Drag Syndrome is the world's first professional drag company for queens and kings with Down’s syndrome.They are using the power of drag to promote a message of radical acceptance for those with disabilities. Performers who hail from places across the UK, the London-based project gives artists with Down syndrome the opportunity to experiment with costumes, makeup, music, and perform on stage for global audiences.
The yellow vests movement is a popular grassroots protest movement for economic justice that began in France. The protests have involved demonstrations and the blocking of roads and fuel depots, some of which developed into major riots, described as the most violent since those of May 1968, and the police response, resulting in multiple incidences of loss of limb, has been criticised by international media.
The state of Jharkhand is one of the world’s largest suppliers of coal but it is seeing entire forests destroyed by the industry. The life expectancy of its workers is falling as one of the prices of meeting the increasing demands of “progress”. The coal mining industry of eastern India creates inhumane working conditions and shanty towns. The increased production of carbon monoxide and deforestation created by the open-cut Indian coal mines will affect not only the Indian workers’ health but the rest of India and the world.
Occupation, nationalism and struggles with identity plague world history. In Ireland in particular, hundreds of years of British rule – which some claim to be the world’s longest war of occupation. Their names are linked to infamous organizations such as the IRA and other pro-independence organizations. Despite the fact that there is an official truce some of these women and men maintain the fight to achieve their dream of independence. Their tattoos tell the painstaking story of their lives, fallen friends in actions.
The War in Donbass is an ongoing armed conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine.The Ukraine crisis has become the bloodiest European conflict since the wars over the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990.
Thousands of people around the world don dog-like hoods, tails and leather or rubber suits to indulge in puppy play but perhaps the most active puppy scene is in Britain, where organisers claim there are now up to 10,000 pups and handlers. Once confined to gay men, this “lifestyle hobby” is being taken up by women and straight men who are chasing non-sexual fun and relaxation.
In south Asia’s poorest nation, Bangladesh, the passing of Cyclone Sidr has caused an unprecedented swathe of death and destruction. Sidr slammed the highly vulnerable and densely populated low-lying coastal areas along the Bay of Bengal with heavy rains, winds of up to 200 miles an hour and a storm surge. The category five cyclone was possibly the strongest storm to hit the country in recorded history. Deaths numbered in the thousands and damage to homes, crops and livelihoods was extensive, leaving survivors mourning their dead and worrying about the missing.