The Physical Universal Shifts of Consciousness

Another Side of Prostitution and Homeless People (Migrants from Parallel Earths)!


Invisible to the eye Energy of the New Consciousness of Sun, of New Earth and Advaced Humanity is building up above Elliott Heads rivermouth, Australia, 17 Jan, 2010. The Sun is a way higher in the sky.


Any material inc. pictures and videos can be taken from this website, only don't make money on it!

ANNOUNCEMENT: This page has been modified to be viewable on Mobile devices

Важное Сообщение - эта Страница теперь может быть просмотрена на мобильных телефонах !


Link to Site Map listing other articles, books and useful websites:  SITE MAP

LIST OF SECTIONS ON THIS PAGE
(TO GO QUICKLY TO DESIRED SECTION, CLICK ON ITS HEADING IN THIS LIST)

СПИСОК СЕКЦИЙ С НАЗВАНИЯМИ НА ЭТОЙ СТРАНИЦЕ
(ЧТОБЫ БЫСТРО ТУДА ПОПАСТЬ, НАЖМИТЕ НА ТУ, КОТОРАЯ ВАМ НУЖНА):


Robert Monroe about visiting a brothel in another world

Prostitution in Ukraine

Статьи о Проституции на русском и английском

Disappearence of Animal/Plant Life

Model Show by Prostitutes

Males-Prostitutes

Prostitutes are made out of missing children

Global Refugees forced into Prostitution

War Sexual Violence to Women

Sex Incidents in Australian Schools

Internet Articles about Prostitution

Homelessness in Africa

Homelessness in Haiti

Homelessness in Russia

Homelessness in Australia, Canada and USA

Some Relevant Articles from the Internet

Abandoned cities of USA

Abandoned cities on Earth

Homelessness in China and Yemen



What you need to remember, that Prostitution and Sex (not cruel and abnormal) have another, more important function: to mix different Energies of different people/aliens/animal life together with Earths' and Universal Energies for the Planetary and Universal Shifts! I am against any form of Violence though (rape is a cruel mixing of energies)! Mixing of opposite Energies create White Energy of Balance!
There is nothing wrong with prostitution from non-physical point of view: it's just a mixing of different energies. When you get into non-physical level permanently, you will understand me pretty well and you will laugh at everything you did in this "Planetary Game"! Every human on Earth has a prostitute as one of his/hers Parallel Personalities!
I have to add, that sex in physical worlds creates invisible connections between people, aliens and even animals. What I never agree on is cruelty in various forms, which accompanies sex ! Prostitution is the form of connecting to other beings, only it often takes ugly forms!

Я лично против любой формы насилия, но с нефизической точки зрения и зная что вы не тело, а ЭНЕРГИЯ, вы вскоре поймёте, что проституция и сэкс, выполняют несколько функций, одна из которых (и самая главная) это - СМЕШЕНИЕ РАЗЛИЧНЫХ ЭНЕРГИИ (человека/инопланетянина/животного/Солнца/Земли) и РАЗНОЙ ИНФОРМАЦИИ, В РЕЗУЛЬТАТЕ ЧЕГО ПОЛУЧАЕТСЯ такая нужная для нашей Вселенной Энергия: БЕЛАЯ Солнечная ЭНЕРГИЯ БАЛАНСА !
Вы увидите весь этот Процесс на 5ом Уровне Сознания, когда туда попадёте, вы будуте смеяться над всеми своими проделками в этой Планетарной Игре!

"The Convoluted Universe", part 2, written by Dolores Cannon in 2005, p.638:

"The Earth will remain within this UV beam (this event has already happened, LM) for approximately 17 hours of your time, and it will interpenetrate every electron of precious Life energy. This beam is radiant fluorescent in nature, blue/magenta in color (magenta is dark pink, LM). Although it resonates in this frequency band, it is above the color frequency spectrum of your universe, so it will not be seen. However, due to the nature of your soul it will have an effect. The effect is that every thought and emotion will be amplified intensely one million-fold. Every thought, every emotion, every intent, every will, no matter if it is good, bad, ill, positive, negative, will be amplified one million times in strength (get ready for that: it is already taking place! My son Robert has been going crazy from all normal sounds of our household, like running water from the tap, for instance. The feeling is like someone put sound amplifiers into his ears. He's been going crazy for many months and driving us crazy. That could be familiar for many people out there, LM).
Since all matter manifest is due to your thoughts, i.e. what you focus on, this beam will accelerate these thoughts and solidify them at an accelerated rate, making them manifest a million times faster than they normally would. The ultraviolet Light will bathe every person on the planet. It has the potential of transforming the way Humanity thinks and feels. It will create a new, easier pathway for Earth’s Ascension into the next dimension (why not next Density, which is 4th? There is a big difference in vibration between dimension and density. I might be wrong, but as far as I know physical 3rd Density Universe has many physical dimensions, where Physical Parallel Universes/Earths are located, next level is non-physical 4th Density, which has non-physical dimensions,  LM). This is the beginning of awesome influxes of Light that will move this planet up the Spiral of Evolution by quantum leaps and bounds! So it appears that it has begun!"


Robert Monroe about his visiting a brothel in another World

(could be a Shell of Mars or moon without Inner Sun)!



From these extracts you can see, that males need  Females' Energy everywhere, to recharge them, like batteries, in order they would start functioning. Quite often husbands or lovers get the energy from females to bash them up even more or when males get so sick they make Females to look after them esp. when they get old. In any way Women can't win, males will make almost every Woman to live with them and supply them with her energy till death separates them! Another extract shows the horrific side of sex, which Robert Monroe experienced on his out-of-body journeys ! "Far Journeys" by Robert Monroe, p. 85 :

"...I was in a city, or what appeared to be a city. There were buildings in all directions, fairly uniform, none over three or four stories high. They were not particularly attractive or unusual, had openings in the sides, that my percept took as windows and doors. The streets or spaces between buildings were not unusually wide, but contained only people, percept Beings like me or what I was temporarily (not physical, in my Energy Body). No cars, trucks, vehicles of any type. No utility poles or overhead wires, no sidewalks. It was bright daylight, but I couldn't find a Sun overhead. As I walked and mingled with the population, people noticed me but didn't seem to react as if I were an alien. With each step, I felt more at ease and the population seemed more human. Each inhabitant was very purposeful and closed, as if preoccupied on a job to be done with not much nonsense in the process. If there was any body language present, no percept showed. Point of fact was that
I couldn't tell the males from the females, which was unusual for me, so I assumed there was no such difference.
Unable to attract the attention of those moving on the street, I entered one of the buildings and found myself in a large room, which greatly resembled the lobby of a medium-sized hotel. There were people standing around, apparently in conversation. I approached a man (?), who appeared to be standing behind a desk. He looked at me expectantly. I knew I needed a reason.
"Do you, uh, do you have a restaurant here?" I tried to make it casual, but as he blanked I knew, I had done it wrong. I turned to my rudimentary NVC (Non Verbal Communication).
"Do you have the means for me to recharge?"
The man lighted brightly, waved me off to the right. As I walked in the indicated direction, I felt smug (self-satisfied). I had passed one test. They didn't vocalize, but they understood me. Even my weak, non-verbal communication. From here on,
it would be easy. I began to speculate as to the food they consumed. It was sure to be unusual. An archway, rounded, was in front of me, and it appeared dark beyond—no, not dark, just lit differently in a mixture of colors. I strode confidently through the archway and into the colors. Just inside, the radiation hit me like a sheet of hot flame and I staggered back.
This wasn't the restaurant, the man got it all wrong. From all sides came the overwhelming attraction of Female Sexuality, inviting, asking, offering, promising—it was too much. With great effort, I backed out through the archway, breathing heavily and trying to calm down. I had just about smoothed out when I looked up and the room clerk (?) was in front of me, accompanied by two other men—percept police, authority, KGB, etc. One KGB moved in.
(Your ident, please?)
I began fumbling in my pockets for my wallet, only there were no pockets in the one-piece cover I was wearing. But there was a belt on me with a small pouch attached to it. I reached in the pouch and there was a card in it. I pulled it out and it resembled nothing so much as a typical credit card. KGB took it from me, examined it carefully, then looked up.
(From Earth, huh? Never heard of that city. Over on the other side of the ocean?)
I smoothed. (Why, uh, yes, you see . . .)
KGB waved the card at me. (Well, we don't particularly like you visiting here, but you got to obey the rules.)
I brightened. (Sure, I understand.)
(Here, we don't go into private space and take without paying first. Always pay first.)
KGB turned to the desk clerk, handing him my card. (How much of it do you want? He hasn’t got very much.)
The desk clerk dropped the card into the pouch on his belt. (That ought to about cover it.)
I started to protest. (But that's all I got, I can't . . .)
(In that case we'II have to flag you.)
The second KGB stepped forward and took my hands. (Can't have you walking around upsetting things without any ident.)
I flickered. (What are you going to do?)
The second KGB pulled a small flat box out of his pouch and opened it. (Hold still, this won't hurt.)
He took one hand and pressed my fingertips into the box. I thought, fingerprints, they're taking my fingerprints. But I was wrong. A black dye spread quickly up my fingers, until it covered my entire hand. As I stared at it, bewildered, they stuck the fingers of my other hand into the box and I had two black hands. I tried to rub it off, but it had penetrated the skin. The first KGB looked at my hands, satisfied.
(That ought to do it. At least the people will see you coming.)
(And be warned.) the second KGB added.
(I'd advise you to go back home. Not much action for you here, the way you are. No ident to play with.)
The first KGB looked at me hard. (We'll be keeping an eye on you.) Then the two turned and walked across the room and out into the street.
I smoothed (appologised) at the desk clerk. (Sorry, I didn’t know it was a private space.)
The desk clerk vibrated (lightened up). (What other kind is there!)
I flickered (wasn't sure). (You mean all of these buildings are private?)
The desk clerk dulled.
(Then what are all these people doing here? There must be a hundred!) I hit it strong enough to catch his attention.
(It's their private space, naturally.)
(All one hundred?)
The desk clerk waved me over to the desk and I followed. He pointed to the drawing on the wall behind him. It showed some five rows of large black dots, that looked like holes, twenty to a row.
(That's our personal space.) He gestured proudly. (Best in the city.)
I stared at the drawing:"You go into those?"
He nodded: "Only when the surge (a huge Earth Crust's Wave) takes place. They’re this big across the middle."
He indicated a width of about two feet with his arms. He was about to continue when there was a sound like thunder in the distance and the floor began to rock. Immediately, everyone in the room turned and hurried out through exits in the back. The room clerk ran to join them.
"That's the surge starting up", he called over his shoulder. "I suppose that's what you came to witness, but you better get to your personal space fast."
Then the room was empty and I tried to keep my footing as the floor heaved rhythmically. I staggered over to the entrance, as the roar grew louder. In the distance and approaching fast was a Mighty Wave, not water, but in the ground itself,
lifting buildings and streets into a tumbling flotsam hundreds of feet high. Behind the first Wave, I could see a second and a third Wave, each larger, than the first. There may have been more, but I didn't have a chance to find out, as the first Wave came surging into where I was, and the building lifted and tumbled, me in it, bouncing, rolling, twisting, jarring . . .desperately, I tried to focus, ident what?"

A very important extract about negative sides of Sex from the book "Far Journeys", p. 88:

"One of the principal examples came one night when I rolled out of the physical, and before I could release from the second body, an overwhelming drive for sexual union rose in me. I was about to employ my usual not-now-but-later cooling technique when I moved away sharply with a sudden shift. The movement was fast and short. When I was able to perceive, I found I was standing a few feet away from an enormous pile of writhing forms. It reached up, slanting back as high as I could see. In each direction, right and left, it swept off into the distance. It reminded me of nothing so much as the interweaving of huge fishing worms in the bottom of a can after being left there overnight. The motion was continuous, thousands upon thousands, each wet slippery form wiggling in and out among the others in the pile, searching, trying to do something, but never achieving satisfaction. Three perceptive shocks hit me simultaneously. The forms were not worms, they were human! Second, the incredible, staggering radiation of sexuality, both male and female, that emanated from the seething mass. Third, they all were physically dead. I wanted to turn and run, but some other part of me held me in place. I finally calmed down enough to become analytical. Did I want to join in? My whole being shuddered in rejection. No vestige remained of the sexual drive I found so important moments before. I had the strong percept that it would come again, but never where it would control wholly what I thought or did. With this flash of knowing, another emotion washed through me— intense compassion for those trapped in the undulating mass, so focused and intent on seeking sexual satisfaction they were unaware of any other existence—anger at a system that could so inhibit, repress, and distort as to create the situation in front of me. Were these the castoffs of the human process, to remain so throughout eternity? I moved forward slowly and stopped close to the edge of the pile. The moving bodies were male and female, of all shapes and sizes, glistening with wetness. A bare hairy leg thrust momentarily from the pile, and I grabbed it by the foot and pulled. The leg pushed out blindly, trying to move more deeply back into the pulsating mass. I pulled harder, trying to keep my grip on the sweat-covered ankle. Slowly, I was able to pull the rest of the body clear of the pile. It was a man, small in stature, darkhaired, fine-featured, of indeterminate age. He lay there on his belly, his arms and legs moving crablike, attempting to pull himself back into the pile, totally oblivious to the fact that I was holding on to his foot and preventing him from doing so. I easily held him in place, bent over, and shouted in his ear,
(Hey, I want to talk to you. Hold still for a moment!)
There was not the slightest indication that he heard me. His face was fixed, a gleam of anticipation spread across it. He kept trying to move back and I held him in place, wondering what to do next. I tried another approach. (It's the cops, the police, they're raiding the joint! Gotta get out!) I waited for some response, but there was none. I couldn't provide him
with the radiation that would get his attention.
90
I released his foot, and he crawled back into the mass and was swallowed up in the movement. I turned away sadly and stretched for my physical ident, and returned without incident. From that point on, I had a new technique to control any surfacing sexual drive. All I need do is think of that wriggling, writhing, mindless pile of humanity. That does it. This episode was of the milder variety that may be encountered in the immediate post-physical areas. I soon discovered there was a pattern at work in my own guided tour through them—states of being I had previously passed through quickly to avoid confrontation. All of these forays started while in the second body, before I could release it and move outward. I felt safe and secure with my Higher Self doing the driving. The feeling was right. But not the reason."

15. SEXUALITY IN THE SECOND STATE (in non-physical state, LM)


Throughout the entire experimentation, evidence began to mount of a factor most vital to the Second State. Yet in all the esoteric literature of the underground, there is no mention of this, not so much as one word of consideration or explanation. This factor is sexuality and the physical sex drive. If the Second State data is contemplated as fact, this business of sex among humans has somehow become thoroughly confused, distorted, and badly misunderstood. In a nation where over 90 per cent of the practicing psychiatrists are Freudian, much mention is made of this factor. Virtually no thought or action stems from any other motivation, if we subscribe wholly to this theory. With the label of "evil" long pinned to the subject, the underground probably ignores it as something grossly "material" and unworthy of any bearing in spiritual development. Much the same pattern has applied to religions, formal and otherwise. Like food, this necessity was manipulated in man's history again and again under artificial rules and
taboos to exercise control over the mass populace. To a great extent, this still applies as a basic control over our desires and actions. Watch almost any American TV commercial to observe one facet. Listen to a hell-fire-and-damnation preacher for another. Study the uncensored history of any major civilization or religion for the long look. In the underground, there were rumors based upon mild evidence that many well-known "psychics" were highly sexed individuals. The more sophisticated group claimed knowledge of this parallel, but nothing was synthesized from it. Gurdjieff, the famous early-twentieth-century mystic, was reported to have stated that if there had been two obstacles to achieving the mystical state such as the sexual one presented, he wouldn't have achieved it. It is impossible to describe how deeply I now appreciate and understand Gurdjieff's comment. For I have been subjected to the same environmental concepts and conditioning as any American. Even now, after a deconditioning process, I sense echoes of guilt and sin in attempting to bring some candor to this section. Yet I know this would be an incomplete report without it. Here are some excerpts from the notes in the early experimental stage.
5/7/58
Late night, bedroom, low humidity, no moon, 1 was physically tired, mentally calm. I lay down to sleep, and the vibration pattern developed some five minutes later. I got up courage to try a "lift-out" thought, and moved out and up slowly and steadily to about five feet over the bed. I was trying to decide what to do when I was filled with a great desire for sexual satisfaction. It was so strong that 1 forgot everything else. I looked around and spotted my wife lying below me on the bed. I went down and tried to wake her so we could have a sexual act, but was unsuccessful-she wouldn't wake up.
I felt that the only way I could achieve results would be in the physical, so I dove back into the body. The vibrations started to fade almost immediately. By the time I sat up physically, the sexual desire had gone completely. This is very strange; I didn't know I had such strong undercurrents of desire.
6/1/58
Late night, bedroom, average humidity, cloudy. 1 was sleepy, but mentally alert. The vibrations came in some two minutes after lying down to sleep. I lifted straight out and up by the "think" method, and was overwhelmed again with the sex urge, for the fourth time in a row. I can't shut it off, no matter how hard I try. Disgusted with myself, I went back into the physical. The vibrations were not in evidence when I sat up. There must be a way to shut it off !"
Later Bob found the way to shut sex drive, made by low vibrational aliens, off.


Русские Матрёшки!


Russian Matreshki inserted one into another could be a good example of how the bodies of our Parallel Personalities of lower vibrations, surrounding our physical bodies.


Статьи о Проституции на русском и на английском. Articles about Prostitution in english and russian.


I haven't read this book, don't know if it exists and not quite sure about the meaning of the title. Everyone would make their own opinion on that. There is a saying in Russia " Dog is a Human's friend", but also another one "Female is a Human's Friend". For many men a woman is worse, than a dog and can't be considered a human, maybe all Women need to go on sex strike to have not physical, but more spiritually oriented Planet? Frankly, I consider Women as radiating White Suns!


womanbook

woman is your friend

Kenyan Women Protest With Sex Strike

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2009/05/01/Kenyan_women_protest_with_sex_strike_327414.html

Friday, May 01, 2009 » 08:48am
The Kenyan government's internal fighting has moved to the nation's bedrooms with thousands of women embarking on a week-long sex strike. It is hoped the boycott will put pressure on Kenyan leaders to make peace and focus on the real issues such as poverty and corruption. A rift has developed between the country's Prime Minister Raila Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki over government protocol. But members of the fragile coalition government say the strike is blackmail.
'Any organisation or any group could carry out any activity to get what they want,' a government spokesperson said. Even the Prime Minister's wife said she would 'definitely' join the strike. The Women's Development Organisation said they would also pay prostitutes to join their strike."

Japan males deny WW2 sex slave atrocities - video





One of male supporters of Raping Women in Japan

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33754932
4 August 2015
Former comfort woman Lee Ok Seon says she was "kidnapped". Seventy years after the end of World War Two, the voices of revisionism in Japan are growing stronger and moving into the mainstream, particularly on the issue of comfort women, who were women forced to be sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during the war. One of the most eloquent voices of revisionism is Toshio Tamogami. Mr Tamogami is well-educated, knowledgeable and, when I meet him, exquisitely polite. The former chief of staff of Japan's air force believes in a version of Japanese history that is deeply at odds with much of the rest of the world.  But it is increasingly popular among young Japanese, tired of being told they must keep apologising to China and Korea. Last year Mr Tamogami ran for governor of Tokyo. He came fourth, with 600,000 votes. Most strikingly, among young voters aged 20 to 30 he got nearly a quarter of the votes cast. "As a defeated nation we only teach the history forced on us by the victors," he says. "To be an independent nation again we must move away from the history imposed on us. We should take back our true history that we can be proud of." In this "true" history of the 20th Century that Mr Tamogami talks of, Japan was not the aggressor, but the liberator. Japanese soldiers fought valiantly to expel the hated white imperialists who had subjugated Asian peoples for 200 years.  It is a proud history, where Japan, alone in Asia, was capable of taking on and defeating the European oppressors. It is also a version of history that has no room for the Japanese committing atrocities against fellow Asians. Mr Tamogami believes that Japan did not invade the Korean Peninsula, but rather "invested in Korea and also in Taiwan and Manchuria".  I ask him about the invasion of China in 1937 and the massacre of civilians in the capital Nanjing. Surely that was naked aggression?  "I can declare that there was no Nanjing Massacre," he says, claiming there were "no eyewitnesses" of Japanese soldiers slaughtering Chinese civilians. Mr Tamogami believes that the issue of Korean comfort women is a fabrication by the South Korean government . It is when I ask him about the issue of Korean comfort women, that Mr Tamogami's denials are most indignant. He declares it "another fabrication", saying: "If this is true, how many soldiers had to be mobilised to forcibly drag those women away? And those Korean men were just watching their women taken away by force? Were Korean men all cowards?" Although they may not say it as loudly and as bluntly as Mr Tamogami, this is a version of history that is widely believed by many Japan's nationalists. Earlier this year at a joint session of the US Congress in Washington DC, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed deep sorrow for the suffering caused by Japan during WW2. Mr Abe does not deny there were Korean women serving as comfort women near the frontlines in China and South East Asia. But he has repeatedly said there is no evidence these women were coerced or that the Japanese military was involved in their recruitment and confinement. The implication is the women were prostitutes. This is a very murky area. Girls from poor families have been sold in to prostitution in Japan, Korea and China for centuries, and the practice was certainly still going on in the 1930s and 1940s. But that does not absolve the Japanese military from responsibility.
'We were kidnapped'
In a quiet valley an hour's drive from Seoul there is a small care home called the House of Sharing. This is where some of the last surviving comfort women are cared for in their old age. There are only ten left here now. Lee Ok Seon is a tiny 88-year-old with thick white curly hair and badly-fitting false teeth. She chuckles as I try to cajole her to speak to me in Chinese. Ms Lee spent 65 years in China, and only returned to South Korea 15 years ago. She was born in the port city of Busan on the southern tip of modern day South Korea. Her family was poor and she was sent out to work at the age of 14. "I had to start work as a housekeeper for another family at a young age. It was at that time I was out on the street one day… that's how I got kidnapped," she says. She said two men grabbed her and put her on a train. "By the time we arrived I realised we had crossed the border into China. I was sent to a place where there were already several comfort women. I wonder why they called us comfort women. We didn't go by our own accord, we were kidnapped. I was forced to have sex with many men each day." South Korean elderly women (yellow vests), who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, hug the statue of a South Korean teenage girl in traditional costume called the 'peace monument' during the 1,000th weekly protest in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on 14 December 2011. A monument to comfort women was erected outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul in 2011 . Ms Lee spent three years in the brothel close to a Japanese military camp in Manchuria. I ask her why she didn't try to escape.  "Of course I tried to escape several times!" she says. "Each time I was taken back and I was beaten over and over.  The military police would ask me 'Why are you trying to escape?' I would tell them because I am cold and have no food. They would hit me again saying I talked too much." She says that she lost part of her hearing and some of her teeth from those assaults. Opponents like Mr Tamogami say women like Lee Ok Seon have been coached to embellish their stories; that they are tools of a South Korean government that is intent on humiliating Japan and squeezing it for more money. It is certainly true that the comfort women issue is used by the South Korean government for its own political ends. But there is plenty of other evidence that the Japanese military organised the comfort women (prostitutes) system, for the men who served in the Japanese imperial army in China.
'Ridiculous to deny'
Masayoshi Matsumoto is now 93 and lives with his daughter on the edge of Tokyo. He has a warm open face and the piercing eyes of a much younger man. As a 20-year-old he served as a medical orderly in northwest China. "There were six comfort women for our unit," he tells me. "Once a month I would check them for sexually transmitted diseases. "The Korean women were mainly for the officers," he says. "So the ordinary soldiers attacked local villages screaming, 'Are there any good girls here?' Those soldiers robbed, raped, or killed those who did not listen to them." Those who were captured were taken to Mr Matsumoto's unit to serve as comfort women. Mr Matsumoto has been speaking out against WW2 atrocities. After the war Mr Matsumoto became a priest to try and atone for his sins. For decades he said nothing of what he'd seen. But then as the voices of denial grew stronger he was filled with righteous anger, and decided to speak out. "It's ridiculous... Mr Abe speaks as if this is something he witnessed, but he didn't. I did," says Mr Matsumoto. "Someone told me this, 'One who fails to look back and perceive the past will repeat their wrongdoing'. But Mr Abe thinks we should erase anything bad Japan had done in the past and pretend nothing happened. That is why I cannot forgive him," he adds. Mr Matsumoto (photo below) sits back in his chair and chuckles. "One day the right-wingers will come and get me for saying such things," he says, drawing a finger across his throat. That seems unlikely, but Mr Matsumoto and all the other survivors are now in their late 80s or 90s. Soon they will all be gone - while the voices of denial grow louder and stronger.





Toplessness - the one Victorian taboo that won't go away





http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30052071
15 November 2014
Current taboos against female toplessness date from the 19th Century. Is it ever likely to change, asks the novelist Sara Sheridan. When I talk at book festivals and libraries about the restrictions faced by our many times great grandmothers,   audiences invariably find the stories amusing. Most fascinating of all is looking at what was forbidden. Sexual fidelity generally features at the top of the list of required female behaviour but running down that list uncovers a plethora of Dos and Don'ts for our female forbears. During the heyday of the British Empire, a woman wouldn't dream of riding anything other than side-saddle, for example - not if she was a lady. To ride astride a horse was considered simply too sexual. Likewise, matters of dress were key. It is difficult now to understand (and very easy to laugh at) the horror with which women wearing trousers were once viewed. There is the comical 1920s story of Mrs Aubrey Le Blond, the first president of the Women's Alpine Club, who, climbing in Switzerland, left her skirt by mistake up the Zinalrothorn. She made the decision to climb the mountain a second time to retrieve it rather than return to Zermatt in trousers. The shocking nature of women in trousers persisted longer, than we imagine from our 21st Century viewpoint. Half a century after Le Blond made her second ascent, Yves Saint Laurent launched his Le Smoking collection of women's eveningwear based on traditional male dinner suits and the fashion world was scandalised. As a historical novelist I have to inhabit this now alien headspace to create believable characters that sit within their setting. For most people though I know such dilemmas seem a million miles and more than a few hundred years away. It's easy to think that previous generations were stupid for not thinking what we think. I wonder which aspects of our behaviour our great-grandchildren will find inexplicable. No breach of etiquette elucidates the point more than the Victorian taboo about female toplessness. It's a taboo that, unlike most other Victorian constraints on women, persists to the present day. Portrait of Nell Gwyn, attributed to Simon Verelst. French perception of what was acceptable for women was always different from British. In this our near neighbour provides a useful contrasting view and always has done. While Oliver Cromwell buttoned up every aspect of British society from the celebration of Christmas to the celebration of female flesh, there was a sigh of relief in England when Charles II returned to the throne in 1661 and brought with him a liberal attitude to female behaviour from the French court.
Nell Gwyn (1650-1687, English actress - Encyclopedia Britannica: Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn was an actress and mistress of Charles II. Began her theatre career selling oranges; as an actress she was dubbed "pretty, witty Nell" by diarist Samuel Pepys. Became the King's mistress in 1669; they had two sons together. Charles II reported to have made the remark, "Let not poor Nelly starve" on his deathbed; she was awarded cash and pension by his successor, James II. Necklines across the country quickly plummeted so far that lady's dressing table sets of the day might include pots of carnelian nipple make-up. Nell Gwyn, the king's mistress, was painted nude and even Frances Teresa Stuart (the court's Girl) was painted with a top so low, that her nipples are clearly visible. This fashion trickled down to common women (also portrayed in portraits of the day - often in landscapes) though the royal court with its taste for high fashion was the most extreme version of it. It's interesting to note, that in contrast to today, the sight of an ankle was considered vastly more shocking, than the sight of a female breast. So when did our culture change - when did the Puritan breast-haters have their way? Like many 20th and 21st Century taboos, we need to look to the Victorian era when the Queen's innate prudishness tightened restrictions on women as surely, as bone corsets stopped them taking in a deep breath. Marie Therese Louise di Savoia Carignano, Princesse de LAMBALLE, 1749-92 French, friend and favourite of Queen Marie Antoinette. Duplessis's semi-topless portrait of the Princess of Lamballe dates from 18th Century France.  A reigning monarch was a far greater influence on culture, then than today and Victoria's childhood had been scarred by her domineering mother, the Duchess of Kent, who left the Queen with a lifelong horror of sexual impropriety. This quickly found adherents at court, when she came to power and over the decades of her reign the queen's attitude to any suggestion of female sexuality quickly spread into all aspects of British public life. While some women stretched the boundaries of what was acceptable - female adventurers like Isabella Bird, for example, travelled the world in her own right and became the first woman to join the Royal Geographical Society. Bird faced danger and difficulty on her many trips but one of her greatest triumphs came when the Times printed an allegation, that she was wearing pantaloons, rather than a skirt. When she threatened to sue, the newspaper backed down and issued an apology. Just like today, women in the public eye often fought their most high-profile battles over their appearance, which was linked to any suggestion of inappropriate sexuality. Woman protests for right to breastfeed in public, New York 2014. The right to breastfeed in public has been the subject of many protests . Toplessness continues to be a hot issue today. There is a mounting campaign to ban glamour models from Page 3. The campaign was recently given a boost when Sun owner Rupert Murdoch declared - ironically if you know anything about the history of the issue - that the concept might be "old-fashioned". Alongside this, there is an ongoing movement to promote the recognition of the rights of women to breastfeed in public. In our digital age, the issue has been taken on to social media platforms with some providers allowing women to post topless photos while Instagram censors them. Scout Willis, daughter of actor Bruce Willis, recently walked topless through New York posting photographs of herself on Twitter all the way and using the hashtag #freethenipple. The Femen group have staged numerous topless demonstrations in favour of various political causes. Toplessness has become by turns a protest, a right and a call for sexual freedom.
Three topless Femen activists demonstrate in front of the Russian Embassy in Berlin on February 7, 2014. Three topless protesters in Berlin demonstrate against Russian president Vladimir Putin. One definition of modern day feminism is a woman having control over her own body. While some Victorian restrictions on female behaviour have been removed (not least the taboo of sex before marriage) female toplessness persists as unacceptable concept for respectable women and feminist debate is split about it. Sara Sheridan's picture on display at the Edinburgh Book Festival. For some it is a mark of freedom - a personal choice - while for others it represents the sexualisation of women's bodies by men. The fact, that there is a debate, however, highlights, that there may well soon be a shift in what we consider culturally acceptable - a shift, that seems as shocking today, as a woman wearing trousers was in the early 20th Century. Recently at the Edinburgh International Book Festival I posed topless for the official festival photographer, Chris Close. The shot was taken from behind - a thistle drawn up my spine - a protest about an assertion by another crime writer, that the cosy crime genre somehow wasn't Scottish. The reaction was mixed. One member of staff insisted we cut short the photoshoot while others applauded my bravery. I have to admit, it was one of the scariest things I've ever done and truly, I wouldn't have done it full frontal. Later the picture went on display at the festival and I was stopped several times by members of the public who said they thought it was beautiful. I couldn't help thinking Charles II might have approved. Perhaps, just perhaps, things really are changing.





Topless 'Bare with us' protest rally in Canada - 2 August 2015



http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33750417
Hundreds of Canadian Women joined a topless protest march after three sisters were stopped by police for cycling without shirts. Saturday's "Bare with us" march took place in Waterloo, Ontario. The Women say, that police told them to
cover up whilst cycling in the neighbouring town of Kitchener last month. They have filed a formal complaint with the police. It is legal for Women to be topless in Ontario after a court ruling in 1996. Protestors held signs, that included the slogans
"They are boobs not bombs, chill out" and "Nudity isn't sexual." The three sisters, Tameera, Nadia and Alysha Mohamed, say, that they took their shirts off, because it was a hot summer day. However, they say, that a police officer approached them and told them to cover up. But when they challenged this, the officer said he was stopping them for bike safety reasons. One of the sisters is an award nominated Canadian singer under her stage name Alysha Brilla.
"I had no idea how polarizing the issue would be. I thought people wouldn't be so disturbed by the female breast," she told CBC news. "We just want to advocate and let people know, that they do have this right," the singer added. Ontario passed legislation confirming the right of Women to go topless in 1996, after the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a Woman's conviction for removing her shirt. Gwen Jacobs had been fined in 1991, but on appeal the court found, that there was "nothing degrading or dehumanising" about her going topless in public.


Ukraine's Femen: Topless protests 'help feminist cause


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-20028797
24 October 2012
Their audacious topless stunts have earned them high-value exposure in the West - but with an approaching election at home in Ukraine, can the women's rights group Femen make a real difference? The door to Femen headquarters is adorned with a large pair of sculpted breasts, painted in blue and yellow, the Ukrainian colours. Despite complaining of police harassment and making plenty of enemies, they clearly have no intention of being discreet. The young generation don't want to be classical feminists, they want to be part of a new feminism. Oleksandra Shevchenko, Femen. Inside the small, unfurnished basement flat near Kiev's main square, four women, the eldest 25, sit in a line on a bench. Oleksandra Shevchenko, the tallest, sets out the group's ideology. "We're fighting against patriarchy, in its three manifestations: sexual exploitation of women, dictatorship and religion," she says. Ms Shevchenko helped found the movement in 2008 in reaction to what they saw as the belittled status of women in post-Soviet Ukraine. The fate of too many, they believed, was to be trafficked into PROSTITUTION abroad, or touted as 'internet brides'.
'We decide'
Feminist discussion groups at a university in western Ukraine soon turned to protests in Kiev.  A Femen protester cuts down a cross in Kiev. Femen say their attack on a cross targeted patriarchal religion . Femen did not go topless at first, but they insist stripping off has won them a wider audience for their message - without undermining it. But many Ukrainians are unimpressed by their antics. A common reaction, when they are mentioned, is to raise eyebrows or snort with derision.
"For centuries, women's bodies and sexuality was used by men," says Ms Shevchenko"We understood we have to control our bodies and sexuality ourselves. We decide what to do with our body, our sexuality, our boobs - whether to hide it or show it."  People do not take them seriously, see them as self-publicists, or even suspect they are a decoy, devised to take pressure off the government they spend so much time attacking. They have had more luck in the West. Editors have happily given space to topless feminists with slogans daubed on their chests, brandishing chainsaws. Ms Shevchenko says sympathetic Western groups have invited them abroad and helped with their funding. She says the group has about 40 topless activists in Ukraine, and another 100 who have joined their protests abroad.
'Sextremist' tactics
Some Western feminists have welcomed the debate they have started, and the attention they have brought to a cause that has not dominated the news for decades. Alice Schwarzer, editor of Germany's leading feminist magazine, Emma, calls them "courageous and clever" as well as "creative". Despite condemning the exploitation of female nudity for much of her career, she put Femen on her front cover. "The bare breast, which would normally objectify them, becomes a weapon for them," she told the German journal Spiegel. Femen acivists Yana Zhdanova, Oleksandra Shevchenko, Oksana Shachko, Katya Dmytrenko. Ms Shevchenko argues that today's neo-feminists need to use "sextremist" tactics, rather than rely on arguments, to provoke a response. "Many years ago, suffragettes used this way of protest, so I don't know why now feminists try to criticise our way.  "The young generation don't want to be classical feminists, they want to be part of a new feminism."
Their sisters in this endeavour are the women, who march on Slutwalks, and the Russian punk protesters Pussy Riot. They had a spade with them - "when they poured oil over us we thought they'd set us on fire!" -  Oksana Shachko, Femen.
It was partly in sympathy with the jailed Russian trio, that Femen launched their most controversial protest, felling a large wooden cross in Kiev with a chainsaw, half-naked. Their gesture was a strike against religion, they say. That would have upset enough people in devoutly religious Ukraine... the act angered and alienated many people, some of whom might otherwise be sympathetic to their cause. It also cast a shadow over what has become a much broader human rights agenda focused on other former Soviet states.
Menaced in Belarus
At the end of the bench sits Oksana Shachko, yawning, as much of the interview, in English, passes her by. She has become associated with Femen's most overtly political stunts. A Femen activist dressed as Belarusian President Alexander
Lukashenko in Kiev. Mocking Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has landed Femen in trouble. It was she, who attempted - topless - to steal the ballot box, into which President Vladimir Putin had posted his vote in this year's Russian presidential
election. That cost her two weeks in a prison cell. She also risked much worse in Belarus. Last December, on the first anniversary of his re-election, she and two others mocked President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been described as the last dictator in Europe. They all stripped off. One had her head shaved bald and donned a lookalike moustache. Afterwards, they decided to run for it, but could not escape Belarus' KGB. After questioning for hours, Ms Shachko says, they were hooded and driven into a forest, stripped and covered in oil, menaced with knives, and told they would never make it out of the woods. "We were sure they'd rape us. The most nerve-wracking moment was when they made us take off our trousers and knickers and get on our hands and knees," she says. "They had a spade with them too. When they poured oil over us we thought they'd set us on fire." Eventually they were left to find their own way out of the forest. Their outright defiance of Eastern Europe's strongmen is unquestionably brave. Femen argue their acts can help inspire campaigners for democracy in that region. But whether they have made any difference in advancing the cause of women is open to question. With Ukraine's parliamentary election coming this weekend (2012), Femen have no faith in the main candidates.
"We don't have politicians in Ukraine," says Ms Shevchenko.  "All of them are just faces of different oligarch groups. We don't have ideas, ideologies, real parties. Only people who have a lot of money, or who have good friends, who want to lobby their interests." They certainly will not be supporting the imprisoned opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, whom they believe, is as corrupt and self-serving, as her male rivals. They say they have plans up their sleeve to disrupt the election campaign. They are unlikely to make much difference to the result. But they may at least get the election some attention in the West.





Ukraine protest over NZ 'win a wife' competition prize

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/world-europe-12618784
02 March 2011
Activists of Ukrainian feminist movement Femen demonstrate in front of marriage registration office in central Kiev on 1 March 2011. Ukrainian women's rights activists have held a protest over a New Zealand radio station's competition for listeners to "win" a Ukrainian wife. Nine women protested topless outside Kiev's marriage registration office, holding banners with slogans such as "Ukraine is not a brothel". The Rock FM announced the prize winner on Monday as a winemaker named Greg. The competition has caused controversy in New Zealand too, but the station said it was just "a bit of a laugh. At the end of the day, it's up to both people if they decide to get married and return to New Zealand. We're not actually marrying anyone or bringing women back to New Zealand," Rock FM programme director, Brad King, was quoted as saying when the competition was first announced. But the information about the competition on the website suggests the radio station had anticipated a reaction.  "It's actually going to happen. And oh boy are there going to be some people with their panties in a twist over this one," the website entry reads. The competition winner is due to fly into the coal mining town of Donetsk on 23 March, before travelling to Zaporizhia, as part of a 12-night holiday in Ukraine. As part of the prize terms and conditions, the winner chooses a woman from the Endless Love dating agency (Prostitution agency, LM)  in advance. The agency then arranges the holiday to Ukraine and brings the two together. The prize also includes such things as the use of a translator and a river cruise. The website points out: "The prize does not include visa application or travel for the Ukraine woman to come to New Zealand, this is the responsibility of the winner and can be arranged through Endless Love Agency at an additional cost and will only happen with full consent from both parties." The women, who staged the protest in Kiev were members of the group, Femen, which campaigns against the targeting of Ukrainian women by international agencies, that organise sex tours. "Ukrainian women are not a commodity," the group's leader Anna Hutsol says. "Femen warns the 'lucky' winner of the New Zealand competition, that he can expect an unhappy ending in Ukraine," said activist Olexandra Shevchenko, in a statement on the group's blog.


Trio (3 Ukranian Females-activists) 'abducted and abused' for Belarus topless protest



http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-16275566
20 December 2011
A Ukrainian Women's group which specialises in topless protests says three of its activists were kidnapped and abused in Belarus. Three members of Femen were seized on Monday after a topless protest in the Belarusian capital Minsk before being abandoned in a forest, they said. They had been protesting on the first anniversary of President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election. Belarusian security services declined to comment on Femen's allegations. The group says three women were blindfolded, taken to a forest, doused with oil and made to strip. Then they were threatened with being set on fire, and with a knife which was used to cut their hair. Femen says the ordeal was filmed, and the women were then left in the forest naked, with no documents. They managed to make their way by foot to a small village. The Ukrainian embassy in Minsk has not confirmed Femen's allegations, but told the BBC, that a diplomat was on his way to the region, where the woman were left, to investigate. Belarussian security services declined to comment on Femen's claims. A spokesman had described the group's protest in Minsk on Monday as "a provocation". The three protesters had bared their breasts and demanded freedom for political prisoners. At least six journalists were arrested for covering the protest, AFP news agency reports. Demonstrations are relatively rare in Belarus, where the authoritarian rule of Mr Lukashenko has led to sanctions by Western governments.
In December 2010, authorities cracked down on protests against alleged vote-fiddling in the general election. International monitors said the contest, in which Mr Lukashenko officially won 80% of the vote, was deeply flawed.


Raped, shot, stabbed! My 25 years as a prostitute (US) - video









http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33113238
30 June 2015
Brenda Myers-Powell was just a child when she became a prostitute in the early 1970s. Here she describes how she was pulled into working on the streets and why, three decades later, she devoted her life to making sure other girls don't fall into the same trap. Some people will find Brenda's account upsetting. Right from the start life was handing me lemons, but I've always tried to make the best lemonade I can. I grew up in the 1960s on the West Side of Chicago. My mother died when I was six months old. She was only 16 and I never learned what it was that she died from - my grandmother, who drank more than most, couldn't tell me later on. The official explanation is that it was "natural causes". I don't believe that. Who dies at 16 from natural causes? I like to think that God was just ready for her. I heard stories that she was beautiful and had a great sense of humour. I know that's true because I have one also. It was my grandmother that took care of me. And she wasn't a bad person - in fact she had a side to her that was so wonderful. She read to me, baked me stuff and cooked the best sweet potatoes. She just had this drinking problem. She would bring drinking partners home from the bar and after she got intoxicated and passed out these men would do things to me. It started when I was four or five years old and it became a regular occurrence. I'm certain my grandmother didn't know anything about it. She worked as a domestic in the suburbs. It took her two hours to get to work and two hours to get home. So I was a latch-key kid - I wore a key around my neck and I would take myself to kindergarten and let myself back in at the end of the day. And the molesters knew about that, and they took advantage of it. I would watch women with big glamorous hair and sparkly dresses standing on the street outside our house. I had no idea what they were up to; I just thought they were shiny. As a little girl, all I ever wanted was to be shiny. One day I asked my grandmother what the women were doing and she said, "Those women take their panties off and men give them money." And I remember saying to myself, "I'll probably do that" because men had already been taking my panties off. All I knew was the light in the trunk of the car and then the faces of these two guys with their pistol. To look back now, I dealt with it all amazingly well. Alone in that house, I had imaginary friends to keep me company that I would sing and dance around with - an imaginary Elvis Presley, an imaginary Diana Ross and the Supremes. I think that helped me deal with things. I was a really outgoing girl - I used to laugh a lot. At the same time, I was afraid, always afraid. I didn't know if what was happening was my fault or not. I thought perhaps something was wrong with me. Even though I was a smart kid, I disconnected from school. Going into the 1970s, I became the kind of girl who didn't know how to say "no" - if the little boys in the community told me that they liked me or treated me nice, they could basically have their way with me. By the time I was 14, I'd had two children with boys in the community, two baby girls. My grandmother started to say that I needed to bring in some money to pay for these kids, because there was no food in the house, we had nothing. So, one evening - it was actually Good Friday - I went along to the corner of Division Street and Clark Street and stood in front of the Mark Twain hotel. I was wearing a two-piece dress costing $3.99, cheap plastic shoes, and some orange lipstick which I thought might make me look older. I was 14 years old and I cried through everything. But I did it. I didn't like it, but the five men who dated me that night showed me what to do. They knew I was young and it was almost as if they were excited by it. I made $400 but I didn't get a cab home that night. I went home by train and I gave most of that money to my grandmother, who didn't ask me where it came from. These are not relationships, no-one's bringing me any flowers here, trust me on that - they're using my body like a toilet. The following weekend I returned to Division and Clark, and it seemed like my grandmother was happy when I brought the money home.
But the third time I went down there, a couple of guys pistol-whipped me and put me in the trunk of their car. They had approached me before because I was, as they called it, "unrepresented" on the street. All I knew was the light in the trunk of the car and then the faces of these two guys with their pistol. First they took me to a cornfield out in the middle of nowhere and raped me. Then they took me to a hotel room and locked me in the closet. That's the kind of thing pimps will do to break a girl's spirits. They kept me in there for a long time. I was begging them to let me out because I was hungry, but they would only allow me out of the closet if I agreed to work for them. They pimped me for a while, six months or so. I wasn't able to go home. I tried to get away but they caught me, and when they caught me they hurt me so bad. Later on, I was trafficked by other men. The physical abuse was horrible, but the real abuse was the mental abuse - the things they would say that would just stick and which you could never get from under. I've been shot five times, stabbed 13 times. I don't know why those men attacked me, all I know is that society made it comfortable for them to do so. Pimps are very good at torture, they're very good at manipulation. Some of them will do things like wake you in the middle of the night with a gun to your head. Others will pretend that they value you, and you feel like, "I'm Cinderella, and here comes my Prince Charming". They seem so sweet and so charming and they tell you: "You just have to do this one thing for me and then you'll get to the good part." And you think, "My life has already been so hard, what's a little bit more?" But you never ever do get to the good part. When people describe prostitution as being something that is glamorous, elegant, like in the story of Pretty Woman, well that doesn't come close to it. A prostitute might sleep with five strangers a day. Across a year, that's more than 1,800 men she's having sexual intercourse or oral sex with. They brought their anger or mental illness or whatever it was and they decided to wreak havoc on a prostitute, knowing I couldn't go to the police and if I did I wouldn't be taken seriously. I actually count myself very lucky. I knew some beautiful girls who were murdered out there on the streets. I prostituted for 14 or 15 years before I did any drugs. But after a while, after you've turned as many tricks as you can, after you've been strangled, after someone's put a knife to your throat or someone's put a pillow over your head, you need something to put a bit of courage in your system. I was a prostitute for 25 years, and in all that time I never once saw a way out. But on 1 April 1997, when I was nearly 40 years old, a customer threw me out of his car. My dress got caught in the door and he dragged me six blocks along the ground, tearing all the skin off my face and the side of my body. I went to the County Hospital in Chicago and they immediately took me to the emergency room. Because of the condition I was in, they called in a police officer, who looked me over and said: "Oh I know her. She's just a hooker. She probably beat some guy and took his money and got what she deserved." And I could hear the nurse laughing along with him. They pushed me out into the waiting room as if I wasn't worth anything, as if I didn't deserve the services of the emergency room after all. And it was at that moment, while I was waiting for the next shift to start and for someone to attend to my injuries, that I began to think about everything that had happened in my life. Up until that point I had always had some idea of what to do, where to go, how to pick myself up again. Suddenly it was like I had run out of bright ideas. I remember looking up and saying to God, "These people don't care about me. Could you please help me?"
God worked real fast. A doctor came and took care of me and she asked me to go and see social services in the hospital. What I knew about social services was they were anything but social. But they gave me a bus pass to go to a place called Genesis House, which was run by an awesome Englishwoman named Edwina Gateley, who became a great hero and mentor for me. She helped me turn my life around. It was a safe house, and I had everything that I needed there. I didn't have to
worry about paying for clothes, food, getting a job. They told me to take my time and stay as long as I needed - and I stayed almost two years. My face healed, my soul healed. I got Brenda back. Through Edwina Gateley, I learned the value of that deep connection that can occur between women, the circle of trust and love and support that a group of women can give one another. Usually, when a woman gets out of prostitution, she doesn't want to talk about it. What man will accept her as a wife?
What person will hire her in their employment? And to begin with, after I left Genesis House, that was me too. I just wanted to get a job, pay my taxes and be like everybody else. But I started to do some volunteering with sex workers and to help a
university researcher with her fieldwork. After a while I realised that nobody was helping these young ladies. Nobody was going back and saying, "That's who I was, that's where I was. This is who I am now. You can change too, you can heal too."
So in 2008, together with Stephanie Daniels-Wilson, we founded the Dreamcatcher Foundation. A dreamcatcher is a Native American object, that you hang near a child's cot. It is supposed to chase away children's nightmares. That's what we want to do - we want to chase away those bad dreams, those bad things that happen to young girls and women. The recent documentary film Dreamcatcher, directed by Kim Longinotto, showed the work that we do. We meet up with women who are still working on the street and we tell them, "There is a way out, we're ready to help you when you're ready to be helped." We try to get through that brainwashing that says, "You're born to do this, there's nothing else for you."
I also run after-school clubs with young girls who are exactly like I was in the 1970s. I can tell as soon as I meet a girl if she is in danger, but there is no fixed pattern. You might have one girl who's quiet and introverted and doesn't make eye contact. Then there might be another who's loud and obnoxious and always getting in trouble. They're both suffering abuse at home but they're dealing with it in different ways - the only thing they have in common is that they are not going to talk about it. But in time they understand that I have been through what they're going through, and then they talk to me about it. So far, we have 13 girls who have graduated from high school and are now in city colleges or have gotten full scholarships to go to other colleges. They came to us 11, 12, 13 years old, totally damaged. And now they're reaching for the stars. Besides my outreach work, I attend conferences and contribute to academic work on prostitution. I've had people say to me, "Brenda, come and meet Professor so-and-so from such-and-such university. He's an expert on prostitution."
And I look at him and I want to say: "Really? Where did you get your credentials? What do you really know about prostitution? The expert is standing in front of you."
I know I belong in that room but sometimes I have to let them know I belong there. And I think it's ridiculous that there are organisations that campaign against human trafficking, that do not employ a single person who has been trafficked.
People say different things about prostitution. Some people think that it would actually help sex workers more if it were decriminalised. I think it's true to say that every woman has her own story. It may be OK for this girl, who is paying her way through law school, but not for this girl, who was molested as a child, who never knew she had another choice, who was just trying to get money to eat. But let me ask you a question. How many people would you encourage to quit their jobs to become prostitutes? Would you say to any of your close friends or female relatives, "Hey, have you thought of this? I think this would be a really great move for you!"
And let me say this too. However the situation starts off for a girl, that's not how the situation will end up. It might look OK now, the girl in law school might say she only has high-end clients that come to her through an agency, that she doesn't work on the streets but arranges to meet people in hotel rooms, but the first time that someone hurts her, that's when she really sees her situation for what it is. You always get that crazy guy slipping through and he has three or four guys behind him, and they force their way into your room and gang rape you, and take your phone and all your money. And suddenly you have no means to make a living and you're beaten up too. That is the reality of prostitution.
Three years ago, I became the first woman in the state of Illinois to have her convictions for prostitution wiped from her record. It was after a new law was brought in, following lobbying from the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, a group that seeks to shift the criminal burden away from the victims of sexual trafficking. Women, who have been tortured, manipulated and brainwashed should be treated as survivors, not criminals. There are good women in this world and also bad women. There are bad men and also good men.
Following my time as a prostitute, I simply wasn't ready for another relationship. But after three years of healing and abstinence, I met an extraordinary man. I was very picky - he likes to joke that I asked him more questions than the parole board.
He didn't judge me for any of the things that had happened before we met. When he looked at me he didn't even see those things - he says all he saw was a girl with a pretty smile that he wanted to be a part of his life. I sure wanted to be a part of his too. He supports me in everything I do, and we celebrated 10 years of marriage last year. My daughters, who were raised by my aunt in the suburbs, grew up to be awesome young ladies. One is a doctor and one works in criminal justice. Now my husband and I have adopted my little nephew - and here I am, 58 years old, a football mum. So I am here to tell you - there is life after so much damage, there is life after so much trauma. There is life after people have told you that you are nothing, that you are worthless and that you will never amount to anything. There is life - and I'm not just talking about a little bit of life. There is a lot of life.
Clip from Dreamcatcher, directed by Kim Longinotto
Brenda Myers-Powell appeared on Outlook on the BBC World Service. Listen again to the interview on iPlayer or get the Outlook podcast. The documentary Dreamcatcher, directed by Kim Longinottowill be broadcast in the UK as part of the BBC's Storyville strand in October. Production by William Kremer.








Gerard Depardieu was a Male Escort


http://www.skynews.com.au/news/showbiz
7 October 2014
The French actor has revealed, that he was a gigolo and petty thief before he found a career as an actor. In his new autobiography, 'That's the Way it Was', the 65-year-old star told the writer Lionel Duroy: "I've known since I was very young,
that I please homosexuals." I would ask them for money. "After serving some time in prison as a teenager for stealing a car, Gerard returned to escorting, and eventually mugging, to earn more money. He wrote: "At 20, the thug in me was alive and kicking. I would rip some of them off. I would beat up some bloke and leave with all his money." The actor - who is best known for his role in 1990 movie, 'Green Card' - was eventually spotted by a talent scout, who saved him from a life on the streets. Gerard raised eyebrows in 2008 when he became friends with the controversial Russian president, Vladimir Putin. In reference to their relationship, he explained in his book: "We could have both become hoodlums. I think he immediately liked my hooligan side ... the fact, that I had occasionally been picked up off the pavement dead drunk. "Like with me, nobody would have betted a penny on him when he was 15."


Why is the film industry hypocritical about strippers?





1http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150710-why-is-the-film-industry-hypocritical-about-strippers
10 July 2015
While films such as Magic Mike XXL and The Full Monty play erotic dancing for laughs, cinema tends to cast female strippers in a far less positive light. Nicholas Barber asks why. One theme that runs through Magic Mike XXL is the question of what Mike (Channing Tatum) and his fellow strippers – sorry, “male entertainers” – will do once they’ve hung up their sequinned posing pouches and left the dollar bill-strewn world of hen parties behind them. Mike himself is returning to the hand-crafted furniture business he set up in the first film, but his fellow Kings of Tampa aren’t so sure. One of them hopes to make it as an actor, the others talk vaguely about painting, music and “artisanal” frozen yoghurt. The strange thing is that not one of them suggests the obvious alternative: they could just carry on stripping. After all, when they’re on stage, crowds of women scream with deafening delight, and when they’re off stage they never stop saying how much they love each other, so why is Mike rushing back to his hammer and lathe? As Owen Gleiberman says in his BBC Culture review, “this man may be more of an artist when he’s doing a strip number than when he’s building a cabinet”. If you ask me, there’s no “may be” about it.
Magic Mike and The Full Monty present male stripping as a blast – but for females, it’s considered demeaning. The advertising for Magic Mike XXL promises an unequivocal celebration of stripping, so it’s curious that the film itself pushes its characters into other lines of work. It’s also typical of Hollywood. On the one hand, the movies can’t stay away from strip clubs: apart from primary school teacher, pole dancer is probably the most common cinematic job for women, just as assassin is the most common job for men. But on the other hand, no film can visit a strip club without a frown of disapproval on its face. There is a sense that stripping is alluring, but also that it’s a terrible threat to good middle-class values. It’s an attitude which is apparent in even the cheeriest films on the subject, such as 1962’s Gypsy. Near the end of Mervyn LeRoy’s classic musical, Gypsy Rose Lee (Natalie Wood) rhapsodises about being a burlesque sensation – but not until the film has established that she is classier than all of the croaky-voiced, gone-to-seed strippers who were on the circuit before her. And not until her mother’s fiancé (Karl Malden) has walked out on the family in disgust. “You want your daughter to bump and grind and take her clothes off,” he roars, “in front of a lot of hooting savages?”
Even the cheeriest of films on the subject, such as Gypsy from 1962, look upon stripping with a disapproving frown. It’s an interesting question. There are a few films which take it seriously, such as Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000), an improvised ensemble drama, and Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler (2008) with Marisa Tomei. But most Hollywood films answer the question with a hypocritical “yes and no”; that is, they offer viewers the titillation of some semi-nude shimmying, but they reassure us that we aren’t “hooting savages”. Not that American movies are alone in hedging their bets in this way. Vic Pratt, a curator of the British Film Institute’s National Archive, considers one English film, Beat Girl, released in the US as Wild for Kicks (1960), to be particularly duplicitous. “It’s about a girl from a middle-class family who suddenly decides she wants to be a stripper,” says Pratt, “and is lured towards the world of vice by Christopher Lee. There is a sense that stripping is alluring, but also that it’s a terrible threat to good middle-class values. The film is keen to excite us with the quite explicit striptease routines, but we can watch them in the safety of the cinema and then go back to our safe, sensible marriages.”
Big-name stars who play strippers, such as Natalie Portman in Closer, tend to keep their underwear on. Leave your hat on. More recently, the film industry’s ambivalence towards stripping is exemplified by the many big-screen ecdysiasts – to use the technical term – who keep their underwear on, from Salma Hayek in Dogma to Natalie Portman in Closer to Jessica Biel in Sin City to Jennifer Aniston in We’re The Millers. It’s a having-your-cake-and-eating-it scenario. Viewers are given the opportunity to gawp at gorgeous, gyrating actresses, but the fact that those actresses never actually get naked implies two things: first, that they are superior to the characters they are playing, and second, that we are superior to the “hooting savages” slavering over them. The downside, of course, is that the scenes are so blatantly bogus. Burlesque (2010), starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, is especially silly. It was released to cash in on the neo-burlesque craze, but the costumes were more demure than those in Aguilera’s pop videos.
Burlesque (2010), starring Christina Aguilera, was released to cash in on the neo-burlesque craze but was more demure than the pop star’s videos. Still, Burlesque is one of the rare films to present exotic dancing in a broadly positive light, as opposed to a depressingly dingy one. Most Hollywood movies maintain that the strip-club experience is demeaning to all concerned – at least, it’s demeaning if the dancers are female. Magic Mike and The Full Monty (1997), in contrast, may have their doubts about male stripping as a long-term career, but both of them depict the shows themselves as a blast for audience and performers alike. It’s also notable that Magic Mike was sufficiently well-received to garner a sequel, and The Full Monty stands as one of the most successful British films ever made. Compare that with Showgirls (1995) and Striptease (1996), the two most famous films about women who get their kits off in public. Both were despised by critics, and both painted bleak pictures of their settings. In films, as in society, female strip shows are regarded as being inherently sleazy, while their male equivalents are seen as harmless fun. Showgirls (1995) and Striptease (1996) were despised by critics and painted bleak pictures of their settings. The Full Monica?
“The difference is that the female body has been objectified for so much longer than the male body,” argues Uberto Pasolini, producer of The Full Monty. “Women are tired of it. The idea of the male body as something to be ogled is still quite new and fresh, so that’s why it’s acceptable. In 20 years or 50 years, people will probably protest about men being objectified, but at the moment there are buses all over London with five six-packed bodies on them to advertise Magic Mike XXL. You couldn’t do that with five female bodies. You’d be killed. Literally.” In short, don’t expect Pasolini to produce The Full Monica or Magic Michelle any time soon. Julian Marsh, the founder of Britain’s Erotic Film Society, believes that when directors stage a scene in a strip club, they’re in a lose-lose situation. “Whenever Hollywood doesn’t show nudity in this context, it’s criticised,” he says. “Striptease, for instance, was ridiculed for being too chaste. But whenever Hollywood does go the distance, and shows performances in a fairly uncompromising fashion, the result is decried as filth. Looking back at the reviews of Showgirls, it seems that people couldn’t see past the sex and nudity, so they didn’t realise it was a dark and very sharp satire. Maybe they would have been happier with Merchant Ivory.” Whenever Hollywood shows performances in an uncompromising fashion, the result is decried as filth. Marsh could be on to something. There is one sanctioned way for a mainstream movie to be enthusiastic about women stripping, it seems, and that is to put those women at a safe historical distance from the viewer. Stephen Frears’ Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) is a twinkly period drama starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins. In telling the true-ish story of Soho’s Windmill Theatre in the 1930s and ’40s, Frears’ film asserts that the Windmill’s nude revues were not only daringly taboo-busting, but also stirringly patriotic: theatre kept up British spirits during the Blitz, and gave young soldiers an inspiring eyeful of skin before they were shipped off to fight the Hun. No film about a 21st-Century strip club would ever dare to be as positive. Mrs Henderson Presents, Stephen Frears’ twinkly period drama, offers a view of erotic dancing from a safe historical distance. Even if someone wanted to make The Full Monica, says Pasolini, they would fall foul of the ratings system. “You can’t have women stripping in a film for too long without showing a pair of breasts,” he says, “and according to the censors in the UK and the US, a pair of breasts is a problem. Chopping someone’s head off or riddling someone with bullets, that is not a problem. Showing parts of the anatomy that you can see on every beach in the south of France, that is a problem. But hopefully that will change. There is nothing more beautiful than the female body, or the male body, if that’s what you like. It’s all nature, after all.










Did
Korea encourage sex work at US bases?



Prostitutes - Seoul Korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30212673
28 November 2014
More than 120 former prostitutes who worked near a US military base in South Korea are going to court to seek compensation from the Korean government. They say the authorities actively facilitated their work - and that the system has left them in poverty now that they are old. For as long as armies have gathered in garrisons, ramshackle "camp-towns" have grown up around them. In South Korea, they reach right up to the walls of US bases - by night, they throb with music and neon, by day, they seem to recover from the night before. They are now the scene of an intriguing legal dispute. More than 120 former prostitutes, who are ageing and poor, are suing not the American authorities but their own government, demanding compensation of $10,000 (£6,360) each. Their argument is that the South Korean government facilitated their work in order to keep American forces happy. In a community centre next to the US base at Uijeongbu City in South Korea, a group of them gather to explain their case. "We worked all night long. What I want is for the Korean government to recognise that this is a system that it created... and also  compensation."Their argument is not that South Korea compelled them to work as prostitutes - this is not a case of sexual slavery - but that by instituting a system of official and compulsory check-ups on their sexual health, it was complicit, and facilitated a system which now leaves them in poverty. It also, they say, gave them English lessons and courses in "Western etiquette". The women invariably say that they were driven to prostitution because they were poor, living in a very poor country. They applied for unspecified jobs and then found themselves in bars and brothels having to borrow from the owner, and thus became locked into the system. "In 1972, I went to an employment placement centre and the counsellor asked me to stand up and sit down. He took a look at me and then promised me a job that would give me a place to stay and food to eat, so I would just be working and my room and board would be taken care of by my boss," says one woman. They also argue that there was tacit approval because the country needed foreign currency. The prostitutes were reviled as people, but the dollars they earned were welcomed. "There was this talk going round about earning dollars by working in the clubs, and that that would would make you a patriot - somebody who was a hard-working Korean. We did earn a lot of dollars in the camp town," one of the women tells me. Their voices rise in anger and fall in sorrow as they relate their sad tales.
Women in snow
Koreans could once be sure that their children would look after them in their old age, but no longer - many of those who worked hard to transform the country's economy find the next generation has other spending priorities. As a result, some elderly women are turning to prostitution, writes Lucy Williamson. "I accepted a job and went to an establishment. As soon as I arrived I ran away. I ended up getting caught by the club owner and my club owner sold me off to another establishment and it was there that I took my first customer," says one. But their case is complex. It is true that the South Korean government set up clinics, but these replaced an unofficial network of doctors, some of them poorly qualified, who certified women as free of sexually transmitted diseases. The government is not commenting on the case but it might argue, when the case comes to court, that setting up clinics wasn't facilitating prostitution but trying to protect the women involved. There were certainly fears in the 1970s that Washington would pull troops out of South Korea. "I think where the South Korean government has some culpability is that in the 1970s some Korean officials from the central government did go to these camp-towns and try to persuade these women who were working as sex workers to co-operate with the US military command," says Dr Kathy Moon of the Brookings Institution, who wrote Sex Among Allies, the definitive study of prostitution and the US military in South Korea.
Jang Young-mi
"The priority was to keep the US military command happy so they would stay in Korea because there was a threat of pull-outs of US troops." The priority in the clinics, Moon says, was "maintaining the health and well being of the US troops not the Korean women". The staff were only interested in the women's sexual health, and did not provide treatment for other illnesses. Moon is at pains to point out that, unlike South Korea's World War Two "comfort women" - who were forced to become sex slaves by the Japanese military - many of these women took a decision to work as prostitutes, however reluctantly. They then become trapped, however. "Once these women were there, they couldn't get out easily. They were raped continuously - raped by the manager," she says.
Japan's 'comfort women'
Japanese women hold portraits of Chinese, Philippine, South Korean and Taiwanese former comfort women in Tokyo, Japan in 2007. 200,000 women in territories occupied by Japan during WWII estimated to have been forced into becoming sex slaves for troops. In 1993 Japan acknowledged use of wartime brothels. In 2007 Japanese PM Shinzo Abe was forced to apologise after casting doubt on the existence of comfort women. In 2014 Abe's government petitioned the UN to ask that a 1996 UN-sponsored report on comfort women be revised, but the request was rejected.  "Anything the bar owner deemed necessary for a woman to attract GIs to sell sex - make-up, clothing, some decoration in their hut rooms - was rented out to the women. If the women were ill or if they needed assistance to pay for a funeral for a family member, they would borrow from the bar owner. All of these expenses became part of their debt and unless you paid off this debt you couldn't leave". Over the years, the attitude of the US military has changed. There is now what US Forces Korea calls "zero tolerance" of servicemen using prostitutes. Military police patrol red light areas, going into bars to seek transgressors. Prostitution has also been illegal in South Korea since 2004 - though nobody doubts that it continues. The nature of the trade has changed too. When South Korea was a poor country, South Korean women were the sellers of sex around the bases. But today, now that South Korea is an increasingly affluent society, it's largely women from Russia and the Philippines who make up the workforce. Jang Young-mi. That doesn't diminish the pain and anxiety of the elderly women who now face a comfortless old age. Jang Young-mi, in her late 60s, lives in a grim single bedroom with her three dogs. She worked in a camp-town for two decades and now has only poverty to show for it. "Maybe because I lived for so long with American soldiers, I can't fit in with Koreans," she says. "Why did my life have to turn out this way?"

Prostitution in Rio, Brasil



Documentary - Amazing Marriage Customs - China
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHR9F4G0kvc#t=2633


Секс в Большом театре (в Москве). Балерина Анастасия Волочкова обвинила руководство ГАБТа в принуждении к проституции !




http://www.trud.ru/article/19-03-2013/1290900_seks_v_bolshom_teatre.html

Подозреваемые в «кислотном» нападении на художественного руководителя Большого театра еще неделю назад были задержаны полицией и теперь находятся за решеткой. Однако скандал вокруг главного культурного учреждения страны не утихает. Напротив: он все сильней набирает обороты. В полемику сторонников и противников арестованного солиста Павла Дмитриченко вступили сотрудники ГАБТа, настоящие и бывшие. В том числе и те, кого «кислотный» скандал никак лично не коснулся. Заявления, сделанные ими, приподняли завесу тайн над подробностями внутренней жизни Большого, и подробности эти, по мнению многих, оказались ничуть не менее отвратительными, чем совершенное преступление. Самым громким заявлением отличилась бывшая солистка Большого Анастасия Волочкова. Она обвинила руководство театра – ни много ни мало – в принуждении сотрудниц к проституции.
Из балета – в эскорт
В минувшее воскресенье в эфире программы НТВ «Железные леди», посвященном расследованию нападения на балетмейстера Сергея Филина, Волочкова обвинила руководителя театра, Тахира Гадельзяновича Иксанова – который, правда, куда более известен под русским именем Анатолий Геннадиевич, – в том, что еще десять лет назад по его распоряжению балерины принуждались к оказанию эскорт-услуг. По свидетельству бывшей звезды ГАБТа, один из администраторов театра распределял танцовщиц по списку на вечеринки олигархов «с продолжением в постели».
Подтвердила Волочкова свои слова и в беседе с журналистами в понедельник. По словам балерины, ей самой тоже поступали подобные предложения, однако к тому времени она была уже достаточно известна, чтобы иметь возможность от них отказываться.
«К сожалению, так получилось, Иксанов довёл этот театр до того, что Большой театр превратился в большой публичный дом. Ещё десять лет назад, когда я работала в театре и танцевала, мне неоднократно поступали подобного рода предложения – разделить постель с представителями олигархической «тусовки» на их банкетах», – рассказала Волочкова «Русской службе новостей».
При этом, по ее словам, менее известные балерины не смогли избежать секс-рабства, так как им угрожали «проблемами на работе», то есть лишением возможности танцевать. Многие девушки, с детства посвятившие себя балету, не могли выстоять перед шантажом и фактически соглашались на роли элитных проституток.
Тайны балетного двора: кто стоит за нападением на Сергея Филина?
По мнению Волочковой и присутствовавшего на той же передаче «Железные леди» танцора Николая Цискаридзе, именно политикой тотального давления и стремлением Иксанова подчинить себе сотрудников объясняется тот факт, что из Большого регулярно уходят звезды мирового уровня.
Артисты заявили: руководителю ГАБТа это выгодно, поскольку уход знаменитостей повышает уровень управляемости коллективом, а падение качества постановок, по их словам, Иксанова не особенно волнует. Иксанову нечего сказать?
Обозреватели отмечают, что и Цискаридзе, и Волочкова в прошлом имели с главой театра серьезные личные конфликты. После эфира ведущая «Железных леди» Тина Канделаки опубликовала в своем ЖЖ сообщение о том, что «вытянуть» на прямой разговор руководителя ГАБТа оказалась просто невозможно. «Всеми правдами и неправдами мы пытались уговорить руководство Большого прийти к нам в эфир, всеми силами пытались зазвать хоть кого-то из Министерства культуры. И чиновники, и администраторы попрятались, возможность на крупнейшем федеральном телеканале в самое рейтинговое время изложить свою позицию им показалась неинтересной», – сообщила ведущая.
Исполнитель «кислотного нападения»: Дмитриченко Филина не заказывал
Теперь, – отмечают обозреватели, – самым животрепещущим вопросом является то, как отреагируют на эти обвинения власти. На это обратил внимание принимавший участие в передаче бывший член попечительского совета ГАБТа Максим Викторов. По его словам, озвученные Волочковой и Цискаридзе факты являются весьма серьезным обвинением, которое требует расследования, так как в противном случае наносится удар по репутации главного театра страны. Теперь, по мнению наблюдателей, может произойти одно из двух: либо правоохранительные органы подхватят нить очередного журналистского расследования, либо сделают вид, что телевизионные разоблачения влиятельных фигур не имеют значения."


В Техасе «живой товар» признали «собственностью»



http://earth-chronicles.ru/news/2013-06-11-45348
2013 » Июнь » 11
Суд штата Техас вынес оправдательный приговор убийце молодой женщины за то, что она ему отказала в сексуальных услугах. В пользу мужчины сыграл тот факт, что он отдал ей $150, которые та не стала ему возвращать. По техасским законам любой человек имеет право отстаивать своё имущество с применением оружия. Эзекиль Гилберт обвинялся в убийстве 23-летней женщины, предоставлявшей эскорт-услуги. Гилберт нашел её анкету на американском сайте объявлений и знакомств Craiglist и пригласил девушку к себе домой в ночь перед Рождеством. Водитель привез Ленору Фрэго к дому мужчины и взял с него $150, в которые, как думал Гилберт, входит стоимость сексуальных услуг. Проститутка, впрочем, отказалась от секса, но деньги возвращать не стала и попыталась уйти. Но рассерженный житель Техаса сперва отказался её выпускать, а потом достал пистолет и выстрелил ей в шею. Следующие девять месяцев девушка провела в реанимационной палате, а потом скончалась.
6 июня этого года Эзекилю Гилберту вынесли оправдательный приговор. Мужчина не скрывал слёз радости, когда судья зачитывал вердикт, а общественность обвинила присяжных в несправедливости, сообщают американские СМИ.
«Законы штата позволяют гражданам отстаивать украденную собственность с применением оружия, но это не даёт им права насиловать или убивать», - пишет портал The Raw Story.
«Как можно оправдать такое чудовищное преступление? Легко, если вы житель штата, в котором закон позволяет людям «использовать огнестрельное оружие для предотвращения кражи в ночное время». Эзекиль Гилберт публично раскаялся в своём преступлении. По его словам, последние четыре года он провел «как в кошмарном сне», остро переживая то, что случилось в канун Рождества 2009 года. «Я искренне раскаиваюсь в совершенном. Последние четыре года я провел как в кошмарном сне. Когда я вижу сцену убийства по телевизору, то переключаю канал», - признался Гилберт. Присяжные совещались на протяжении двух дней. Адвокаты обвиняемого заявляли: Гилберт застрелил Ленору Фэрго потому, что она фактически украла его имущество – девушка не окзала никаких услуг, хотя $150 были уплачены заранее. А по законам штата Техас любой гражданин имеет право отстаивать свою собственность с оружием в руках. Согласно документу, речь идёт о тёмном времени суток, либо о случае, когда вор пытается покинуть место преступления. Юридически, Гилберт не нарушил ни одной формальности, застрелив проститутку."
Comments:
Кейт: "Bас мужиков вот не поймешь: не дала - сучка, а дала- шлюха,  и как быть?"
Rostislav:  "Капитализм возвращается к своим истокам. Человека уже считают собственностью по сути своей при определнных условиях... Если так дальше пойдёт, то негров снова начнут продавать на рынках, ну или не негров, но продавать кого то будут
..."

Prostitution in Ukraine

"Sexy Ukrainian Women Looking For Love": The Fight Against Sex Tourism

Ukranian Feminist Leader Anna Hutsol

Anna Hutsol, founder of Ukranian feminist organization FEMEN

http://blog.kievukraine.info/2009_06_01_archive.html

KIEV, Ukraine -- Late last year, as Ukraine started getting seriously hit by the financial crisis, a man in a faux-leather jacket stood on Kiev’s main avenue, Khreschatik Boulevard, strapped into a red-lettered billboard offering "Sexy Ukrainian Women Looking for Love." Next to him on a small table was a folder of pictures of potential "brides." Women walked past, averting their gazes. Anna Hutsol, a young woman wearing long shorts and high-top sneakers, emerged from the metro stop. She rolled her eyes at the sign before heading to a nearby café.
"People think of Ukraine as this giant brothel," she said. "They can’t tell you about any landmarks or monuments in Ukraine. But they can tell you that there are pretty girls in Kiev who wear next to nothing when it’s summer, and that Kiev’s an easy place to find so-called love."
Hutsol, 24, has cropped, tangerine colored hair. She founded the feminist organization FEMEN last spring to fight the culture of sex tourism in Ukraine. FEMEN organizes its activism via VKontakte, a Russian version of Facebook, and stages provocative protests that have won press attention.
After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1993, Russian mail-order brides became a distressing cliché, but as Russia grew wealthy its women were less reliant on foreign husbands. So foreigners looking for an easy marriage turned to Russia’s neighbor, Ukraine. Traveling there was once a lengthy process involving embassies and visa fees, but in 2005 the nation dropped visa requirements for citizens of the European Union and the United States. Consequently, more than 20 million people visit Ukraine each year, and the capital, Kiev, is now a popular tourist destination.
Unfortunately, one of Kiev’s main tourist attractions seems to be women. When the visa laws changed, Ukraine, once just a notorious source of sex-trafficked women, now became a sex-industry destination as well, a gateway from East to West. Explained one sex worker, prostituted Ukrainian women who had worked in other Eastern bloc countries such as the Czech Republic and Poland then came home. Child pornography also grew more prevalent, since it was now easy to enter this relatively poor country and exploit underage victims, especially homeless children and orphans.
Prostitution is illegal in Ukraine and difficult to track. Official police reports claim there are 12,000 prostitutes, but FEMEN believes the numbers are much higher. If someone is caught soliciting, a nominal fine is paid. No customers or johns are apprehended. In regional cities, police contact the prostituted woman’s parents, a shaming technique intended to decrease the incidence of prostitution.
But brothels remain boldly unembarrassed. The website of Gia Escorts proudly declares, "Ukraine is now the Sex Capital of Europe! …Ukrainian women are more agreeable, dress more revealingly and are cheaper than Western women. Men from the West can get away with saying and doing things they could never get away with [with] the women in their native countries."
In July of last year, FEMEN organized 30 young women to stand in Independence Square in Kiev carrying signs reading "Ukraine is not a brothel" in several different languages. The most attention-getting part of the protest was that the demonstrators were dressed stereotypically as prostituted women, in tiny skirts, thighhigh stockings and feather boas.
"The Ukrainian newspapers were angry, saying we were creating problems, talking about something that didn’t exist," says Hutsol. "But the Western press [Reuters and AFP] actually looked at the problem for what it was, and only then did Ukrainian papers follow."
The rise in sex tourism has also led to the growth of industries such as child pornography and child prostitution. "I can see a direct correlation between tourism and child prostitution," says Iryna Konchenkova, head of the international nonprofit School of Equal Opportunities in Ukraine. According to Konchenkova, 11 percent of prostitutes are between the ages of 11 and 15, while 19 percent are between 16 and 17: "So I would say 30 percent of prostitutes in Ukraine are underage. …Street kids get attracted to this. They get fed, they get cleaned, they are warm; some think it’s one of the better things that has happened to them." Konchenkova has had many cases where children became upset when they were no longer wanted by pimps: "A 14-year-old girl told me in an aggrieved voice that she was considered too old to work in pornography anymore."
Konchenkova adds that the children’s values are a problem. "When you ask [these girls] where they see themselves in 10 years, they say a nice house, a floor-length dress, an expensive car," she says. "They see Western commercials of luxury life and they want it. At the same time these girls get only threes [C’s] at school, so they must change either their intentions or their attitude towards money."
Women are drawn to accepting "dubious" proposals from traffickers by the desire to make money, provide for families and see other countries, says Katya Cherepakha, the social assistance coordinator at the international women’s rights center, La Strada Ukraine. An exacerbating factor is Ukraine’s relative poverty: The World Bank-estimated average annual purchasing power of Ukrainians is $7,000 per person, compared to $46,000 in the U.S. Women are also misled by lack of information about the true nature of trafficking and deceptive examples of successful emigrants. "Traffickers are getting smarter," says Cherepakha. "They give a piece of true information—about the process of employment, for example—but all the rest of the information is not true." Women who have a lack of familial support or problems at home, such as domestic violence, are especially susceptible to such offers.
In 11 years, La Strada’s helpline has received 38,500 phone calls, 64 percent from people applying for work overseas and checking on how safe a country is. But 4 percent are from people searching for loved ones, and another 4 percent are from family members trying to get help to trafficked relatives, ranging from paying for court cases to getting them to an airport.
Hutsol wishes Ukrainian women would be more suspicious of little-known men making promises of any sort: "My own friends think that if they meet a foreigner they will have the perfect life. …But in reality they meet men, mostly from Turkey, who sleep with them, promise them the world and don’t even leave a phone number. That’s another problem with Ukraine having a reputation for beautiful, available women: Sex tourism isn’t always solely about prostitution."


"Sex Pats" Discover Ukraine's Alluring Women

feminists in Ukraine

Activists of FEMEN, a women's rights organization, protest during their action "Ukraine is not brothel " on Independence square in Kiev

Naked Ukranian Girls!

http://blog.kievukraine.info/2009_06_01_archive.html

KIEV, Ukraine -- In the early summer evenings you see them individually and in groups: foreign men, of all ages and nationalities -- ex-Soviet, European, North American, Middle Eastern and African. They sit in the outdoor cafes that adorn Kiev's winding central streets, or patrol about the main Independence Square like guerrilla squads. At night they pack the discos and restaurants and bars.  Some of them study and work here. Others have come to take in the architecture, history and museums of this breathtaking Eastern European capital, or are on their way to a vacation in one of the picturesque outlying towns. Many, however, have a less exalted purpose in mind: to meet women. And the more the better. It's called sex tourism, and the practitioners "sex pats" -- a play on the word expat or expatriate. The phenomenon is all-too-common throughout the world, including in South America, Asia and Africa. Now it seems that it has arrived in the former Eastern Bloc with a vengeance. Riga, Prague and Krakow have been overrun by the planeload, aided by budget airlines like Ireland's RyanAir. The men are lured by perceptions that the pickings are easier than at home, whether because of reported liberal attitudes, a possible preference for foreigners or difficult economic circumstances among the local population. And that thanks to their anonymity, they can behave as boorishly as they want. Ukraine, where the women pride themselves on their beauty and femininity, has become one of the most popular destinations. ("What country has the most alluring women?" is a favorite and legitimate conversation topic here -- pondered by men and women alike. Any answer other than "Ukraine" usually elicits disappointment or even outrage.)
The stag parties that have blighted other Eastern European cities -- drunken, rowdy and often British hordes who accost locals and regularly expose themselves -- thankfully have not arrived here. But a multitude of other parties have. For many, the purpose is straightforward enough: find a girlfriend or even a wife. (Western Internet introduction and marriage sites, with names like "Ukrainian Brides," are a worldwide business that rakes in the millions, if not billions.) This often bleeds into a quest simply for easy sex -- often among the marriage agencies, where men abuse the service, trying to meet and bed as many women in their short stay here as possible. Unsurprisingly, prostitution has by all appearances metasized, and with it a host of other ills. According to the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, the country has the one of the highest HIV rates in Europe, and for the first time last year, infections through sex exceeded those from drug injection. Human trafficking for the sex trade also remains a chronic tragedy, though no official figures exist to pinpoint whether it is actually rising or remaining constant. Anna Hutsol of the organization "FEMEN" wants to change all this. For a year, she and her group of activists have carried out a series of eye-catching demonstrations -- for example, parading around the city in skimpy and provocative clothing to attract attention, and then handing out fliers to expatriate men, informing them that, among other things, prostitution is illegal in Ukraine. "We are certain that the aim of your visit to our country is absolutely decent," one flier says. "Unfortunately ... your compatriots come to Ukraine to get easy sex using the fact that Ukraine girls are poor, unprotected and naive." FEMEN strives to add teeth to laws against prostitution. At the moment, sex workers and pimps pay a a fine (although very small), while clients are left alone. The organization would like to see sex tourism defined in the legal code and clients punished as well, and possibly deported from the country. Recent anti-prostitution legislation was introduced at the beginning of the year, but so far has languished, Hutsol said. Ultimately, FEMEN wants to change how all foreigners regard Ukrainian women, who suffer from an association with the sex trade throughout Europe, as well as how Ukrainian women view themselves. "The basic problem is that we lack emancipation," Hutsol said. "Men take care of us economically -- men provide everything. Very few women see any kind of independent future." On a recent Friday night, Hutsol and her cohorts conducted a major action under Kiev's central monument. German electronic-music celebrity DJ Hell provided the sounds for a mini rave, while dozens of college students paraded in avant garde fashion from local designers. At the end, a group of protesters, dressed only in bikinis, held up a banner and shouted, "Ukraine is not a bordello!"
Many young women among the hundreds of onlookers supported FEMEN's message that foreign men should also appreciate Ukrainian culture and history, and that it was insulting when they spent their days simply chasing introductions.
The majority of those questioned, however, said that the foreigners were in general very respectful, and in many cases better behaved than their own male population. Many said that they had foreign friends and boyfriends, and that men would not come here if local women were not themselves interested in meeting non-Ukrainians.
"We love you all very much," said Yana Pashchits, 19, a student, who was participating in the fashion show. "We want you to come here." Nevertheless, FEMEN's message was lost on some of the crowd. Three Danish 30-year-old professionals happened upon the action, just three hours after arriving in Kiev for a long-weekend. "This is what it's all about," pointing to one of their number's T-shirt, which read, bluntly, "I Love Ukrainian Girls," and staring at the half-dressed beauties parading around him. However, when told what the demo was actually for, and that they were in fact being interviewed for a Western publication, they insisted that they had not come just to meet women. But Rasmus Anderson, a product manager, added, almost as an afterthought: "You have to agree, that there are some very pretty girls here."

Ukranian Feminists

Ukranian Feminists

Ukranian feminists' organization "Femen"!

Ukranian feminists' organization "Femen"!

Ukranian Feminists

Ukranian feminists' organization "Femen"!


Model Show by Prostitutes

More and more people look like both genders now!

Indonesia's Transsexual Muslims

Indonesia's Transsexual Muslims (Recommended Documentary)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJTzMHDaOlg


Indonesia Transsexual Muslims

Indonesia Transsexual Muslims

Indonesia Transsexual Muslims



Thailand's male/female dancer - Таиланд,
андроид (юноша/девушка) танцор


Double Duty: Androgynous Male Model Slays Fashion Week As a Male And a Female Model!



http://cerebraldiva.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/double-duty-androgynous-male-model.html

Andrej Pejic has been turning the international fashion world upside down for quite some time now. Now the 6'1" Cat-walker is hocking his wares in NYC and in the process, redefining gender, beauty and sexuality. As Fashion Week gets under way in New York City, Pejic is one of the most recognizable — and controversial — faces in the industry. He's the only top-tier fashion model who can walk down the runway as either a man or a woman. And his androgynous beauty has turned him into a trendsetter in an industry that's always seeking to push the envelope. "He's just this beautiful thing that everyone wants a piece of," says stylist Kyle Anderson, who dressed Pejic for a German magazine cover...


Fashion Show by Prostitutes in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Fashion Show by Prostitutes in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 2009

Prostitutes Hold Fashion Show In Rio de Janeiro's Red Light District, Brasil

A model walks the stage at a fashion show in the red light district, Vila Mimosa, wearing clothes designed by sex workers on December 11, 2009 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The fashion show, which is a government sponsored project to give female prostitutes other career choices,  displayed dozens of new designs on both models and three fellow prostitutes. The Association of the Residents and Friends of Vila Mimosa teaches the women skills in sewing and design. Out of the 105 woman to enroll in the fashion design program 65 have now found jobs in other professions besides working in the sex industry.

Prostitutes turn models for a night

Fashion Show by Prostitutes in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 2009

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot/2009/08/28/Prostitutes_turn_models_for_a_night_366959.html
Friday, August 28, 2009
Prostitutes became models for a night in Rio as they paraded the latest collection of their Daspu brand, founded four years ago to fight discrimination against their in Brazil. The voluptuous mannequins cheerfully exhibited the colorful wear during a night time catwalk of sorts, showing off the summer 2010 collection -- 'Farofa (fried manioc flour) caviar!' -- inspired by bar and nightclub culture. They swaggered, hips jutting forward, on a red carpet laid in the middle of Tiradentes Square, in the heart of a decaying historic neighbourhood where some 300 prostitutes still work. 'When my hooker girlfriends parade pretty and proud, they are speaking about themselves and become revolutionaries,' said Gabriela Leite, 57, after the show. The former prostitute launched the Daspu label -- a play of words on 'das putas' (for the whores) and the posh Daslu department store in Sao Paulo. She also heads DAVIDA, a non-governmental group for AIDS prevention and the protection of prostitutes' rights that represents 4,500 women in Rio state. The new collection, created in collaboration with designers from the southeastern Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, sought to show that prostitutes feast on farofa -- a dish popular among the poorer classes -- but also caviar, champagne and cachaca, a sugar cane liquor. The brightly-hued T-shirts and mini-dresses sported inscriptions like 'Daspu a la carte,' 'Whore serving' or 'Puta libre', a reference to the Cuba libre rum cocktail. This year, the fashion show closed an event organised by the city to 'celebrate health and citizenship' that was supported by artists and circus dancers. Daspu was launched in 2005 as a way for prostitutes to gain regular income while also fighting preconceptions of people affected with AIDS. Sales revenues are reinvested into initiatives combating sexually transmitted diseases. 'Daspu gets rid of prejudice. It opens paths for the citizen whore,' said Leite, an activist in favour of regulating the profession."

Males-Prostitutes

Dangerous Sex

Spiky penises mark animals from humans

Thursday, March 10, 2011
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/


New Zealand's Sex Workers 'run off their feet'

Prostitution in Christchurch


http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Christchurch's prostitutes have been run off their feet in the wake of the deadly earthquake, as out-of-town earthquake relief workers seek their own relief. Sex worker Candice, 24, said she had been busier than ever servicing search-and-rescue staff, builders, and even two New South Wales police officers, The Press reported. She had made an average of $NZ700 ($A513) a night since returning two nights after the February 22 quake and on her best night she had made $NZ1400 ($A1,027), she said. 'In three years, I've never made this much before. The foreign ones are the best -- they pay the most.' Another sex worker, Mary, who lost her house in the quake, said she had also been very busy. 'It's their way of dealing with it. If they can get some relief, I think there's nothing wrong with that.'

Vatican chorister Thomas Eheim hired male escorts for papal attendant Angelo Balducci - report

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news
March 06, 2010
A SINGER in the Vatican choir had sex with one of the Pope's gentlemen-in-waiting and procured male escorts on his behalf, the Italian weekly Panorama says. Telephone intercepts collected as part of an extensive corruption probe into Angelo Balducci showed that 40-year-old Nigerian Chinedu Thomas Ehiem would find men on the "Pianeta Escort" (Planet Escort) website and set up encounters between them and Balducci in his apartment in Rome, the weekly said on Friday.
In an interview with Panorama, Mr Ehiem said he had sex with Mr Balducci "for five or six months" because of financial problems. After a lengthy period without making contact, Mr Balducci then got back in touch with Mr Ehiem, asking him to organise encounters for him via the internet. "He asked and I executed. He would give me 50 or 100 euros, never more than 1000 or 1500 euros a year," Mr Ehiem said, adding that for Mr Balducci "a 26-, 27-year-old man was too young. He preferred meeting mature people - 40 or older."


New Woe for Vatican as Usher Linked to Prostitution

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=10007166
March 4, 2010
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - One of Pope Benedict's ceremonial ushers and a member of an elite choir in St Peter's Basilica have been implicated in a gay prostitution ring, in the latest sexual scandal to taint the Vatican.
Ghinedu Ehiem, a Nigerian, was dismissed by the Vatican on Wednesday from the Giulia Choir after his name appeared in transcripts of police wiretaps, published by an Italian newspaper, in an unrelated Italian investigation. Among four people arrested last month in the corruption probe was Angelo Balducci, a engineer who is a board member of Italy's public works department and a construction consultant to the Vatican. Balducci was arrested on corruption charges and the allegations of prostitution emerged only later.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4656143&page=1
Sunday, March 07, 20
Even as he told reporters on his flight to America that he was "deeply ashamed" over the church sex abuse scandal, Pope Benedict was accused by victims of protecting some 19 bishops accused of sexually abusing children.
"As a Catholic, I have to sadly conclude that he is not serious about ridding the church of corrupt bishops," said Anne Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, a group tracking public records involving the bishops. According to the group, of the 19 bishops "credibly accused of abusing children," none has lost his title, been publicly censured by the Vatican or referred for criminal prosecutions. "The sexual corruption in the Catholic church starts at the very top," said Doyle.
Pope Benedict told reporters on his flight this morning from Rome to Washington, D.C., he would do everything possible to avoid a repeat of the scandal. "We will absolutely exclude pedophiles from the sacred ministry," he said, according to Reuters.  Balducci is also a member of an elite group called "Gentlemen of His Holiness," ushers who are called to serve in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on major occasions such as when the pope receives heads of state or presides at big events. The wiretaps were carried out in connection with a probe into corruption in contracts to build public works, including the planned venue in Sardinia of last year's G8 summit. The summit was eventually moved to the Abruzzo region as part of efforts to help it recover from an earthquake. Gentlemen of His Holiness" carried the coffin of the late Pope John Paul at his funeral in 2005. Excerpts of the wiretaps and police documents published in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica showed that Ehiem, 40, had been in regular contact with Balducci before Balducci's arrest last month and the subject of their conversation was gay sex. A police document prepared for magistrates and published in part by La Repubblica said Balducci was in contact with Ehiem and an Italian who were part of what the police called "an organized network ... to abet male prostitution."

Nevada's First Legal Male Prostitutes

   Males-Prostitutes

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot/2009/12/15/Nevadas_first_legal_male_prostitutes_406377.html

The owner of a brothel more than two hours' drive from Las Vegas said she hopes to hire Nevada's first legal male prostitutes within a month, now that state health officials have approved a method to test men for infectious diseases. The world is ready for women, or even other men, to legally buy sex, said Shady Lady Ranch owner Bobbi Davis. Plus, being the first to offer male service could boost business in tough economic times, she said. 'With so many other male revues going on in Vegas, we thought it was time to give this a try,' Davis told The Associated Press. Until now, men have been effectively barred from legally plying the world's oldest profession in Nevada by the specificity of a state health law requiring prostitutes to undergo frequent cervical testing for sexually transmitted diseases. The health board approved a regulation to allow urethral testing for men a crucial rule change by the state agency with ultimate power over whether prostitutes can or can't work.

Fashion Show by Prostitutes in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

males-prostitutes

If you read David Icke's and other writers books on Illuminati, the Secret societies actions, you will see that a lot of it is based on Sex. Children of both genders have been made into prostitutes. Draconians and other entities are eating us as children.
Males as prostitutes is not a new thing: it's been done in Original and in  Parallel Earths for thousands of years.
But what could be new for many is the fact that most men have female- Alters working as prostitutes in any of Parallel Earths or in the Original one!

Why so much Sex and Violence, connected to Sex, have been allowed in our lives? The answer is : the Planetary and Universal Shifts and the Creation of more of New Sun Energy of Balance, which will take us to the Source of All Life (Our Real Home). To generate this New Energy the different energies of different beings/animals
needed to be mixed constantly, for thousands of years and often against our will with a lot of cruelty. Wars, Sex, Creation of Genders and us being food for others are the best examples of this Energy mixing process. The problem is that we see it only from 3 D, physical point of view. We don't see us as Sun Energy, which needs to be mixed and distributed all over our Original and Parallel Earths. And when you look at it from a non-physical point of view, then all the negative sides of the mixing us with everyone/everything imaginable would not seem as negative anymore. To make us not to be aware of the Energies mixing process and interfere with it, thousands of tricks have been designed. Sex also has been a colossal obsticle for astrals travelling for both genders. The army of Low Astral Beings has been employed to interfere with our lives, sexual relationships and Astral Travelling. For years I've been witnessing the sexual torture of my son by the Low Astrals and humans from other dimensions. Many times he's been complaining to me that he didn't want any Sex, but someone invisible would make him to perform it. Sometimes (he told me) his penis would move to the different beats of heavy metal music, he was fond of. Sex also has been a colossal obstacle for Astrals Travelling for both genders and it, definitely, showed in my son: he stopped remembering his astral travels. The movie "Total Recal" with Arnold Schwarzenegger portrayed prostitution on Mars, which could be Mars in any Parallel Universe and  this movie showed a true picture. The best example, of Sex being an obstacle in Astral Travels, I found in R.Monroe's "Journeys Out of the Body", in Chapter 15 "Sexuality in the Second State, p.190-193:


Women Prostitutes!

Women-Prostitutes! Women - Sex-Workers

Women - Sex-Workers


mistress of the universe

funny sign


Prostitutes out of missing children


Age-Progression Technology Indicates Missing Child is a Prostitute by now

http://www.theonion.com/content/video/age_progression_technology

This is a good material on Youtube

Quarter of South African men admit to rape

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2009/06/19/Quarter_of_Sth_African_men_admit_to_rape_343618.html
Friday, June 19, 2009
More than a quarter of South African men have admitted to raping a woman or girl, with 9.8 per cent forcing themselves on a victim for the first time before the age of 10, a study has found. The Medical Research Council (MRC) study of 1,738 men found that nearly half had done so more than once, driving home South Africa's reputation as one of the world's worst rape capitals. Among the men surveyed, 27.6 per cent admitted to raping a woman or girl. One in five of confessed rapists had HIV, added the study, which canvassed men of all race groups, different socio-economic backgrounds, and urban and rural areas. Nearly 10 per cent of the men said they had forced a woman or girl into sex for the first time when aged under 10 years old. Nearly 73 per cent of the men committed their first rape while under age 20. The incidence of HIV among rapists was similar to the rate among the general population. But 27.8 per cent of the men who said they had committed same-sex assaults tested positive for HIV. More than 42 per cent of men in the study said they were physically violent to their partners, and those men were more likely to have HIV, the council said in its study released on Thursday. South Africa has one of the world's highest rates of reported rape, with 36,190 cases -- 99 per day -- reported to police in 2007, but experts say only a small number of attacks are reported. The country has the highest number of HIV infections in the world.



Global Refugees are forced into Prostitution


Iraqi refugees forced into Prostitution

http://therealnews.com/t/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=2021
Without the right to work, Iraqi refugees are forced into drug trafficking and prostitution.  
We show this segment courtesy of http://www.aliveinbaghdad.org
Alive in Baghdad employs Iraqi journalists to produce video packages each week about a variety of topics on daily life in Iraq.
Damascus, Syria - The situation in Iraq forced many Iraqis to flee to nearby countries such as Syria and Jordan. Many of them fled between the years 2003 and late 2007. When a family flees to one of the nearby countries, often part of the family will remain in Iraq to provide money and financial support.

Many families send the father or a brother back to Iraq to help them collect money and support their life in Damascus or Amman. The reason behind that is Iraqis are not allowed to work in those countries, the only visa the are permitted to apply for is the tourist visa, and if you will look at the visa stamp which says “Not allowed to work.”

Unfortunately, some fathers and brothers returned to Iraq and they never came back, either killed or kidnapped or detained somewhere, families were forced to return to Iraq because they cannot afford living in Syria or Jordan any more, and some remained rather than returning to the potential dangers in Iraq.

Some families were lucky and found a job “under the table” that helped them to remain in their new country and to afford living in the lowest life standards. Others were forced to take difficult or unappealing jobs that do not cover all their expenses. Iraqis without sponsors were forced to do work that no human would wish to do, such a working in drug trafficking or prostitution. Some of the sex workers are under the age of 16, those sex workers are afraid of being hunted down by their families in Iraq for the work they performed in Syria or Jordan, and at the same time they are afraid of being deported from their new country. Some sex workers committed suicide, and a number of them began to consider doing the same.

In Damascus the average payment for sex workers is approximately 500 Syrian Pounds (10 US dollars) to 1000 Syrian Pounds (20 US dollars) per night. The customers are from all different nationalities, others get paid much less, even just 100 Syrian Pounds (2 US Dollars) to 250 Syrian Pounds (5 US Dollars) which is barely enough money for food.

Alive in Baghdad has been informed that in several cases a sex worker has been killed after returning to Baghdad. Many militias such as the Islamic Army decided on killing some of them because they consider prostitution to be a great sin and the punishment is death.

  War Sexual Violence to Women


Women are being Raped and Beaten!

Women all over the World have been Raped and Beaten!

UN council urges action on sexual violence in war

Women have been Sexually Abused in Congo!

These Women have been Sexually Abused in Congo!

http://www.bigpond.com/news/world/content/20080620/2280744.asp
June 20, 2008 - Source: ABC
Security Council has called the sexual violence against women "a military tactic." The UN Security Council has demanded that warring governments and factions act to halt violence against women, saying rape was no longer just a by-product of war, but a military tactic. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who chaired part of the session, told the council the world had now recognised that sexual violence during conflicts went beyond individual victims to affect nations' security and stability. Echoed by a string of speakers, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the 15-nation council the problem had "reached unspeakable and pandemic proportions in some societies attempting to recover from conflict." Major General Patrick Cammaert, a former UN peacekeeping commander, told the meeting "It has probably become more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in an armed conflict." Speakers identified former Yugoslavia, Sudan's Darfur region, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Liberia as conflict regions where deliberate sexual violence had occurred on a mass scale. UN officials have said the problem is currently worst in eastern Congo. But a recent survey of 2,000 women and girls in Liberia showed 75 per cent had been raped during the West African country's civil war. A US-sponsored resolution adopted unanimously by the council called sexual violence "a tactic of war to humiliate, dominate, instil fear in, disperse and/or forcibly relocate civilian members of a community or ethnic group." It said the violence "can significantly exacerbate situations of armed conflict and may impede the restoration of international peace and security."
It called on parties in conflict to take immediate measures to protect civilians from sexual violence, said such crimes should be excluded from amnesty after conflicts, and warned that the council would consider special measures against parties that commit them when imposing or renewing sanctions.
Abuses by peacekeepers
The resolution also called on Mr Ban to submit a special report on the issue next year and tighten procedures for stopping abuses by UN peacekeepers, who have been accused of sexual offences in several countries.
Mr Ban said he was "profoundly committed to a zero-tolerance policy" and would strengthen disciplinary procedures by holding not just individuals but their supervisors accountable.
The United States, council president for June, chose sexual violence as the theme of the month's debate on a general issue. As well as Dr Rice, several government ministers replaced ambassadors as their countries' representatives.
Opening the debate, Dr Rice noted there had long been a dispute about whether the theme was a security issue and hence something the Security Council was authorised to address.
"I am proud that today we respond to that lingering question with a resounding 'yes'," she said. "This world body now acknowledges that sexual violence in conflict zones is indeed a security concern.
"We affirm that sexual violence profoundly affects not only the health and safety of women but the economic and social stability of their nations."
Dr Rice focused on Burma, where she said soldiers regularly raped women and girls as young as 8 years old. Burma's envoy, Than Swe, later called the allegations unfounded. "We categorically reject them," he told the council.
Backers of the resolution had said that if the Security Council defined sexual violence as a security matter the text would give peacekeepers the high-level support they needed.
The resolution had been negotiated for weeks between council members and with human rights and women's groups. Diplomats said China and Russia, which both voted in favour, had watered down some language, including on sanctions.
Chinese Deputy Ambassador Liu Zhenmin told the council it should focus on preventing conflicts in the first place and that sexual violence "should not be treated as a stand-alone issue, nor should attention be given to its symptoms only.


 Sex Incidents in Australian Schools


http://www.bigpond.com/news/breaking/content/20080913/2363567.asp

Education Qld to survey sex-related incidents (Australia)

September 13, 2008
Source: ABC
Education Queensland will head a state-wide survey into sex-related incidents at schools. The State Government has revealed it investigated the alleged sexual assault of a seven-year-old girl by another student at a country primary school. Last night Education Minister Rod Welford announced a Brisbane primary school is also being investigated. Mr Welford says the latest incident, involving three students in grade two, happened last week but was only reported by the school yesterday. "I have directed the head of my department to alert all principals throughout the state of the procedures that are required to be followed when incidents like this arise and to undertake a survey as to whether there are any other incidents that need further investigation," he said. The move has been strongly supported by Dr David Wood from the child protection group Act for Kids. "I think that this is an appropriate thing to do, I am shocked that I have heard this happened a week ago and has only just been reported, one would hope that there aren't other schools who are withholding this sort of information," he said. "The perpetrators of this act should really clearly be spoken to and checked to make sure that they're actually not being exposed to sexual experiences with older people either in their homes or elsewhere. "You've have certainly got to be checking very carefully that they are not experimenting because that is what they have been exposed to."
This is one of the numerous ways children (especially girls) have been mind-manipulated into prostitution for years, starting in childhood. It's happening all over the world.

Internet Articles about Prostitution


Sex workers call for a fair deal
 

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2010/06/02/Sex_workers_call_for_a_fair_deal_468950.html

Sex workers across Australia are lobbying state governments on International Whores Day for increased protection against discrimination.
The Scarlet Alliance, a peak body representing the nation's sex workers, is calling for amendments to existing legislation to cover the industry's estimated 20,000 workers.
'Sex work is legal in all states and territories, sex workers are tax payers, and we believe we deserve the same rights as everyone else,' the alliance's CEO Janelle Fawkes told AAP on Wednesday, which sex workers have designated International Whores Day.
'We are sisters, mothers, wives, brothers, sons.
'We pay our taxes, we provide a service to the community and we deserve the same rights.'
Ms Fawkes believes social attitudes have been slow to change, even though sex work is no longer illegal.
Sex workers will rally on Saturday in capital cities around the country, including Sydney where hundreds are expected to protest at the Opera House carrying red umbrellas.
NSW has the highest concentration of sex workers - about 8000 - yet its anti-discrimination laws are inferior to the ACT's, Queensland's and Tasmania's, Ms Fawkes says.
In those jurisdictions, legislation protects against discrimination based on legal sexual activity or occupation.
'The other states have fallen behind quite dramatically,' she said.
'It has been brought to the attention of the other states why this needs to happen, it is very clear to them but unfortunately there doesn't seem to be the political will to take the next step to change the legislation.'
Sex workers are most commonly discriminated against when applying for rental properties, bank loans and credit cards, according to the alliance.
It is also prevalent in dealings with police and within the judicial system, including in custody cases where women will often lose because of the negative stereotypes associated with their jobs, Ms Fawkes says.
'This is unacceptable and sex workers will continue to demand an end to discriminatory practices and policies which directly impact on our livelihoods and lives,' she said.
'We will continue to demand the introduction of anti-discrimination protections in each state and territory.'
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 » 01:44pm

Prostitutes offer free sex at Copenhagen
 

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot/2009/12/06/Prostitutes_offer_free_sex_at_Copenhagen_402473.html

 Prostitutes of a Danish sex workers association will offer their services for free to delegates of the UN climate summit in Copenhagen.
Association official Susanne Moeller told AFP on Saturday the move is a protest against an anti-prostitution initiative undertaken by Copenhagen city hall.
The city, host of the December 7-18 UN climate summit, distributed postcards in Copenhagen's hotels that said 'Be sustainable: Don't buy sex'. It also sent letters to hotel managers inviting them to take measures to avoid prostitutes meeting clients in their establishments.
The prostitutes, whose work is not illegal in Denmark, promptly reacted to the move.
'All delegates who come to Copenhagen for the world climate summit will be able to use the postcards for payment after making a request on our website,' Moeller, of the Danish association for the defence of sex workers, said.
'We do not expect many delegates (to make use of the offer), but we want to protest what we consider discrimination,' Moeller said, adding the offer is good for the duration of the climate talks.
The Copenhagen summit aims to craft an international climate accord to replace the Kyoto protocol, which expires in 2012.
Sunday, December 06, 2009 » 06:10am

Prostitutes revive sale of sex debate
 

http://www.bigpondnews.com/articles/Health/2009/12/12/Prostitutes_revive_sale_of_sex_debate_405089.html

Danish streetwalkers' offer of free services to UN climate negotiators has evoked little interest, but an influx of prostitutes from eastern Europe has revived debate on a law allowing the sale of sex.
With an estimated 30,000 visitors from around the world due to visit Copenhagen during the UN climate talks which continue until December 18, authorities have seen a flood of sex workers descend on the city.
'We've observed an increase in the number of prostitutes in the streets of Copenhagen, in particular from eastern Europe,' police spokesman Lars-Christian Borg told AFP, noting that the world's oldest profession 'is not illegal in Denmark'.
Danish law enforcement authorities have beefed up security for the UN conference and will 'do our best to maintain law and order in the red light districts and hunt down the pimps', he warned, adding that procurement was illegal.
Copenhagen Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard had, prior to the opening of the climate conference, asked the city's hotel owners to 'not facilitate contact between their guests and prostitutes'.
She also sent along postcards to the hotels to be distributed to guests, emblazoned with the slogan: Be Sustainable: Don't Buy Sex.
The move sparked the ire of Danish prostitutes: to protest against the campaign which it deemed 'discriminatory', the country's sex workers' association, SIO, has since the start of the
conference offered the services of its 85 members for free to delegates.
But the offer does not seem to have tantalised conference-goers during the first week.
'We have received four requests so far but our offer still stands,' said Susanne Moeller, a former nurse who became the head of SIO to defend the interests of sex workers, who 'must charge VAT and pay income tax' in Denmark.
She explained the lack of delegates' interest by the fact that conference-goers 'have to register on our site, provide their identity and state that they are a conference delegate if they want to benefit from our generosity'.
'That may have dissuaded a fair amount of people.'
Seven Copenhagen hotels have, meanwhile, launched a campaign against prostitution, an initiative led by Hotel Guldsmeden located on Helgolandsgade street in the city's red light district.
'The scene has become much rougher and the prostitutes are getting younger and younger, some are just 16, according to the police,' a Hotel Guldsmeden spokeswoman, Kirsten Skovgaard, said.
A banner unfurled on one building in the street reads: No More Trafficking, Drug-dealing, Abuse, Fear.
Skovgaard said some businesses and people in the area 'have had enough of watching this horrible sex trafficking beneath our windows'.
Denmark is the only country in the Nordic region to allow both the sale and purchase of sex, its Nordic neighbours having outlawed the purchase of sex but not the sale in a bid to strangle demand.
There are normally nearly 6,000 prostitutes working in Denmark's clubs and streets, of whom about 2,500 are believed to be foreigners from eastern Europe and Africa.
The Danish prostitutes are sometimes students, employees or mothers who want to earn a little extra money on the side by working in massage parlours or as escort girls, Moeller said.
At Waterloo, one of Copenhagen's most well-known stripclubs, where champagne served by hostesses flows in abundance every night, the climate conference has clearly had an effect.
'The effects are already being felt,' says the manager, Maria, adding that she expects 'more and more clients' seeking a break and a bit of 'distraction'.
Saturday, December 12, 2009 » 07:32am

Tsunami  in Phuket, Thailand!

Tsunami  in Phuket, Thailand (creates more Homeless people and more Prostitution)!

Tsunami  in Phuket, Thailand!


Brothel goes green to beat the crisis

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot/2009/10/17/Brothel_goes_green_to_beat_the_crisis_383785.html
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Stung by the economic crisis, a brothel in Berlin has leapt on the 'green' bandwagon and is offering discounts to clients who can prove they arrived by public transport or bicycle - with some success.
'Everyone's a winner,' explained Regina Goetz, a former prostitute who runs the 'Maison d'envie' (House of Desire) brothel in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg, a district in the former East Berlin, which is a stronghold for the ecologist Green party.
'The environment is a topic on everyone's lips and it's pretty difficult to park around here. So we came up with the idea of an 'eco discount' of five euros ($A7.40) to anyone who leaves the car at home,' Goetz told AFP.
'The crisis has slashed our turnover in half in the last year,' the 56-year-old told AFP over coffee and cakes, flanked by scantily clad prostitutes.
But the green discounts have proved a roaring success and got business back on track, she said.
Fifteen minutes in the brothel costs 25 euros ($A37) rather than 30 euros for environmentally-conscious punters, around 10 per cent of whom have taken up the offer.
To qualify for the discount, 'clients who come by bike show their helmet or their padlock keys,' she said. 'Others hand in their ticket or monthly pass if they have come on the bus.'
The brothel itself is a model of discretion - only a small brass plaque advertising 'the little sexy address' betrays the true purpose of the building, housed in a block with a bike shop, a burger bar and a pub.
Clients pass through a courtyard scattered with rubbish dumps, pushchairs, kids' bikes and buggies before arriving at a corridor where a doormat emblazoned with a red heart indicates the hoped-for destination.
'We have a really nice atmosphere here, the neighbours are great,' said one of the prostitutes, a pretty blonde in her thirties with short hair sporting fishnet tights and sexy red lacy undies under her turquoise dressing-gown.
She said she had already welcomed several customers on the eco tariff, like all her colleagues, about a dozen woman aged between 20 and 45, the majority of whom work part-time.
One of them said she was a nurse secretly moonlighting as a prostitute. Another said she was a dietary counsellor in a gym - 'but times are hard'. A third said she was a housewife.
As for the clients, they come in all shapes and sizes, from all social classes and all ages, right up to the 'doyen', who is 86 years old, said Goetz.
All the employees of the 'Maison d'envie' wholeheartedly approve of the eco tariff.
'Regina is full of good ideas,' said one.
The establishment also offers special 'weekend rates' with Jacuzzi options and a 'two-for-one' rate.
For Goetz, the brothel is 'a business like any other' and prostitution is a legal sector in Germany with around 400,000 employees.
'In these tight times, we are cutting costs. We've binned the tax advisor, reduced the hours of the cleaning lady and I only buy low-cost cleaning products,' she said.
And like any other head of industry, she is careful to appear bullish on the sector's prospects.
'In a business like ours, there are always ups and downs. But we want the recovery to come quickly. I check the stock market prices every day,' she revealed."



Child sex tourism study 'blames Aussies'

child's prostitution

Monday, September 14, 2009 » 09:34am

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2009/09/14/Child_sex_tourism_study_blames_Aussies_372328.html

Australians make up the largest portion of foreign sex offenders against children in Thailand, according to research that studied cases between 1995 and 2006.
He is the co-worker, relative and mate who awaits cheap flights to Southeast Asia that the economic downturn has made all the more plentiful.
But he is drawn to such tropical places not for the beaches, cheap drinks and a brief escape from the rat race.
He is the customer in a growing global issue that sees over 1.8 million children as young as eight years old being sold for sex - sometimes up to ten times a day - until they're considered 'worthless' before they reach their 30th birthday.
And new studies reveal this man has more mates than ever who think and act just like him.
Australians make up the largest portion of foreign sex offenders against children in Thailand, according to research at John Hopkins University in Baltimore that studied patterns of arrests and prosecutions between 1995 and 2006.
His money is fuelling a $US31.6 billion ($A36.5 billion) industry in trafficking in what a recent report by a global network of groups against child sex slavery concludes is a 'massive human rights violation that is currently going largely unnoticed around the world'.
Bernadette McMenamin, CEO of Child Wise Australia, says child sex trafficking remains a hidden problem that most Australians have become complacent about - even though a main root of the global crime is the Australian offender.
'People tell us, 'It happens overseas. Isn't that an issue we talked about years ago?' But what we've found is that ... the supply and demand factors fuelling child sex slavery have actually grown,' she told AAP.
'The number of children entering the trade has grown. Efforts to combat this problem have not succeeded despite pouring money into overseas governments.'
A new global campaign called 'Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People,' will be launched on Monday to help reverse the trend and bring the issue back into the homes of the average Australian.
Being run across 45 countries, the campaign aims to raise awareness, conduct a survey on people's attitudes and lobby national governments.
In February, Child Wise will step up the campaign by backing stalled amendments to child sex tourism laws in the federal parliament.
Rather than seeing authorities wait for child sex to occur before acting, the amendments seek out preparatory offences: stopping sex offenders from travelling overseas, buying flights and possessing child pornography.
'We've waited long enough,' Ms McMenamin says of the proposed changes. 'We're simply not keeping up with travelling sex offenders.'
Only small changes are required to save Asian girls from being sold into a life of slavery, she says.
The Body Shop has already joined the Child Wise campaign by selling a hand cream that directs profits to Cambodian outreach programs.
Such programs can provide support for girls and keep them in school with books, pens and bicycles.
It may not seem like a lot but the average child sex slave is sold for only a few hundred dollars by a family or boyfriend in poverty desperate for cash, she says.
In Cambodia children are brought in from Vietnam or taken from village to village, then off to Thailand.
All these victims suffer lifelong mental and physical damage. Some contract HIV/AIDS while most find it hard to reintegrate into society after a decade of such slavery.
Ms McMenamin says most Australians view the price of petrol as a greater concern than the welfare of foreign children.
'We have increased awareness and there have been some arrests but overall we're not putting a dent in the problem,' she says.
'We need people to try and think beyond what's going on in their lives.'

Disappearance of Animal/Plant Life


Резкое похолодание убило тысячи овец в Казахстане July 2015 - видео

http://earth-chronicles.ru/news/2015-07-10-81771
Количество животных, погибших на пастбищах Павлодарской области, достигло колоссальной цифры – двух тысяч! И это только предварительные данные. На месте массового падежа сегодня работает специальная комиссия.
Причины гибели скота специалисты пока еще тоже расследуют. По предварительной версии, овцы и козы пали от переохлаждения: в регионе несколько дней царила непогода, вызвавшая резкое похолодание. Отары сегодня, как и обычно, пасутся на отгонных участках. Но фермеры теперь бдительно следят за сводками синоптиков и спасателей. Накануне из-за природной стихии жители села Пограничник потеряли домашнюю скотину. Владимир – фермер с 25-летним стажем. В его хозяйстве около 200 коров и более 60 лошадей. А еще 150 баранов. Как хозяин ни старался, часть овец все же погибла. Владимир говорит: ему еще повезло, у соседа пало гораздо больше. Владимир Гребенюк, глава крестьянского хозяйства: "Бараны у нас не могли идти против ветра: дождь сильный был, они были подстрижены, намокли, и налип на ноги солончак еще, не могли идти. Мы их собирали, они и подохли. Два дня сельчане на машинах колесили по раскисшей от влаги степи в поисках мертвых баранов. Туши на скотомогильник, говорят, вывозили полными багажниками. К слову, каждое животное в среднем стоит 25 тысяч тенге. Это и есть скотомогильник поселка Пограничник. Запах здесь ужасающий, если не стоять с подветренной стороны, он буквально валит с ног. Именно сюда со всей округи свозили трупы животных. Всего здесь уже накопилось около ста мертвых овец и еще неизвестно, сколько осталось в степи. Штормовое предупреждение было объявлено в регионе в конце прошлой недели: усилился ветер, обрушился дождь, температура упала с 36 градусов до семи! Особенно досталось четырем районам, где насмерть замерзло, по предварительным данным, более 2 тысяч овец! Рашид Нурбеков, главный ветеринарный инспектор Павлодарской области:
- Сейчас никто не может сказать. В связи с сильным ветром животные разбрелись, дождь был холодный, град в некоторых районах был.


Морских птиц стало меньше на 70% July 2015

http://earth-chronicles.ru/news/2015-07-10-81773
Мировая популяция морских птиц за последние 60 лет сократилась на 230 млн особей – это почти на 70%. Это касается таких птиц, как буревестники, альбатросы, пеликаны и т д. Была проанализирована численность 500 популяций морских птиц, что составляет примерно 19% от количества мировых популяций. Биологи утверждают, что птицы гибнут из-за ухудшающейся экологии (недостаточно кислорода и уход из жизни Вселенной! ЛМ).


Ученые обеспокоены - Флориду массово покидают птицы July 2015

http://earth-chronicles.ru/news/2015-07-10-81791
Западную часть побережья Флориды, омываемую Мексиканским заливом, практически единовременно покинули различные птичьи колонии, избирающие эти места из-за мягкого климата для излюбленного гнездования, это может стать симптомом какого-либо неприятного экологического события или стихии. Прибрежная зона Национального заповедника Сидар Ки, размером в 150 акров, буквально стала «мертвой», потому что ее покинули массивные птичьи семейства, в том числе и голубые цапли, розовые колпицы, белые цапли, пеликаны, чайки, утки, колибри и даже орлы! Ученых из Университета Флориды беспокоит то, что эту прибрежную зону покинула не одна стая пернатых, а многие из тех, что там обитали, и если некоторых птиц обнаружили в другой части полуострова, то остальные колонии исчезли бесследно!
«Теперь это „мертвая зона"», — отметил биолог Вик Доиг, сотрудник Агентства рыбного и охотничьего хозяйства США. Он добавил, что ученые провели ряд тестов в этой области, но не обнаружили проблем с загрязнением воды или воздуха, или распространения заболеваний и притока хищников, да и млекопитающие остаются на своих местах, поэтому что заставило тысячи птиц «сбежать» — загадка. Тем не менее, исследователи опасаются исчезновения отсюда других животных колоний и отмечают, что если такое количество обитающих здесь существ внезапно и практически бесследно мигрирует, это может стать симптомом какого-либо неприятного экологического события или стихии, пишет Associated Press.


More of info on this subject is on : End of our Old Universe


Sharks, dolphins, whales, manta-rays, penguins, seals and other sea animals have been moving through whirlpools in the oceans by
Thousands out of this Old Universe to the New Universe to continue to evolve. Here are a few sites where you can see this movement:

Thousands of sharks swim by Florida shore
http://www.wwlp.com/dpps/entertainment/must_see_video/thousands-of-sharks-swim-by-fla-shore-nd13_5693163

Spring Break Shark Swarm: Thousands of Sharks Shut Down Florida Beaches
http://abcnews.go.com/US/spring-break-shark-swarm-thousands-sharks-shut-florida/story?id=18673202#.Ubr2VpB-9D8

Thousands of dolphins spotted near San Diego
http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/50851376#50851376


http://earth-chronicles.ru/news/2011-11-25
Около 200 слонов погибли от жажды в Национальном Парке Hwange в Зимбабве из-за ужасной жары и хронической нехватки воды, сообщает местный защитник природы.


16 beached whales die on Tasmanian coast, (Australia)



http://bigpondnews.com/articles/Environment/
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Marine experts will begin a rescue mission this morning following a mass whale stranding on Tasmania's west coast. Twenty sperm whales became stranded on Ocean Beach, near Strahan, with four more stranded on sandbars in nearby Macquarie Harbour. The Department of Primary Industries says 16 whales have already died on Ocean Beach and warns that the other four whales are unlikely to survive. However, the department is still holding out hope for those whales stranded in the harbour. Rescuers will resume their bid to save the whales at first light, but say it could take several days to free them all.

Fish is Dying

Fish is Dying everywhere and I see it on the shores of Pacific ocean!

Humpback Whales have been beaching themselves!

Humpback Whales have been beaching themselves and there is no need to save their physical bodies,
because most of them want to experience what it is like to be a human at Endgame!


Floods in Iowa USA!

Floods in Iowa, USA!

Mystery over dead fish in US harbour

Dead Fish in California, March 2011

Dead Fish in California, March 2011

Dead Fish in California, March 2011

Dead Fish in California, March 2011

Dead Fish in California, March 2011

Dead Fish in California, March 2011

Dead Fish in California, March 2011

Wednesday, March 09, 2011
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot/

Californian fishermen and harbour chiefs were puzzled after millions of dead anchovies were found floating in a marina just south of Los Angeles on Tuesday. Experts said the fish, found at a harbour in Redondo Beach, may have from lack of oxygen due to algae, while locals wondered if high winds overnight might have something to do with it. 'It looks like what happens to goldfish when you don't change the water in the tank, mouth open and belly up,' said local official Bill Workman, cited by the Los Angeles Times newspaper. 'There are no visible signs of any toxins that might have caused (the deaths) and our early assessment is that this was oxygen depletion,' he said, adding: 'There are no oil slicks or leaking of substances into the water.' Locals at Redondo Beach, where the stench from the dead fish hung over King Harbor, suggested that high winds could have driven the fish into the harbour, where their sheer numbers would have reduced the oxygen available. Experts were cautious. 'What we're trying to tease apart is whether it's a consequence of algal buildup, a fish buildup or something toxic in the water,' said David Caron of the University of Southern California". One million sardines lie dead in the harbour area of Redondo Beach in California, USA. So the clean-up begins! A lifeguard scoops up the dead fish. Officials say they would "recycle" the fish carcasses into fertiliser. 

Zoo animals freeze to death in Mexico
 
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/

Sixty-five animals have died at a zoo in northern Mexico as freezing temperatures sweep through the area. A six-month old monkey, parrots, crocodiles and peacocks were among the dead, CNN reported. Temperatures at the Chihuahua Zoo dropped as low as minus 15 degrees celsius on Saturday morning, killing about 10 per cent of the zoo's animals. Chihuahua is experiencing the coldest weather in 60 years. Zoo officials were caught off-guard as the temperature dropped unexpectedly and no weather advisory had been issued, according to zoo owner Alberto Hernandez. Electricity at the zoo, located in the city of Aldama, about an hour from Chihuahua, then went out, causing the heaters to stop working.
'There were lots of factors that led to this accident happening,' Hernandez said. 'We are accustomed to extreme weather, but nothing like this.'

Freezing rain chops 12,000 Moscow Trees

http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/12/30/38313998.html
Dec 30, 2010
Twelve thousand trees fell in Moscow due to freezing rain, hitting 370 cars, Moscow’s Deputy Mayor Pyotr Biryukov reported on Thursday. Power lines and lamp posts were also hit. According to the official 5.5 mln tons of snow were sent to Moscow’s snow processing factories, 1.5 mln of them from the last week-end alone. There are two Poles of Cold in Russia where the lowest temperatures, 65 and 67 degrees Celsius below zero, have been registered. The two places, Oimyakon and Vekhoyansk, are in Yakutia of East Siberia at the edge of permafrost. The world’s first Permafrost Institute in Yakutia marked its 50th anniversary this year.

(Bullshit I say, the fright might kill the Official, but not the birds! Animal/Bird life must leave the Planet before it implodes on itself, LM).
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot/
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Fright likely killed thousands of birds which dropped from the sky onto a small town in Arkansas, officials say. As many as 5000 birds began falling over the small town of Beebe shortly before midnight on New Year's Eve local time. 'We right now are pretty confident that the trauma is what caused the die-off,' state veterinarian George Badley said on Monday. A local resident reported hearing about 20 loud booms on Saturday night - which could have been fireworks or a cannon to get rid of nuisance birds - and saw a huge flock of frantic birds when he went outside. 'He could hear the blackbirds fluttering around - he could hear their wings and he could hear them hitting into things,' Badley said. Blackbirds have poor night vision and they were likely killed because they banged into houses and trees in their fright. However, the state is conducting further tests to make sure the birds were not poisoned or diseased, Badley said. It was not a good weekend for wildlife in Arkansas. Hundreds of thousands of fish were found dead in the Arkansas River about 200 kilometres away from Beebe a day before the birds were killed, KARK news reported..."

Cold winter killing Mongolian animals
 
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/Environment/2010/02/09/Cold_winter_killing_Mongolian_animals_426697.html
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Up to 20 million farm animals may die in Mongolia before spring as the fiercest winter in living memory grips the country, International Aid Agencies are being warned. Half the entire country's livestock could be wiped out, local experts have told the Red Cross. In remote regions in Central Mongolia cattle, goats and sheep can be found frozen to death across the plains, with some herds almost completely wiped out. Outside her traditional home in Central Mongolia, grandmother Hotont Suon weeps as she looks at the carcasses of her herd lying on their backs. Their legs in the air, they are frozen to death. In the pens, sheep huddle together from the bitter cold.  Dogs and goats gnaw from the carcasses of the dead animals strewn outside the traditional 'gurs', the herders' circular tented homesteads. 'Our hay is all gone now. As our goats die we sell the hides and buy more fodder, but it only lasts a few days,' she said. It's called the 'Dzud' - a multiple disaster with a summer drought followed by one of the coldest winters on record. It has left millions of livestock dying from a combination of exhaustion and starvation - some herders report that their cattle perish at the rate of 50 a night. Some families have even been reduced to sharing their small tented home with the surviving animals. Inside a gur, a three-month-old baby played with a black wet-faced calf. The baby's mother, Otgon Jargal, broke down in tears. 'We have no skills. Our lives depend on our livestock. How can I look after my child when all the animals have died?' she cried. The Mongolian government has appealed for food, medicine and animal food to combat one of the country's worst natural disasters. The poorer herding families are left with insufficient food supplies to last out the winter. Many have taken out high interest loans to pay for animal fodder which they can't meet. Fears are also growing for thousands of herders who live in remote mountain regions in soutwestern Mongolia. There has been no word from thousands of people cut off in their villages by the heaviest snow fall in decades, prompting Mongolian air force helicopters to launch search and rescue operations.

Beached whales in New Zealand 24Jan 2010

Hundreds of whales have been beaching themselves in New Zealand and Australia. This way they are leaving Earth or becoming human players (One-Timers) in Earth's Planetary Game. 

New Zealand mourns deaths of stranded whales

Dec 29, 2009
More than 125 whales have died in two separate strandings in New Zealand, conservation officials say. Coromandel iwi will farewell the whales with a with a burial and karakia.
At Farewell Spit, west of the South Island tourist town of Nelson, 105 long-finned pilot whales died in a mass beaching on Saturday, while 21 pilot whales died on Sunday at a beach on the east coast of the North Island.
Both areas have a history of whale strandings.
Conservation department official Hans Stoffregen said none of the stranded pod at Farewell Spit could be saved, the Nelson Mail newspaper reported.
"They were in bad shape. By the time we got there two-thirds of them had already died. We had to euthanise the rest," he said.
"It was horrible but nothing could have been done to save them. It was the most humane thing to do."
The whales had been out of the water for a long time "and they were very distressed. You could see the pain and suffering in their eyes."
Another dead whale was found washed up at a nearby beach on Monday and Mr Stoffregen said there could be others that died in the area but had not yet been located.
On the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island, 21 whales died from a pod of 63 who became stranded on Sunday.
Local volunteers and holiday-makers were able to herd the surviving 42 whales back to sea.
"Last they were seen they were swimming healthily out to the ocean," regional conservation spokeswoman Lyn Williams said.
One of the cows even gave birth to a calf almost immediately after being refloated, she said

Over 120 Whales Beach Themselves in New Zealand

dead whales

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2532165/over_120_whales_beach_themselves_in.html?cat=9

I read in USA Today, "Scientists still do not entirely understand why whales beach themselves but the idea that it may be caused because pilot whale pods stick together when one gets into distress is gaining ground."
This is a case of when following-the-leader has deadly results. My father used to ask me, "If your friend jumps off of a bridge, will you follow him?" Of course I always answered, "No, of course not." But, truthfully in my heart, I always thought, "It depends how much I love my friend."
suppose if I thought that by jumping alongside of my friend that I could potentially save their life - then, I would have to answer, "Yes".
Maybe the whales feel the same way. The USA Today article goes on to state, ""I imagine that if these animals are out at sea and one animal calls for help or gets in trouble in some way, that it calls for other animals to come and assist it, which is a perfectly fine survival strategy out in the open ocean. But when you get into an inshore environment, particularly the sort of whale trap type environments with these shallow grade beaches, that it's a survival strategy which just really doesn't work for the environment that they find themselves in." One calls for help, the others respond and find themselves all in a bit of big trouble. The incidence of whale beaching is nothing new. Earlier in 2009, rescuers freed up some 55 whales on the shores of Cape Town, South Africa. Only to have the whales return to the shore in force as if on a suicide mission. Whales and other mammals have been beaching themselves since the days of Aristotle and it makes you wonder if it is just a natural phenomenon. Whales live in a "pod" society - sort of all-for-one and one-for-all. If one is sick and dying, others will quickly rally around it and oftentimes it leads to their own demise. We may never truly understand the reasoning behind the mass-suicides. We can only guess at what causes them to choose to beach and die together. In this latest incidence, rescuers saved approximately 40 of the whales, coaxing them back towards the sea. The remainders of beached whales were euthanized when it was determined that they would not survive.
December 28, 2009

New Zealand's dead whales

New Zealand's dead whales

New Zealand's dead whales

Dead whales of New Zealand, as shown on Russian TV


http://news.usti.net/home/news/cn/?/tw.top/2/wed/da/Unewzealand-whales.Rc4d_KJO.html
Sunday, 24-Jan-2010
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Authorities say 15 pilot whales have died after beaching themselves near Christchurch, New Zealand. Mark Simpson of the group Project Jonah speculated the whales came into Port Levy on Banks Peninsula early Sunday morning chasing fish and became stranded when the tide dropped, TVNZ of New Zealand reported. An alarm went out about 6:30 a.m. and 80 locals re-floated about 30 of the mammals. "We really just stood with them and as the tide came in and started floating, we were just able to push them out and away they went", local Ted Haowden says. Sunday's beaching followed an event Saturday night when pilot whales came into the bay and the locals guided them back out, Haowden said. "We thought everything was OK, we checked them in the boat and then we woke up this morning and saw a whole lot on the beach here", he said. Local residents expect to bury the whales on the beach Monday afternoon.

Up to 60 whales beached at in Western Australia

Australian dead whales


Monday, March 23, 2009
Up to 60 whales have been stranded at the Hamelin Bay beach, near Margaret River, in Western Australia. Between 40 and 60 whales are believed to have been washed up at the Hamelin Bay beach, near Margaret River, a Department of Environment and Conservation spokeswoman says. The department has sent a team to the bay, the spokeswoman says.
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2009/03/23/Up_to_60_whales_beached_at_in_WA_314730.html


USA's cold snap disaster for wildlife

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/World/2010/01/09/USAs_cold_snap_disaster_for_wildlife_415657.html
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Iguanas dropping from trees, manatees huddling around waters warmed by power plants and marine turtles being whisked away to shelters - Florida's unusual cold snap is a deadly one for tropical wildlife. The cold front sweeping in from the Arctic, with temperatures below freezing in parts of the southeastern state, is killing many animals accustomed to a temperate climate that sends droves of tourists swarming to enjoy yearlong warmth in the 'Sunshine State.' The cold-blooded iguanas' comfort level begins at 23 degrees Celsius and they positively thrive at 35 degrees. When temperatures drop below about 15 degrees, they become less able to move around. Below about five degrees, they become completely immobile due to a lack of blood flow. Unable to hold on, the mohawked lizards, which shelter in tree branches and crevices, drop to the ground. Iguanas and other tropical wildlife are bearing the brunt of the severe Arctic weather in Florida, where Miami's subtropical beaches have been left all but deserted this week with temperatures plummeting to around zero degrees Celsius. 'Cold weather impacts iguanas severely and many are killed,' said Gabriella Ferraro, spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). 'That is not a bad thing. It's a good thing, because iguanas are an exotic animal, they don't belong to Florida. This seasonal kill helps us to manage the population.' Travellers from Mexico, Central and South America originally introduced the creatures to Florida in the 1960s. Although suffering from the cold, python snakes, which abound in particularly large numbers in Florida's Everglades swamp reserve, can survive in cooler temperatures. 'The good thing is that the cold weather brings the pythons out of the vegetation. They need warmer bodies and they come out to get some sun and so it is easier for hunters to find them,' Ferraro explained to AFP. Manatees and sea turtles are the most vulnerable during the cold weather, she added, noting that some of the animals had died in central Florida. Known as sea cows for their bulky frame -- adults are an average of three metres long and weigh between 360 and 540 kilograms -- manatees abound in Florida's warm waters close to river mouths and can die from prolonged exposure to low temperatures. When water temperatures drop, manatees gather in warm-water habitats, such as discharge canals at power plants, canal systems or springs to avoid a deadly 'cold stress syndrome.' With thermometers dropping to record lows, large groups of manatees huddled in recent days seeking the warmth of power plants in Riviera Beach, north of Miami, and Apollo Beach, near Tampa off the Gulf of Mexico. The FWC says it has rescued about 250 sea turtles so far and placed them in special shelters where they can rest while waiting for the sea to warm. The seemingly lifeless iguanas can be revived, however. Passersby can usually bring them back to life by picking up the lizards and setting them in the sun. After a brief warm-up, most will scamper off into the bushes. Florida's exotic creatures may have to brace for worse, with forecasters saying a new polar front could sweep in over the weekend in the state.

Hundreds of penguins found dead (Australia)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Chilean authorities say they are investigating what caused the deaths of nearly 1,500 penguins found in a southern bay. They say the dead birds were found on Saturday at Caleta Queule, more than 2,000km north of Antarctica. Navy Lieutenant Rodrigo Zambrano says experts from the nearby University of Valdivia are working to determine what killed the penguins. They did not know immediately where the penguins were from. University veterinarian Roberto Schlatter told state television that experts are also trying to establish the penguins' ages and their species. It is not unusual for some penguin species to migrate thousands of kilometres.

Natural disasters all over the World are leading to Homelessness and Prostitution!

Victoria Floods, Horsham 2011!

Victoria Floods, Horsham 2011!

Fires, Australia!

 Fires, Australia!

Fires, in USA, Detroit, 2010!

Fires, in USA, Detroit, 2010!

Fires, Victoria

Fires, Victoria

Victoria Fires, Australia!

Victoria Fires, Australia!

Victoria Fires, Australia!


Victoria Fires, Australia!

Victoria Fires, Australia!

Victoria Fires, Australia!

Victoria Fires, Australia!

Victoria Fires, Australia!

Victoria Fires, Australia!


FireAustralia

Fires in Michigan, USA!

Fires in Michigan, USA!


Fire in Germany

Fires in Moscow, 2010!

Fires , Russia, 2010

Fires , Russia, 2010

Fires , Russia, 2010

Fires , Russia, 2010    Fires in Spain!

Fires , Russia, 2010

Fires in Canada!

Fires in Canada!

Homelessness in Africa








Homeless people in Australia, Sydney, city centre 2014




Homelessness in Haiti


On 15th of January 2010, on Russian news, there was an announcement, that those Russians, who bought tour trips to Domenican Repablic, which is the part of Haiti, before the quake, would have to go there after the eathquake, that all the hotels, restraunts, airport and supermarkets are working, that the money would not be compensated if they don't go. And because people from other countries like Australia, USA, Europe don't want to go, the prices dropped and many, not well off, Russians are still buying tours to Haiti and go there as tourists. I noticed that many from Russia/Eastern European Countries and from China would go, where others wouldn't, because they've been behind the Iron Wall far too long.
Just recently Russian News showed a concert on Haiti, where people seemed very happy, they were dancing inspite of the Earthquake and all the troubles it brought to the people of this island:

Haitians are dancing

Haitians are dancing

Haitians are dancing

Haitians are dancing

Commercial flights touch down in Haiti

The start of commercial flights to Haiti, 20 Feb. 2010

The start of commercial flights to Haiti, 20 Feb. 2010

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2010/02/20/Commercial_flights_touch_down_in_Haiti_431162.html
Saturday, February 20, 2010
The first commercial flight to arrive in Haiti since the January 12 earthquake has touched down in Port-au-Prince. The American Airlines flight from Miami came to a stop at the terminal on Friday with 132 passengers onboard and with one of the pilots waving a Haitian flag from the cockpit window.  A band playing Creole music in the terminal greeted their arrival - as had been the case regularly before the quake - but the passengers were bussed to a separate building to pass through immigration because of damage to the airport. The airport has been an aid lifeline for the devastated country in the wake of the January 12 earthquake that killed more than 217,000 people and left more than a million homeless.
Officials said resuming commercial traffic would inject crucial revenue into Haiti's crippled government. 'It's good for the reconstruction of Haiti,' said American Airlines spokesperson Martha Pantin. 'We were the last ones out; we are the first ones in.' But amid the celebration there were stark reminders of the innumerable tragedies that have befallen the Haitian people. Passenger Marie Ange Levasseur, 45, began to cry as she spoke of how her cousin, who died in the quake, used to greet her at the airport when she would visit. Levasseur now lives in Miami but still has family in Haiti. 'The first destination I want them to take me to is my cousin's grave,' she said as she waited in line at immigration. 'It's very sad, this trip. I've never had such a sad trip like that.' Jean Eddy Porche, 49, who also lives in Miami, arrived with his wife to check on family members and the house he still owns here. He had been told it was damaged and was not sure if it could be repaired.
Homes belonging to his mother and sister were completely destroyed, he said. 'I have friends who are dead; cousins,' said Porche, adding he felt 'completely traumatised' when arriving here. Family members waited outside under the sun behind yellow caution tape for the passengers to emerge. Some embraced as they saw each other, while others seemed weary and simply turned and walked down the street together. Since the earthquake the country's largest commercial airport has resembled a military base, with over a hundred armed forces and UN flights passing through each day when traffic was at its peak. Thousands of tonnes of food and medical aid along with disaster relief personnel have poured into Haiti via the hub, which at times has been overwhelmed, forcing officials to turn away some aircraft. US embassy spokeswomen Elizabeth Detmeister said the resumption of commercial routes would mean that US evacuation flights would now be phased out. American Airlines will offer two flights a day from Miami and one from nearby Fort Lauderdale. A flight from New York's JFK International Airport will operate four times a week, the airline said. From March 12, the airline's American Eagle service will start a new daily route to Haiti from Puerto Rico, and two flights through two Dominican Republic cities, Santo Domingo and Santiago. Haitians also lined up to fly out to Miami on Friday morning, including Jean Durand, 45. He had come to Haiti some five days ago from Philadelphia, first landing in neighbouring Dominican Republic, then paying $US400 ($A444) to cross the border by car. He came to check on family members, two of whom were killed. Durand arrived at the airport at 4:30 am to make sure he could fly back to the United States, but he said the airline had somehow lost his ticket. He had worked out the hassles and waited in line under the sun to enter the terminal. 'But if I had known it was going to be like this, I would have gone back to Santo Domingo,' he said

Situation in Haiti still 'dire'- Obama 

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/Politics/2010/03/11/Situation_in_Haiti_still_dire-_Obama_438695.html
Thursday, March 11, 2010
US President Barack Obama said the situation in Haiti is still 'dire' and warned that a second humanitarian disaster was possible.After talks with Haitian President Rene Preval at the White House, Obama said that the looming spring rains in Haiti could pose a severe threat to 1.3 million people left homeless, almost two months after the monstrous earthquake. 'The situation on the ground remains dire and people should be under no illusions that the crisis is over,' Obama said during a joint appearance with Preval in the White House Rose Garden. The president said that there was a 'desperate need' for humanitarian aid in Haiti, describing the quake which killed more than 220,000 people as 'one of the most devastating natural disasters ever to strike our hemisphere. The challenge now, is to prevent a second disaster,' Obama said, hours after former president Bill Clinton, now a UN special envoy to Haiti, warned that a new wave of deaths could be caused by poor sanitary conditions. Obama described his Oval Office talks with Preval as 'very productive' and said the Haitian leader had provided him with an update on the 'awful scale of Haitian loss.' 'No nation could respond to such a catastrophe alone,' Obama said, adding that an international donors conference for Haiti later this month at the UN would allow the world to keep its commitment to help Haiti rebuild. 'This pledge is one that I made at the beginning of this crisis, and I intend for America to keep our pledge,' Obama said. 'America will be your partner.' Clinton delivered his warning in testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations committee, saying his biggest worry was that unsanitary conditions would 'lead to a second round of deaths' when the rainy season comes. Preval used his joint appearance with Obama to thank the American people for a swift and massive response in the wake of the January 12 quake, and offered condolences to Americans who had lost loved-ones in the disaster. And he also delivered a stark warning that the lessons of his country's disaster must be recognised, arguing that global warming could cause similar humanitarian catastrophes in future. 'We must draw the lessons from what occurred in Haiti. These are lessons for all of mankind,' Preval said. 'The massive, spontaneous, generous help was a good response to the disaster. However, its effectiveness must be improved, because effectiveness depends on the quality of coordination.' Preval said that donor funds gathered at the United Nations conference in New York at the end of the month should be administered by one single authority to ensure they were spent wisely. And he pleaded for help to offer Haitians health care, jobs and education, to forestall a possible wave of migration to the cities which could worsen the humanitarian situation. Obama also said he was 'extraordinarily proud' of each member of the US armed forces who flocked to Haiti in the aftermath of the disaster of help with the relief effort and provide much-needed security. 'They saved lives, countless lives, of men and women and children,' Obama said. The Pentagon said that the Comfort naval hospital, which is leaving Haiti on Wednesday, treated 871 patients during its seven-week mission and performed 843 surgeries. The Comfort has spent the past two weeks helping Haitians for ailments unrelated to the earthquake, with the last person treated for earthquake injuries discharged on February 27, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. The naval doctors also delivered 10 babies onboard the ship, he said.

Haiti's homeless to suffer wet season

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2010/03/05/Haitis_homeless_to_suffer_wet_season_436348.html
Friday, March 05, 2010
Haiti's coming tropical storm season will brutally lash most of the 1.3 million people left homeless from a January quake despite the best efforts of aid groups, relief workers say.
That grim assessment came as international efforts coalesced towards a joint strategy to rebuild Haiti, with a series of meetings being planned from March 15 culminating with a March 30 conference in New York.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), overseeing aid efforts on the ground, says the emergency phase of relief operations is over, with food, water, health and makeshift shelters having been distributed.
But those advances are now threatened by the Caribbean rainy season, which is looming in the form of dark clouds and occasional downpours, one of which caused flooding that killed 13 people last weekend.
By the end of April, daily prolonged storms will turn Haiti's roads into fast-flowing rivers, trigger mudslides and contaminate clean water sources with sewage and the remains of the thousands of unrecovered corpses decomposing in the rubble of buildings. Mounting concerns have forced aid groups and the crippled Haitian government to change tack and advocate the voluntary resettlement of hundreds of thousands of people from the crowded tent camps, most of which sit on low-lying fields that will turn into expanses of mud. Kristen Knutson, spokeswoman for the UN's OCHA, said moves were being made to clear rubble and set up sanitation facilities in five locations outside the capital for the new settlements.
'This is just one of a multitude of solutions for people to consider,' Knutson said, explaining that residents who were able to return to their shattered neighbourhoods were also being encouraged to do so. At the same time, the Red Cross was spearheading plans to provide more durable cover to the homeless. Next week, it will start bringing in wood-and-plastic-sheeting dwellings called Emergency Core Shelters from the neighbouring Dominican Republic, Red Cross spokesman Alex Wynter said, likening them to 'small houses.' But he cautioned that only 3,000 are expected to be available by the end of May - when the storms hitting Haiti are expected worsen as the hurricane season begins - which means 'they are not a solution to the rainy season.' 'We can't put all the people in them in six weeks,' he said. Malaria, which spikes each rainy season in Haiti because of mosquito breeding, is likely to prove one of the biggest challenges. The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a report Thursday that the deadliest form of malaria posed a 'substantial risk' for residents and relief workers alike in Haiti. It noted that 11 people who had gone to the United States after spending time in Haiti following the January 12 earthquake had already been diagnosed with malaria. Seven were US emergency responders, including six members of the US military; three were Haitian residents who travelled to the United States, including one adoptee; and one was a 'US traveller.' Haiti reports 30,000 confirmed cases of malaria each year to the Pan American Health Organisation, but the real incidence of the mosquito-borne illness is probably as high as 200,000 cases, the CDC report said. Against the backdrop of those worries, governments and organisations are trying to come up with a joint, coordinated international strategy to get Haiti's economy and society functioning again. The core nations involved are Brazil, Canada, France, Spain and the United States, in conjunction with the European Union, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations and the Inter-American Development Bank. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, speaking to reporters in Paris on Thursday, said he hoped the plan would be forged with Haitian government input in time for a big international conference in New York on March 31. But, he admitted, 'all that is not easy.' A small meeting to prepare for the New York gathering will be held March 12 in the Dominican Republic, a French government official involved in Haiti's reconstruction, Pierre Duquesne, said. On March 15, a business meeting will take place in Haiti under the aegis of the Inter-American Development Bank. That will be followed the next day by a meeting of the core countries and organisations in another location, then on March 17 by a larger grouping of 40 to 50 countries. On March 22, in Washington, the Haitian diaspora will hold talks. On March 23, two other separate meetings will be held, one in the French Caribbean island of Martinique and the other in Brussels.

Rains is problem for Haiti homeless

Rainy season start in Haiti

Rainy season start in Haiti

Rainy season start in Haiti

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/World/2010/02/13/Rains_is_problem_for_Haiti_homeless_428306.html

A top UN official in Haiti says many of those made homeless by the earthquake one month ago are unlikely to be provided 'good shelter' before the rainy season.
While the United Nations and other organisations involved in aid efforts are aiming to provide some sort of shelter material before the rains begin around May, the deputy head of the UN mission in Haiti said the challenge will be immense.
'I think it's almost certainly going to be the case there are going to be a lot of people without good shelter by the time the rains really come,' Anthony Banbury said.
Officials debated whether to distribute more sturdy shelter that could better withstand the elements but that would take longer to provide and reach fewer people, or work to hand out something to everyone.
'I think for obvious humanitarian reasons, the decision was to give something to everyone,' Banbury said.
'It's going to be a challenge to even achieve that goal - not easy, but that is the objective.'
He said even if the aid effort is able to do that by providing items such as tarpaulins for all of the more than one million sleeping in the streets since the January 12 quake, those homeless will still face difficult circumstances.
'No one should be under any illusions that all million people who have lost their homes are going to be living in comfortable, sturdy shelter by May 1. That's just not going to happen.'
Haitian government officials and aid organisations have warned that the coming rainy season poses a major threat to the homeless.
Conditions in makeshift camps throughout the capital have already become a major health concern.
The 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed an estimated 217,000 people.
Meanwhile, the White House warned the situation in Haiti 'remains dire' ahead of potentially disastrous rains in the coming months.
'The situation remains dire... the need for food, shelter, medical supplies and basic security is enormous, and the coming rainy season will pose new challenges,' press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement from Washington.
Gibbs paid tribute to the thousands of military and civilian-led responses to the disaster from the United States.
'Having reopened the main airport and port to enable a massive international humanitarian effort, our servicemen and women are supporting the distribution of urgently needed food, water, medicine and shelter until these functions can be fulfilled by the rapidly-expanding civilian operation and the United Nations.' Producers of the revamped We Are the World say the full seven-minute version of the music video will air simultaneously on 53 domestic and international television channels in the US on Saturday. The video, filmed by Oscar winner Paul Haggis, shows some of the 85 artists who gathered in Los Angeles this month to re-record the charity anthem. Fans can download the song online. All proceeds will benefit earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti. Saturday, February 13, 2010


Haitian aid effort rushes out tents

Distribution of tents on Haiti, Feb. 2010

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/World/2010/02/08/Haitian_aid_effort_rushes_out_tents_426247.html

Aid workers in Haiti are rushing to provide tents with the coming rainy season threatening further misery and anger building among the desperate population.
While officials say food distribution has finally moved into high gear, more Haitians protested on Sunday, saying the government had done nothing for them as the one-month anniversary of the January 12 devastating earthquake approached.
Meanwhile, the case of 10 Americans charged with kidnapping children in the wake of the disaster took another turn, with their Haitian lawyer saying he had quit after being accused of seeking to bribe the judge.
Another hearing on the case is expected on Monday.
Haitians have warned that temporary housing for the tens of thousands of homeless is vital ahead of the rainy season that arrives in the coming weeks since huge numbers of people are sleeping on the ground.
Some one million people have been left homeless by the quake.
French aid group Doctors Without Borders handed out nearly 2,000 tents over the weekend, a spokeswoman said.
'In two days we have distributed 1,800 tents to refugees,' Caroline Livio said at a clinic operated by the organisation.
'If more people need it here, we'll provide it. We have more tents now.'
The United Nations announced last week that more than 10,000 family-sized tents had been distributed with some 16,000 in stock.
On Friday, the UN estimated that 460,000 people remained in makeshift camps throughout Port-au-Prince, while seven 'organised settlements' had been set up for 42,000 people.
The UN has warned that sanitation is becoming a serious problem in makeshift camps and that an increasing number of children are falling ill.
Desperate Haitians have protested in parts of Port-au-Prince in recent days, including on Friday during ex-US president Bill Clinton's visit, when a couple of hundred people gathered outside the complex where he met Haitian President Rene Preval.
Clinton, the UN special envoy for Haiti, said several thousand tents would be arriving soon as well as a hundred trucks.
'I'm sorry it's taken this long,' Clinton said. 'I'm trying to get to what the bottlenecks are, part of it is just shipping the volume of food in here that is necessary.'
On Sunday, about 100 people who said they were living in a camp marched in Petionville, claiming they had been given nothing since the quake.
'People aren't getting anything from the food distribution,' said Louis Willy, a 35-year-old father of two
Monday, February 08, 2010 » 09:39am


Haiti earthquake, Jan 2010, tent city


Haiti earthquake Jan 2010

Haiti earthquake Jan 2010, tent city

UN says 300,000 homeless after quake

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2010/01/15/UN_says_300000_homeless_after_quake_417804.html

An estimated 300,000 people have been left homeless by the devastating earthquake in Haiti, with one in 10 homes in the capital Port-au-Prince, the United Nations said on Friday.
A helicopter assessment by the UN mission in Haiti found that some areas suffered '50 per cent destruction.'
'First estimates suggest some 10 per cent of the housing in Port-au-Prince has been destroyed, which roughly translates to about 300,000 people left homeless,' said Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
An OCHA in a situation report said some 3.5 million people live in areas hit by 'strong shaking' from the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that flattened much of Haitian capital Port-au-Prince this week.
'The estimated population of Port-au-Prince is 2.8 million, with some 3.5 million people living in areas affected by strong shaking from the earthquake,' it said.
Besides Port-au-Prince, Jacmel -- an area south of the capital and Carrefour -- a suburb close to the capital, are also affected, according to the aerial assessment carried out by the UN.
The agency stressed that search and rescue assistance remains the top priority, while food, clean water and sanitation are also critical.
'Needs are expected to increase in the short term as assessments take place,' it said, noting that casualty numbers are increasing at hospital and clinics.
OCHA said a first flash appeal is due to be launched for Haiti on Friday, but so far, the international community has already pledged $US268.5 million ($A288.4 million) in aid for victims of the devastating earthquake.
The initial funding support came from some 20 countries, organisations and companies.
Friday, January 15, 2010 » 09:52pm

Haiti quake death toll may top 100,000

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2010/01/14/Thousands_feared_dead_in_Haiti_quake_417189.html

Haiti's prime minister has warned the death toll may top 100,000 in a calamitous earthquake which left streets strewn with corpses and thousands missing in a scene of utter carnage.
Hospitals collapsed, destroyed schools were full of dead people and the cries of trapped victims escaped from crushed buildings in the centre of the capital Port-au-Prince, which an Agence France-Presse correspondent said was 'mostly destroyed'.
Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive told CNN the final death toll from the 7.0 quake could be 'well over 100,000', as an international aid effort geared up in a race against time to pull survivors from the ruins.
'I hope that is not true, because I hope the people had the time to get out. Because we have so much people on the streets right now, we don't know exactly where they were living,' Bellerive said.
'But so many, so many buildings, so many neighbourhoods totally destroyed, and some neighbourhoods we don't even see people, so I don't know where those people are.'
President Rene Preval painted a scene of complete destruction in his impoverished Caribbean nation after the quake struck on Tuesday.
'Parliament has collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed,' he told the Miami Herald.
'There are a lot of schools that have a lot of dead people in them,' he said, as experts spoke of the worst quake to hit the disaster-prone nation in more than a century.
With hospitals also having crumbled in the fury of the quake, medical services were struggling to cope with the flow of wounded.
There are 'tens of thousands of victims and considerable damage', Haiti's ambassador to the Organisation of American States Duly Brutus told AFP, without specifying the number of dead.
'The most urgent need is to help the thousands of people who are still alive and trapped in the ruins,' he added, saying the last quake of such magnitude to strike Haiti was in 1842.
Preval's wife, First Lady Elisabeth Preval, told the US daily she had seen bodies in the streets of Port-au-Prince and had heard the cries of victims still trapped in the rubble of the parliament building.
'I'm stepping over dead bodies. A lot of people are buried under buildings. The general hospital has collapsed. We need support. We need help. We need engineers,' she said.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the capital, with its population of two million people had borne the brunt of the quake which struck at 4.53pm on Tuesday local time, saying vast areas had been destroyed.
While much of the rest of the impoverished Caribbean nation appeared largely unaffected, Ban gave a grim assessment of the devastation in Port-au-Prince, saying the city's few basic services had collapsed.
'There is no doubt that we are facing a major humanitarian emergency and that a major relief effort will be required,' he told a press conference in the United Nations, as he prepared to visit Haiti as soon as possible.
The temblor toppled the cupola on the gleaming white presidential palace, a major hotel where 200 tourists were missing and the headquarters of the UN mission in Haiti where up to 250 personnel were unaccounted for.
Five people were confirmed dead in the UN headquarters, and the head of the peacekeeping mission, Tunisian Hedi Annabi, was among the missing.
Jordan reported that three of its peacekeepers were killed and 21 injured. Brazil said 11 of its peacekeepers died, while eight Chinese soldiers were buried in rubble and 10 were missing, state media said.
An Argentine-staffed hospital was the only one left operating in the city and was struggling to cope with huge numbers of injured, its director told Argentine television.
'The situation is really critical because we cannot cope with this many dead and injured,' Daniel Desimone told Todo Noticias.
A major international relief operation was underway with the United States, France, Britain and Canada all promising help.
US President Barack Obama vowed a swift and aggressive effort to save lives and said search and rescue teams would arrive within hours after a 'heartwrenching' earthquake.
'This tragedy seems especially cruel and incomprehensible,' he said.
The US military on Wednesday mobilised ships, aircraft and expert teams.
Planeloads of rescue teams and relief supplies were quickly dispatched from nations including Britain, Canada, Russia, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Russia.
As well as virtually destroying Port-Au-Prince, the earthquake also caused widespread destruction in the resort town of Jacmel, south of the capital, a witness said on Wednesday, saying he saw an entire mountain almost collapsed.
Two hundred foreigners were missing at the Hotel Montana, French Secretary of State for Cooperation Alain Joyandet said.
Among the dead was the archbishop of Port-au-Prince Monsignor Serge Miot the Missionary International Service News Agency (MISNA) reported in Rome.
Pope Benedict XVI urged a generous response to the catastrophe.
Thursday, January 14, 2010 » 09:58am
 
Quake razes Haiti's presidential palace

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2010/01/13/UN_struggle_to_contact_Haiti_after_quake_417034.html

Haiti's presidential palace and numerous other government buildings in the country's capital collapsed after a massive 7.0 earthquake, Haitian TV reports.
Communications to the island, the most impoverished in the western hemisphere, were cut in the wake of the massive earthquake, which produced several aftershocks and prompted a tsunami warning.
A journalist with Haitian television station Haitipal, interviewed by telephone from Port-au-Prince, told the station that public buildings across the capital had been destroyed.
'The presidential palace, the finance ministry, the ministry of public works, the ministry of communication and culture,' were all affected by the quake, the reporter said, adding that the parliament building and a cathedral in the capital were also crumbling.
United Nations officials said late on Tuesday they were having trouble contacting the UN mission in Haiti to get a clear picture of the huge earthquake that struck the Caribbean island nation.
'We are trying to get in touch with our people on the ground but we are experiencing communication problems, which is not unusual in a disaster such as this,' Stephanie Bunker, spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said.
Bunker said OCHA sent alerts to its other offices around the world to prepare for a major relief effort.
And UN spokesman Martin Nesirky also said communication problems made it difficult to piece together information on the scale of the disaster.
Attempts to reach Alexandra Duguay, a spokeswoman for the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in Port-au-Prince, by telephone, through e-mail, Facebook or Twitter proved unsuccessful.
President Barack Obama says the United States stood 'ready to assist' Haiti.
'My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this earthquake. We are closely monitoring the situation and we stand ready to assist the people of Haiti,' he said on Tuesday.
he White House said Obama was notified about the quake at 5:52pm on Tuesday (0952 AEDT on Wednesday) about an hour after it happened, and asked staff to find out if embassy personnel were safe.
'The Department of State, USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and the United States Southern Command have begun working to coordinate an assessment and any such assistance,' the White House statement said.
In Hawaii, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said government agencies were 'still gathering information about this catastrophic earthquake.'
'The United States is offering our full assistance to Haiti and to others in the region. We will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance.'
Former President Bill Clinton, now a UN special envoy for Haiti, said his 'office and the rest of the UN system are monitoring the situation, and we are committed to do whatever we can to assist the people of Haiti in their relief, rebuilding and recovery efforts.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 » 05:01pm

Fire in Philippines leaves 4000 homeless
 
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2010/01/18/Fire_in_Philippines_leaves_4000_homeless_418675.html
A massive blaze has ripped through a slum in the Philippines leaving four thousand people homeless. A five-year-old girl was killed in the fire, which raged for two hours near the capital Manila. Fanned by fierce winds, the flames spread quickly and destroyed five hundred homes. Government officials have promised to help victims build new homes. More to come
Monday, January 18, 2010

Homelessness in Russia

Russian homeless

Russian homeless children

Homeless man in Russia

Homeless women of Moscow

Newly Unemployed Get in Line for a Free Meal (Russia)

Queue of homeless people for a free meal at the church

Queue of homeless people for a free meal at the church in Moscow

The Moscow Times » Issue 4132 » News
23 April 2009
By Alexandra Odynova / The Moscow Times

http://www.moscowtimes.ru/article/1010/42/376511.htm

A well-dressed man stopped suddenly with a surprised look on his face as he passed a long line of people on Stoleshnikov Pereulok, just steps from the Mayor's Office in central Moscow. "Which embassy is that?" the man asked. "It's not an embassy," replied a man from the line. "It's a church, and we are waiting for a meal." The number of people lining up for free hot meals at the soup kitchen at the Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian has doubled in recent weeks as several hundred out-of-work people from various Russian regions and other former Soviet republics join the usual crowd of pensioners and the homeless, church volunteers said. "The last time we saw such a great flow of visitors was about 10 years ago, in 1998," said Konstantin Murashev, a volunteer cook in the church's soup kitchen, unpacking big sacks of potatoes to make soup. The church has been running the soup kitchen since 1997, a year before the 1998 financial crisis, when it fed about 30 people at its inaugural meal. It's hard to count how many people are showing up for the twice-a-week meals these days, but the number has certainly doubled to at least 600, said Tatyana Vasilyeva, another volunteer cook. Some of those showing up for hot soup, dessert and tea are carrying bags with all their belongings, indicating that they are homeless. A few are hobbling on crutches. Many are pensioners struggling to survive on low pensions amid escalating prices. But there are also people who have lost their jobs or are simply unable to make ends meet because of declining salaries and reduced buying power. "I've been coming here to get a meal for the past six months, since I lost my job and documents," said Albert Isanchugin, a 42-year-old ethnic Tartar waiting patiently in line on a recent Wednesday afternoon.
Isanchugin used to make fireplaces, but when the crisis swept over the country six months ago, his employer disappeared with all his documents and his salary. He said he has not been able to find new work because of his lack of documents and the scarcity of jobs during the crisis. He said he didn't even have enough money for a train ticket to return home to his wife and four children in Orenburg, a Urals city about 1,450 kilometers southeast of Moscow.
Moscow police have refused to help him, he said. In desperation, he recently walked into the office of national ombudsman Vladimir Lukin to ask for help. "I went to Lukin's office. They told me he was away," Isanchugin said. "But I just saw him entering the office!
"My son will have his birthday soon. I'm very ashamed I can't buy him a present. I can't even buy cigarettes," he said.
Isanchugin said he would never return to Moscow if he managed to make his way home. "Pick out anyone from this crowd -- every other person has a story similar to mine," he said.
A man standing beside him dolefully nodded his head in silent agreement. Some people in line spoke of how politicians had once helped them but said they couldn't rely on them any more. "Kasparov's people used to pay us to rally, 500 rubles per demonstration, but even they are not inviting us anymore," said one man standing in line who refused to give his name, referring to chess champion turned opposition leader Garry Kasparov.
Isanchugin said things would be different if Prime Minister Vladimir Putin were still president because President Dmitry Medvedev is "too feeble." Although the soup kitchen is just across the street from the Mayor's Office and at the start of Stoleshnikov Pereulok, lined with luxury fashion shops, it gets no support from the government and relies on private donations. The Mayor's Office, however, is all too aware that unemployment is a growing challenge, and it estimates that the number of jobless people has doubled since last fall. "Despite the fact that the unemployment level in Moscow is the lowest in Russia, the number is growing daily," First Deputy Mayor Lyudmila Shvetsova said March 19, Interfax reported.
She said more people were seeking assistance from the state. But the Moscow social welfare department said it has not seen an increase in panhandlers, estimating that the number has remained stable at 10,000.
"I don't think the financial crisis will cause an increase in panhandlers, because people become panhandlers in Russia for different reasons than in Western countries," said Andrei Pantyukhov, who oversees the city's program for the homeless at the social welfare department.
Pantyukhov said that in the West, people turn to panhandling when they lose their jobs and homes, as is happening now during the crisis, but in Russia panhandlers are usually ex-convicts, alcoholics, victims of real estate scams and those evicted from their apartments.
But he conceded that the crisis was contributing to an increase in homeless migrant workers. "There is a growing number of migrant workers who have lost their jobs at the construction sites," Pantyukhov said.
The city does not operate any soup kitchens, and Pantyukhov said it was not planning to open any this year.
The city does, however, offer accommodation in various buildings where up to 900 people can sleep, take a shower and receive a hot meal every day, Pantyukhov said.
"We are planning to open a center where panhandlers can stay during the day, receive health care and clean their clothes. There is no such place at the moment," Pantyukhov said, adding that it would open next year at the earliest.
At least 16 churches in Moscow run soup kitchens, although many are only able to provide food to a limited number of people, usually up to 50 at a time.
Robert Bronkema, pastor of the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy, an interdenominational, English-speaking church, said five to 10 people showed up for free food, clothes and medical aid daily in August, but now the number has soared to 40 to 50 per day.
"People have to chose now between food and shoes," he said.
Many of the visitors are Africans who have difficulties finding work and cannot or do not want to return to their home countries.
"We are working on helping several people willing to return back home right now, and we never had such cases before," said Rony Kumi, a volunteer at the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy.
"The problem is that there is no work in Moscow for me," said Patrice Guyllaume-Kabeya, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who recently lost his job in Moscow and comes to the church's center for free medical aid and clothes.
A charity group of volunteers that distributes food in Moscow train stations said the number of people asking for food there has increased in recent weeks, and an increasing number of them are young.
Father Oleg of the Russian Orthodox charity Miloserdiye, which operates a bus that travels around Moscow and provides aid and clothes for the homeless, cautioned that the real impact of the crisis remains to be seen.
"We are expecting more homeless people by next year," he said.

Russians tighten belts under soaring food prices

http://www.bigpond.com/news/breaking/content/20080622/2282033.asp

June 22, 2008 - 1:00PM
Source: ABC
In the last couple of months, the global food crisis has led to protests and riots in some countries.
In Russia, they may not be taking to the streets, but most are suffering financial hunger pangs due to rocketing prices.
A new study suggests that household budgets are being bitten so hard, that nearly half of the Russian population is having to cut back on food.
Maria Zeleranskaya is shopping in a Moscow supermarket, negotiating the narrow aisles with a pram holding her six-month-old son, Pavel.
But the manoeuvres are not nearly as tight as those required to balance the family budget, when there is one more mouth to feed and food prices are rising sharply.
"Baby formula for example, it was like less than 20 bucks five months ago and now it's almost 30," she said.
"It's like I use to spend say 500 roubles every time I go to a store, now it's not enough."
Since the start of the year, food prices in Russia have jumped by 11.6 per cent - that is almost four times the average in European Union countries.
And while Russia may have a reputation for being the land of the potato, its people are having to pay dearly for vegetables, in particular; they have gone up by 51 per cent since December.
"If one thing cost more than it use to a year ago, you'll think it's fine. But if the difference is big in a month; now you start worrying," she said.
Economists point out that these are not normal times. On top of food demand and prices increasing around the globe, Russia's economy is growing rapidly, and so is the country's inflation rate.
For the first five months of this year, it averaged 7.7 per cent. But chief economist for Merrill Lynch in Moscow, Yulia Tseplyaeva, says there are compensations that soften the pain on the hip pocket nerve.
"Wages and incomes are growing faster than inflation. Definitely people are complaining about inflation but they're becoming better off," she said.
Yet for those not earning an income, the impact can be dramatic.
Many older Russians reminisce about the good old cheaper days of the Soviet era, when prices barely moved and a loaf of bread was the equivalent of less than 10 cents - compared to more than $1 now.
Increasingly, more muscovites are digging their way out of a budgetary hole.
Many have small summer houses, known as Dachas, on plots of land just beyond the city fringes.
Here muscovites - such as semi-retired couple Anatoli and Natalia Rezchikov - grow their own fruit and vegetables to beat the rising prices.
"Roughly speaking, it helps us save about approximately 20 per cent of the family budget," Anatoli Rezchikov said.
But if many Russians are tightening their belts, economist Yulia Tseplyaeva doubts that the Government will do the same with its fiscal policies to ease inflationary pressure.
"Food prices, inflation may continue in the year 2008, and what we see now is just a first wave of this inflation," she said.
And that forecast will leave an empty feeling in many Russians' stomachs as they ponder just how much further their budgets can stretch.

Based on a report by Moscow correspondent Scott Bevan for Saturday AM.
s have staged a party while the Government is duping us with its ineffective measures to contain rising prices," president of Greece's largest labour confederation, Yannis Panagopoulos said.
But Germany and other European Union states said they would reject a fuel tax break plan sought by France to cushion rising oil prices.
A senior French official said President Nicolas Sarkozy would ask EU peers to back a reduction in value-added tax on petrol across the 27-nation bloc.
In Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Parliament: "In our view, financial policy intervention, which is being discussed again and again ... should be avoided."
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt went further and told reporters that Europeans should work longer hours and pay less income tax to cope with rising prices.
"I am asking myself ... that we might ease up on income taxes to make work pay even further, so that people could react to the fact that an increase in the petrol price could be met by working some extra hours," Mr Reinfeldt said."
- Reuters

Mongolia’s Shantytowns: the Ger Districts

Homelesness in Mongolia
Homelesness in Mongolia

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eastasiapacificblog/sets/72157621005546963/comments/

There’s no capital city anywhere in the world with a housing problem like Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In a city of one million people, 60 percent of the population live in settlements without water, sanitation or basic infrastructure – often in traditional Mongolian felt tents, known as gers.
Many residents of the ger districts eventually build small houses out of wood, concrete or brick, but still suffer from a lack of services. They still have to buy their water from a water station and carry it home. Their homes are usually poorly built and not energy efficient, leading to even higher heating costs and worse pollution. So what’s being done? Fortunately, the issue is drawing more and more attention. Read more on Dave Lawrence's blog, at eapblog.worldbank.org

Homelessness in Australia, Canada and USA

        homeless in Australia     homeless in USA, 2009    homeless in Australia

homeless in Australia and USA, 2009-2010

Homeless man in the snow storm in USA, Feb. 2010

Homeless man in the snow storm in USA, Feb. 2010

homeless man USA  
homeless in Australia

Report predicts rise in homeless, single women (Australia)

Australian homeless women
November 19, 2008 - 9:35PM Australia
Source: ABC
http://www.bigpond.com/news/national/content/20081119/2424486.asp

Please give...the study found there are few services available to older single homeless women.
A new report out today predicts that homelessness among single women aged over 35 is set to escalate in the next 20 years. The "Going It Alone" report, prepared by a Victorian homeless service, says support services often turn these women away because they are considered a low-risk group even if they are living below the poverty line. The report's author estimates 30,000 women on the east coast are living under this type of housing stress. Melbourne woman Alison found herself homeless when her inner Melbourne suburb began to change. "I was living in Brunswick. It was being developed. I had to move out of the house I was living in because they were going to knock it down. I couldn't find anywhere 'cause I wanted to live by myself," she said. She says she did not find there were many support services available to her. "None. Totally stressful. You feel an unwanted citizen really, like the world doesn't want you," she said. Alison's experience is similar to that of about 30,000 women according to a report released at the inaugural Victorian Homelessness Conference today. The report's author, Dr Andrea Sharam, is a researcher with the Women's Information, Support and Housing Service in Melbourne's northern suburbs. "For the older group, the over 45s who typically didn't finish high school because it wasn't required in their day," she said. "If the economy's changed, and the jobs have changed and suddenly they were finding themselves without work and that was a big issue and when they went to retrain, they found that it was expensive. They were quoted at $8,000 to retrain. "So they were fighting barriers which they could not overcome so they were getting really, really stuck in the situations that they were in."
Services gap

Dr Sharam interviewed women in Melbourne and Perth and examined data from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne for the report. She found that there are few services available to older single homeless women. "If you have children, you're going to have a much better chance of getting in the door," she said. "If you're young, under 25 you will - through programs that came out of the Burdekin Report. "And likewise if you have mental health, domestic violence issues or you have drug and alcohol issues so they are classed as high need. "But in doing that, what's tended to happen is you get groups like these women who are 'low needs', they are getting bounced. They go out on their own, they keep going as long as they can but they are damaged by that experience. "By the time they come back around to us, they're often so high needs, that they're not accepted because they're too difficult. She says the change is incredibly stressful. "If you've ever known anyone who's been without housing for a day, the stress is immense... if you have to do that for weeks or sometimes months," she said. "Couch surfing or going from some crisis accommodation house for three days here or a day there or you don't know where the next dollar is going to come from, it's incredibly stressful, so it becomes a very big mental health issue."
Public housing overhaul
Dr Sharam says the rising number of single homeless women means the type of public housing available needs to be rethought."This is the growing demographic group across the board for both men and women," she said. "We need to be providing single person dwellings so small little places predominantly for women." She says the report also makes recommendations about the employment and education opportunities available to women over 35. "There has to be attention to the fact that these women are seeking to retrain, but are finding that there's a barrier there," she said. "So the current labour market programs clearly don't quite pick these women up and they need to be picked up otherwise they're going to end up on the streets." Federal Minister for the Status of Women and Housing Tanya Plibersek is a guest at today's homelessness conference. She says more housing for single people should soon be available. "The National Rental Affordability Scheme [is] not an expansion of public housing," she said. "In fact, we'll be partnering with community housing organisations and with private builders and developers. But the type of housing will be very diverse. "There'll be housing in inner-city locations for example that will be smaller one bedroom type units. "There'll be houses in suburbs that are more suitable for families but ... one of the criteria that we are examining the bids against are that they meet the needs of the population.

Adapted from a report by Samantha Donovan for PM, November 19.

tent cities USA 2009

 tent cities USA 2009

boat people Australia 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 » 02:04pm

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/Politics/2009/09/23/Boat_people_a_small_issue_in_Australia_375523.html

Another boatload of Australia-bound asylum seekers was interepted this morning.
The government says the conflicts in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Iraq have brought Australia only a fraction of the influx that's hit other developed nations.
Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor says the navy's intercepted a vessel carrying 98 people northwest of Christmas Island but their origin hasn't been established.
He says federal police-trained officers will be stationed at 12 locations in Indonesia to dismantle people-smuggling syndicates.
More than 14 hundred people have arrived on 26 unauthorised boats so far this year.
The latest arrival takes the number of boats in the past two weeks to seven."


The Global governments have no idea that Boat People are the people coming from Parallel Earths, same as many homeless and all kinds of weird people/animals. Nobody can stop it, even natural/unnatural disasters, which we have plenty of.
In Russia the homeless people are called 'bumzhi'. What we need to do is to understand the problem and to try to help by adopting at least some of them. The movement of people is constant: they either gone missing from the Original Earth and would turn up in one of the Parallel Earths homeless or, if people come from one of the Parallel Earths here, they would end up like these people on the pictures below. It is an exchange of energies and it needs to be done.

The movement of the people into the Original Earth is not going to stop, but to increase! We constantly forget that homeless people, like Gipsies, have been in front of our noses for thousands of years giving us signs that our turn to live like Gipsies or Aborigines would be in the future. These Russian homeless children, adults and dogs could be homeless you in one of Parallel Earths. And noone, absolutely noone, will avoid this situation, though some people might not like it!
I will be opening a new link specifically devoted to Homeless People/animals all over the Globe.

tent city in Sacramento, USA

Tent city in Sacramento, USA

Shanty town in old USA

Shanty town in old USA

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/3/9/1167/76508/497/706312


President Hoover refused to take legislative action to deal with the crisis because he believed it would make people more reliant on the government. Instead he tried to encourage public-private partnerships, which failed miserably. Secretary Mellon had the highest tax rate reduced from 77 to 25 percent, reduced the estate tax, and cut government agency budgets to "improve efficiency in government." Do those policies remind you of a certain party's recommended solutions to the current economic crisis?

'Tent cities' of homeless on the rise across the US

homeless people USA 


Homeless encampments dubbed "tent cities" are springing up across the US, partly in response to soaring numbers of home repossessions, the credit crunch and rising unemployment, according to a report.
Nearly 61 per cent of local and state homeless organisations say they have witnessed an increase in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007, the Washington DC-based National Coalition for the Homeless study says.
And the problem has intensified since the report was produced in April, along with rising repossessions, soaring energy and food prices and job losses, the group says.
"It's clear that poverty and homelessness have increased," Michael Stoops, acting executive director of the coalition, said.
"The economy is in chaos, we're in an unofficial recession and Americans are worried, from the homeless to the middle class, about their future."
Homeless groups and government agencies from Seattle, in Washington state, to Athens in Georgia, report the most visible increase in homeless encampments in a generation.
"What you're seeing is encampments that I haven't seen since the '80s," said Paul Boden, executive director of the Western Regional Advocacy Project, an umbrella group of homeless groups in west coast cities.
In Reno, Nevada, the state with the nation's highest repossessions rate, a tent city recently sprung up on the city's outskirts and quickly filled up with about 150 people. Many, such as Sylvia Flynn, 51, who came from northern California, ended up homeless after losing their jobs and home.
Officials say they do not know how many homeless the city has. "But we do know that the soup kitchens are serving hundreds more meals a day and that we have more people who are homeless than we can remember," Jodi Royal-Goodwin, the city's redevelopment agency director, said.
In California, the upmarket city of Santa Barbara is housing homeless people who live in their cars in city car parks while Fresno, has several tent cities. Others have sprung up in Portland in Oregon, and Seattle, where homeless activists have set up mock tent cities at city hall to draw attention to the problem.
Meanwhile, new encampments have appeared, or existing ones grown, in San Diego, Chattanooga in Tennessee, and Columbus, Ohio.
A recent report by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development noted a 12 per cent drop in homelessness across the nation, but the latest figures – from 2007 – predates the current housing and economic crisis.
I reckon that most Americans rarely look beyond the filtered and spun version of reality presented to them by the U.S. media to see how the rest of the world views us.
If they did, they might be left with more than a few doubts about whether they still live in “the greatest country on earth.”
In fact, I reckon that the following report from Britain’s Daily Mail, “Pictured: The Credit Crunch Tent City Which Has Returned to Haunt America,” would probably leave some wondering what planet they were on.
A century and a half ago it was at the centre of the Californian gold rush, with hopeful prospectors pitching their tents along the banks of the American River.
Today, tents are once again springing up in the city of Sacramento. But this time it is for people with no hope and no prospects.
With America’s economy in freefall and its housing market in crisis, California’s state capital has become home to a tented city for the dispossessed.
Rich and poor: The tents and other makeshift homes have sprung up in the shadow of Sacramento’s skyscrapers
Shanty town: The tent city is already home to dozens of people, many left without jobs because of the credit crunch
Those who have lost their jobs and homes and have nowhere else to go are constructing makeshift shelters on the site, which covers several acres.
As many as 50 people a week are turning up and the authorities estimate that the tent city is now home to more than 1,200 people.
In a state more known for its fantastic wealth and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the images have shocked many Americans.
Conditions are primitive, with no water supply or proper sanitation.
Many residents have to walk up to three miles to buy bottled water from petrol stations or convenience stores
Ben Cardwell, carries supplies to his tent at a homeless settlement
Tammy Day, a homeless woman, cooks potatoes on a campfire at the site
At other times, charity workers arrive to hand out free food and other supplies.
Joan Burke, who campaigns on behalf of the homeless, said the images of Americans living in tents would shock many.
‘It should be an eye- opener for everybody,’ she said. ‘But we shouldn’t just be shocked, we should take action to change things, because it’s unacceptable.
‘It is unacceptable that in this day and age we have gone back to a situation like we had during the Great Depression.’
Authorities in Sacramento, where Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has his office,
admit the sight of families living in such poverty is not pretty.
But faced with their own budget crisis and a £30billion deficit, they have had little choice but to consider making the tent city a permanent fixture.
The city’s mayor Kevin Johnson said: ‘I can’t say tent cities are the answer to the homeless population in Sacramento, but I think it’s one of the many things that should be considered and looked at.
Shanty towns sprung up during the Great Depression as people lost their jobs and homes
Migrant Mother: Dorothea Lange’s famous photograph from the Great Depression features Florence Owens Thompson, 32, a mother-of-three who had just sold the family’s tent to buy food
As America’s most powerful state California had the same gross domestic output as Italy and Spain, but it has been among the hardest hit by the recession and housing crisis.
Foreclosure rates last year rocketed by 327 per cent, with up to 500 people a day losing their home.
Coupled with massive job cuts that have seen one in ten workers laid off, many people who once enjoyed a middle class existence are now forced into third world conditions.
Former car salesman Corvin and his wife Tena are among the newest residents of the tent city.
Tent city residents queue up to receive supplies handed out by a local charity
The couple, who are in their fifties, lost their home and jobs around the same time.
With homeless shelters full in Sacramento, they had little choice but to use what savings they had left to buy a tent.
The couple admit they have yet to tell their grown-up children about their hand-to-mouth existence.
Tena said: ‘I have a 35-year-old son, and he doesn’t know. I call him, about once a month and on holidays, to let him know that I’m well and healthy.
‘He would love me anyway, but I don’t want to worry him.’
The shame of Sacramento’s tent city was given a much wider airing after it was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show which is watched by more than 40million people a week.
Many of those who have found themselves homeless worked in the building trade.
But with no new home builds and as many as 80,000 people losing their job every month, there is little chance of employment. Governor Schwarzenegger last month approved a budget to address the state’s deficit, ending a three-month stalemate among lawmakers.
As well as increasing taxes, he has imposed drastic cuts in education, healthcare and services that will affect everyone living in the state.
Many of those living in the tent city are pinning their hopes on President Obama’s $787billion stimulus package which is aimed at rescuing the economy and creating jobs.
The President has also announced plans to save the homes of nine million people from foreclosure by restructuring their mortgage debt.


Tent Cities of Middleclass Families Mushroom in US and Canada

homeless in USA, 2009   homeless in USA, 2009

homeless in USA, 2009  homeless in USA, 2009

homeless in USA, 2009  homeless in USA, 2009

homeless in USA, 2009  
homeless in USA, 2009

homeless in USA, 2009


homeless in USA, 2009


homeless in USA, 2009


The US recession began as a crisis of homeowners defaulting on mortgages and now spreads to every part of the economy. Around 650,000 Americans' jobs were lost in February, and unemployment climbed to a 25-year peak of 8.1 per cent.
That's more than the population of the state of Pennsylvania. And this rapid poverty-epidemic is spreading just as fast into Canada. Both countries also have the largest number of top-educated people on the planet put together. Yet half of American families now are only two paychecks away from homelessness and starvation.
The result is a proliferation of tent cities, from Sacramento, to Florida and even Edmonton, in Alberta Canada. California, with its milder weather, has always attracted its fair share of people living on the streets and empty lots.
But the Golden State is now being hit hard by the recession. In February it had the highest number of repossession filings - 80,775 - of anywhere in the US, up 51 per cent in a year according to the website RealtyTrac. Auction sale notices almost tripled to 18,831. Thousands of families now are out on the streets, with no place to go, and find themselves setting up tents wherever they won't get chased off in a hurry - empty parking lots, public parks, beaches.
See this tent city which arose in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: -- the authorities fenced it in and were planning to move these people 'out of sight' - however where can these people go, who will feed the children, where can they go to school? see
In Los Angeles alone, some 60,000 houses were repossessed - and families now are living out in the streets, in tent cities, reports the BBC. (see video above).
Especially top-educated, middleclass American families have become poor so rapidly that it's a full-time job just keeping up with all the tent-cities which are mushrooming all across the United States as these families take their camping equipment and turn them into permanent homes - where-ever they can find an empty spot.
see
Also see the tent city in Ontario, California here and the shanty town in Miami, Florida here There are dozens of YouTube movies of these tent cities, and new ones added each day.
A particularly vicious incident happened in St. Petersburg, where Florida resident Tiny May filmed police officers with box-cutters, who showed up and proceeded to carve up these families' only roofs over their heads.
The cops slashed their tents to the ground as residents watched in shock.
see
Right now, all these hundreds of thousands of homeless people still are reasonably well-fed and healthy. Two more months of this lifestyle, and the rib-cages will start showing. I've seen it all before -- all over Africa.

In Hard Times, Tent Cities Rise Across the Country (USA)

Since foreclosure mess, homeless advocates report rise in encampments
Homeless encampments are springing up around the country, including this one next to the homeless shelter in downtown Reno, Nevada.
RENO, Nev. - A few tents cropped up hard by the railroad tracks, pitched by men left with nowhere to go once the emergency winter shelter closed for the summer.
Then others appeared — people who had lost their jobs to the ailing economy, or newcomers who had moved to Reno for work and discovered no one was hiring.
Within weeks, more than 150 people were living in tents big and small, barely a foot apart in a patch of dirt slated to be a parking lot for a campus of shelters Reno is building for its homeless population. Like many other cities, Reno has found itself with a "tent city" — an encampment of people who had nowhere else to go.
From Seattle to Athens, Ga., homeless advocacy groups and city agencies are reporting the most visible rise in homeless encampments in a generation.
Nearly 61 percent of local and state homeless coalitions say they've experienced a rise in homelessness since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007, according to a report by the National Coalition for the Homeless. The group says the problem has worsened since the report's release in April, with foreclosures mounting, gas and food prices rising and the job market tightening.
"It's clear that poverty and homelessness have increased," said Michael Stoops, acting executive director of the coalition. "The economy is in chaos, we're in an unofficial recession and Americans are worried, from the homeless to the middle class, about their future."
Caught by surprise
The phenomenon of encampments has caught advocacy groups somewhat by surprise, largely because of how quickly they have sprung up.
"What you're seeing is encampments that I haven't seen since the 80s," said Paul Boden, executive director of the Western Regional Advocacy Project, an umbrella group for homeless advocacy organizations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Calif., Portland, Ore. and Seattle.
The relatively tony city of Santa Barbara has given over a parking lot to people who sleep in cars and vans.
The city of Fresno, Calif., is trying to manage several proliferating tent cities, including an encampment where people have made shelters out of scrap wood.
In Portland, Ore., and Seattle, homeless advocacy groups have paired with nonprofits or faith-based groups to manage tent cities as outdoor shelters.
Other cities where tent cities have either appeared or expanded include include Chattanooga, Tenn., San Diego, and Columbus, Ohio.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently reported a 12 percent drop in homelessness nationally in two years, from about 754,000 in January 2005 to 666,000 in January 2007. But the 2007 numbers omitted people who previously had been considered homeless — such as those staying with relatives or friends or living in campgrounds or motel rooms for more than a week.
In addition, the housing and economic crisis began soon after HUD's most recent data was compiled.
"The data predates the housing crisis," said Brian Sullivan, a spokesman for HUD. "From the headlines, it might appear that the report is about yesterday. How is the housing situation affecting homelessness? That's a great question. We're still trying to get to that."
In Seattle, which is experiencing a building boom and an influx of affluent professionals in neighborhoods the working class once owned, homeless encampments have been springing up — in remote places to avoid police sweeps.
Tourists vacationing in Miami have a disturbing addition to their view of the beach: a growing population of convicted sex offenders have been residing under the Julia Tuttle Causeway. With over 60 offenders living in the tiny space, the community is now spilling out into plain view. Forced by law from living anywhere near congregations of children, they were actually encouraged by the city to live under the highway.
Interestingly, for those who follow the court’s offer to live under the bridge, they find a close knit and remarkably civilized community. There is a village of shacks made from driftwood, thatch, and scavenged junk furnished with twin beds, sofas, DVD players, TV’s, and microwaves and each week everyone pays $2 to fuel the camp’s generator. There’s even an enforced 10pm curfew. In addition, many members care for each other and respect each other’s personal space, especially after a woman joined their ranks.
But tent cities are not only for criminals, drug addicts and the chronically homeless. Although numbers vary in different communities, increasing numbers of former lower-middle class workers who have lost their jobs and homes are erecting tent cities across the country. In Sacramento where there are 1,200 homeless throughout the city, Loaves and Fishes provides the homeless with a place to stay, meals and help getting them back on their feet. But such charities have seen their shelters overwhelmed and have been building tent cities in nearby church parking lots.
Dignity Village in Portland Oregon is perhaps the most sophisticated tent city, complete with all the signs of civilization, including 50 permanent wooden structures, city council, curfew, and even recycling. But other tent cities, such as New Jack City and Taco Flats in Fresno, CA, are notoriously violent, and drug riddled. Since the homeless are for the most part nomadic, quantifying the “newly” homeless is difficult and the support they can hope to find varies widely.
Former truck drivers and electricians, unable to find work, have also taken residence under a freeway bridge in Fresno, California. According to Michael Stoops, the executive Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless “these are able-bodied folks that did day labor, at minimum wage or better, who were previously able to house themselves based on their incomes.” In Pinellas county, Florida Jim Marshall, a former Detroit autoworker, now homeless, confessed he was terrified his first couple nights being homeless: “Where am I going to sleep tonight? Where do I eat? Where do I shower? “
Homelessness cannot be summed up in a single statement because it is a symptom with many causes. But this diverse segment of society, haunted by daily questions about where they can live, have shown great strength and intelligence in forming their own structured communities. In order to meet the needs of the homeless, their individual stories must be heard and understood. Joan Burke, advocacy director for Loaves and Fishes, said to reporters flocking to get coverage on the new homeless resulting from the recession, “Why do we care so much for people who suffer for a short time versus those who suffer for a long time? What is that about?”Sosa, one of the many dogs living in Tent City, watches over the tent home of Cowboy, his owner. Cowboy has been in Tent City in Nashville, Tennessee for five years.
Several paths and trails surround and intermingle through the encampments. Different camps are spread throughout the area along the Cumberland River next to the rail tracks. Here, BJ (left) and Rick make their way back to their camp to start a fire before nightfall.
Like a lot of their neighbors, Brandon met his significant other while living in a homeless shelter in Nashville. The couple says the camp has more of a home feel to it than any shelter they ever lived in
Colby Green, 41, took his step-daughter, Anastasia, 12, right, to the tent city to fish. Cowboy (left) stopped them along their way back to the rail road tracks to tell them when the fishing was good around the area
Rick Cole and Theresa Gordon share a kiss while they have company over to their camp
Mark May, 47, broke his back and both of his arms during a work-related accident. When he left the hospital, he came here with no money and no place to stay. Theresa Gordon and Rick Cole offered him a place to stay and since then he has been contributing whatever he can. Sometimes that involves going to market dumpsters to retrieve discarded produce and any other foods
Camp fires are used for cooking, bug repellent, and, of course, heating. Ted, who’s been at the camp for two years, warms his hands
Jerry Mackey, 43, came to camps after being the victim of violence and theft at one of the crowded Nashville shelters. “I was tired of getting spit on everywhere I went, here they took me in and gave me a place to lay my head,” said Mackey
One of the services provided to the people who live in the camps along the river is a food and goods truck that comes a few times a week. The trucks come with food, water, and other necessities like a fresh pair of socks
Jerry Mackey and his new girlfriend, “Little Bit,” say they are a good match for each other because neither really had a place to call their own. Recently the couple moved into a tent given to them by a friend

Rick “Papa Smurf” Cole didn’t know what to expect when he first arrived to the camps. After a short while he and his girlfriend took comfort in calling Tent City a home. “I don’t think I ever want to live in a house again, I feel comfortable here,” said Cole
Despite Jerry Mackey’s financial and health problems, he says he is happy where he is in life. He says the people in the camps made him change his negative attitude into a positive one. Here, Jerry takes in the sunset along the Cumberland River and waits for the skyline of Nashville to light up. “Beautiful place, isn’t it?” said Mackey
All Charges Dropped Against Tent City Ten in New York City
Picture the Homeless
At 100 Centre Street this morning, all charges were dropped against the Tent City Ten -- homeless/community activists arrested in Picture the Homeless's July action liberating land & fighting for housing for all.
It seems like neither the public sector nor the private sector entities concerned wanted to push it with PTH and the movement we are part of -- from July through October, thanks to all of you for supporting the ten arrestees, and participating in the housing justice movement.
The Tent City Ten and everyone at PTH say: Onward! Stay tuned, be in touch... Love, PTH
Youtube has a “mini-documentary” on Tent City IV which is more a melange of images than a real story, but it’s a good place to see what a typical encampment looks like and hear some voices from it.
And here’s a post from a blogger’s visit to Tent City IV in Kirkland last November. It’s a comprehensive post, with interviews with two residents and the all-important first-hand impressions: “The place seemed safe and organized.” There’s also a good summary of homeless data from King County and an extensive list of sources.
Finally, there’s a good NPR piece on Tent City 4 that you can find in an earlier post. the comments on that post- there have been many- show the healthy ongoing debate on Tent City 4 moving to our community.
Picture The Homeless Tent City - Part 1: Case Study
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4lyLuuJeyE
FRESNO, Calif. — As the operations manager of an outreach center for the homeless here, Paul Stack is used to seeing people down on their luck. What he had never seen before was people living in tents and lean-tos on the railroad lot across from the center.
They just popped up about 18 months ago,” Mr. Stack said. “One day it was empty. The next day, there were people living there.”
Like a dozen or so other cities across the nation, Fresno is dealing with an unhappy déjà vu: the arrival of modern-day Hoovervilles, illegal encampments of homeless people that are reminiscent, on a far smaller scale, of Depression-era shantytowns. At his news conference on Tuesday night, President Obama was asked directly about the tent cities and responded by saying that it was “not acceptable for children and families to be without a roof over their heads in a country as wealthy as ours.”
While encampments and street living have always been a part of the landscape in big cities like Los Angeles and New York, these new tent cities have taken root — or grown from smaller enclaves of the homeless as more people lose jobs and housing — in such disparate places as Nashville, Olympia, Wash., and St. Petersburg, Fla.
In Seattle, homeless residents in the city’s 100-person encampment call it Nickelsville, an unflattering reference to the mayor, Greg Nickels. A tent city in Sacramento prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to announce a plan Wednesday to shift the entire 125-person encampment to a nearby fairground. That came after a recent visit by “The Oprah Winfrey Show” set off such a news media stampede that some fed-up homeless people complained of overexposure and said they just wanted to be left alone.
The problem in Fresno is different in that it is both chronic and largely outside the national limelight. Homelessness here has long been fed by the ups and downs in seasonal and subsistence jobs in agriculture, but now the recession has cast a wider net and drawn in hundreds of the newly homeless — from hitchhikers to truck drivers to electricians.
“These are able-bodied folks that did day labor, at minimum wage or better, who were previously able to house themselves based on their income,” said Michael Stoops, the executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, an advocacy group based in Washington.
The surging number of homeless people in Fresno, a city of 500,000 people, has been a surprise. City officials say they have three major encampments near downtown and smaller settlements along two highways. All told, as many 2,000 people are homeless here, according to Gregory Barfield, the city’s homeless prevention and policy manager, who said that drug use, prostitution and violence were all too common in the encampments.
“That’s all part of that underground economy,” Mr. Barfield said. “It’s what happens when a person is trying to survive.”
He said the city planned to begin “triage” on the encampments in the next several weeks, to determine how many people needed services and permanent housing. “We’re treating it like any other disaster area,” Mr. Barfield said.
Mr. Barfield took over his newly created position in January, after the county and city adopted a 10-year plan to address homelessness. A class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of homeless people against the city and the California Department of Transportation led to a $2.35 million settlement in 2008, making money available to about 350 residents who had had their belongings discarded in sweeps by the city.
The growing encampments led the city to place portable toilets and security guards near one area known as New Jack City, named after a dark and drug-filled 1991 movie. But that just attracted more homeless people.
“It was just kind of an invitation to move in,” said Mr. Stack, the outreach center manager.
On a recent afternoon, nobody seemed thrilled to be living in New Jack City, a filthy collection of rain- and wind-battered tents in a garbage-strewn lot. Several weary-looking residents sat on decaying sofas as a pair of pit bulls chained to a fence howled.
Northwest of New Jack City sits a somewhat less grim encampment. It is sometimes called Taco Flats or Little Tijuana because of the large number of Latino residents, many of whom were drawn to Fresno on the promise of agricultural jobs, which have dried up in the face of the poor economy and a three-year drought.
Guillermo Flores, 32, said he had looked for work in the fields and in fast food, but had found nothing. For the last eight months, he has collected cans, recycling them for $5 to $10 a day, and lived in a hand-built, three-room shack, a home that he takes pride in, with a door, clean sheets on his bed and a bowl full of fresh apples in his propane-powered kitchen area.
“I just built it because I need it,” said Mr. Flores, as he cooked a dinner of chili peppers, eggs and onions over a fire. “The only problem I have is the spiders.”
SEATTLE, Washington (CNN) -- The homeless men and women shuffle across the frozen ground of the tent camp and surround a steel drum burning wood. They use the flames to cook food and to stay warm
The tents they live in are small, covered by tarps and plastic sheeting to keep water out. Several tents are collapsed under the weight of a recent snowfall.
For Bruce Beavers, however, this camp is just about the best place in the world he could be living right now.
"This is a place for people who lose their jobs, lose their houses, to have some kind of structure and for them to get back out in the world," he says.
Set up in the parking lot of a church near Seattle, Washington, the camp houses anywhere from 50 to 100 homeless people each day.
Residents call it Nickelsville. The name takes a page from the infamous "Hooverville" shantytowns of the Great Depression that were named for a president many thought did not care about their economic hardships.Some residents here say they blame Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and a system they believe makes it difficult to escape homelessness.
"In shelters, if you don't get there in time enough, you don't have your bed no more 'cause there are so many people trying to rush in to get it," Beavers says. "Got a lotta people losing their homes. You don't want to go all the way to the bottom. Nickelsville is kind of a catch in between."
Like many of the other Nickelodeons -- as the people who share this church parking lot call themselves -- Bruce Beavers never expected to be homeless. He managed warehouses and hardware stores, had a 401(k) plan and owned his home. But Beavers said he lived beyond his means and eventually lost everything.
Beavers and other homeless say they were tired of a shelter system that often splits up families into different housing, does not provide a place for people to keep their possessions while they look for work and offers too few beds. So they say they decided to try their own way.
They formed a camp where the homeless living there would know they had a guaranteed place to stay. There would be around-the-clock security to keep people from having their things stolen, the tents would be built from donated materials, and alcohol and drugs would not be permitted. It would be a place for people trying to get out of homelessness.
Evan Balverde is a plumber who came to Nickelsville after an accident forced him to stop working.
"We don't just take in everybody," Balverde says. "We'd like to, but the thing is just a lot of these people out here are mentally incapable or they're drug addicts or alcoholics and stuff, and that's why they are on the streets. We don't put up with that.
"We're here for people in rough times and homeless, but if you are doing it to yourself, then this isn't the place for you."
The dubious legality of the camp set the organizers on a collision course with the city, and several times police have moved the Nickelodeons off the land on which they were squatting. An invitation to relocate the camp outside a local church gave Nickelsville a reprieve, at least for the time being.
Johnny Turner, a homeless man who helped found the camp, says he would like to see Nickelsville grow into a permanent shelter that could accept more people needing a place to go.
Al Poole of the Seattle Human Services Department says the city spends nearly $8 million a year on the homeless. Still, there aren't always beds available for every person needing one, and sometimes families do need to be placed in different shelters.
While tent cities might fulfill an immediate need, Poole explains, they also can have the negative effect of turning people who live near the camps against the homeless.
Walking around the neighborhood that borders Nickelsville, it is hard to imagine that many residents are happy that their homes now face a homeless camp.
And many residents were upset, says homeowner Roland Bradley, when the camp first arrived at their street."

These are sites you can visit to see a bigger picture:

www.dailymail.co.uk/.../Pictured-The-credit-crunch-tent-city-returned-haunt-America.html -
www.dailymarkets.com/.../pictures-of-sacramentos-tent-city-unfiltered-and-unspun/
www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/.../20090326-TENTS_index.html
www.flickr.com/photos/eastasiapacificblog/.../72157621005546963/
therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/.../when-do-we-see-obamaville-shanty-towns-the-real-questions-are-how-many-and-for-how-long/
www.nme.com/artists/shanty-town
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooverville
www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic_pdf.php?topic_id...
weallbe.blogspot.com/.../another-30s-throwback-shanty-towns.html
www.businessandmedia.org/articles/.../20090309161346.aspx -
www.jossip.com/californias-shantytown-the-new-depression-20090327/ -
BBC NEWS | Americas | Tent city highlights US homes crisis
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7297093.stm
www.newser.com/story/.../tent-cities-sprout-across-us.html
Shanty houses of Manila - Boing Boing
blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2009/03/tent-cities-pop.html
Nevada tent cities rise in shadow of casinos - thestar.com
17 Oct 2008 ... These tent cities have been compared to Depression-era Hoovervilles, the shantytowns of the homeless named for the president of the era, ...
www.thestar.com/Columnist/article/519057
shantytowns" Photos - Mixx
Most of the Iraqis displaced by violence who remain inside the country are struggling to survive in tent communities and shantytowns. ...
www.mixx.com/tags/shantytowns_photos
Stock Photography of A shanty town with the wealthy Bandra ...
A shanty town with the wealthy Bandra district behind, Bombay, ... clip art images, clipart pictures, background graphics, medical illustrations, and maps.
www.fotosearch.com/IST517/1245411/
Mongolia's Shantytowns: the Ger Districts - a set on Flickr
Mongolia's Shantytowns: the Ger Districts. Thumbnails Detail 1 comment ... basic infrastructure – often in traditional Mongolian felt tents, known as gers. ...
www.flickr.com/photos/eastasiapacificblog/sets/.../comments/
Tent cities of middleclass families mushroom in US, Canada
14 Mar 2009 ... Also see the tent city in Ontario, California here and the shanty town in Miami, Florida here There are dozens of YouTube movies of these ...
www.digitaljournal.com/article/269211
UPDATED X3: Bushvilles: The new Hoovervilles, rapidly expanding."

Some Relevant Articles from the Internet

Modern Begger

Modern Begger

It's a rubbish hotel, no really!

Italy. Walls of hotel are covered with rubbish
 
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot/2010/06/05/Its_a_rubbish_hotel_no_really_470103.html

A stone's throw from the Vatican, German artist HA Schult has set up a hotel covered by 12 tonnes of rubbish to illustrate the relationship between humans and the immense quantity of garbage they produce.
'We are in the trash time. We produce trash and we will be trash. So this hotel is the mirror of the situation,' Schult told AFP on Friday, on the eve of World Environment Day.
About the size of a large single family house, the temporary hotel - open from June 3 to 7 - stands in the shade of Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo, a second century landmark castle along the banks of the Tiber river.
The building is completely covered on all sides with old tins, hats, cameras, socks and soccer balls found on European beaches and selected by Schult.
'In the ocean, the trash from all continents meets one another. The trash from Africa meets the trash from Europe, meets the trash from South America,' Schult said, pointing to the guitars and shoes plastered across the building.
'The environmental problem is a global problem. We are living in a planet of garbage,' said Schult, whose most famous work is Trash People, an installation of 1000 human figures made out of rubbish.
Trash People was installed under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, in front of the Giza Pyramids in Egypt, in Red Square in Moscow, at La Defense in Paris, and along the Great Wall of China.
Danish supermodel Helena Christensen slept in the three-room, two-bathroom hotel to raise awareness about the rubbish polluting the world's beaches.
'You walk down the beach and you realise how incredibly ignorant we are with garbage,' Christensen said.
'It was fun. I've slept in worst places,' said Allan Thompson, a 53-year-old from London, who spent Thursday night in the hotel along with his daughter.
'Some of that stuff goes way back, it doesn't go away,' said Thompson, who won a night's stay at the hotel when he entered a competition to win a years' worth of Corona, the Mexican beer that sponsored the work.
Schult has been shining a spotlight on garbage since the 1960s, but is now increasingly concerned about the mountains of rubbish now coming from high-growth countries such as China and India.
'We have to change the world, before the world changes us,' he said.
Saturday, June 05, 2010 » 10:24am

Here is an article from Internet, which might not be the true fact, but the desire to make a more sympathetic image for the Royals:

Prince spends night on the streets

(Was he with his guard or without, if that guy is really Prince Harry? That make a lot of difference in terms of fear, LM)


'Homeless' Prince Harry

'Homeless' Prince Harry
 

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2009/12/23/Prince_spends_night_on_the_streets_409704.html

A cold alley in central London is a far cry from a palace - but it was the spot Prince William chose to sleep the night.
The royal spent a a chilly night near Blackfriars Bridge last week to highlight the plight of homeless British teenagers.
He spent the night with Seyi Obakin, the chief executive of Centrepoint - the British homeless charity that William patrons.
A photograph released by the charity shows William, 27, in the alley in jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt. In a post to the charity's Web site on Tuesday, Obakin said they slept on cardboard boxes in an alleyway. He said temperatures that night fell to 4 degrees. Obakin said William wanted to raise awareness of the problem and to be able to understand a little better what homeless teenagers go through.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 » 06:37am

Homeless Women, Men, Children, Dogs and Cats

I also noticed how much all of us are experiencing problems with computers/Internet, because of the merging of all Internet's different systems on Parallel Earths into one Global system on the Original Earth. And also it is more visible  increase in the number of homeless people/cats/dogs all over the World, who are getting to us from Parallel Earths at the time of merging with the main Earth. I remember the case with R.Monroe's 2 cats (out of 22), who disappeared when he moved from New York closer to his future Institute in Virginia, to Richmond. A year later these cats turned up in his former house in New York. The people who bought the house in New York called R.Monroe and asked if they could keep the cats and he agreed. Everyone thought that these cats were walking all the way from Richmond to New York. But what I feel what really happened was that these cats went to another Parallel Universe/Earth, spent sometime there and returned to the same house in New York. These things are happening to people and animals constantly and it's to do with blending your vibrations with the waveforms of others and with all sorts of Energies of all kinds of planets and universes: watch for articles on Internet!  
Also pay attention to Boat People, Migrants crossing the borders, shanty towns and tent cities, they could be our Alters (especially, single individuals and groups of naked people). They might not be from the Original Earth, but from one of Parallel Earths, where people don't wear clothes. They are lost, bewildered and they need to be welcomed, not to be put into jails/psychiatric institutions. And the best thing you can do is to take these people to your place to live, especially children. The time could come, that you might end up in the position these people are in now. And don't expect that governments or those who run the Media would tell you the Truth!

As I said before, water is the most popular plasma field for transporting humans/non-humans/ animals/migrating birds/plant life/all kind of stuff from one Universe to another one. Pay attention at the articles on Internet about missing people who are coming back in few years time and who feels totally confused, disoriented, with no memories and who lost their identity (doctors found a word for it: 'amnisia').

You can collect so many such cases
, which happened for the last hundred years, if you search in libraries/archives.
I give a story about a healthy, but disoriented Russian pilot, who is not different to us (one of many such people). He lost his identity and didn't remember anything about himself and couldn't recognized anybody, just a few Russian cities he's been to. That story
(below) was shown on Russian News a few days ago and also in Russian on:
Books/Articles/Videos in Russian  link.

"Today is  2nd of October 2009, I've been watching on Russian News a story about a not so young pilot, dressed in civi clothes, who got out of the forest near the village "Romanovka" a half a year ago and went to the police station to report, that he doesn't know what happened to him. He had just a few memories of been in a few Russian cities and nothing else. He had a small siutcase with him with tidy packed clothes and a few pictures of him as a pilot with other men and women. He looked and talked normal, but, nevertheless, was taken to a psychiatric institution for life, because he didn't have any other memories. First, the authorities thought he was a spy, but the thorough checking up proved that he was not a spy, His behaviour proved that he was just an ordinary man. He started repairing many things at that hospital volunteerely and within 6 months proved to be a very smart, kind-hearted Jack-of-all-trades. He didn't behave like an insane man would and everybody simpathised with him. The calls have been made to the places were he was working as a pilot, but noone remembered him, inspite of an excellent knowledge of planes/helicopters and how to pilot them."
The team of Russian News (their website address is:   www.ntv.ru/lost   , the organizers of that program, made an announcement for the whole country of Russia about the search of people knowing this guy. And there was his brother found the next day, whom the pilot didn't recognized! I feel, that it isn't his real brother, but a guy, who wanted to give the pilot home (instead of psychiatric institution for life).

   man from Parallel Earth man from Parallel Earth

   man from Parallel Earth man from Parallel Earth

man from Parallel Earth  man from Parallel Earth

Migrant from another Parallel Earth ! But the animals of all kinds have been migrating the same way!

Great Migration of the animals in Africa!

Great Migration of the animals from Parallel Earths through spiral vortexes (Portals) into New Earth in New and Young Daughter-Universe!

Great Migration of the animals in Africa into Inner Earth!

Great Migration of the animals in Africa into Inner Earth!

Great Migration of the animals in Africa into Inner Earth!

Great Migration of the animals in Africa from Old Earth of Old Universe into New Earth of New, Young Universe through spiral vortexes!

Great Migration of the animals in Africa into Inner Earth!

Great Migration of the animals in Africa into Inner Earth!

Great Migration of the animals in Africa!

Great Migration of the animals in Africa!

Great Migration of the animals in Africa!

Great Migration of the animals in Africa!

Great Migration of the animals, fish and birds (like flamingos and emus) in Africa from Old Earth of Old Universe into New Earth of New, Young Universe through spiral vortexes!

Great Migration of the animals in Africa!







































Fish Rain



Croatian Teen Reportedly Wakes Up From Coma Speaking Fluent German

[This is a classic example of one Alter replacing
(in the the same body) another one of the same Higher Self! LM.] 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/16/croatian-teen-reportedly_n_540308.html

Doctor's are baffled by a 13-year-old Croatian girl who fell into a coma - and woke speaking fluent German.
The girl's parents said their daughter had only just started studying German at school and had been trying to read German books and watch German television, but had been struggling with the language.
Since waking from a 24-hour coma, thought to be caused by high body heat, the girl has been able to speak German at a far higher level than before - and unable to speak Croatian.
The case has shocked Croatian doctors at Split's KB Hospital. German speaking doctors have had to be brought in to assist with the case.
Psychiatric expert Doctor Mijo Milas who has been involved in the case told the Daily Mail, "In earlier times this would have been referred to as a miracle, we prefer to think that there must be a logical explanation - its just that we haven't found it yet."
First Posted: 04-16-10 


And here is another case of a German pilot from another Parallel Earth, who got stuck in Brasilian airport and again ended up in psychiatric institution. German Embassy's media office doesn't want to talk about it:

Dumped German man camps out for 13 days

Friday, October 30, 2009 » 11:55am
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot/2009/10/30/Dumped_German_man_camps_out_for_13_days_388475.html

A German man reportedly dumped by a Brazilian woman he met on the internet camped out in an airport for 13 days before being taken on Thursday to a hospital for a psychological evaluation.
The man, identified by authorities as Heinz Muller, was out of money and wouldn't say when he planned to leave, according to airport workers, some of whom brought him meals from the food court.
The 46-year-old former pilot spent his time wandering the airport in Campinas, an industrial city about an hour's drive from Sao Paulo, and using his laptop perched on a luggage cart.
Occasionally he spoke to workers and passengers in basic Portuguese mixed with some Spanish.
While airport workers said they were getting used to Muller's presence and authorities said he could stay at the airport because he was in Brazil legally, doctors determined Muller needed to be checked out.
He put up slight resistance as he was taken away on Thursday evening but authorities did not have to use force, said a representative of Brazil's civil aviation authority who spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with department policy.
Muller arrived in Rio de Janeiro on October 2 and wound up at the airport after being dumped by a woman living nearby, a spokesman for the authority said, also on condition of anonymity.
He had declined offers to stay at a shelter or in housing offered by nonprofit groups.
The case was similar to that of Hiroshi Nohara, a Japanese man who spent three months living in the Mexico City airport before leaving last December. Nohara turned into a local celebrity, and his story drew comparisons to that of Viktor Navorski, a character portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 2004 movie The Terminal.
But Navorski was forced to stay at a New York City airport after war broke out in his Eastern European country, and officials said they could neither allow him into the US nor deport him.
Muller washed himself in the airport bathrooms and slept on chairs in the airport's only terminal.
In a brief interview in English before he was taken to the hospital, Muller said that airport workers 'are treating me OK' and that he wanted to move permanently to Latin America's largest country.
'I want to be living in Brazil in somewhere pretty,' he said, declining to elaborate after an Associated Press reporter would not buy him the computer cable he demanded in return for answering questions.
Muller's passport says he is from Munich, though Muller told people in the airport he lives elsewhere in Germany, the aviation spokesman said. The German Embassy's media office in Brasilia declined to comment."

*************************
There are Parallel Earths were dogs have only three legs and you'll see more of this around. There are Parallel Earths were people are only in wheelchairs/electric chairs or crippled or where women rule and men obey them, so you will see more of that around too as a result of all Parallel Earths' gradual implosions into the Original Earth!
Don't ever forget that these people are parts of our Souls called Alters, who are already experiencing poverty and neglect on Original Earth and Parallel Earths. I am not afraid of that, because I've already experienced that a lot in my life. The homelessness will come to all of us and there is no need to be scared of it. The breaking of all the societies will only unite Humanity for the same Goal: the Creation of the New Evolutionary Energy for the Universal and Planetary Shifts.

boat people  tent cities    

Russian homeless   Russian homeless
Soon we all, probably, will be living in tents or bottle houses, but that doesn't frighten me: it's fun!

bottle house   bottle house

Boat People a Small Issue in Australia

boat people   boat people

Boat-people. You could be one of those Boat people in another Parallel Earth
 
For the same reason: to mix different energies of different people with different energies of different Universes!

And today we see the same mixing (like in a giant mixer) is taking place: all these flashy 5 stories cruise-liners connecting islands, cities, continents through water, are built for the same purpose to take you to other Universes without you suspecting anything. I travelled on some of these ships in Australia and other countries.
It's pretty hard to see the difference: most of those Worlds resemble the original Earth (only the frequency is different).
Take, for example, "Spirit of Australia", a huge 4- 5 stories liner, which regularly takes people from mainland of Australia to Tasmania through Bass Strait, 240 km width/290 km length channel in South ocean. People think that they are getting to Tasmania and yes, they do get to Tasmania, but in another Parallel Earth and often not a positive place. I've crossed Bass Strait in that liner 6 times and felt tremendous negativity of that place at night. And everyone I know , felt the same way.
Frederick Valentich, Australian pilot, disappeared together with his plane in Bass Strait (most likely to another Parallel Universe).

Spirit of Tasmania
 Spirit of Tasmania

What we need to remember, that all of us sooner or later will experience what it is like to be homeless. I already did, being a homeless migrant from Russia, and if that happens again: I am ready!
All these tent cities full of people after all kinds of disasters in all countries is just a warming exercise before homelessness will happen to all of us. But there is no need to fear: this is the only way out of Physicality, Physical possessions. The only way to break our Jail and get the Freedom of Flying without physical bodies. And this is the only way to merge all our different energies together and get through Earth Planetary Shift.
You sit in a toilet and phase into another Parallel Universe and don't expect that someone is waiting for you there to make you comfortable. Most likely if you became one of those 'missing ones' here, you will become homeless there in another Parallel Earth. Some documentaries have been shown on Austar (paid TV in Australia), Man V Wild about a guy who managed to survive in different and the harshest conditions in the world, (but in reality, not just in this world). These series were kind of educational, about the ways to survive without food/water and how to find food/water in the wilderness. Another Australien series on the same subject were called "Bushtucker Man". Why do you think these documentaries are shown and why soldiers (inc. children) all over the World have been trained to survive in wilderness?
The answer is: to be ready for the future events.


Rudd Intervenes to Stop Boat People

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 » 11:44am
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/National/2009/10/13/Rudd_intervenes_to_stop_boat_people_382376.html

It's been revealed the Indonesian Navy intercepted a boat of asylum seekers after a personal plea from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the Indonesian President.
The West Australian newspaper reports the Prime Minister phoned President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Saturday - following intelligence that the vessel was heading for Australian waters.
The vessel, carrying Sri Lankan men, women and children, would have been the biggest to make it to Australia since Labor came to power.
An Indonesian warship stopped what Indonesian officials have described as a 'cargo ship' carrying the group on Sunday.
The opposition says the increase in asylum seekers is a direct result of Labor's immigration policy changes.
Kevin Rudd's boat people intervention is his first with Indonesia since becoming Prime Minister.


Homelessness on the rise
 

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2010/01/02/Homelessness_on_the_rise_413085.html

The government concedes the homeless crisis has worsened since the Prime Minister declared war on a problem he described as being a 'national obscenity'.
While official figures are months away, key agencies including the Salvation Army and Youth off the Streets say there's been a large rise in homelessness in the past 12 to 18 months.
According to the Weekend Australian, it's estimated there are now well over 100-thousand Australians homeless on any given night.
Housing Minister Tanya Plibersek has conceded there is evidence of a spike in the number of Australians needing assistance.
In May 2008, Kevin Rudd promised the country can do better and must do better in tackling the crisis and setting an interim target of reducing homelessness by 20 per cent by 2013.
Saturday, January 02, 2010 » 02:05pm

Paris celebrates a trashy Christmas
 
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot/2009/12/05/Paris_celebrates_a_trashy_Christmas_402234.html

Saturday, December 05, 2009 » 12:24pm
Paris is normally the capital of high fashion. But this Christmas it has turned to trash. Decorations from plastic bottles are lining the city streets. The idea is to get Parisians to recycle more, by showing them what can be made from their rubbish."


$150 a night to live like a hamster

Hotel for hamsters (people)

Hotel for hamsters (people)
 
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 » 10:59am
http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot/2009/11/17/150_a_night_to_live_like_a_hampster_394960.html

A hotel in France is offering guests the chance to spend the night like hamsters.
The owners of the Hamster Hotel in Nantes have exploited a previously unfulfilled gap in the hospitality industry, by allowing people to run in a wheel, eat seeds and drink water from a fountain - before, literally, hitting the hay.
A night at this hotel costs more than $150 a night, however the rooms are considerably larger than a hamster's cage

***************************

"Madonna is using her star power to help one of the poorest regions of Brazil.
The Queen of Pop was bombarded by fans as she visited a shanty-town in Rio de Janerio.
She also found time to listen to some of her own music being performed by locals.
During her week- long visit, Madonna met with local business people and officials in Brazil to collect donations for her campaign to establish social projects in poor communities.
Local residents admitted visits from celebrities like Madonna helped their cause.
'Her visit is very special to us, because like Michael Jackson and other artists who have visited the slum, for us it is always a great feeling to see artists here in the favela because many people outside discriminate us, while an artist, a governor, or a mayor don't discriminate us.' Michel Luz da Silva, a Dona Marta Favella resident said."

Begging cat in Russia     begging dog
Begging pets 

"Begging Cat
This cat begging money was spotted in one of the cities of Belarus. He stays on one place with a note that reads “need money for meat and fish, bless you”. He doesn’t leave his place and protects the money just with his sight. His owner was found nearby. It was an old lady. She told the story that she had rescued the cat from the slaughters, but at that time she had already owned some pets and couldn’t feed them all, so he decided to let the pets earn the money for themselves."

Abandoned Detroit Skyscrapers on Youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JbGxIR8JTk
Abandoned Cities
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSPCXuijDWQ&feature=fvw
Abandon Mall Adventure
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g85FSf-w3m4&NR=1
Abandoned New York City Subway Station Under City Hall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4yNmT7Y0u0&NR=1&feature=fvwp
An unfinished railway tunnel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2L5oDPVr7U&feature=related
Abandoned train, Delaware Canal Path, near Lambertville, NJ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDnT-mFLHaY&feature=related
Abandoned steam locomotives
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5nXntpNyZw&NR=1
The Abandoned Railway Station
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVSdBHWAQSE&feature=related
Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike Tunnel-Quemahoning S Penn RR
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_5qPNqI6xQ&feature=related
Ghost town in Siberia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_V1uFGoS2I&feature=related
Norilsk, the territory closed for foreigners, 21 august 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHGaPZBg2Ys&feature=related

Abandoned cities of USA

2 years ago I was travelling by car alone around 7 States in USA and I saw a lot of abandoned, lifeless parts of cities in America. So the pictures below are not surprising for me: the same happened in Russia and other counries. We all are wrapping up, preparing to vacate this Planet.

What Should We Do With a Semi-Abandoned U.S. City?

http://www.infrastructurist.com/2010/01/13/what-should-we-do-with-a-semi-abandoned-us-city/
Wednesday January 13th
We’ve never had a situation quite like Detroit in modern American history: A major U.S. city — once the fourth largest in the country — losing over half of its population in a few decades, following the collapse of its principal industry. Just how bad has it gotten? Unemployment in the city has hit 27%, and houses are selling for an average of $15,000.
Then there’s the future: Even if the U.S. car market does rebound to pre-crisis levels (and there are plenty of reasons to think it won’t) it’s unlikely that the city will ever return to its former population, particularly given the incredible crime and poverty that has pervaded Detroit in recent years. In fact, experts estimate that Detroit’s population will bottom out — and possibly remain — at around 700,000 people, all in a sprawling metropolis that can hold three times that number.
So what should we do with all that empty space?
One option, according to some groups, is build farms. Fortune reports that a movement is growing to turn Detroit into an urban agriculture experiment:
[T]here’s the problem of what to do with the city’s enormous amount of abandoned land, conservatively estimated at 40 square miles in a sprawling metropolis whose 139-square-mile footprint is easily bigger than San Francisco, Boston, and Manhattan combined. If you let it revert to nature, you abandon all hope of productive use. If you turn it over to parks and recreation, you add costs to an overburdened city government that can’t afford to teach its children, police its streets, or maintain the infrastructure it already has.
Faced with those facts, a growing number of policymakers and urban planners have begun to endorse farming as a solution. Former HUD secretary Henry Cisneros, now chairman of CityView, a private equity firm that invests in urban development, is familiar with Detroit’s land problem. He says he’s in favor of “other uses that engage human beings in their maintenance, such as urban agriculture.” After studying the city’s options at the request of civic leaders, the American Institute of Architects came to this conclusion in a recent report: “Detroit is particularly well suited to become a pioneer in urban agriculture at a commercial scale.”
Farms in the middle of Detroit? The idea may not be so far fetched, according to money manager and Detroit resident John Hantz, who is developing an ambitious city-farm project:
Hantz’s operation will bear little resemblance to a traditional farm. Mike Score, who recently left Michigan State’s agricultural extension program to join Hantz Farms as president, has written a business plan that calls for the deployment of the latest in farm technology, from compost-heated greenhouses to hydroponic (water only, no soil) and aeroponic (air only) growing systems designed to maximize productivity in cramped settings.
He’s really excited about apples. Hantz Farms will use a trellised system that’s compact, highly efficient, and tourist-friendly. It won’t be like apple picking in Massachusetts, and that’s the point. Score wants visitors to Hantz Farms to see that agriculture is not just something that takes place in the countryside. They will be able to “walk down the row pushing a baby stroller,” he promises.
Crop selection will depend on the soil conditions of the plots that Hantz acquires. Experts insist that most of the land is not irretrievably toxic. The majority of the lots now vacant in Detroit were residential, not industrial; the biggest problem is how compacted the soil is. For the most part the farms will focus on high-margin edibles: peaches, berries, plums, nectarines, and exotic greens. Score says that the first crops are likely to be lettuce and heirloom tomatoes.
Of course, there’s the matter of cost: Hantz is talking about putting up $30 million of his own money to finance the project, and it’s unclear how long it would take before he could expect to turn a profit. Most of the food-growing gardens would be very small (around a quarter of an acre) meaning that mass production and distribution could be a logistical nightmare. Still, as Hantz told Fortune, “That’s the beauty of being down and out…You can actually open your mind to ideas that you would never otherwise embrace.”

Abandoned places on Earth
 
To create more room for new (to us) cities and villages of newly arriving and merging Parallel Earths, the wars or just a simple withdrawal of funds for maintanance or withdrawal of people from this location, are done. The natural/unnatural disasters are helping to change landscapes and environment of places and also create more Portals for two way traffic. So instead of old you might see new and more modern Holographic creations like: cities/villages/industries/roads/
bridges/farms and this way you wouldn't notice the merging with another Parallel Earth.
Here is the article about a 'planned new city' in the extremely hot Northern Territory of Australia. This city is most likely coming from another Parallel Earth.

Abandoned places in Russia, USA, Italy, Japan, Cypris, Ukraine


abandoned houses

abandoned houses in Russia

abandoned village

abandoned village in Russia

abandoned trains  abandoned trains
abandoned trains in Russia
abandoned trains in Abhasia  abandoned trains in Suhumi
abandoned trains in Abhazia, Suhumi

Abandoned train-bridge in Russia
Abandoned train-bridge in Russia

abandoned ships  abandoned ships
abandoned ships


Abandoned Chernobil, Ukraine

Abandoned Chernobil, Ukraine. There are a few Portals to other Parallel Earths, created by the Explosion at Chernobil's Nuclear Station
Some houses are freshly abandoned and it seems that abandoned in rush
http://englishrussia.com/?p=1540

Abandoned SanZh iTaiwan

Abandoned SanZhi, Taiwan

Abandoned Varosha, Cyprus
Abandoned Varosha, Cyprus

Cyprus Ghost Town (the sign of eminent Old Universe Departure, LM)

Cypris Ghost Town Famagusta

FAMAGUSTA (Cyprus): once a top tourist destination, now a ghost town. Varosha is a settlement in the unrecognised Republic of Northern Cyprus. Prior to the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, it was the modern tourist area of the city of Famagusta. For the last three decades, it has been left as a ghost town. In the 1970s, the city was the number one tourist destination in Cyprus. To cater to the increasing number of tourists, many new high-rise buildings and hotels were constructed.
When the Turkish Army gained control of the area during the war, they fenced it off and have since refused admittance to anyone except Turkish military and United Nations personnel. The Annan Plan had provided for the return of Varosha to Greek Cypriot control, but this never happened, as the plan was rejected by Greek Cypriot voters. As no repairs have been carried out for 34 years, all of the buildings are slowly falling apart. Nature is reclaiming the area, as metal corrodes, windows break, and plants work their roots into the walls and pavements. Sea turtles have been seen nesting on the deserted beaches.
By 2010, the Turkish Cypriot administration of the de-facto Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus plan to reopen Varosha to tourism and the city will be populated as one of the most influential cities in the north of the island.
America's largest hot spring and third largest in the world, the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is about 250 by 300 feet (75 by 91 meters) in size and 160 feet (49 meters) deep, discharging an estimated 560 gallons (2000 liters) of 160°F (71°C) water/minute. The vivid colors in the spring ranging from green to brilliant red and orange are the result of algae and pigmented bacteria in the microbial mats that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water, the amount of color dependant on the ratio of chlorophyll to carotenoids produced by the organisms. The center of the pool is sterile due to extreme heat..
Ronda (Spain): divided by a 100-meter deep canyon
Located in a very mountainous area about 750 metres (2,500 ft) above mean sea level, Ronda is a clifftop town in the spanish province of Malaga. "El Tajo", a 100-meter deep canyon, separates the old town form the new one, leaving some of the buildings and houses right on the edge of abyss. Going from one side to the other is possible, as the canyon is spanned by three bridges, each built in a different historical age: Roman, Moorish and 18th Century.
Bonifacio (Corsica): 70 meters (230 ft) over the Mediterranean Sea. At the southern tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is the largest commune of the island. This fragile looking citadel sits precariously at 70 meters (230 ft) over the white limestone cliffs, eaten away by the wind and waves of the Mediterranean Sea. A naval haven throughout the century, Bonifacio is now a small marina for expensive yachts from around the world
A municipality in Catalonia, Spain, Castellfollit de la Roca is bordered by the confluence of the Fluvià and Toronell rivers, between which the town's basalt cliff rises. The basalt crag where the town is situated is over 50 meters high and almost a kilometre long. It was formed by the overlaying of two lava flows and it is one of the smallest towns in the province
Santorini (Greece): a 300 meter (984 ft) high paradise
Located about 200 km southeast from Greece's mainland, the archipelago of Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera. Its spectacular physical beauty, along with a dynamic nightlife, have made the island one of Europe's tourist hotspots. The Minoan eruption, which occurred some 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization, left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of feet deep and may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 110 km (70 miles) to the south, through the creation of a gigantic tsunami. The giant central lagoon, more or less rectangular, mesures about 12 km by 7 km (8 mi by 4 mi) and is surrounded by 300 m (984 ft) high steep cliffs on three sides.
Located in Liguria, Manarola is certainly one of Italy's most precariously placed towns. It’s hard to say just how old this village is, but ancient Roman texts have been found which celebrated the wines produced there. Today, you can still enjoy strolls through the vineyards, a walk on the Via dell’Amore (Path of Love) and its brightly colored buildings just near the edge.

This info you can find on the site called  English Russia :  http://englishrussia.com/?p=6458

"There is so much written about supernatural things like ghosts, aliens etc. As I think being human sometimes there are some suspicious factors, which creates suspense in mind. So that suspense or fear makes us to know about that factor and that’s the thing which filmmakers used in movies to have good business. In my view curiosity is human nature we want to know unknown things. There is plenty of literature about ghosts and also so many movies made on same topic. But what’s the reality, where is the ghost city, and how that populated place became a ghost city?
Well there are factors that lead the populated towns or cities to become ghost cities or abandoned places for humans. There are plenty of ghost towns in America especially in southern and central states. According to a survey report there are 6,000 abandoned sites of settlement in Kansas alone. There are so many factors for not having population on those places anymore like lack of natural resources, no linking roads and no railway bypassing. But major factor for that can be a disaster, natural or human made. It was happened with Pattonsburg town. This town was founded in 1845, and till 1993 the town was flooded over 30 times. The residents were tired of floods so with help of Government they rebuilt new town 3 miles away that is now known as New Pattonsburg, leaving old Pattonsburg behind as a ghost town.
This topic is really interesting for me that’s why I listed my top 10 most interesting abandoned places on the planet hope to bring some real facts about the ghost cities which are totally fictional for other people. So here are the 10 most abandoned places of earth.
1 – Craco, Italy
Craco is called ghost town in Italy. This town was built on a hill, which allow for the farming of wheat and other crops. Archbishop Arnaldo, Bishop of Tricarico in 1060 A.D, owned Craco’s land. That religious relation with church had influenced the inhabitants so much throughout all the ages. The population of Craco in 1891 was 2,000 people. And it was having so many problems like poor agriculture that made life hard to live there. So from 1892 to 1922 more than 1,300 people migrated from the town to North America. The major factor for such a large number of migrations of people was poor farming, earthquakes, landslides and adding fuel to fire the War. From 1959 to 1972 Craco got so much earthquakes and landslides. Now original Craco is left alone with no human being living there.
Craco is located in the Region of Basilicata and the Province of Matera. About 25 miles inland from the Gulf of Taranto at the instep of the “boot” of Italy. This medieval town is typical of those in the area, built up with long undulating hills all around that allow for the farming of wheat and other crops. Craco can be dated back to 1060 when the land was in the ownership of Archbishop Arnaldo, Bishop of Tricarico. This long-standing relationshop with the Church had much influence over the inhabitants throughout the ages. In 1891, the population of Craco stood at well over 2,000 people.
Between 1959 and 1972 Craco was plagued by these landslides and quakes.

In 1963 the remaining 1,800 inhabitants were transferred to a nearby valley called Craco Peschiera, and the original Craco remains in a state of crumbling decay to this day.


2 – Pripyat (Chernobil), Ukraine
Pripyat is located in the Zone of alienation in Kieve Oblast, Ukraine near the border with Belarus. Its population was 50,000 and most of home in city was of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers. In 1986 because of the Chernobyl disaster the place was abandoned due to threat of radiation. Now that place is like a museum showing past glimpses of soviet life. But this place was looted heavily in beginning of 21st century even the toilet seats were stolen.
However after that Chernobyl disaster the place will not be safe for habitation of humans for several years, even after so many years it will be hard to consider it a healthy place to live there. When Chernobyl was going to be built, it was planned to built it just 25 km away from Kiev city afterwards the concerns were voiced at its closeness to the city so after a long debate it was build along Pripyat 100km away from Kiev that decision became wise later on which saved a larger city of Kiev from disaster.

3 – Yashima, Japan
In northwest of Takamatsu Yashima is located, Takamatsu is second largest city on Shikoku which is one the Japan’s major islands. This place is having a part in history of Japan; the famous battle of Genpei in 22nd March 1185 took place here. From so many things of Yashima at its top there is the Yashima Temple, which is well known Shikoku pilgrimage. That is the only thing there because of which so many people go to this strangely neglected geographical irregularity. But it was not like this always.
In mid eighties during the rise in Japanese economy the people of Takamatsu decided that the Yashima plateau was an excellent place to encourage tourism so they started investing their money on development of this sacred land. Six hotels, an aquarium, so many parks and trails were made there. Later on people realized that Yashima plateau was not an attractive place because of views of nearby rock quarry. So in result visitors numbers dropped and there was a loss of millions of Yen on inflated real estate deals, all hotels and shops were forced to shut down and also the cable care which used to transport to Yashima heights.
4 – Centralia, Pennsylvania
In 1841 Johnathan Faust opened Bull’s Head Taverns in Centralia, as Centralia was given the status of borough in 1866. The hard type coal was major industry for employment of the community till 1960s. In 1962 an exposed vein of coal got fire, which spread out rapidly underground, which lead the so many companies out of business. All attempts to extinguish fire were gone in vain and it continued to burn throughout 1960s and 1970s. Because of that continuous coal burning underground affected the health of people living there.
The inhabitants realized the problem that how serious it had been in 1979 when a gas station reported fuel temperature of 172 degrees Fahrenheit. In 1981 an incident provoked a widespread attention when a 12 years old boy almost plunged to his death as a 4 foot wide and 150 foot deep sinkhole suddenly opened beneath his feet. $42 million were spend for the moving of residents to the nearby Mount Carmel and Ashland in 1984. There were more than 1000 residents in Centralia in 1981, now only few left from them most are the priests. Underground fire is still burning and according to experts it will be continuously burning to next almost 250 years.
5 – Katoli World Taiwan
Katoli world is located in Dakeng Scenic area just outside of Taichung, Taiwan. This theme park was opened in mid eighties and it got a moderate success as being one of the few theme parks on the island of Taiwan. This park was closed because of a massive earthquake on September 21st, 1999. That quake was occurred after opening hours of the park, thousands of people were died in that quake but none was died inside park and larger area of park was destroyed. Later on that park was forced to close. Now that place is turning to rust now.
6 – Balestrino, Italy
About Balestrino there is no authentic information is available which can be found that when it was established. The records before the 11th century shows that the Benedictine abbey of San Pietro dei Monti owned Balestrino. On the upper part of the town there is a castle and on lower part a parish church. According to 1860 records about Balestrino population shows 800-850 people lived there. Most of them were farmers who farmed olive trees.
Numerous earthquakes struck the North West coast of Italy in the late 19th century. In 1887 a major earthquake destroyed some villages in that area but there is official record, which can show that quake affected the Balestrino also. This town was abandoned in 1953 because of geological instability and the population was transferred to a safer place to the west. Balestrino is completely abandoned place from last more than 50 years, now there are plans undergoing for redeveloping it.
7 – Gunkanjima, Japan
Hashima Island that is also called Gunkanjima is located 15 km away from Nagasaki. Its one among the 505 uninhabited islands in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1890 Mitsubishi bought this island for industrial purposes and started a project to retrieve coal from bottom of the sea. Japan’s 1st concrete buildings were build for the first time on this island in 1916. There was a block of apartments, which were made for the workers who work on that island.
The population grown so bigger in 1959 that the population density level got so high, 835 people per hectare for the whole island and 1,391 per hectare for residential district, that’s one of ever-highest densities ever, recorded worldwide. In 1960s petroleum replaced coal in Japan, because of that coal mines were closed all over Japan so as Hashima was closed also Mitsubishi in 1974. Now this island is having no population just empty down falling buildings, travel to the island is prohibited currently. The 2003 film “ Battle for Royale II” was having this island as location.
8 – Varosha, Cyprus
Varosha is located in Famagusta, Cyprus that’s the Turkish occupied city. Before invasion of Turkish forces in 1974, Varosha was a modern tourist area and was decorated as one of most luxurious holiday destinations. But after invasion citizens left the island with expectation that they will return after few days. The Turkish army wrapped barbed wire all around it and controlled it completely. No one is allowed to go there except from Turkish military or UN personnel.
There was the Annan Plan for return of the Varosha to Greek Cypriot control but Greek Cypriot voters rejected that plan with out realizing the actual fact. But its not ended yet Governments are planning together to make Varosha beautiful as it was before. Till now three concept hotels are designed by Laxia Inc. in 2010 it will be opened for the tourism by Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
9 – San Zhi, Taiwan
San Zhi is located in the North of Taiwan. This futuristic pod village was planned and built for the luxurious treat for the rich. But during its construction some deadly accidents happened which caused halt in its construction work, because of lack of money and willingness work there was stopped permanently, leaving the alien like structures as it is in memory of those who lost their lives there. There was rumors also afterwards in surrounding areas that place is occupied by the ghost of those people who died there. So in result Government also haven’t taken any interest about this matter and kept the distance from bizarre happenings. As it seems that this project will never start again. May be they thinks that destroying homes of spirits is a bad thing.
10 – Bodie, California
Bodie is a truly American ghost town, it was founded in 1876 in beginning a small population there but later on mines from nearby area there attracted thousands and only after four years in 1880 its population became almost 10,000. There was 65 saloons in the main street of the town and also there was a Chinatown with hundreds of Chinese residents.
But with passage of time as the resources started reducing, that reduced the prominence of Bodie also. Almost for most of the 20th century Bodie was having permanent residents living there even in 1932 there was fire, which ravaged the much of town. Now there is no one living in Bodie. In 1961 it was designated a National Historic Landmark and in 1962 it became Bodie State Historic Park.
Most part of town had been decline today; only a small part of the town still survives. The interiors still remained the same as they were left. The visitors can walk in town streets its opened all of the year but the only road to Bodie remains mostly closed in winters due to heavy snowfall the whole road is covered with thick layers of snow, so perfect time to visit there is summer season."

Dubai, United Arab Emirates is in the process of being Abandoned

Dubai's Tower shut after elevator broke down

   More than 160 stories, the Tallest Tower in the World Malfunctioned   Violet energy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates!
 

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2010/02/10/Dubai_tower_shut_after_elevator_broke_426955.html
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
It must have been a terrifying moment for visitors to the world's tallest tower, which only opened last month.
They heard what sounded like a small explosion, then saw dust that looked like smoke seeping through a crack in an elevator door 124 floors above the ground.
Inside an elevator, 15 people were trapped for 45 frightening minutes until rescuers managed to pry open the doors.
Outside on the observation deck, about 60 more people were stranded and some began to panic.
Shortly after the drama unfolded on Saturday evening, the half-mile-high tower that was supposed to be one of Dubai's proudest achievements shut down to the public one month after its grandiose opening.
It was the latest embarrassment for the once-booming Gulf city-state that is now mired in a deep financial crisis.
Witnesses who were on the 124th floor observation deck at the time and a Dubai rescue official recounted on Tuesday the chain of events that led up to the shutdown in interviews with The Associated Press.
Emaar Properties, the state-linked company that owns Burj Khalifa, has said little about the incident and nothing at all about an elevator malfunction.
It had no comment on Tuesday. It remains unclear what caused the elevator to the observation deck - the only part of the building that was open - to fail.
Michael Timms, 31, an American telecommunications engineer who lives in Dubai, was on the observation deck with his cousin Michele Moscato when the ordeal began.
'It almost sounded like a small explosion. It was a really loud bang,' Timms said.
About 45 minutes later, rescue crews arrived and pried open the elevator door, he added. The faulty elevator was caught between floors, so rescuers hoisted a ladder into the shaft to help those trapped inside crawl out.
Abu Naseer, a spokesman for Dubai's civil defence department, confirmed the incident. He said the call for help came in around 6.20pm on Saturday evening.
Emergency crews used another elevator to reach the observation deck and were able to rescue all 15 people stuck in elevator unharmed, he said.
Emaar, which owns the 2,717-foot (828-metre) building, has not responded to specific questions about the incident or made anyone available to speak despite repeated requests by the AP.
Local newspapers reported the shutdown of Burj Khalifa on Monday but it is still not clear exactly when the building was closed.
The company issued a brief statement on Monday saying the viewing platform was temporarily shut for 'maintenance and upgrade' because of 'unexpected high traffic'.
It also hinted at electrical problems, saying 'technical issues with the power supply are being worked on by the main and subcontractors'.
Emaar has made no mention of problems with the elevators, angering some of those involved in the incident.
'What just kind of shocks me is that they were going to brush this under the rug to save face. If it broke, at least tell people it broke,' Timms said.
'I was really starting to get upset, getting really nervous,' said Moscato, 29, a nurse visiting from Columbia, South Carolina. 'I started crying.'
She said she and Timms - along with other visitors, some in raised voices - asked to use the stairs because they felt uncomfortable taking the elevator back down, but were told that was not allowed.
Moscato said one of those trapped in the elevator told her later that the lights went off and the car began to fall before the brakes kicked in. It was not possible to independently verify the account.
The $1.5 billion Burj Khalifa opened with a lavish fireworks display and other celebrations on January 4 after being beset by a series of delays.
Only the observation deck was being used for now as work continues on the rest of the building's interior. The first tenants were supposed to move in this month.
The tower more than 160 stories, though the exact number is not known. The tapering, silvery tower ranks not only as the highest building but also as the tallest freestanding structure in the world.
The observation deck, which is mostly enclosed but includes an outdoor terrace bordered by guard rails, is located about two-thirds of the way up.

Homelessness in China and Yemen


Homeless Man, China
Homeless Man, China

March 26th, Hangzhou, Homeless 42-year-old Qin stands in a building that’s waiting to be demolished. He’s leaving for Xinjiang the next day to be a paint worker. Due to the financial crisis, he lost his job two months ago and has been living in this building since. In 2009, prompted by 4,000,000,000,000 RMB of investment, the economy shows signs of recovery. The pending large-scale unemployment of migrant workers was diverted.


Yemen UN refugee tent camp

Yemen UN refugee tent camp
Yemen UN refugee tent camp




Link to Site Map listing other articles, books and useful websites: SITE MAP