Austerity in the UK: a hit at the vulnerable and those who are trying their best to support them

Austerity in the UK: a hit at the vulnerable and those who are trying their best to support them

There has been a huge focus on the extent that several disability cuts have had on the people of the UK, but many fail to realise that it is not just the disabled people that are feeling the harsh sting of austerity, but also those trying their best to support them. George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is in charge of the UK’s budget. It is tradition that every year the chancellor arrives at…

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Men speak out to save themselves

Men speak out to save themselves

Photo taken by prevention campaigner Jonny Benjamin: material from a public talk – informing and educating on male suicide prevention. Written by James Charles Cantwell Suicide is now the leading killer of men, under 45 in the United Kingdom. To combat the growth, men are being urged to speak about how they feel. For the 4,632 male suicides every year, one third will not speak to anyone about their suicidal thoughts. Whether we feel vulnerable or…

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Cultural integration and overcoming trauma

Cultural integration and overcoming trauma

More and more asylum seekers are crossing the Mediterranean into Italy, many of whom have suffered severe mental and physical trauma in their home countries. The cultural and language differences of Italian society have proven to be barriers on the path to recovery. With that in mind, Doctors Without Borders is working on treatment in Rome that uses a combination of physical and psychological therapy and cross-cultural mediation for the treatment of refugee torture victims….

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Italy Bleeding Minds

Italy Bleeding Minds

Imagine being raised in a modest home in the suburbs of Rome. Blessed with an outstanding level of intelligence and motivational drive you set your ambitious sights toward a career in medical research with the full moral and financial support of your family. You successfully gain entry to university and graduate many years later with a Masters degree. After a substantial period of time testing the job market you are faced with a blunt choice….

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The spirit of Maidan is far from over

The spirit of Maidan is far from over

A woman wrapped herself in the Ukrainian flag. She is part of a protest against Oligarchs that refuse to give up their positions of power. By Tanya Falenczyk On a weekend, Kiev really comes alive. People stroll along the main boulevard that is lined with street venders and musicians, stop for a break in one of the many cafés or move uphill, towards the park with the nicest view. Sounds like any European capital. Except…

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Italian Family Business in a League Of Its Own

Italian Family Business in a League Of Its Own

The Italian economy has undeniably faced a period of doom and gloom in the last decade. The country has felt the effects of deep austerity cuts, recession and double digit levels of unemployment. Despite the many challenges Italy is yet to overcome, the resilience of family businesses remains a beacon of light which continues to set Italy apart from any other country in the world. When it comes to service, family business provides a level…

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New Bodies on the Silver Screen: The Rise and Transformation of Transgender Cinema

New Bodies on the Silver Screen: The Rise and Transformation of Transgender Cinema

  As soon as Jake Graf could speak he would tell his parents that he was a boy, but being born with a female body meant he was still forced into dresses and pink clothing as a child. “I would ask them to use boys’ names for me, which they at first thought was cute, dismissing it as my being a ‘tomboy’, but which later became a bone of contention,” Graf said. Growing older, his…

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Suspended justice the norm for Bosnian women

Suspended justice the norm for Bosnian women

*All identities of women in this article have been changed.  When walking around Sarajevo the sense of a patriarchal society is small, the men are courteous and the  women are respected but domestic violence affects 42% of women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and only women are trying to combat this. By Jessica Henderson     “He had (a) restraining order but he would still approach me, and nothing. He was never punished” said Dina. Dina*…

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Small towns bring people closer to the money

Small towns bring people closer to the money

With English satellite cities consistently proving to be stronger centres for employment and commerce, increasing house prices have  scared-off potential buyers who are looking to move towards the money. This has directly led to the influx of people who are moving to towns close to the growing cities.  A prominent example of this comes from south-west town Portsmouth, near Southampton, which has seen its 21,500 population increase by 5% over the past five years . Along…

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