VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 13, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Colorado pot taxes, Ultra-Orthodox conscription, North Korea evading sanctions and protests escalate in Turkey.

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Colorado Rakes in $2M in First Month of Legalization
Legal weed is bringing green to the state of Colorado. Since recreational pot was legalized last month, smokers have packed some 2 million dollars in tax revenues into the state’s coffers.

Israel Passes Law Meant to Draft Ultra-Orthodox

Ultra-Orthodox Jews are no longer exempt from being drafted into Israel’s military.

The UN says North Korea is Avoiding Sanctions

North Korea has been evading sanctions using sophisticated financial schemes and by conducting illegal arms sales from its embassies around the world.

Protests Escalate into Violence in Turkey
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have flooded the streets in cities across Turkey to protest the death of a 15-year-old injured during clashes with the government.

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Pro-Russia & Pro-Ukraine Protesters Face Off: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 7)

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In dispatch 7, Simon is back in the Crimean capital of Simferopol, where both pro and anti-Russia demonstrations are dividing the region. Pro-Russia protesters believe that the country’s strong economy will help Crimea, while anti-Russia protesters feel that their land has been taken over by bandits.

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Ambushed in South Sudan (Full Length)

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The war in South Sudan began in murky circumstances in mid-December, when tribal factions within the country’s army, the SPLA, began fighting each other in the center of the capital, Juba. The SPLA quickly fractured into two camps: an insurgency drawn from members of former vice president Riek Machar’s Nuer tribe and troops who remained loyal to President Salva Kiir, of the Dinka tribe. Both sides have been accused of committing gross human rights abuses during the conflict. VICE News arrived in Juba and found the army desperate to dispel rumors that rebels were advancing on the capital. Soldiers were keen to take our correspondents on a trip with them into the bush to recapture the strategic city of Bor from the rebels… only the raid didn’t turn out quite as they had expected.

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Permanently Temporary: The Truth About Temp Labor (Part 3/5)

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Temp labor is one of the fastest growing industries in the US. Increasingly, temp workers are part of a business strategy to keep costs down and profits high. From mega-retailers to mom-and-pop shops, temps are hired to do some of the hardest and most dangerous jobs. While more and more of the American workforce is comprised of temporary workers, they’re largely hidden from public view. Many of these workers stay silent, often having their livelihoods threatened if they speak out. Wanting to get a glimpse of this invisible workforce, VICE News traveled across the country, scouring warehouses, temp agencies, and temp towns in search of the people, who make our world of same day delivery possible.

For more from VICE News on the plight of temp labor in the US, read “A Modern Day Harvest of Shame” here: https://news.vice.com/articles/the-modern-day-harvest-of-shame

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 12, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Guantanamo Bay re-brands hunger strikes, South Sudan’s tension with the UN, earthquakes from fracking and Naxalites in India.

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Guantanamo Calls Hunger Strikes “Long-Term Non-Religious Fasts”
Officials at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility are now calling hunger strikes “long-term non-religious fasts.”

South Sudan Accuses the UN of Arming Rebels
South Sudan’s government said it intercepted weapons in a United Nations convoy marked as food, and accused the UN of arming rebels.

Fracking May Be Linked to Earthquakes in the US
Ohio authorities shut down a fracking operation after two earthquakes were felt in the area, near the Pennsylvania border.

India Maoists Kill At Least 16 Policemen
Indian police say maoists rebels killed at least 16 officers in Chhattisgarh.

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Venezuela Rising: Dispatch Six

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On March 8th, thousands gathered in the center of Caracas yet again to protest the food shortages in Venezuela, which they hold the government responsible for. Significantly, the former opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski was rumored to be in attendance at the demonstration. Meanwhile, violent clashes between police and protesters in Altamira Square have become a nightly event.

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Reporter’s Confrontation at Ukrainian Checkpoint: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 6)

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In dispatch six, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky travels to the Kherson region of mainland Ukraine to both the Ukrainian and Russian checkpoints. At the Ukrainian checkpoint, Simon goes inside one of their tanks, and speaks to the commander, who says that despite his Russian blood he will defend all invaders. But at the Russian checkpoint, the exchange isn’t quite as cordial.

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Permanently Temporary: The Truth About Temp Labor (Part 2/5)

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Temp labor is one of the fastest growing industries in the US. Increasingly, temp workers are part of a business strategy to keep costs down and profits high. From mega-retailers to mom-and-pop shops, temps are hired to do some of the hardest and most dangerous jobs. While more and more of the American workforce is comprised of temporary workers, they’re largely hidden from public view. Many of these workers stay silent, often having their livelihoods threatened if they speak out. Wanting to get a glimpse of this invisible workforce, VICE News traveled across the country, scouring warehouses, temp agencies, and temp towns in search of the people, who make our world of same day delivery possible.

For more from VICE News on the plight of temp labor in the US, read “A Modern Day Harvest of Shame” here: https://news.vice.com/articles/the-modern-day-harvest-of-shame

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 11, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: fatwa on emoticons, a Mexican drug lord, African migrants, and malaria.

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Vilayat Dagestan Issues a Fatwa on Emoticons
The cute smiley faces and cartoon symbols sent from phone to phone pose no threat to Islamic sensibilities.That’s according to a new fatwa issued by a Russian Jihadist group.

Mexican Drug Lord Thought Dead in 2010, is Reported Killed
A leader of Mexico’s Knights Templar drug cartel has been declared dead… for the second time.

Dozens of African Migrants Drown off the Coast of Yemen
At least 42 African migrants have drowned in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Yemen.

Climate Change Could Mean More Malaria in Africa
Global warming could lead to a spike in new malaria cases in densely populated regions of Africa and South America.

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Russian Pilots of the Congo

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The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. It covers an area the size of Western Europe, but has only 1,250 miles of paved road. Naturally, one of the only ways to travel from place to place or to transport goods across the country is by air. Many of the most daring and dangerous pilots in the DRC are Russian. VICE News travels to Goma to meet these Russian expats, and learns what it’s like to be a pilot in a country where, in the sky, almost anything goes.

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Permanently Temporary: The Truth About Temp Labor (Part 1/5)

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Temp labor is one of the fastest growing industries in the US. Increasingly, temp workers are part of a business strategy to keep costs down and profits high. From mega-retailers to mom-and-pop shops, temps are hired to do some of the hardest and most dangerous jobs. While more and more of the American workforce is comprised of temporary workers, they’re largely hidden from public view. Many of these workers stay silent, often having their livelihoods threatened if they speak out. Wanting to get a glimpse of this invisible workforce, VICE News traveled across the country, scouring warehouses, temp agencies, and temp towns in search of the people, who make our world of same day delivery possible.

For more from VICE News on the plight of temp labor in the US, read “A Modern Day Harvest of Shame” here: https://news.vice.com/articles/the-modern-day-harvest-of-shame

This story was developed in collaboration with reporting by Propublica — http://www.propublica.org/series/temp-land.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 10, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Libya threatens to bomb an oil tanker, Serbian Chetniks in Crimea, elections in Syria and immigration detainees on a hunger strike.

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Libya Threatens to Bomb a North Korea-flagged Tanker
Libya’s prime minister Ali Zeidan has threatened to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tries to export oil from a rebel-controlled port.

Serbian Chetniks are in Crimea Supporting Russia
Veterans from the Serbian War – who have experience fighting in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo – are now in Crimea supporting the Russian effort to annex Crimea.

Syria Getting Ready to Re-Elect Bashar al-Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is getting ready to be re-elected as the Syrian Civil War continues around him for its third year.

Hundreds of Immigration Detainees are on Hunger Strike
US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement confirmed that at least
550 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center are on a hunger strike.

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Serbian War Veterans Operating in Crimea: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 5)

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As Russians stream into Crimea to help wrestle it away from Ukraine, an unlikely group of Serbian war veterans, who have experience fighting in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo, are turning up at the checkpoints too. VICE News reporter Simon Ostrovsky follows Russian troops as they continue their occupation of Ukrainian military bases, and learns about unidentified men in masks attacking journalists reporting on the situation in the peninsula.

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Crisis in the Central African Republic: Dispatch Seven

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As the UN debates deploying thousands more peacekeepers to the Central African Republic, rights groups have warned that ethnic cleansing of Muslims is already well underway. Last week, after the French government voted to further keep troops in the country, CAR President Catherine Samba-Panza voiced her approval for the continuing French mission.

Shortly after, French President Francois Hollande visited to show support.

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Ship Sinked to Block Port: Russian Roulette in Ukraine (Dispatch 4)

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With Crimea’s parliament voting to secede from Ukraine, Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian military installations in the peninsula has moved seaside. The Russian Black Sea Fleet prepared a special operation: the sinking of a decommissioned ship in the middle of Donuzlav Bay in order to prevent traffic in and out of Crimea’s port.

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky noticed that the unidentified men in military fatigues had suddenly disappeared from the bases — locals said that they’d gone to obstruct a mission of observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from entering the region.

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