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6 Jan. 2016
A Vanishing History: Gullah Geechee Nation
On the Sea Islands along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, a painful chapter of American history is playing out again. These islands are home to the Gullah or Geechee people, the descendants of enslaved Africans who were brought to work at the plantations that once ran down the southern Atlantic coast. After the Civil War, many former slaves on the Sea Islands bought portions of the land where their descendants have lived and farmed for generations. That property, much of it undeveloped waterfront land, is now some of the most expensive real estate in the ...
11 Jan. 2016
The Oregon Standoff: A Community Divided
Members of an anti-government militia have occupied the headquarters of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in a remote region of eastern Oregon for over a week, protesting what they claim is an overreaching federal government. The occupation is being led by Ammon Bundy and his brother Ryan, two sons of Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher best known for an armed standoff with the federal government in 2014 over a cattle grazing dispute. The protest was sparked by the re-sentencing of two Oregon ranchers, Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven, to five years in a federal prison...
21 Jan. 2016
Bernie Kerik: The VICE News Interview
From New York's "top cop" to convicted felon, Bernie Kerik has led many lives. The man who used to specialize in locking people up now is advocating for criminal justice reform after spending time in prison. VICE News Editor-in-Chief Jason Mojica spends a day with Bernie Kerik in his home to discuss his past, his fall from grace, and his hopes for the future.
27 Jan. 2016
Tearing Down Detroit
Detroit's seen a staggering 140,000 foreclosures in the last decade. Tens of thousands of homes have been left abandoned, turning entire neighborhoods into an urban wasteland. The Obama administration has been pumping billions of dollars into the Motor City in an effort to revive it, and last week the president paid Detroit a visit to see if the federal funding has had any effect. VICE News reporter Simon Ostrovsky traveled to Detroit to find out how wrecking crews are actually improving conditions in parts of the battered city.
28 Jan. 2016
Leaders of the World, Unite! - Inside the World Economic Forum
Every year since 1971 the world's elite have gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum's annual meeting. What started as a small conference about management has ballooned into a famously exclusive gathering of business people, academics, and government officials. The stated goals of the non-profit World Economic Forum are noble: the conference is organized around the principle that business leaders should work with leaders of government to address the world's problems. But for many, the problem with Davos is rooted in exactly that premise. Critics ...
1 Feb. 2016
America's Election 2016: Immigrant Iowa
The Iowa caucuses are the first major contest in the race for the American presidency. In the weeks leading up to caucus night, candidates descend on the state to shake hands, kiss babies, and woo supporters. While the caucuses don't always signal which candidates will go on to win their party's nomination, they do set the tone for the race going forward. And in this election cycle, the immigration rhetoric in Iowa has been uniquely harsh. The number of Latinos in Iowa has doubled in the last decade, but they're not just flocking to Des Moines and other urban centers....
2 Feb. 2016
Cold Turkey: New Hampshire's Prison Detox
The United States is dealing with a major public health crisis. Over the last decade, heroin-related overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled. The epicenter of this epidemic is New Hampshire, with the highest rate of young adults abusing opioids in the country. The state is also second to last in the nation on spending for substance abuse programs. Unless New Hampshire residents are able to pay thousands of dollars up front for programs, they're on months-long waiting lists to get in, leaving them vulnerable to fatal overdoses. VICE News goes to one state facility that ...
8 Feb. 2016
America's Election 2016: Gunning for New Hampshire
New Hampshire is a famously elusive state for politics, with more than 40 percent of the state's voters independent and up for grabs until the last minute. It's also vitally important, as the first-in-the-nation primary. VICE News' Michael Moynihan spends the week leading up to the New Hampshire primary immersing himself in the state's famous "Live Free or Die" culture to find out what's at stake, and see the fight to win over independent voters.
11 Feb. 2016
Cashing in on El Chapo
The January 8 recapture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán served as a boost for the governments of Mexico and the United States, which have sought for years to bring the powerful trafficker to justice. A day after the capture, the Chapo saga took another turn: Rolling Stone magazine published an interview Guzmán gave to actor Sean Penn. While factions in the media questioned the ethics of the article, many readers were instantly enamored with El Chapo's choice of clothing in the story's accompanying photos. VICE News hit the streets of Los Angeles to meet...
17 Feb. 2016
Libya's Quiet War: The Tuareg of South Libya
In remote southwest Sahara, the indigenous Tuareg tribe - variously used and discriminated against by former strongman Muammar Qaddafi - fight for their place in a post-revolutionary Libya. Living deep in Libya's desert near large oil fields and lucrative smuggling routes, hundreds of miles from Libya's capital, the Tuareg find themselves impoverished and isolated on this prized land. Nowhere is this felt more than in the oasis town of Ubari. Here the Tuareg are pitted against former neighbors in a proxy battle for assets and power, backed by government and ...
18 Feb. 2016
America's Election 2016: Trump Carolina
Donald Trump is projected to win the South Carolina Republican primary on Saturday by an even greater margin than he won New Hampshire, but to guarantee victory he'll need to woo voters in South Carolina's Upstate region, which has the highest voter turnout in the state. Trump's rhetoric about free trade and protectionism has resonated with voters across the US, and it's free trade that's being blamed for decimating many once-prosperous local economies in the Upstate region, leaving people feeling ignored and angry. VICE News travels to the region to find out why ...
22 Feb. 2016
Superbugs: The Dark Side of India's Drug Boom
India is one of the world's largest producers of antibiotics. The billion-dollar industry helps make affordable drugs for millions of people - but it comes at a steep price. VICE News travels to Hyderabad, India's pharma capital, to see how the pollution from pharmaceutical factories is contributing to antibiotic resistance, which makes common illnesses increasingly hard to treat and risks giving rise to the next "superbug."
24 Feb. 2016
Arab Winter: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley
Over the past year, images of dramatic sea crossings to Europe focused international attention on Syria's refugee crisis. But the vast majority of those fleeing Syria's civil war, including the most vulnerable, remain in the Middle East, living marginal existences with uncertain futures. More than one million of those Syrians are currently living in limbo in Lebanon, which now hosts more refugees per capita than any other country in the world. When VICE News first met families in the Al Marj refugee camp over a year ago, many expressed their hope to return to Syria. A...
25 Feb. 2016
America's Election 2016: South Carolina's Black Vote
Hillary Clinton is expected to win the South Carolina primary on Saturday, and she's going to rely on the state's large African-American population to get her there. But after decades of building up relationships with the black community particularly in the south, her rival Bernie Sanders and his supporters are starting to question her record of working to help African-Americans. The question for black voters both in South Carolina and across the country, is whether to again support the family they've long known or to take a chance on the one that, in many cases, they...
25 Feb. 2016
Tony Blair: The VICE News Interview
After leaving office in 2007, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair endured criticism for his role in the Iraq War and controversy surrounding his selection as a United Nations peace envoy in the Middle East. No longer an envoy, Blair has now come to Washington, DC to kick off a commission on countering violent extremism (CVE). Together with his co-chair, former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Blair plans to provide the next US president with advice on combating what he sees as an existential threat. VICE News sits down with Blair to discuss what he,...
29 Feb. 2016
America's Election 2016: Pro-Choice in Colorado
In November 2015, Robert Dear opened fire on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, killing three people and injuring nine. The shooting intensified the ongoing battle over abortion, riling up pro-life and pro-choice communities throughout the state. Colorado is a politically diverse state, and is one of the critical battlegrounds for women's reproductive rights. The issue of abortion has always been a divisive issue in state politics, and as a swing state, abortion could play an important role in how people here vote. VICE News spoke with individuals on ...
9 Mar. 2016
North Korea's Nuclear Threat: VICE News Interviews Victor Cha
Victor Cha was President George W. Bush's top advisor on North Korea and participated in the Six-Party Talks, in which the US, Russia, China, Japan and South Korea tried to negotiate with the regime of late leader Kim Jong-il to halt North Korea's nuclear program. The talks were unsuccessful, and North Korea's nuclear capabilities have never been greater. In January, North Korea conducted a nuclear test for the fourth time since 2009, successfully detonating what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb. A month later, North Korea launched a satellite into orbit, violating an ...
13 Mar. 2016
America's Election 2016: Florida's Senior Vote
Florida has more senior citizens that any other US state, with around 20 percent aged 65 and over. And they love to vote: 72 percent cast votes in the 2012 presidential election. As Florida prepares to vote, campaigns are turning their attention to senior citizens and their concerns. This Tuesday's primary awards all delegates to a single candidate, meaning the Sunshine State could either make a Trump nomination all but inevitable, or put the breaks on his momentum. VICE News correspondent Danny Gold heads to the idyllic retirement communities of sunny Florida to find...
12 Apr. 2016
Driving While Black
A new report from Seton Hall Law School Center for Policy & Research has found that in the majority-white municipality of Bloomfield, New Jersey, nearly 80 percent of traffic tickets are issued to African American and Latino drivers. The report also found that most tickets were issued to non-resident minority drivers passing through town, suggesting a "de facto border patrol" policing policy is in effect. The Bloomfield Police Department - which has begun collecting data on the race of drivers in traffic stops as of January 2016 - rejects the report's findings. VICE ...
19 Apr. 2016
Barred from the Ballot Box
In this year's US presidential election, there will be 6 million people banned from the ballot box because they have felony convictions. Almost half of these people aren't currently incarcerated, and are taxpaying citizens who are on parole or probation. In New York, felons get their voting rights back after they complete parole, but those with life on parole will never be able to vote again. VICE News spends time with Steven Johnson, a man who has a parole life sentence, as he educates his fellow parolees about their voting rights, and is fighting to get the law ...
26 Apr. 2016
Crude L.A.: California's Urban Oil Fields
For nearly four months, the Aliso Canyon methane leak just north of Los Angeles spewed several thousand metric tons of potent greenhouse gases into the air before it was finally sealed in February. The disaster displaced residents, forced schools to close, and incited widespread distrust in the local government's regulation of the oil and gas industry. Few people realize that Los Angeles was actually built on oil. The Aliso Canyon natural gas facility is just one of thousands of oil and gas drilling and storage sites located in and around the city, which is also home ...
26 Apr. 2016
Holiday in Chernobyl
Thirty years after the worst nuclear accident in history, Chernobyl has become a tourist attraction. Tens of thousands of people are believed to have died prematurely from the catastrophe which spread a radioactive cloud over Europe in 1986, but last year 17,000 people visited the so-called exclusion zone anyway. VICE News sent Simon Ostrovsky to Chernobyl to find out just how safe it is to go there.
28 Apr. 2016
Shell-Shocked: Ukraine's Trauma
It's been two years since pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine broke away from the rest of the country, triggering a war that has killed more than 9,000 people, displaced a million civilians, and left entire towns and villages in ruins. Ukraine's government was wholly unprepared for the conflict, and its armed forces had been hollowed out by years of mismanagement even before the fighting began. As a result, Kiev has relied on tens of thousands of inexperienced volunteers to fight the brutal civil war. The country's healthcare system had little experience dealing...
10 May 2016
Fighting for Peace in the Philippines: VICE News Interviews Nur Misuari
Nur Misuari is the founder of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), an armed group that's fought for independence against the government of the Philippines for more than three decades. Misuari currently lives in a remote MNLF encampment on the island of Jolo. The area is a no-go zone for outsiders, especially journalists. VICE News takes the perilous journey into Jolo to meet Misuari and discuss the future of the MNLF as well as the current political situation in the Philippines.
11 May 2016
Left for Dead: Is the UN Failing the Rohingya?
In recent years, democratic reforms have swept through Myanmar, a country that for decades was ruled by a military junta. As the reforms took hold, however, things were growing progressively worse for the Rohingya, a heavily persecuted ethnic Muslim minority concentrated in the country's western state of Rakhine. The 2012 gang rape and murder of a Buddhist woman by three Muslim men ignited violent riots in which hundreds were killed as Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya attacked each other. In the following months, tens of thousands of Rohingya were rounded up and forced ...
11 May 2016
The Fight for Trauma Care on Chicago's South Side
There are currently four hospitals in Chicago that maintain level 1 adult trauma centers, where the critically injured, including victims of gun violence, must go for life-saving treatment. But not one of those hospitals is located on the city's often-violent South Side. According to a 2013 study published in the American Journal of Public Health, victims shot more than 5 miles from a trauma center have a lower rate of survival. Adult trauma victims on the South Side face travel distances as great as 15 miles, prompting community protests and making families wonder ...
23 May 2016
Poisoned by the Gold Rush
Gold is quickly becoming the new cocaine in Colombia. The precious metal is now the currency of choice for individuals and groups engaging in illicit trade in the South American country. That's because unlike cocaine, it's perfectly legal to carry gold, and unlike money, it's virtually untraceable. But there are some major side effects of Colombia's new gold rush that locals are curiously quiet about: erectile dysfunction and brain damage. VICE News correspondent Monica Villamizar travelled to Antioquia Department, Colombia, a hotbed of illegal gold mining, to ...
2 Jun. 2016
Righteous Defiance in Mississippi
A Mississippi law that protects individuals, businesses, and government employees who decline to provide services for gay weddings will go into effect July 1. The legislation is one example of a spate of so-called "Religious Freedom" laws that carve out legal protections for people and organizations who object to gay marriage on religious grounds. The Mississippi law protects a range of professionals who don't want to provide their services to gay weddings or married couples, from therapists to adoption services to wedding DJs. Critics of the legislation claim it will...

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