Political party helps Georgians dodge the draft

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright AFP Image caption Conscription was reintroduced in Georgia at the end of 2016 A Georgian political party has created a religious organisation to help men avoid conscription into the armed forces. According to a report in the Liberali magazine, the Girchi (Pine cone) party registered the religious order with the Justice ministry in [...]

New Zealand earthquake gives unexpected benefit

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright AFP Image caption This part of the New Zealand coast was under water until November last year It’s difficult to find positives from a major natural disaster, but an earthquake in New Zealand last year appears to have saved one local authority millions of dollars in coastal defences. The Kaikoura earthquake of November [...]

Hollywood star trolled in Lapland

Warren Fyfe

Media captionHow online trolls pursued an outspoken Hollywood star to Finland Outspoken Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf has been the target of trolls – congregating on anonymous websites – ever since his anti-Trump performance art project began in January. For his latest art installation, he’s alone in a cabin in Lapland, with only one line of [...]

My dad, Charlie Chaplin

Warren Fyfe

Eugene Chaplin is one of Charlie Chaplin’s 11 children. He was born in Switzerland, where Chaplin and his fourth wife, Oona, had gone to live after the actor was accused of communist sympathies and refused re-entry into the USA. Chaplin had been the biggest star in Hollywood’s silent movie era. Eugene Chaplin speaks to Witness [...]

Living with the dead

Warren Fyfe

Most of us don’t like to think or talk about death, but there are some people who do. In the Toraja region of Sulawesi, in Indonesia, the dead are a constant part of day-to-day life. Warning: Readers may find some images disturbing. The plain wood-panelled living room, with no furniture and just a few pictures [...]

Why an American went to Cuba for cancer care

Warren Fyfe

Cuba has faced more than 50 years of US sanctions. Now, for the first time, a unique drug developed on the communist island is being tested in New York state. But some American cancer patients are already taking it – by defying the embargo and flying to Havana for treatment. Judy Ingels and her family [...]

Zimbabwe schools accept goats for tuition fees

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Zimbabwe’s new ‘goat economy’ now includes school fees Parents in Zimbabwe who cannot afford school fees can offer livestock such as goats or sheep as payment, a government minister has said. The country’s education minister Lazarus Dokora told the pro-government Sunday Mail newspaper that schools will have to show [...]

‘Larry the cat is not dead’ and other election reaction

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Twitter/@FakeNewsGen Social media users in the UK are reacting to Prime Minister Theresa May’s surprise announcement of a snap general election with memes – naturally. The election was scheduled to be held in 2020 but has now been called for 8 June, pending a parliamentary vote. Some said Mrs May had “deceived the [...]

Muslim teen reveals father’s response to removing hijab

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Twitter/@lxmyaa A Muslim father’s unwavering support for his teenage daughter if she chose to not wear a hijab has grabbed online attention. Lamyaa, 17, in Pennsylvania, US tweeted a screengrab of a conversation with her father in Saudi Arabia who said he would support her “no matter what” after she told him she [...]