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UK - England Swings - 24' min 20'' sec [25 June 2012]

Thousands of officials and athletes arrive for Games

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With the Olympics just around the corner, not every Londoner is accepting the runaway hyperbole surrounding the city's big sporting carnival. We take a look at both sides of the debate raging in the capital.

"No country is ever the same once it has staged the Games", says organiser and former Olympic medal winner, Lord Coe. He thinks it's all "fantastic", but close to the action, in the shadows of the venues, you'll find eyeballs rolling with contempt. "Everything has to be ploughed towards the elitist and the grassroots is neglected", says Johnnie Walker of the Hackney & Leyton League, who has lost 12 of his playing fields to Olympic parking. "All my familiar markers that I've known over 40 years have either disappeared or been enclosed in razor wire", says Hackney activist and writer, Iain Sinclair. Yet Olympian Yvonne Arnold argues the games will bring the community together and encourage a new generation of athletes. The new, world-class facilities will be around long after the Olympic torch has moved on. "Whenever I show people the gym I have a well of pride inside me". Love it or loathe it, it's going to be a hell of a show - but will London really be left in better shape when the games are over?
ABC Australia

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Spain - The Next Domino - 14' min 18'' sec [19 March 2012]

Violent protests against Rajoy's cuts plague Spain

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As the Spanish government continues to push through deep cuts, dissent has erupted again. This report follows the rise of the protest groups and reveals a people who have lost all faith in the system.
There is anger and defiance on the streets of Madrid as demonstrations against the government's austerity cuts get bigger and bolder. It's an image that has been replayed many times over in recent months. One group call themselves 'I Don't Pay', a movement that has grown out of Spain's deepening economic crisis. Every week there are thousands of job losses and property evictions, but this group aim to put a stop to them. "We will never, ever, allow banks or anyone at all to take our families' homes". Yet whilst some are fighting back with protests, others, like the infamous Enric Duran, are seeking radical changes to a system that has crippled the nation financially. "We need to act on and generate alternatives to capitalism". Both groups, along with many others that now define Spain, have all lost trust in those who run the country and do not hold much hope for the future.
SBS

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Honduras - Gang Stigmata - 24' min 25'' sec [14 May 2012]

Hondurans caught in violent frontline of new US drug war

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As America employs increasingly aggressive strategies in its war on drugs, Hondurans suffer the consequences of rising violence in their country. But what about those who wish to escape their violent pasts?
Drug gang activity has taken its toll in Honduras; a country declared as having the highest murder rate in the world. In Tegucigalpa, gang members are marked men and women, their violent pasts recorded across their bodies. For those trying to quit, these tattoos are inescapable associations. As former "bandida" Sherry explains, "here, for wearing a tattoo, youngsters die on a daily basis." Although there is only one expert in tattoo removal in Honduras, he has given hope to thousands trying to escape their past. For Sherry, the motivation to break away from gang violence is the fear of passing on the legacy: "My kids should not have to endure what I have endured."
What's Up Productions

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Serbia - Vice Guide to the Balkans - 54' min 00'' sec [16 July 2012]

A whirlwind tour from turboclubbing to legacy of war

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The Kosovan War was grisly and nebulous, with both Serbians and Albanians accused of one sordid atrocity after another. 12 years on, we take a look at a region still living with the legacy of the conflict.
A decade on from the ultimate break up of the former Yugoslavian republic, the Vice team explore the idiosyncracies of the region with characteristic irreverence and insight. From an "amusement park supposed to capture the memory of Marshall Tito's Yugoslavia", to the rather more serious legacy of the Gypsy communities left living on toxic sites by UN peacekeeping missions, the numerous scars left by the conflicts can be felt at every turn.
VBS.tv

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