Reversing Female Circumcision: The Cut That Heals (Trailer)

On the International Day for Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, VICE News reports on a little-known surgery that restores sexual function to the clitoris for women who had their genitals mutilated as children. We meet and follow a 32-year-old prospective patient who was mutilated at the age of six in Somalia, and who now lives and works as a nurse in the United States.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a cultural tradition that affects millions of women worldwide. Sometimes referred to as female circumcision or female genital cutting, the practice varies in severity depending on where it is performed. The procedure can range from minor nicks to the clitoris to the total removal of the clitoris and labia. In its severest form, the two sides of the vulva are sewn together, leaving only a small hole for menstruation and urination.

While the practice has been outlawed in many of the 29 countries where FGM is concentrated, it persists in some rural areas as a centuries-old cultural tradition, where it is usually performed by women elders as a part of a coming-of-age ritual. The tradition is sometimes believed to “purify” a woman and performed to preserve virginity before marriage.

The World Health Organization estimates that some 6,000 girls undergo FGM around the world every day. The procedure is often performed in unsafe and unsanitary conditions on girls between the ages of four and 12. FGM can be fatal, and can lead to immediate complications such as infections and urine retention, as well as long-term complications such as severe pain and tearing during intercourse and major complications during childbirth.

VICE News saw the result of the severest form of FGM first-hand in Dr. Marci Bowers’ operating room in San Mateo, California, and watched as she performed a defibulation procedure — the re-opening of genitalia that had been sewn shut — and clitoroplasty, the reconstruction and restoration of sexual function to the clitoris.

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Stalking Snipers at Fuerzas Comando (Extra Scene from ‘The Special Ops Olympics’)

The emergence of drug cartels working together with paramilitary groups has been a rising threat for countries in the Western hemisphere. One of the most effective responses has been Fuerzas Comando, an inter-military and special ops exercise attended by forces from across North, Central, and South America. The goals of the event are to promote inter-military relationships, increase interoperability, and improve regional security.

This year, military forces from 17 countries, ranging from Belize to the United States, came together for the exercises at one of Colombia’s biggest military bases, Fort Tolemaida. While each country has its own set of security threats, they all share the need to boost and innovate their military capabilities.

In this extra scene, VICE News correspondent Daniel Hernández looks on with judges of the Fuerzas Comando special ops exercise as snipers compete in the practice of stalking their targets.

Watch the full episode “The Special Ops Olympics: War Games” – http://bit.ly/1B2cD0j

In Photos: Elite Soldiers Compete in a Special Forces Olympics – http://bit.ly/1z4inCg

Watch “Black Dart is the US’ Answer to Drones: War Games” – http://bit.ly/1z4iqxY

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The Special Ops Olympics: War Games

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The emergence of drug cartels working together with paramilitary groups has been a rising threat for countries in the Western hemisphere. One of the most effective responses has been Fuerzas Comando, an inter-military and special ops exercise attended by forces from across North, Central, and South America. The goals of the event are to promote inter-military relationships, increase interoperability, and improve regional security.

This year, military forces from 17 countries, ranging from Belize to the United States, came together for the exercises at one of Colombia’s biggest military bases, Fort Tolemaida. While each country has their own set of security threats, they all share the need to boost and innovate their military capabilities.

In this episode of War Games, VICE News travels to Colombia to attend Fuerzas Comando, and see how these countries are working together to learn how to better combat threats within and beyond their borders.

In Photos: Elite Soldiers Compete in a Special Forces Olympics – http://bit.ly/1z4inCg

Watch: “Black Dart is the US’ Answer to Drones: War Games” – http://bit.ly/1z4iqxY

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Learning how to Reverse an Overdose (Excerpt from Back from the Brink: Heroin’s Antidote)

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Abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin, and other opioids has spiked over the past decade in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 100 Americans die every day from drug overdoses. Overdoses now kill more people in the US each year than gunshot wounds or car accidents. The stigma that surrounds drug users has made finding a solution difficult.

New England has been hit especially hard by fatal overdoses. In Massachusetts, deaths caused by heroin and other opioids have increased by more than 90 per cent since 2002. In response, the state started a pilot program in 2007 aimed at decreasing the number of fatal overdoses. The centerpiece of the program is a drug called Naloxone, known by its brand name Narcan. It’s a nasal spray that can instantly stop an opioid overdose.

VICE News went to Massachusetts to see how effective Narcan has been in stopping fatal overdoses, and uncovered the reasons why other states may have been slow to adopt similar life-saving programs.

In this excerpt, VICE News visits parent support group Learn2Cope as Mary Jane McHenry speaks to parents of children with opioid addictions.

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Combatting America’s Opioid Crisis: Heroin’s Antidote (Extra Scene)

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Abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin, and other opioids has spiked over the past decade in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 100 Americans die every day from drug overdoses. Overdoses now kill more people in the US each year than gunshot wounds or car accidents. The stigma that surrounds drug users has made finding a solution difficult.

New England has been hit especially hard by fatal overdoses. In Massachusetts, deaths caused by heroin and other opioids have increased by more than 90 per cent since 2002. In response, the state started a pilot program in 2007 aimed at decreasing the number of fatal overdoses. The centerpiece of the program is a drug called Naloxone, known by its brand name Narcan. It’s a nasal spray that can instantly stop an opioid overdose.

VICE News went to Massachusetts to see how effective Narcan has been in stopping fatal overdoses, and uncovered the reasons why other states may have been slow to adopt similar life-saving programs.

In this extra scene, VICE News speaks to Mary Jane McHenry of the parent support group Learn2Cope about her own experience as a mother of a son with an opioid addiction.

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Read “To Oppose the Overdose Antidote Narcan Is to Approve Death Sentences for Heroin Users” – http://bit.ly/1FK3mcy

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Combatting America’s Opioid Crisis: Heroin’s Antidote

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Abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin, and other opioids has spiked over the past decade in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 100 Americans die every day from drug overdoses. Overdoses now kill more people in the US each year than gunshot wounds or car accidents. The stigma that surrounds drug users has made finding a solution difficult.

New England has been hit especially hard by fatal overdoses. In Massachusetts, deaths caused by heroin and other opioids have increased by more than 90 per cent since 2002. In response, the state started a pilot program in 2007 aimed at decreasing the number of fatal overdoses. The centerpiece of the program is a drug called Naloxone, known by its brand name Narcan. It’s a nasal spray that can instantly stop an opioid overdose.

VICE News went to Massachusetts to see how effective Narcan has been in stopping fatal overdoses, and uncovered the reasons why other states may have been slow to adopt similar life-saving programs.

Read “To Oppose the Overdose Antidote Narcan Is to Approve Death Sentences for Heroin Users” – http://bit.ly/1FK3mcy

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How the US Created the Islamic State: Talking Heads

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VICE News and the New York Review of Books have partnered to create Talking Heads, a series about the big issues of the day as seen by the Review’s distinguished contributors.

In this episode of Talking Heads, Mark Danner discusses his essay “Iraq: The New War.” Danner wrote this essay in mid-2003, outlining how American policy during the Iraq war effectively helped incite in many ways what was then an emerging insurgency. The occupation of Iraq post-9/11 created a broad front to which militant jihadists began to flock. The mishandling of the Iraqi army sent thousands of highly-trained, angry men into the streets with no jobs. And photos of Iraqis being tortured by American personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison provided telegenic images that helped these groups recruit from an increasingly indignant public.

Over a decade before it happened, Danner’s analysis of the insurgency forecasted how it would evolve into what we know today as the Islamic State.

VICE News sat down with Danner to discuss how the United States’ invasion of Iraq and the ensuing war provided what he described as a warm petri dish in which insurgent elements would grow.

Read Mark Danner’s essay “Iraq: The New War” – http://bit.ly/1tA7jdY

Read “’The Threat Is Real’: The Islamic State Is Trying to Influence Political Parties in Malaysia” – http://bit.ly/1yvc1Ou

Watch “China Strikes Back: Talking Heads” – http://bit.ly/1HRU7e6

Watch “Escape to the Islamic State” – http://bit.ly/1rNVpwy

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Combatting America’s Opioid Crisis: Heroin’s Antidote (Trailer)

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Abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin, and other opioids has spiked over the past decade in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 100 Americans die every day from drug overdoses. Overdoses now kill more people in the US each year than gunshot wounds or car accidents. The stigma that surrounds drug users has made finding a solution difficult.

New England has been hit especially hard by fatal overdoses. In Massachusetts, deaths caused by heroin and other opioids have increased by more than 90 per cent since 2002. In response, the state started a pilot program in 2007 aimed at decreasing the number of fatal overdoses. The centerpiece of the program is a drug called Naloxone, known by its brand name Narcan. It’s a nasal spray that can instantly stop an opioid overdose.

VICE News went to Massachusetts to see how effective Narcan has been in stopping fatal overdoses, and uncovered the reasons why other states may have been slow to adopt similar life-saving programs.

Check out “Battle Over Heroin Overdose Antidote Hits Maine” – http://bit.ly/1r1G3UF

Watch “Government Crackdown on Marijuana in the Netherlands: Amsterdam’s War on Weed” – http://bit.ly/11zfIGY

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Big cannabis fields in Vienna?

Cannabis News Network visited a plantation in Vienna, where it is legal to grow and sell cannabis seedlings.
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In some countries, such as Uruguay or the United States (in Washington and Colorado) the growing and use of cannabis is regulated. But if you visit Austria, you will come across huge plantations filled with cannabis seedlings, without any problem. It is big business!

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From Grief Over Kobane To Chaos: Istanbul’s Kurdish Riots

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As the battle between Kurds and Islamic State militants rages on in the Syrian border town of Kobane, Kurds in neighboring Turkey are becoming increasingly angry at the Turkish government’s failure to intervene. And so protestors have taken to the streets in cities such as Ankara and Istanbul to show their support for both the Kurds fighting in Kobane and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a resistance group in Turkey classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and several other Western nations.

VICE News traveled to Istanbul, where a memorial march for two fighters who died in Kobane devolved into a night of chaos. Amid clouds of police teargas, we spoke to members of a PKK youth wing as they threw Molotov cocktails and shouted support for Kurds in Turkey and Kobane.

Check out “Turkey’s Border War” – http://bit.ly/1tFUjqQ

Check out “Turkey and the Kurds Hold the Key to Defeating the Islamic State” – http://bit.ly/1sLjrY0

Check out “Kobane Residents Remain Defiant as Islamic State Closes In” – http://bit.ly/1yJOtF1

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Marc Emery & Jodie Emery nominated for a Cannabis Culture Award during Cultiva 2014

During the seventh edition of the Cultiva Hemp Fair in Vienna, Marc and Jodie Emery were nominated for a Cannabis Culture Award! (www.cannabisnewsnetwork.com)

The Cannabis Culture Awards is a special award for those who make a difference, when it comes to the acceptance of cannabis and hemp in all its forms, the world over.

Marc Emery has just been released after a four-and-a-half year imprisonment in the United States for selling cannabis seeds to American citizens. The Canadian cannabis activists have done tremendous work to make cannabis legal in both Canada and the United States.

How China Humiliated a US President: Talking Heads

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VICE News and the New York Review of Books have partnered to create Talking Heads, a series about the big issues of the day as seen by the Review’s distinguished contributors.

In the first episode, Orville Schell discusses his essay “China Strikes Back.” He recently joined Jimmy Carter on a visit to China, where the former president received a less-than-warm welcome by the country’s leaders. Carter re-established diplomatic relations between the United States and China, but how close are the two countries 35 years later? Schell explains how the snubbing reflects a dramatic shift in US-China relations.

VICE News sat down with Schell to discuss the significance of the diplomatic slight against Carter, and how the US might benefit from a better understanding of the “Chinese Dream.”

Read Orville Schell’s essay “China Strikes Back!” – http://bit.ly/1u4d9KP

Watch “Talking Heads: How the US Created the Islamic State” – http://bit.ly/1FVRWrs

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The Worst Fish in America: Asian Carpocalypse

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VICE News correspondent Thomas Morton investigates Asian carp — a slimy, ugly, and often gargantuan species of fish that has taken over many waterways in the United States.

First introduced in the US in the 1960s to control weeds and parasites at aquatic farms in Arkansas, the bottom feeders eventually escaped and made their way through the Mississippi River system, eating almost everything in their path and severely damaging ecosystems across the Midwest. Today, government officials are concerned that the fish will invade the Great Lakes, destroy more ecosystems, wreak havoc on the region’s multibillion dollar fishing industry, and spread to almost every major waterway in the Northeast.

VICE News traveled across Illinois to see how people are dealing with the Asian carp invasion, visiting the Redneck Fishing Tournament — where the sole mission is to catch as many carp as possible — touring a processing plant trying to monetize the fish, and then heading to Chicago, where we learned that Asian carp are a symptom of a much larger issue.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – September 5, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today:
forecasted food shortages in Liberia, protesting fast food employees arrested in the United States, Argentina’s new role in Russia’s food imports and Guatemala’s prison chief accused of being involved in a multimillion-dollar scheme behind bars.

LIBERIA
As Liberia deals with an Ebola outbreak, it’s also expect to handle future food shortages.

USA
Fast food workers at chains like McDonalds, Wendy’s and Burger King are on strike nation wide, demanding a wage increase to $15 an hour.

ARGENTINA
Russia’s ban on key food imports from the west is making Argentina its new food supplier.

GUATEMALA
Guatemala’s prison chief has been accused of involvement in a multimillion dollar organized crime empire run in prison by a convicted killer.

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Undocumented and Underage: The Crisis of Migrant Children

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Between October 2013 and May 2014, authorities at the US-Mexico border began detaining underage migrants at an alarming, never-before-seen rate. During this period, thousands of underage migrants ended up in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facilities along the border.

Capacity at CBP detention facilities was overwhelmed by the influx of migrants, who predominantly came from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. As overcrowding became more severe, conditions for the migrants worsened. Lacking proper installations and sufficient personnel at the facilities, Department of Homeland Security officials began to release underage migrants into the custody of family members in the US, and cited them to attend immigration hearings at a later date.

The situation is similar in Mexico. The flow of underage migrants in the border region has increased rapidly, and shelters for child migrants report that the Central American population they care for now outnumbers the population of Mexican children.

VICE News travelled to the border between Texas and Tamaulipas to speak to people who have been detained on both sides of the border. They told us about their reasons for crossing the border, how they were detained, what their stay was like inside the detention centers, their plans for the future, and their fears.

Now migrants have two options: return to their country, where they could be killed by gang-related violence, or attempt to enter the United States again, hoping that their luck will change, and they will achieve their American dream.

More on VICE News:

The Worst Job in New York: Immigrant America: bit.ly/1qO5BF6

Mexican Deportees and Outsourced Labor: bit.ly/1uQlc9I

Deported Veterans of America: bit.ly/1nyjVCL

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Bulldozing the Border Between Iraq and Syria: The Islamic State (Part 5)

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On August 8, nearly three years after the United States pulled out of Iraq, President Barack Obama ordered airstrikes to commence on Islamic State positions in northern Iraq, as the group’s fighters advanced towards the Kurdish capital of Erbil. For six weeks prior to the strikes the Islamic State made stunning gains within Iraq, effectively dismantling the border with Syria and defeating the Iraqi army with little in the way to stop them.

In the final installment of VICE News’ unprecedented look inside the Islamic State, reporter Medyan Dairieh journeys 200 miles from the the group’s power base in the Syrian city of Raqqa to the border with Iraq. There, after defeating the Iraqi army manning the checkpoint, Islamic State fighters work further to bulldoze the border.

As they clear apart a barrier that divided Iraq and Syria, Islamic State fighters declare an end of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, a nearly 100-year-old pact between France and Britain that divided up the Middle East. For now, that area between Iraq and Syria is part of a new territory: the Islamic State.

Click here to watch all 5 Parts of The Islamic State: bit.ly/1sDag1c

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Mexican Deportees and Outsourced Labor

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Tijuana, Mexico, is a limbo for deportees from the United States. People keep showing up in the city while U.S. immigration policies get tougher. Between 2002 and 2012, deportations to Mexico more than doubled, from 122,058 to 306,870, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Many were deported for non-violent or relatively minor infractions.

In many cases, these deportees are returned to a country where they might have been born but know little about as adults. They might speak little or no Spanish, and are further seen as pariahs for sporting gang tattoos. Opportunities for work in Tijuana remain limited for such deportees, except in a sector that is enjoying a boom period in Mexico, telemarketing.

Call centers offer English-speaking deportees a chance to have a steady income in jobs-strapped Mexico. They also get to put their language skills to use. Telemarketers gain a geographically close work-force of English native-speakers, but at Mexican labor costs. VICE News traveled to Tijuana to meet a few of the thousands of deportees who were raised in the United States and are now forming new lives back in Mexico, thanks to their steady jobs at a U.S. call center.

Why Activists Don’t Trust Mexico’s New Antitrust Telecom Laws: http://bit.ly/1nykGMn

Watch “Deported Veterans of America” – http://bit.ly/1nyjVCL

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American Allies: The Interpreters (Part 4)

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In Part 4, VICE News correspondent Ben Anderson meets American veterans and lawyers desperately trying to get Afghan interpreters the visas they need to escape persecution by the Taliban. Although US soldiers considered the interpreters some of their closest allies and most trusted friends while serving overseas — many veterans say they owe their lives to interpreters — the soldiers now face frustrating bureaucracy and red tape as they attempt to help their former comrades seek asylum in the United States.

The interpreters who worked alongside American and NATO forces in Afghanistan are among our bravest and most loyal allies. They played an essential role in sourcing intelligence and educating Western troops about the local culture. Now they’re in danger of being abandoned.

Read an excerpt from Ben Anderson’s ‘The Interpreters’ here: http://bit.ly/1vSOP9u

Hiding in Afghanistan: The Interpreters (Part 1) – http://bit.ly/1nbif1Z
Nowhere Left to Hide: The Interpreters (Part 2): http://bit.ly/1neGFYs
Smuggled out of Afghanistan: The Interpreters (Part 3): http://bit.ly/1nbpBhb

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Nowhere Left To Hide: The Interpreters (Part 2)

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In Part 2, VICE News correspondent Ben Anderson interviews an official Taliban spokesman, who tells him that the Taliban considers Afghan interpreters who worked for the United States to be traitors who should be punished with death. But these interpreters aren’t threatened only by the Taliban — members of their communities suspect them of being spies and of being paid highly for their services, and are targeting them accordingly. Despite living under constant danger after loyal service to US forces, these interpreters have been unable to obtain visas necessary for them to leave the country.

The interpreters who worked alongside American and NATO forces in Afghanistan are among our bravest and most loyal allies. They played an essential role in sourcing intelligence and educating Western troops about the local culture. Now they’re in danger of being abandoned.

Read an excerpt from Ben Anderson’s ‘The Interpreters’ here: http://bit.ly/1vSOP9u

Hiding in Afghanistan: The Interpreters (Part 1) – http://bit.ly/1nbif1Z

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Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Full Length)

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America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, America has imprisoned more people in local jails, federal penitentiaries, and private correctional facilities than Stalin put in the Gulags. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional, and the sheer cost of incarceration is forcing prisons to let prisoners back out on the streets.

VICE News was granted rare access to go inside one of the most maximum-security prisons in the country, a place that’s on the frontline of what could be a sea change in prison policy. Salinas Valley State Prison is home to America’s most powerful prison gangs including the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia. It’s a place that’s projected to have more than 700 assaults this year. In an institution that houses the worst of the worst, we see how one maverick warden is trying to turn the system around by rehabilitating murderers before they get returned to the streets.
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Getting Out: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 5)

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America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, America has imprisoned more people in local jails, federal penitentiaries, and private correctional facilities than Stalin put in the Gulags. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional, and the sheer cost of incarceration is forcing prisons to let prisoners back out on the streets.

VICE News was granted rare access to go inside one of the most maximum-security prisons in the country, a place that’s on the frontline of what could be a sea change in prison policy. Salinas Valley State Prison is home to America’s most powerful prison gangs including the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia. It’s a place that’s projected to have more than 700 assaults this year. In an institution that houses the worst of the worst, we see how one maverick warden is trying to turn the system around by rehabilitating murderers before they get returned to the streets.

Inside Maximum Security: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 1): http://bit.ly/VcZLne
The Grip of the Gangs: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 2): http://bit.ly/VFjBYE
Goodbye to the Mafia: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 3): http://bit.ly/TFey8R
A Thousand Lifers: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 4): http://bit.ly/1kjwAo1
Getting Out: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 5): http://bit.ly/1olIn7W

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America’s Deported Veterans: La Frontera

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There are soldiers and marines that have served the United States even though they were not born in the country. Some of them entered the US by crossing the border illegally, but after being promised citizenship in exchange for their service, they enlisted. Some of them have risked their lives on the front lines in wars like Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Today they find themselves deported to Mexico after having committed a crime, like cashing checks without funds, shooting a firearm or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Many suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after having served the United States on the ground and have, since their deportation, lost the right to receive medical attention.

We went to Tijuana to meet a group of veterans who have been expelled by the U.S. Government. Héctor Barajas, a former paratrooper for the U.S. Army, has seen with his own eyes just how difficult life is for the veterans who have been expelled from their country. After living in Tijuana’s El Bordo river canal, he decided to leave his addictions behind and start a shelter for deported veterans. The Bunker, as the site is known, has the capacity to host up to 5 veterans who have been deported to Tijuana.

Hector and another 20 veterans are in Mexico fighting for the U.S. to acknowledge their service, grant them the citizenship that was promised to them when they decided to serve in the Armed Forces and allow them to return to what they consider to be their country. Every month they station themselves at the San Ysidro international border, to expose both Mexicans and Americans to their story.

They are just some of the 2 million Mexicans who have been deported under the Obama Administration.

America’s Veteran Crisis: Abandoned At Home: http://bit.ly/1qQCsdR

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A Thousand Lifers: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 4)

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America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, America has imprisoned more people in local jails, federal penitentiaries, and private correctional facilities than Stalin put in the Gulags. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional, and the sheer cost of incarceration is forcing prisons to let prisoners back out on the streets.

VICE News was granted rare access to go inside one of the most maximum-security prisons in the country, a place that’s on the frontline of what could be a sea change in prison policy. Salinas Valley State Prison is home to America’s most powerful prison gangs including the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia. It’s a place that’s projected to have more than 700 assaults this year. In an institution that houses the worst of the worst, we see how one maverick warden is trying to turn the system around by rehabilitating murderers before they get returned to the streets.

Inside Maximum Security: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 1): http://bit.ly/VcZLne
The Grip of the Gangs: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 2): http://bit.ly/VFjBYE
Goodbye to the Mafia: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 3): http://bit.ly/TFey8R
A Thousand Lifers: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 4): http://bit.ly/1kjwAo1
Getting Out: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 5): http://bit.ly/1olIn7W

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Goodbye to the Mafia: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 3)

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America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, America has imprisoned more people in local jails, federal penitentiaries, and private correctional facilities than Stalin put in the Gulags. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional, and the sheer cost of incarceration is forcing prisons to let prisoners back out on the streets.

VICE News was granted rare access to go inside one of the most maximum-security prisons in the country, a place that’s on the frontline of what could be a sea change in prison policy. Salinas Valley State Prison is home to America’s most powerful prison gangs including the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia. It’s a place that’s projected to have more than 700 assaults this year. In an institution that houses the worst of the worst, we see how one maverick warden is trying to turn the system around by rehabilitating murderers before they get returned to the streets.

Inside Maximum Security: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 1): http://bit.ly/VcZLne
The Grip of the Gangs: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 2): http://bit.ly/VFjBYE
Goodbye to the Mafia: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 3): http://bit.ly/TFey8R
A Thousand Lifers: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 4): http://bit.ly/1kjwAo1
Getting Out: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 5): http://bit.ly/1olIn7W

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The Grip of the Gangs: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 2)

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America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, America has imprisoned more people in local jails, federal penitentiaries, and private correctional facilities than Stalin put in the Gulags. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional, and the sheer cost of incarceration is forcing prisons to let prisoners back out on the streets.

VICE News was granted rare access to go inside one of the most maximum-security prisons in the country, a place that’s on the frontline of what could be a sea change in prison policy. Salinas Valley State Prison is home to America’s most powerful prison gangs including the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia. It’s a place that’s projected to have more than 700 assaults this year. In an institution that houses the worst of the worst, we see how one maverick warden is trying to turn the system around by rehabilitating murderers before they get returned to the streets.

Inside Maximum Security: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 1): http://bit.ly/VcZLne
The Grip of the Gangs: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 2): http://bit.ly/VFjBYE
Goodbye to the Mafia: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 3): http://bit.ly/TFey8R
A Thousand Lifers: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 4): http://bit.ly/1kjwAo1
Getting Out: Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation (Part 5): http://bit.ly/1olIn7W

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