Bleaching in Paradise

My final project for my Masters course required me to make a 15-minute radio documentary on any subject of interest. I chose the subject of skin-whitening. 

 

The Ivory Coast has just become the third African country to ban skin-whitening creams, following in the footsteps of Senegal and South Africa.

But despite the ban, some dangerous, and even deadly, skin lightening agents are still openly sold into the UK. In Nigeria, up to 77% of women have admitted to using skin bleach.

This year according to ONS predictions, the island of Mauritius is expected to match Nigeria as one of the biggest exporters and importers of these creams.

Ashna Hurynag, has been to find out more.

For more on the topic of Shadeism, visit:

The Shady Minority‘ & ‘Shadeism. An Update

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Fitness Trends for 2015

Bored of your “so last year” fitness regime?

Why not mix it up with some of 2015’s top exercise trends which are due to be hot to trot this year.

Check out my fitness forecast for @altfitlondon here!

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We here at altFit are committed to bringing you the latest fitness trends on the horizon – and this post is no exception.

I’ll be giving you the fitness trend forecast for 2015.

Happy sweating!

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Body weight training

Kicking off with what more than 3,000 fitness professionals believe is the next big thing. This form of exercise won’t have you awkwardly crossing over to THAT weight section of the gym.

This fitness trend will incorporate adult jungle gyms and workout spaces that are scarce of dumbbells and lifting equipment. Who needs all that fancy equipment when you have the tools attached to your body?

Body weight training will use large open spaces to allow for greater suspension training options and primal movements to get core all-round body training.

In a sentence: going back to a raw form of exercise, good old-fashioned push-ups, squats and crunches.

High-intensity interval training (HIIT)

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How to follow the Gaza-Israel Conflict via Twitter

With Isil stories dominating the national news, it seems like it’s been a while since stories on the conflict in Gaza have made headlines. It is in moments such as this, when it’s easy to forget or skip the on-going events that are continuing to tear apart the lives of millions of civilians living in the heart of the war.

National news corporations may have pushed Gaza aside for now, but meanwhile social media is bursting with disseminate information, updates, and posts live from Gaza. Journalists and residents within the unstable city are actively taking to Twitter and Facebook to share photos of the destruction in the Gaza Strip. Even without electricity, citizen journalists have managed to capture striking images, from damaged neighbourhoods to bodies of the deceased.140729-gaza-air-strikes-jms-2018_05410b1eac1880cb88f1b5b80da83d38

The power of ‘user generated content’ has never been so powerful – but the posting of such content also carries dangerous consequences. According to Reuters journalist Yousef al-Helou, of the 2016 Palestinians killed in the current Israeli assault, 14 were journalists, including a foreign reporter who worked for local and international media outlets. This mode of online journalism uses the digital medium of Twitter as an accessible platform to reach out to the public, so that they can modify, commentate on and distribute content quickly.

Twitter houses thousands of opinions on the conflict, regular people use the relevant hashtags to initiate debates, have conversations and to share their point of views. Such hashtags include #PrayforGaza and #GazaUnderAttack.

Whether they’re tweeting as: journalists on the ground, an activist or humanitarian aid worker amongst the conflict, or a Palestinian eyewitness, here are a few members of the public who I believe you ought to follow on Twitter if you’re interested in uncovering the latest behind the Gaza-Israel conflict:

Joe Catron @jncatron 

An American contributor to the Middle East Eye and the Electronic Intifada, Catron’s diaries and blog entries make a fascinating read, and provide a cultured insight in the struggle on the Gaza Strip.

Oz Katerji @OzKaterji

Writer, filmmaker and journalist. Often contributing content to international news organisations. Check out his site here.

Max Blumenthal @MaxBlumenthal

Senior writer and author.

Farah Baker @Farah_Gazan

By far an inspiration, when 16 year old Farah started tweeting about bombs falling around her, little could she have known the magnanimity of her words. She’s since risen to become a prominent Twitter figure with those following the Gaza conflict. In a matter of weeks her followers on Twitter jumped from 800 to 207,000 with people hungry for a first-hand, personal account of what was transpiring in Gaza.

Julia Macfarlane @juliamacfarlane

One of my favourite investigative journalists, Julia is so widely acclaimed that student journalists talk about her like she’s Oprah. Specialising in Foreign Affairs, Julia is currently based in Lebanon and Gaza.