The Revolt That Never Went Away — Bahrain: An Inconvenient Uprising (Trailer)

Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Like many countries in the Middle East and beyond, Bahrain erupted with anti-authoritarian protests in 2011 when the Arab Spring took the region and many of its repressive leaders by surprise. While Arab Spring uprisings found favor with many in the West, unfortunately for the people of Bahrain, their own revolution was largely forgotten. But it never went away — for three years, near-nightly protests have been brutally quashed by militarized security forces. Earlier this year, VICE News correspondent Ben Anderson travelled to London to speak with Nabeel Rajab, the unofficial leader of Bahrain’s uprising, and then headed undercover to Bahrain, where he met activists, protestors, grieving parents, and alleged torture victims. Check out “Bahrain’s Human Rights Activist Faces Jail Time — for a Tweet” – http://bit.ly/1yMpYY3 Watch “The VICE News Interview: Abdullah Elshamy” – http://bit.ly/1zwggw3 Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews

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REAP Program Helps Refugees Adapt to New Surroundings

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For refugees living in America, adapting to a new way of life can be incredibly difficult. But being surrounded by familiar things can help ease the transition.

That’s what The Refugee Response’s Refugee Empowerment Agricultural Program (REAP) aims to accomplish. Supported by federal grants, the program includes several agricultural efforts throughout the country. There, refugees can use the land as a kind of classroom. They can work in familiar environments while improving their English and adjusting to a new community.

But the program also works as a kind of business model providing work for recent refugees in addition to a product in the form of food that might not currently be as available in the U.S. market.

Margaret Fitzpatrick, farm manager at the Ohio City Farm, and her team decided to launch their program in Cleveland upon realizing that about 80 percent of refugees settling in the area had a background in agriculture. She explained to TakePart:

“We wondered, ‘How do we start from where people are when they arrive, rather than lead them into a job where everything is new, on top of the culture and language?’ Agriculture seemed like the perfect vehicle for doing that. People who have done something with their hands their entire life—to be able to keep that one bit of consistency is incredibly comforting to the people who come here.”

But it isn’t just a charitable effort. Aside from just helping workers adapt to new surroundings, the REAP program also provides niche food items that are often hard to find in the U.S. So in addition to helping the program’s “employees” to adapt, it also provides food items that are widely available in other parts of the world but not so much in the U.S. So even those who don’t work at the farms can find pieces of home in their new communities.

In addition, many of the REAP programs are run in areas that don’t have much in the way of quality, locally grown produce. So even regular consumers who just want something fresher than they can find in a chain grocery store can enjoy the offerings from these farm stands. And they can learn about some new food items in the process.

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uBeam Raises $10 Million for Wireless Recharging

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Imagine never having to plug your smartphone or tablet into a wall charger again. That’s the goal of uBeam. The company is developing a new form of wireless battery charging technology and it’s gaining some significant interest.

uBeam has garnered $10 million in recent Series A investment funding. And the company has raised $12 million overall. All of this money is aimed at developing a technology that allows smartphones and tablets to be charged without being connected to a wall charger or even needing to be near one.

The technology would be different than previous wireless proposals using things like “magnetic resonance charging,” reports TechCrunch. Those earlier proposals would have still required the phone or other device to be in close proximity to the charger.

Instead, uBeam technology harnesses the power of ultrasonic sound waves to charge a battery.

These are waves that humans can’t hear but uBeam believes it has technology that can turn those unheard waves into energy. That energy can then be collected and converted into power to run smartphones, tablets and other devices.

uBeam would use a recharger resembling a typical protective phone case to recharge a phone or other mobile device. The recharger would not be connected via a plug or wire to any wall recharger but instead would be able to recharge a device whenever in range of a uBean transmitter.

uBeam founder Meredith Perry told the Wall Street Journal her company offers the only wireless charging system that is “safe, can generate power over a distance, is super-small, doesn’t interfere with communications systems, and is well within regulatory limits.”

The company plans to use the $10 million it raised to develop a consumer-friendly product to connect a smartphone or tablet to a transmitter that’s storing energy. The company has already hired 11 new employees to get a prototype of that device into production soon, according to TechCrunch.

In mid-September, uBeam Tweeted that it had “quadrupled in size” after making some hires to its engineering team.

The company is hoping to have a product in consumers’ hands in about two years.

uBeam attracted some big names with its most recent fundraising efforts. Zappos co-founder Tony Hsieh and sports mogul and “Shark Tank” regular Mark Cuban lead a long line of investors to contribute to the company’s latest round of funding. Other investors include Founders Fund, CrunchFund, Ludlow Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Marissa Mayer, Troy Carter, and Shawn Fanning.

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

Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines.​ Today: Mexican police arrest fugitive mayor and wife implicated in student disappearances, Peruvian authorities confiscate 60 tons of chemicals used to make cocaine, Chilean investigators hunt for clues related to secret detention center, and Thai military arms civilian groups to fight separatists in the country’s south. MEXICO Fugitive Mayor and Wife Arrested in Case of Missing Students The couple were found hiding out in a working-class neighborhood of Mexico City. PERU Largest-Ever Seizure of Chemical Used to Produce Cocaine Four people were arrested after authorities found 60 tons of sulphuric acid in two tankers. CHILE New Excavation Aimed at Digging Up Details of Secret Detention Center Investigators hope to find clues related to the deaths of around 100 detainees held at the mysterious Colonia Dignidad, now called Villa Baviera. THAILAND Military Arms Civilians to Fight Insurgency in Southern Provinces Volunteer groups have received nearly 3,000 assault rifles to battle separatists in the so-called Deep South. Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – November 10, 2014

Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines.​ Today: Protest held in Barcelona against unofficial vote on Catalonia’s independence from Spain, protesters burn door of Mexico’s National Palace over news that dozens of missing university students were killed, coalition air strikes in Iraq may or may not have injured or killed the Islamic State’s top leader, and Syrian children demand to go to school after the Islamic State shut theirs down. SPAIN Catalan Referendum Meets Resistance Far-right protesters burned flags and chanted fascist slogans in Barcelona on Sunday as a million people turned out to participate in the symbolic vote. MEXICO Heightened Tensions Following News of Missing Students’ Deaths A group of angry protesters set fire to the wooden door of the National Palace in Mexico City on Saturday. IRAQ Condition of Islamic State Leader Unclear Following Air Strikes Coalition air strikes near the city of Mosul targeted senior members of the group, but details surrounding the fate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are still murky. SYRIA Children Demand Their School is Reopened The Islamic State has reportedly shut down schools to review and amend curriculum to include more religious studies. Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews

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Men, Women, and Children Abandoned: What We’re Leaving Behind (Part 3)

Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News As foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan, violence is increasing. Fighting between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban is chaotic and often indiscriminate, and civilian casualties are rising, as Afghans pay the price for the West’s failures. In the final part of our three-part series, VICE News correspondent Ben Anderson speaks with both patients and doctors at NGO Emergency’s hospital in Lashkar Gah, and gauges their expectations of an Afghanistan free from international intervention. Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews

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The Revolt That Never Went Away — Bahrain: An Inconvenient Uprising

Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Like many countries in the Middle East and beyond, Bahrain erupted with anti-authoritarian protests in 2011 when the Arab Spring took the region and many of its repressive leaders by surprise. While Arab Spring uprisings found favor with many in the West, unfortunately for the people of Bahrain, their own revolution was largely forgotten. But it never went away — for three years, near-nightly protests have been brutally quashed by militarized security forces. Earlier this year, VICE News correspondent Ben Anderson travelled to London to speak with Nabeel Rajab, the unofficial leader of Bahrain’s uprising, and then headed undercover to Bahrain, where he met activists, protestors, grieving parents, and alleged torture victims. Check out “Bahrain’s Human Rights Activist Faces Jail Time — for a Tweet” – http://bit.ly/1yMpYY3 Watch “The VICE News Interview: Abdullah Elshamy” – http://bit.ly/1zwggw3 Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews

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