The Fortress of the Knights Templar: Mexico’s Hot Land (Dispatch 2)

While he was the leader of Mexico’s Knights Templar cartel, the late Nazario Moreno González lived in his heavily-guarded ranch, “Fortress Anunnaki.” It was from here that he operated the cartel, as well as a casino and massive rodeo. VICE News traveled to “Fortress Anunnaki” in Tepalcatepec to find out what has become of the Knights Templar stronghold a year after the death of its leader. Watch “Michoacan’s Most Wanted Drug Kingpin: Mexico’s Hot Land (Dispatch 1)” – http://bit.ly/1wWcAUY Read “Leader of Knights Templar Cartel ‘La Tuta’ Is Captured in Mexico” – http://bit.ly/1BpIwzr Read “Mexican Drug Lord Lived in a Cave and Was Caught Because His Girlfriend Brought Him Birthday Cake” – http://bit.ly/1AbhTeK Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News 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 More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Mariupol: The Final Line of Defense – Russian Roulette (Dispatch 99)

The eastern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol is just 30 kilometers from the Russian border, and was previously controlled by the Donetsk People’s Republic. The Ukrainian military has done its best to fortify the city after winning it back, but many believe that the pro-Russia separatists plan to seize control of it once again. In this dispatch from Ukraine, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky embeds with the Azov battalion as it prepares to defend Mariupol. Watch “A Rebel Beauty Pageant: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 98)” – http://bit.ly/1C4mxS6 Watch “Russia’s Ghost Army in Ukraine” – http://bit.ly/1AOAZGI Read “Putin Reveals He Ordered the Annexation of Crimea on the Day Yanukovych Fled Kiev” – http://bit.ly/1C2b049 Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News 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 More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Entrepreneur Works to Preserve History and Cater to City’s Needs

RK Construction

When Ramsey Khalidi made the trek from Detroit to Savannah in the early 1980s, he was struck by the city’s historic buildings and unique architecture. So when he saw builders in the city just trashing the interiors of historic homes, he wanted to do something about it.

A former industrial engineer, Khalidi started RK Construction, a company dedicated to restoring old buildings using historic materials. He would gather materials like windows, doors, trim and even roofing materials from buildings about to be demolished. Then he would reuse those materials in other building projects.

Khalidi told Inc his philosophy about historic structures:

“Somewhere, somehow, 100 percent of a building can be reused.”

After about 10 years, Khalidi had collected more materials than he really needed for his building projects. So he started the Southern Pine Company of Georgia to sell some of those materials to others looking for historic additions to their homes or building projects.

Through both of his companies, Khalidi tries to always keep the good of the community in mind. Once, he even arranged to have seven homes moved down the street so that an underserved neighborhood could get a supermarket.

In a lot of places, just tearing down those old homes to make room for a grocery store wouldn’t seem so terrible. But Savannah is a city that is known for its history. And that’s part of what convinced Khalidi and plenty of others to settle there.

So by saving parts of historic structures, Khalidi’s main goal is to preserve the past and help his community keep some of its historic charm. But he’s also catering to the needs of others who share his love of the history and character of that Savannah architecture.

Whether they’re looking for their own home with historic charm or just in the market for some of those leftover historic materials, there are plenty of people in the area who are interested in what Khalidi is offering. And that shared interest and love of the city is what has made his businesses successful.

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Japan vs. The Islamic State

The brutal beheadings of Japanese nationals Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa by the Islamic State in January have shocked the island nation and lent momentum to an effort to expand the limitations imposed on its constitution and military after its defeat by the United States in World War II. Leftists in Japan fear that the incident will encourage a departure from the country’s pacifist constitution, whose Article 9 states that “the Japanese people forever renounce… the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes.” Right-wingers, meanwhile, see an opportunity to allow Japan to assert itself as a truly sovereign state. VICE News reports from Japan as its prime minister and right wing are pushing for re-militarization of the pacifist nation, amid protests from the left who staunchly oppose any changes to Article 9 of the constitution. Watch “Russia’s Ghost Army in Ukraine” – http://bit.ly/1AOAZGI Read “Islamic State Killings Pit Japan’s Right Against Left in Battle Over Pacifist Constitution” – http://bit.ly/1BWHi29 Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News 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 More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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This Lake Shouldn’t Be Blue (Excerpt from ‘Toxic Waste in the US: Coal Ash’)

Coal ash, which contains many of the world’s worst carcinogens, is what’s left over when coal is burnt for electricity. An estimated 113 million tons of coal ash are produced annually in the US, and stored in almost every state — some of it literally in people’s backyards. With very little government oversight and few safeguards in place, toxic chemicals have been known to leak from these storage sites and into nearby communities, contaminating drinking water and making residents sick. VICE News travels across the US to meet the people and visit the areas most affected by this toxic waste stream. Since coal production is predicted to remain steady for the next few decades, coal ash will be a problem that will affect the US for years to come. In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Neha Shastry visits Little Blue Run, the largest coal ash impoundment in the US, and speaks to a resident about the environmental effects of this big blue toxic lake. Watch the full length, “Toxic Waste in the US: Coal Ash” – http://bit.ly/1zDaW66 Watch the extra scene, “Contaminated Drinking Water” – http://bit.ly/1wJHsIf Watch “Showdown in Coal Country” – http://bit.ly/16LRifW Watch “Petcoke: Toxic Waste in the Windy City” – http://bit.ly/1E2YejO Read “The Fossil Fuel Industry Paid This Scientist to Deny Human-Caused Climate Change” – http://bit.ly/1MVE4P5 Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News 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 More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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