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What little the general population hears about Ukraine are the constant violent political and ethnic armed conflicts with Russia. What is not known much about are how people live amid this turmoil, for example, a teenager. Published on BBC, February 21, 2019.

Manorama and Girija Feat

A story of faith and friendship at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj (formerly called Allahabad). To Manorama and Girija the festival is like the “happiest old-age home in the world.” Reported by Vikas Pandey, published on BBC on March 15, 2019.

Period. End of sentence.

A film based on young women in an Indian village who make sanitary pads has won an Oscar for best short documentary on the stigma around menstruation in rural India.

Uralkali Potash Feat

Edward Burtynsky’s images show ‘the indelible marks left by humankind on the geological face of our planet’. They are surreal and glorious at first sight, writes Cameron Laux. Published on BBC, October 17, 2018.

Xenophon (ca. 430 BCE – 350 BCE) was a brilliant leader, kind horseman and friend of Socrates. Eve Browning writes about his intriguing portrait of Socrates, so contrary to what we know about him that was written by Plato. Published in Aeon and SOTT on 14 January 2019.

It is the most ubiquitous pose in yoga. Interestingly, the ancient Chinese art and science of acupuncture can help explain why, writes Sara Calabro. Published on SOTT and GreenMedinfo on December 29, 2018.

Chart of Moon's path

Sunday, January 20 – The first of three supermoons this year, the “supermoon bloodmoon lunar eclipse” is coming to North and South America, as well as to the UK and parts of Eastern Europe this month, writes Anthony Watts.

Kholoud Nassar

What is usually reported about the Gaza Strip, the self-governing Palestinian territory on the east coast of the Mediterranean, is war and death, general mayhem and destruction. Published on BBC on December 30, 2018.

New York sky

Electrified by the eerie colour of the sky Thursday night, onlookers in New York borough of Queens speculated about an alien invasion or this being a sign from God. Published by BBC on December 28, 2018.

Gamma Ray burst illustration

A star 8,000 light years from Earth is on the verge of a huge supernova explosion, which could produce the Milky Way’s first gamma-ray explosion, a dangerous and extremely energetic event. Published on SOTT and RT on November 21, 2018.

Rainbow village

When a 96-year-old former soldier learned that his village was going to be demolished 10 years ago, he picked up a brush and started painting – and he hasn’t stopped since, writes Eliot Stein. Published on BBC on November 29, 2018

Insect apocalypse Feat

Many people have noticed a decline in the insect population over recent years. What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth? Brooke Jarvis explores the dire findings about the decline in The New York Times. Published on November 27, 2018.

Safari Feat

Video of stunning wildlife photos from around the world, shown at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, USA. Published on BBC on November 26, 2018.

Rahibai

Rahibai Soma Popere lives in the tribal village Kombhalne, Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra. Realizing that less and less of indigenous crops were growing and not longer available for consumption, she single-handedly began to collect and protect seeds throughout her environment and eventually became known as Seed Mother. Published on BBC on November 25, 2018.