Poisoned By The Gold Rush

Gold is quickly becoming the new cocaine in Colombia. The precious metal is now the currency of choice for individuals and groups engaging in illicit trade in the South American country. That’s because unlike cocaine, it’s perfectly legal to carry gold, and unlike money, it’s virtually untraceable. But there are some major side-effects of Colombia’s new gold rush that locals are curiously quiet about: erectile dysfunction and brain damage.

VICE News correspondent Monica Villamizar travelled to the Antioquia, Colombia, a hotbed of illegal gold mining, to investigate an unprecedented surge in impotence and neurological problems that experts are attributing to mercury, an essential gold-digging element.

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Poisoned By The Gold Rush (Trailer)

Gold is quickly becoming the new cocaine in Colombia. The precious metal is now the currency of choice for individuals and groups engaging in illicit trade in the South American country. That’s because unlike cocaine, it’s perfectly legal to carry gold, and unlike money, it’s virtually untraceable. But there are some major side-effects of Colombia’s new gold rush that locals are curiously quiet about: erectile dysfunction and brain damage.

VICE News correspondent Monica Villamizar travelled to the Antioquia, Colombia, a hotbed of illegal gold mining, to investigate an unprecedented surge in impotence and neurological problems that experts are attributing to mercury, an essential gold-digging element.

Watch “Blood Diamonds and Religious War: Diamonds and Division” – http://bit.ly/1zYdmRq

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United in Hate: The Fight for Control in CAR

In March 2013, the Seleka, a coalition of predominantly Muslim-armed groups from the northeast, marched on the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui and seized power.

They committed mass atrocities against the population, and to the largely Christian population in the southwest, Muslims began to be associated with violence. They took up arms to form a Christian self-defense militia called the anti-balaka, and carried out revenge killings.

By the end of 2013, the Central African Republic had descended into civil war. Under pressure from the international community, the Seleka were forced to give up power and retreated towards the northeast, where they regrouped.

A United Nations peacekeeping mission and a French military operation were able to stem the fighting, but despite their presence, the transitional government has not been able to regain control of the country outside Bangui.

With the anti-balaka controlling the southwest, and the Seleka controlling the northeast, the Central African Republic is de facto partitioned along ethno-religious lines. For those who find themselves on the wrong side of the divide, life has become hell.

VICE News travels to Carnot, a mining town at the heart of the Central African Republic’s diamond region controlled by the anti-balaka, where 500 Muslims are hiding in a church to stay alive. On the other side of the country in Bambari, ex-Seleka rebels are terrorizing the Christian population, with thousands forced to seek shelter in a cotton factory following renewed fighting.

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United in Hate: Central African Republic (Trailer)

In March 2013, the Seleka, a coalition of predominantly Muslim-armed groups from the northeast, marched on the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui and seized power.

They committed mass atrocities against the population, and to the largely Christian population in the southwest, Muslims began to be associated with violence. They took up arms to form a Christian self-defense militia called the anti-balaka, and carried out revenge killings.

By the end of 2013, the Central African Republic had descended into civil war. Under pressure from the international community, the Seleka were forced to give up power and retreated towards the northeast, where they regrouped.

A United Nations peacekeeping mission and a French military operation were able to stem the fighting, but despite their presence, the transitional government has not been able to regain control of the country outside Bangui.

With the anti-balaka controlling the southwest, and the Seleka controlling the northeast, the Central African Republic is de facto partitioned along ethno-religious lines. For those who find themselves on the wrong side of the divide, life has become hell.

VICE News goes to the Central African Republic, to witness a brutal fight for economic and political control and find out what’s happening to those caught in the middle.

Watch “Blood Diamonds and Religious War: Diamonds and Division” – http://bit.ly/1Yy8U5f

Read “Spiraling Violence Puts Brakes on Central African Republic’s Journey to Democracy” – http://bit.ly/21k09y1

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The War Against Boko Haram (Full Length)

Since 2009, the militant Islamist group known as Boko Haram has wreaked havoc in northern Nigeria. Instilling terror through bombings, abductions, and beheadings, Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state in the most populous country in Africa.

VICE News traveled to Nigeria to embed with the country’s army as it ramped up its fight against Boko Haram, whose rise has caused a state of emergency. As the only journalists on the front line in northern Nigeria, we witnessed the beginning of the largest military insurgency to date.

Kay Larsen discusses Boko Haram on The Young Turks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQt1zdzxVAY

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Watch “The Human Cost of War in the Central African Republic” – http://bit.ly/15xC4L2

Watch “Blood Diamonds and Religious War: Diamonds and Division” – http://bit.ly/1zYdmRq

Read “UN Adopts Resolution Calling for International Coordination Against Boko Haram” – http://bit.ly/1EMamtR

Read “Can a 72-Year-Old Former Military Dictator Bring Nigerians the Change They Have Voted For?” – http://bit.ly/1Hnr3ta

Read “Nigeria Reacts to a Historic Change as President-Elect Buhari Prepares for Power” – http://bit.ly/1FmJT3x

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The War Against Boko Haram (Part 3)

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Since 2009, the militant Islamist group known as Boko Haram has wreaked havoc in northern Nigeria. Instilling terror through bombings, abductions, and beheadings, Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state in the most populous country in Africa.

VICE News traveled to Nigeria where the country’s army has ramped up its fight against Boko Haram, whose rise has caused a state of emergency. As the only journalists on the front line in northern Nigeria, we witnessed the beginning of the largest military insurgency to date.

In the final part of this three part series, VICE News correspondent Kaj Larsen embeds with the Nigerian army on their assault on Bama, one of the last Boko Haram strongholds, as well as joining a fully operational air wing supplied by private military contractors assisting in the fight against the militant group.

Kay Larsen discusses Boko Haram on The Young Turks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQt1zdzxVAY

More from TYT on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheYoungTurks

Watch “The Human Cost of War in the Central African Republic” – http://bit.ly/15xC4L2

Watch “Blood Diamonds and Religious War: Diamonds and Division” – http://bit.ly/1zYdmRq

Read “UN Adopts Resolution Calling for International Coordination Against Boko Haram” – http://bit.ly/1EMamtR

Read “Can a 72-Year-Old Former Military Dictator Bring Nigerians the Change They Have Voted For?” – http://bit.ly/1Hnr3ta

Read “Nigeria Reacts to a Historic Change as President-Elect Buhari Prepares for Power” – http://bit.ly/1FmJT3x

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The War Against Boko Haram (Part 2)

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Watch Part 3: http://bit.ly/1I2oCN8

Since 2009, the militant Islamist group known as Boko Haram has wreaked havoc in northern Nigeria. Instilling terror through bombings, abductions, and beheadings, Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state in the most populous country in Africa.

VICE News traveled to Nigeria to embed with the country’s army as it ramped up its fight against Boko Haram, whose rise has caused a state of emergency. As the only journalists on the front line in northern Nigeria, we witnessed the beginning of the largest military insurgency to date.

In part two of this three part series, VICE News correspondent Kaj Larsen visits the Nigerian army’s forward-operating base at the front lines of the battle against Boko Haram. There he speaks with soldiers as they prepare for a major offensive against the militant group.

Kay Larsen discusses Boko Haram on The Young Turks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQt1zdzxVAY

More from TYT on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheYoungTurks

Watch “The Human Cost of War in the Central African Republic” – http://bit.ly/15xC4L2

Watch “Blood Diamonds and Religious War: Diamonds and Division” – http://bit.ly/1zYdmRq

Read “UN Adopts Resolution Calling for International Coordination Against Boko Haram” – http://bit.ly/1EMamtR

Read “Can a 72-Year-Old Former Military Dictator Bring Nigerians the Change They Have Voted For?” – http://bit.ly/1Hnr3ta

Read “Nigeria Reacts to a Historic Change as President-Elect Buhari Prepares for Power” – http://bit.ly/1FmJT3x

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The War Against Boko Haram (Part 1)

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Watch Part 3: http://bit.ly/1I2oCN8

Since 2009, the militant Islamist group known as Boko Haram has wreaked havoc in northern Nigeria. Instilling terror through bombings, abductions, and beheadings, Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state in the most populous country in Africa.

VICE News traveled to Nigeria to embed with the country’s army as it ramped up its fight against Boko Haram, whose rise has caused a state of emergency. As the only journalists on the front line in northern Nigeria, we witnessed the beginning of the largest military insurgency to date.

In part one of a three-part series, VICE News correspondent Kaj Larsen visits the site of a recent Boko Haram attack, interviews refugees and victims of the militant group, and heads to the front lines of the ongoing conflict.

Kay Larsen discusses Boko Haram on The Young Turks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQt1zdzxVAY

More from TYT on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheYoungTurks

Watch “The Human Cost of War in the Central African Republic” – http://bit.ly/15xC4L2

Watch “Blood Diamonds and Religious War: Diamonds and Division” – http://bit.ly/1zYdmRq

Read “UN Adopts Resolution Calling for International Coordination Against Boko Haram” – http://bit.ly/1EMamtR

Read “Can a 72-Year-Old Former Military Dictator Bring Nigerians the Change They Have Voted For?” – http://bit.ly/1Hnr3ta

Read “Nigeria Reacts to a Historic Change as President-Elect Buhari Prepares for Power” – http://bit.ly/1FmJT3x

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The War Against Boko Haram (Trailer)

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Since 2009, the militant Islamist group known as Boko Haram has wreaked havoc in northern Nigeria. Instilling terror through bombings, abductions, and beheadings, Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state in the most populous country in Africa.

VICE News traveled to Nigeria to embed with the country’s army as it ramped up its fight against Boko Haram, whose rise has caused a state of emergency. As the only journalists on the front line in northern Nigeria, we witnessed the beginning of the largest military insurgency to date.

Kay Larsen discusses Boko Haram on The Young Turks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQt1zdzxVAY

More from TYT on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheYoungTurks

Watch “The Human Cost of War in the Central African Republic” – http://bit.ly/15xC4L2

Watch “Blood Diamonds and Religious War: Diamonds and Division” – http://bit.ly/1zYdmRq

Read “UN Adopts Resolution Calling for International Coordination Against Boko Haram” – http://bit.ly/1EMamtR

Read “Can a 72-Year-Old Former Military Dictator Bring Nigerians the Change They Have Voted For?” – http://bit.ly/1Hnr3ta

Read “Nigeria Reacts to a Historic Change as President-Elect Buhari Prepares for Power” – http://bit.ly/1FmJT3x

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The Barber of Boda (Extra Scene from ‘Diamonds and Division’)

The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world, but it is also rich in natural resources. One of the official mining sectors has collapsed amid the country’s ongoing conflict, and now both sides are benefitting from the illicit trade of gold and diamonds. Clashes over control of the many mines have also created religious tension in places where there previously had been none.

VICE News traveled to mines located in the heart of the Central African Republic to see how the battle over natural resources is playing out in one of the world’s most violent conflicts.

In this extra scene, we meet Alain Sango, a barber who has become personally involved in the rising religious tensions in the area.

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