Senior gang members claim the government is using violence to prevent the mara from becoming a political force. “There are some powers who don’t want peace and they push us back to where we were before and now we have 24 deaths a day,” a leader of Barrio 18, who goes only by the name Santiago, told the Guardian. “The FMLN no longer represents the poor. They fear that is a space that only gangs can now fill. But we don’t have candidates and we have never considered entering politics.” … [Read more...] about One murder every hour: how El Salvador became the homicide capital of the world
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Last year a scheme was unveiled to rebuild the long-lost ancient lighthouse in its original location – part of a grand redevelopment project involving major new shopping malls and a high-end hotel. Critics insisted that the proposals failed to take into account the modern city’s complex informal economy and fragile architectural history, and pointed out that the decision was being taken without the input or agreement of residents. “The reality is not about amplifying Alexandria’s rich cultural history,” argued Amro Ali, an analyst of urban politics in Egypt, “as much as it is about which aspects of its history can be vulgarly commercialised at the expense of the public good.” … [Read more...] about The story of cities, part 1: how Alexandria laid foundations for the modern world
When I joined Granada in 1963, I was part of a small group straight out of university (which included Mike Newell) chosen by Sir Denis Forman, in his role as head of programmes, to train at the company. It was the place to be – ahead of the field in current affairs, drama, light entertainment and comedy. I doubt any of us has any idea of how lucky we were to be asked to join. … [Read more...] about How Granada TV chairman Sir Denis Forman changed my life
Clinics are shuttering in large numbers in the south and midwest There will be an intense focus on the supreme court this spring, as it hears oral arguments in June Medical Services LLC v Gee. The case from Louisiana focuses on whether doctors should be required to obtain the right to admit patients to local hospitals and will have national implications. … [Read more...] about Will 2020 be the year abortion is banned in the US?
O’Dowd, too, thinks not enough has been done. He would like to see scientific research into the women’s health problems to see what could be directly related to the operations, and to give the women the individual care they need. His suggestions, he says, were rebuffed by Survivors of Symphysiotomy, one of three survivors’ groups, who feared it would be not sufficiently independent. “I have a mother, wife and grandchildren, and through my own illness I know what it is like to meet medical staff – some are sympathetic and some aren’t. I wanted to help the women and their families.” … [Read more...] about Symphysiotomy – Ireland’s brutal alternative to caesareans