The cable car floats over the mountainside above rickety rooftops, labyrinthine streets, palms and pylons of a barrio built by, and named after, the most renowned criminal of all time – Pablo Escobar. Below it lies what was until recently the fortress of the cocaine king, on the northeast edges of Medellín in Colombia. There is strange silence up here where vultures soar above the bustle, but eventually the cable car reaches its terminus, disgorging passengers into the animation of the place now optimistically renamed Santo Domingo – after the patron saint of hopeful mothers. A donkey-drawn cart full of mangoes, an ostentatious SUV, many old Volkswagens and crowds of young people vie for right of passage along the vivacity of the main street. The cable car is an articulation of the change since the street and warrens were Escobar's fiefdom. As is the building that towers above the barrio's skyline, a granite cliff of award-winning modernist design, the parque … [Read more...] about Medellín, Colombia: reinventing the world’s most dangerous city
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This afternoon Jean Smith will step into her Mercedes to begin what, for her, has become a familiar ritual during the course of eight presidential terms and transitions. Smith, the doyenne of a small band of estate agents who handle the buying and selling of homes in Washington's privileged white enclave of Georgetown, will show a multi-million dollar house to a brand new client: a senior member of the presidential transition team, who plans to be settled in the nation's capital when Barack Obama finally becomes the 44th US President at noon on 20 January. Smith's latest client, clearly, knows he has his work cut out. The Obama camp has already been deluged with more than 100,000 curriculum vitaes from enthusiastic Democrats, all hoping they will land one of the 3,000 political appointments Obama is due to have made by the day he and his wife and children move into the White House. Experience has shown Smith, however, that incoming Democratic administrations are not the most fruitful … [Read more...] about Cultural revolution sweeps the world’s power capital
A woman, pregnant by rape, is denied an abortion, legally detained and subjected to a forced caesarean. A woman on low income wants to leave her controlling partner but can’t, because a government policy designed to “prevent family breakdown” means all their benefits are paid into his account. A woman reports a sexual assault, but the police don’t believe her, so they prosecute her for making a false allegation, while her attacker remains free to attack more victims. Girls are systematically groomed into prostitution, and police ignore their abusers. A man boasts on tape that he can “grab” women “by the pussy”: he is elected president. These are all things that happened in Ireland, the UK and the US over the last decade. As the women of the Saturday Night Live cast sang in their musical response to men shocked by the revelations of #MeToo: “Welcome to hell, / This isn’t news. / Our situation’s been a nuisance since we … [Read more...] about Never-ending nightmare: why feminist dystopias must stop torturing women
Laggards at the world stage, the 27-member Indian team was not expected to win any medal but it performed better than expected in this world championships with three finalists - in mixed 4x400m relay, men's 3000m steeplechase and women's javelin throw. Long jumper Anju Bobby George's bronze in Paris in 2003 still remained India's only medal at the showpiece event. IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 Winners and Medal Table Out of the three finals, steeplechaser Avinash Sable and the mixed 4x400m relay team booked Tokyo Olympics quotas while javelin thrower Annu Rani finished a creditable eighth. Annu became the first Indian woman to qualify for javelin throw finals while Avinash broke his own national record twice in three days. India had three finalists in the 2015 edition in Beijing while only one Indian made it to the finals in the last edition in London in 2017. The 31-year-old Gopi clocked 2 hours 15 minute 57 seconds to end among the top half of 55 runners who completed the … [Read more...] about IAAF World Athletics Championships: With no medals but three finalists India’s campaign ends in a mixed bag
Washington (CNN)The descriptions of Jeffrey Epstein ran from a multimillionaire man of mystery to convicted pedophile. Epstein died by suicide, according to two law enforcement officials, while awaiting trial on charges of trafficking of minors and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking. The New York City medical examiner's office hasn't determined his manner of death. Epstein, 66, was taken from New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center on Saturday morning in cardiac arrest and died at an area hospital, the sources told CNN. In July, Epstein was arrested and pleaded not guilty to one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. He was facing up to 45 years in prison if convicted of both charges. He was accused of running a child trafficking ring to provide him with girls as young as 14 for sex and nude massages at his homes in New York City and Florida between 2002 and 2005. Read More Under a controversial … [Read more...] about Jeffrey Epstein’s world of wealth and powerful friends
United States' forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the France 2019 Women's World Cup quarter-final football match between France and United States, on June 28, 2019, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. less United States' forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the France 2019 Women's World Cup quarter-final football match between France and United States, on June 28, 2019, at the ... more Photo: Franck Fife / AFP / Getty Images Photo: Franck Fife / AFP / Getty Images Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close Image 1 of 10 United States' forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the France 2019 Women's World Cup quarter-final football match between France and United States, on June 28, 2019, at the Parc des … [Read more...] about We had an 8-year-old club soccer player ask Megan Rapinoe questions. And she actually answered them.