Artists join forces to raise awareness of press freedom

A new t-shirt campaign aimed at raising awareness of press freedom and human rights has been launched this month by MOTHER Magazine.

The t-shirts on offer has been designed by three prominent young creatives – namely British artist Ed Atkins, Russian rebel author Slava Mogutin, and Sang Bleu editor Reba Maybury. Their merchandise will be on sale until December 1st, with 100 per cent of profits being divided equally between the Freedom of the Press Foundation, Reporters Without Borders and Kaleidoscope Trust.

Design by Ed Atkins

Design by Ed Atkins

According to a spokesperson for MOTHER, the charities were chosen for their incredible work towards promoting freedom of information, media transparency, and LGBTQ rights.

“These are concepts currently under threat, and we wanted to fight back in some way,” they … Read the rest

Confronting the shocking everyday violence of Honduras

I was born in Honduras, Tegucigalpa in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in 1999. A year later, my family moved to Brighton in the UK, where I have since spent most of my life.

From a young age, I’d heard a lot about the problems in Central America – especially in Honduras, which is often called the “most violent country in the world.” Growing up, I couldn’t understand what was driving people to behave this way or where this violence was coming from.

This year, after turning 18, I returned to Honduras for two weeks to find out more about my country of birth. Even though my Spanish is a bit broken and I wear very British clothes, it was only my shock that … Read the rest

“Can You Pour Bourbon on My Doughnut?”

Doughnuts in Louisville

Two things had to happen once I decided to move to Louisville: I had to try bourbon and I had to try fried chicken. I did not expect to have both on a doughnut.

At 10:45 a.m. on a Saturday morning, the sign in the window of the yellow-and-pink brick building of Hi-Five Doughnuts on Main Street reads: Come & Get It. Once you walk past the pink door with images of sprinkles painted on it, the racks behind the glass window at the cashier have a spread of caramel apple doughnuts as well as beer-glazed doughnuts with mini chocolate chips and pretzels.

The wait was 15 minutes, but I knew what I wanted as soon as I walked in—the KY Fried Buttermilk … Read the rest

The Prison Guard with a Gift for Cracking Gang Codes – Facts So Romantic

Former correction officer Gary Klivans doesn’t want to be photographed more clearly for fear of gang retaliation.Gary Klivans

As a corrections officer at a Westchester County, N.Y., prison in the 1990s, Gary Klivans was a one-man gang unit. Members of The Latin Kings and the Bloods made up a sizable part of the prison population. Klivans learned quickly that to handle them, he needed to understand them, and that meant understanding the code they used to communicate. Klivans taught himself to decipher their messages. He became one of the most sought-after code-breakers in the country. (Also see the related Facts So Romantic post, “View From the Inside: How Gang Members Use Secret Codes.”)

Even in retirement, his skills are in demand: Klivans sifts … Read the rest