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Foundations Pledge Nearly $200M to help Boys, Young Men of Color


Foundations Pledge Nearly $200M to help Boys, Young Men of Color.

Foundations Pledge Nearly $200M to help Boys, Young Men of Color


sb10069485ch-001Eleven major foundations have pledged to spend a total of nearly $200 million for efforts to help boys and young men of color succeed, in concert with President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

The foundations said in a 12-page executive summary to a still-unreleased report that the funds are to spent over the next three years – what they hope will be the “first steps in what will be longstanding commitments from these and other funders.”

Not all 11 foundations are helping fund all the efforts.

The biggest chunk of the funds, more than $81 million, is to go toward “comprehensive reforms needed to dramatically reduce racial and ethnic disparities in, and the overall…

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La última frase de un niño sirio de 3 años de edad, antes de morir dijo : “Le voy a contar todo a Dios “


 La última frase de un niño sirio de  3 años de edad, antes de morir dijo : “Le voy a contar todo  a Dios


Esta foto es inquietante y ha estado flotando alrededor de la Internet con la frase:

La última frase de un niño sirio de  3 años de edad, antes de morir dijo : “Le voy a contar todo  a Dios “

Y eso es igual de inquietante. Es imposible verificar, pero la imagen cuenta una historia sobre el dolor y el sufrimiento que se vive en Siria en estos momentos.

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Eine Reise der Hoffnung – Minderjährige Asylsuchende im Kanton Zürich

Minderjährige Asylsuchende im Kanton Zürich

Eine Reise der Hoffnung

Nina Fargahi Heute, 31. Juli 2014, 05:30

Eine Heimbewohnerin präsentiert strahlend ihre Bastelarbeit.
Eine Heimbewohnerin präsentiert strahlend ihre Bastelarbeit. (Bild: Christoph Ruckstuhl/NZZ)
Jedes Jahr kommen mehrere hundert Kinder ohne Eltern oder Verwandte in die Schweiz. Einige von ihnen werden im Zentrum Lilienberg im zürcherischen Affoltern am Albis betreut. Hier zeigt sich eine besondere Seite der Migrationsproblematik.

Elyas* kann sich nicht erinnern, wann genau der Schlepper in seinem Leben auftauchte und seine Gedanken infizierte. Aber plötzlich war der Traum von Europa greifbar nah…



IS THIS THAT WHAT CHILDREN REALLY NEED? “Assassin’s Creed Unity – the most gruesome game trailer ever?”

Assassin’s Creed Unity – the most gruesome game trailer ever?

A promotional animation for Ubisoft’s forthcoming stealth adventure game has had tongues wagging – and heads falling off

Assassin's Creed: Unity
Rob Zombie’s promotional animation for Assassin’s Creed: Unity has been hotly discussed this week

When Ubisoft commissioned horror director Rob Zombie and Walking Dead artist Tony Moore to make a promotional short for Assassin’s Creed Unity, it must have known what to expect. Blood. And lots of it. Released over the weekend and premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con, the four-minute video provides a historical backdrop to the forthcoming stealth sequel, which follows a secretive assassins’ guild during the French Revolution.

And by “historical backdrop” we actually mean “blood-splattered costume horror”.

The film shows the events leading up to the revolution: the ruinous wars, the aristocrats feasting while the poor starved, the formation of the National Assembly, and then the storming of the Bastile and lots and lots of beheadings. So many beheadings. The video ends with the execution of Maximilien Robespierre (beheaded, naturalment) as an assassin – probably the game’s lead protagonist, Arno Dorian – looks on from the rooftops; a moment that recalls the E3 trailer for the game.

No doubt commissioned specifically to appeal to the Comic-Con audience, the film has provoked some controversy this week. While the Assassin’s Creed games have been based amid a series of bloody historical conflicts, from the crusades to the American war of independence, it’s certainly not a horror series. Yet here we have multiple decapitations, eyes stabbed and faces shot off – all familiar fare to fans of Rob Zombie gore-slathered movies, House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects.

Ubisoft has said it wanted to bring to life, “the gory details, bloody battles and terrifying events of the revolution.” It has certainly done that. And the film is a more interesting promotional concept than the standard video game trailer (lots of suspiciously high resolution “in-game” footage, some explosions, a man with a deep voice telling you to pre-order).

There’s a decent little ‘making of’ documentary online too:

This is, of course, not the first promo to intentionally contrast with the game it is advertising. Microsoft’s famed Gears of War commercial set the third-person space blaster to Gary Jules’ lugubrious cover of Mad World, while the masterful trailer for Dead Island, made this witless horror romp look like the most heartbreaking narrative video game ever made.

Certainly, as more gamers block online ads, and watch on-demand TV only, the opportunities to reach them through traditional channels are narrowing. If it’s not viral these days, it’s not hitting Gen Z. And if there’s one thing the internet likes, it’s gory movies by cult directors and artists featuring heads flying all over the shop. That and kittens.

READ & WATCH: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/30/assassins-creed-unity-game-trailer?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

Hug A Terrorist Video: Girls Act to Save Gaza Victims

Hug A Terrorist.

Hug A Terrorist


Girls act to save Gaza victims.

In this short clip, two Palestinian-Syrian girls in Toronto, Canada called on strangers to “hug a terrorist.”

Produced by the social media activist group Like for Syria, the video portrays two young girls hugging people to inform pedestrians about the escalating death toll in Gaza.

They asked people for hugs, holding a banner that read “Hug A Terrorist” and recorded the reactions of people.

One passer-by said: “I say on both sides: we are all people that should be loved, no fighting and I love you. I love you guys.”

The video endeavored to display some of the actual victims of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “defensive operation” – children, not terrorists.

Posted July 28, 2014


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Please, DON´T HARM CHILDREN! ‘We Share Responsibility’ – The Children of Gaza

‘We Share Responsibility’ – The Children of Gaza.
Jon Snow recounts the scene in Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, where doctors struggle to treat adults and children wounded by Israeli attacks.

Posted July 28, 2014




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PLEASE, DON´T HARM CHILDREN ‘We Share Responsibility’ – The Children of Gaza

‘We Share Responsibility’ – The Children of Gaza.

Restore your faith in humanity in 4 minutes flat


Restore your faith in humanity in 4 minutes flat

Restore your faith in humanity in 4 minutes flat

24 July 2014 Have your say

At a time when tragedy dominates world affairs, it’s easy to despair at the path some ‘leaders’ have led us down. But if you’re worried about losing faith in humankind, despair not: we have the antidote.

Rich or poor; young or old; Australian, Chinese or Brazilian — we looked the world over and found one universal trait that truly unites us all: kindness.

Cue happy tears…

When we published this on Facebook, within days it was reproduced on numerous pages, and watched over 10 million times, uniting kind-hearted people across the world!

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Do take a moment and find some tissues, because there’s more where that came from.

Courageous deeds caught on film can sweep across the world in an instant (share this on facebook for a demonstration), but it’s acts…

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Here’s the Real Problem Driving Honduran Refugees to Our Borders: Bullies


Here’s the Real Problem Driving Honduran Refugees to Our Borders: Bullies

The lunchroom shakedown of your junior high nightmares is being reenacted in Central America on an exponentially worse national scale.

Police patrol the streets of a gang-ridden neighborhood in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Honduras now has the highest per capita murder rate in the world and is plagued by violence, poverty, homelessness, and sexual assaults. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

July 28, 2014
Scott Johnson is a regular TakePart contributor who has headed Newsweek’s Mexico and Baghdad bureaus and is the author of The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA:

They started getting targeted about five years ago. The taxicab owners and bus drivers of Honduras began receiving visits from gang members who had a message for the drivers: Pay up or else. At first, the price for not playing along was…

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Life under fire in Gaza: the diary of a Palestinian


Life under fire in Gaza: the diary of a Palestinian


What’s it like for families struggling to survive in Gaza? A Palestinian author describes the overcrowding and shortages, the horror of seeing familiar places reduced to rubble – and the constant fear of death

Beit Hanoun during ceasefire
Two Palestinians among the rubble in Beit Hanoun during the ceasefire on 26 July. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Yesterday evening, my sister-in-law, Huda, her son and three daughters had to move to the place where we are staying, in Jabalia Camp. They usually live to the south of Gaza City, in an area called Tal al Hawa, its southernmost tip. For the past five days, tanks have bombarded the area. In one of these attacks, large chunks of…

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