangements”. News Agency: News Point TV
Shooting Location: Allhabad, Uttar Pradesh (INDIA)
Publishing Time: 1st December, 2012
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Lost In The Jungle: The Mbuti Pygmies...
Etaeto, Democratic Republic of Congo
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
10 Sep 2012

Kalibo Mandigo - Etaeto - Democratic Republic of Congo - September 10th, 2012
The hunt for precious coltan is killing Africa's dwindling Pygmy population. The village of Kalibo Mandigo, located in the Ituri rain forest in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, lies in the heart of an obscure war zone that few in the West know about. The densely forested expanse along a stretch of border between the nation once known as Zaire and Uganda, furnishes some 80 percent of planet's Columbite Tantalite, or "coltan," an ore that is an essential ingredient in the creation of the miniature Tantalum capacitors present in virtually all electronic devices, including laptops, cell phones and pagers. Coltan is panned for by hand in much the same way as gold during the California gold rush of the 19th century. The demand by major companies such as Nokia and Sony for coltan (Australia is the other major source) has made the Congo into a battleground for rogue miners, who enter the country, through Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. The number of Pygmies is in constant decline as a result of the border fighting. On the move constantly, the pygmies, who are considered inferior, face the wrath of Congolese troops and Rwandan raiders who cross the border seeking the coltan. They were victims of rape, murder and cannibalism. According to Minority Rights Group International there is extensive evidence of mass killing, cannibalism and rape of Pygmies and they have urged the International Criminal Court to investigate a campaign of extermination against pygmies. Although they have been targeted by virtually all the armed groups, much of the violence against Pygmies is attributed to the rebel group, Movement for the Liberation of Congo. Pygmy is a term used for various ethnic groups worldwide whose average height is unusually short; anthropologists define pygmy as any group whose adult men grow to less than 150 cm (59 inches) in average height. A member of a slightly taller group is termed "pygmoid." The best known pygmies are the Aka, Efé and Mbuti of central Africa. 
The term "pygmy" is sometimes considered pejorative. However, there is no single term to replace it. Many so-called pygmies prefer instead to be referred to by the name of their various ethnic groups, or names for various interrelated groups such as the Aka (Mbenga), Baka, Mbuti, and Twa. The term Bayaka, the plural form of the Aka/Yaka, is sometimes used in the Central African Republic to refer to all local Pygmies. Likewise, the Kongo word Bambenga is used in Congo. The term pygmy, as used to refer to diminutive people, derives from Greek πυγμαίος Pygmaios via Latin Pygmaei (sing. Pygmaeus), derived from πυγμή – a fist, or a measure of length corresponding to the distance between the elbow and knuckles. In Greek mythology the word describes a tribe of dwarfs, first described by Homer, and reputed to live in India and south of modern day Ethiopia. Various theories have been proposed to explain the short stature of pygmies. Evidence of heritability has been established which may have evolved as an adaptation to low ultraviolet light levels in rainforests. This might mean that relatively little vitamin D can be made in human skin, thereby limiting calcium uptake from the diet for bone growth and maintenance, and leading to the evolution of the small skeletal size characteristic of pygmies.
Other explanations include lack of food in the rainforest environment, low calcium levels in the soil, the need to move through dense jungle, adaptation to heat and humidity, and most recently, as an association with rapid reproductive maturation under conditions of early mortality. Other evidence points towards unusually low levels of expression of the genes encoding the growth hormone receptor and growth hormone relative to the related tribal groups, associated with low serum levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 and short stature. Pygmies live in several ethnic groups in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Republic of Congo, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia. Most Pygmy communities are partially hunter-gatherers, living partially but not exclusively on the wild products of their environment. They trade with neighbouring farmers to acquire cultivated foods and other material items. It is estimated that there are between 250,000 and 600,000 Pygmies living in the Congo rainforest. There are at least a dozen Pygmy groups, sometimes unrelated to each other, the best known being the Mbenga (Aka and Baka) of the western Congo basin, which speak Bantu and Ubangian languages; the Mbuti of the Ituri Rainforest, which speak Bantu and Central Sudanic languages, and the Twa of the Great Lakes, which speak Bantu Rundi and Kiga. A commonly held belief is that African Pygmies are the direct descendants of the Late Stone Age hunter-gatherer peoples of the central African rainforest, who were partially absorbed or displaced by later immigration of agricultural peoples, and adopted their Central Sudanic, Ubangian, and Bantu languages. This view has no archaeological support, and ambiguous support from genetics and linguistics..Genetically, the pygmies are extremely divergent from all other human populations, suggesting they have an ancient indigenous lineage. Their uniparental markers represent the most ancient divergent ones right after those typically found in Khoisan peoples. African pygmy populations possess high levels of genetic diversity; recent advances in genetics shed some light on the origins of the various pygmy groups. The transition from hunting and gathering to farming involved a major cultural innovation that has spread rapidly over most of the globe in the last ten millennia. In sub-Saharan Africa, hunter–gatherers have begun to shift toward an agriculture-based lifestyle over the last 5,000 years. Only a few populations still base their mode of subsistence on hunting and gathering. The Pygmies are considered to be the largest group of mobile hunter–gatherers of Africa. They dwell in equatorial rainforests and are characterized by their short mean stature. However, little is known about the chronology of the demographic events — size changes, population splits, and gene flow — ultimately giving rise to contemporary Pygmy (Western and Eastern) groups and neighboring agricultural populations. .
Source: WP.

The footage shows a pygmi women traditional dance in the middle of the village.
Original footage: AVI

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Roti
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By Dominic.J.Lucarelli
24 Jun 2012

Spinning roti dough in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Laima Vaikule - Global MegaStar
Latvia
By Dr. Roger Hanwehr
28 Mar 2012

Historic 15-City North American Tour by the Smash Hit Russian-Latvian Mega Pop Star Laima Vaikule. Attracting Russian and American audiences in droves, Vaikule fuses elements of a modern Mata Hari with a microphone, a bit of 'Lady Chaplin', a contemporary Petula Clark and a hybrid of Marlene Dietrich and a Slavic Tango all thrown into one alluring melange of unique sound, movement and style. This star is on the world scene and critics agree - is here to stay. Five Performances Left - Warminter, Pennsylvania; Brooklyn, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; Metuchen, New Jersey and Baltimore, Marlyand ! To Hear and See the 2012 Pop Sensation with a Baltic Twist is a Must for US Music Fans

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Egyptian Rapper
Cairo, Egypt
By Rachel Beth Anderson
29 Feb 2012

Cairo youth rap and beat box in front of the Maspero State TV building. Protestors chant behind them as the revolution movement has recently changed their front line from Tahrir Square to Maspero. They're now facing off head to head with the military guarding the governments main voice to the Egyptian people. Video shot beginning of February 2012.

Rough Translation Below:

High Commander, Tantawi, how are you doing,

I think now you realize that the People are now awake,

And they're demands have not changed from the very start,

Which is why no one understands why they haven't been fulfilled yet.

You personally admitted that our demands are not illegitimate.

Our unfulfilled demands mean that our word is not heard.

We begin to raise to our voice so that you can hear us.

We'll say it with our loudest voice, and if you don't hear we'll repeat it.

Your highness, we will not be fooled again, because we've learnt to be silenced.

Your excellency, He who did it before will do it again if his demands are not fulfilled.

He who did it once, can do it again, and as you can see, the tables can be turned in seconds.

Be careful, keep in mind, if you don't do what you're supposed to, everyone will stand up to you.

Chorus (i think):
My brother's blood is very precious, and we will not be threatened.
He who did it before will do it again if his demands are not fulfilled.
My brother's blood is very precious, and we will not be threatened.
He who did it before will do it again if his demands are not fulfilled.

HIs excellency Chief Tantawy, where are the trials?
Where are the rights of the poor? Where are the rights of the dead?
Where are the rights of the Country that has been robbed for years.
Where are the rights of the Martyr who suffered injustice till his death.

His excellency Chief Tantawy, the People are slaughtered.
And you don't care, greeting this with open arms.
And you eat the bread of the poor, with your greed and your lies.
And I don't fear you because my heart is a Tank.
I won't leave anyone's rights go to waste.
And I'll avenge those who were killed, I will I will.
I'm sick of the words that put us to sleep,

He who did it once, can do it again, and as you can see, the tables can be turned in seconds.

Be careful, keep in mind, if you don't do what you're supposed to, everyone will stand up to you.

Chorus

My brother's blood is very precious, and we will not be threatened.
He who did it before will do it again if his demands are not fulfilled.
My brother's blood is very precious, and we will not be threatened.
He who did it before will do it again if his demands are not fulfilled.

My brother's blood is very precious, and we will not be threatened.
He who did it before will do it again if his demands are not fulfilled.
My brother's blood is very precious, and we will not be threatened.
He who did it before will do it again if his demands are not fulfilled.

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Pacification (15 of 23)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Rafael Fabres
11 Feb 2012

UPP Military Policemen wait for orders after an officer had been shot by gangs while on patrol in Sao Carlos, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 5, 2012.