© Sputnik / According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a hefty 51 percent of French schoolchildren have at least once fallen victim to bullying in recent months and one in five faced physical abuse. Sputnik France discussed the situation with representatives of local federations of schoolchildren’s parents. On September 6, 2018, UNICEF released a report titled “The Daily Lesson: It is necessary to Put an End to School Violence,” as part of the #ENDviolence campaign. The report names France among the “bad students.” France fared no better in terms of its schoolchildren’s discipline, as is evident from data released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in March … Continue reading Fights, Cyberbullying, Rape: Why Are French Schools Getting More Violent?
Lemon vendors in Palermo, Sicily, in 1943. Photo by J R Eyerman/LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Sicily’s mafia sprang from the growing global market for lemons – a tale with sour parallels for consumers today by Ola Olsson is professor of economics at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. He is the author of Essentials of Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (2012), and his new book Prehistorical Economics: From African Origins to Civilization is due out in 2019. Edited by Sally Davies The Sicilian mafia is probably the most famous criminal organisation in the world. It’s been known to exist at least since the 1870s, when a Sicilian landlord documented how … Continue reading The big squeeze
by Soren Dreier Author: Mol The shocking extent of the threat to children from online sex offenders is revealed today by the Home Secretary. Thousands of youngsters are in danger of being groomed, exploited and blackmailed by sexual predators on the internet, warns Sajid Javid. He says at least 80,000 paedophiles are using websites including social media. In a flagship speech today, he will call on technology giants to do more to remove vile photos and videos. An alarming indication of the scale of the menace to children: The National Crime Agency said the number of tips about online child abuse … Continue reading OVER 80,000 PAEDOPHILES ARE OPERATING IN BRITAIN
‘Self-Portrait with Straw Hat’ by Vincent van Gogh “Oh, there must be a little bit of air, a little bit of happiness, but chiefly to let the form be felt, to make the lines of the silhouette speak. But let the whole be sombre.” BY MARIA POPOVA Chance doesn’t deal happiness with an even hand — some lives are more weighed down by sorrow than others. It can be easy, and misguided, to romanticize suffering — despite Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s superb admonition against it, we have a long cultural history of perpetuating the “tortured genius” myth, the reality behind which is far … Continue reading Van Gogh on the Beauty of Sorrow and the Enchantment of Storms, in Nature and in Life
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ELIZABETH BROCKWAY/THE DAILY BEAST From seductive sirens who lured sailors to their death to mad scientists who conducted experiments on their servants, the ghosts of Naples are ever present in the modern city. byBARBIE LATZA NADEAU NAPLES—Naples has been my city of escape and refuge for much of the 22 years I have lived in Italy. I rarely send people to Naples without me. I’d rather take them myself to make sure they aren’t distracted by the pandemonium or sidetracked trying to figure out where Elena Ferrante lived. Visiting Naples should instead be like going to see an … Continue reading Naples’ Dark Side: From Skull-Worshiping Old Women to Experiments on Live Humans
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY LYNE LUCIEN/THE DAILY BEAST NO MORE DOLCE VITA A group of women played a vital role in major mafia arrests in Rome, but they can’t fight the mob alone. by BARBIE LATZA NADEAU ROME—Organized crime traditionally has been a man’s world. Women generally are relegated to the margins of this most secretive of societies. There have been famous cases in Italy’s mafia strongholds where daughters have delivered secret messages for their incarcerated fathers, or when widows collected protection money on behalf of their dead husbands. Mothers have even hidden knives used in killings among fresh linens. Increasingly, though, … Continue reading Women of the Roman Mafia Are Turning Their Men In
by: Lance D Johnson (Natural News) European society is being flooded by migrants from North Africa, East Asia, and the Middle East. In 2015, over a million migrants made their way illegally into Europe, traveling by land and sea. Migrants from war-torn countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria are taking advantage of open border policies in Europe. Citizens from Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Cyprus, and Spain are losing their cultural heritageas their communities are forced to accommodate any and all migrants. These countries are failing to vet refugees and do not consider the repercussions of aimlessly flooding communities with displaced migrants. Economic opportunities and resources are being … Continue reading STUNNING new video reveals how Europe is “committing suicide” with open borders and political correctness