US director Gray calls Trump a “dangerous moron” at festival

US director James Gray, chairman of this year’s Marrakech film festival, calls Donald Trump a “dangerous moron” and a source of embarrassment for Americans abroad.

Suicides and overdoses lower US life expectancy

(29 Nov 2018) Suicides and drug overdoses helped lead a surge in U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. U.S. health officials released the latest numbers Thursday. (Nov. 29)

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How MDMA Could Help Cure PTSD | VICE on HBO (Bonus)

PTSD affects millions of Americans, including 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and up to 30% of first responders. Despite this, available treatment is limited, resulting in long-term suffering and, in many cases, suicide. But a new set of trials using MDMA-assisted therapy has achieved remarkable results.

VICE’s Ben Anderson, who has been covering conflict for almost two decades and was diagnosed himself over a year ago, decided to try the treatment himself.

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A Living Hell in Yemen & MDMA for PTSD | VICE on HBO (Trailer)

After nearly four years of war in Yemen at least 10,000 civilians have been killed. Millions more have fled their homes and are now facing famine and disease. The situation is so dire that the UN has described it as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. The crisis, created in large part by US allies Saudi Arabia and the UAE, using US supplied weapons and planes, has turned Yemen into a living hell. Ben Anderson returns to Yemen, gets access to the various fighting groups waging war for the Saudi/Emirati led coalition, and sees the devastating effect the chaotic fighting and indiscriminate bombing is having on civilians.

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PTSD affects millions of Americans, including 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and up to 30% of first responders. Despite this, available treatment is limited, resulting in long term suffering and, in many cases, suicide. But a new set of trials using MDMA-assisted therapy has achieved remarkable results. VICE’s Ben Anderson, who has been covering conflict for almost two decades and was diagnosed himself over a year ago, decided to try the treatment himself.

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Trump awards ‘extraordinary Americans’ with honors

(16 Nov 2018) President Donald Trump has recognized seven “extraordinary Americans” with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It’s the highest honor America gives a civilian. Recipients included doctor and Republican Party donor Miriam Adelson. (Nov. 16)

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US Midterms: Record number of women elected to the House

A record number of women are elected to the House of Representatives after Americans voted in the US midterm elections. Among them, US voters elected two Muslim women and two Native American women.

Americans start voting in midterm verdict on Trump rule

Americans start voting in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of Donald Trump’s presidency, with control of Congress at stake. IMAGES from a voting centre in Arlington, Virigina