The Promised Land: Cocaine And Faith In The Amazon (Trailer)

Peru is now the world’s main supplier of coca, the raw plant material used to manufacture cocaine. In the last five years, coca production has grown the most in the tri-border region, an area deep in the Amazon where Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet. The tri-border region is home to a messianic sect with apocalyptic beliefs whose members dress in biblical robes. Known as “Israelites,” the religious group migrated to the Peruvian Amazon in 1995 in search of a promised land that’s now infested with coca plantations. VICE News traveled to Alto Monte de Israel, the sacred land of the Israelites, to meet them and understand how they cope with the existence of coca crops on their land, and whether they’re involved in the drug trade. Watch “Peru: The New King of Coke” – Read “Meet the Man Helping Peru’s Foreign Drug Mules Get Home” – Subscribe to VICE News here: Check out VICE News for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram: More videos from the VICE network:

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New Acer C910 Chromebook is Super Fast, Here’s Why

C910 Chromebook

To paraphrase a once famous tagline: Acer hasn’t reinvented the Chromebook, it just made it faster.

The company just announced that it is releasing a new model to the Acer C910 Chromebook.

To improve it this time, Acer has relaunched the device with the new fifth-generation Intel Core i5 processor. Acer says this hardware improvement makes it the fastest commercial-grade Chromebook available on the market.

The C910 Chromebook is designed specifically for business and educational consumers. It has the largest display of any Chromebook product. Acer says it built the C910 with a 15.6-inch display to allow users more room on screen to function on the Web.

And now it has the fastest processor.

In an official release announcing the new Chromebook, Acer America’s mobility business manager Carlos Siqueiros explains:

“The new faster performing Acer C910 Chromebook with an Intel Core i5 processor is raising the bar for Chromebook performance. The advanced technology will boost productivity and help our education and commercial customers get the most out of their Chromebook experience for collaboration on important projects and research.”

The improved processor on the Acer C910 Chromebook should also allow users to get multiple things done at once. Acer says that the larger display on this Chromebook means it’s easier to have multiple tabs open or to be running more than one app simultaneously.

As far as Chromebooks go, the Acer C910 may be top of the mark. It retails for $499. It is stocked with the new Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of DDR low-voltage memory, and 32GB of SSD internal storage.

The C910 Chromebook was built for durability, too. In Acer’s press release, the company describes what the new C910 can endure:

“The Acer C910 has a reinforced cover that withstands up to 60kg of force, while the corners can tolerate up to 45cm drops without damage. Plus, the Chromebook was designed to endure more twisting and stress, further bolstered by a sleek and comfortable design that ensures a secure grip.”

The new model featuring the Intel Core i5 processor should be available some time in April, according to a report from Android Central.

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President Obama On Paying Off His Student Loans: The VICE News Interview

Watch the full roundtable: The biggest financial issue currently facing young Americans is not the decline of manufacturing jobs or the housing collapse, but mounting student debt. To tackle this issue, VICE hosted a roundtable discussion, moderated by VICE founder Shane Smith, with President Barack Obama and five students who discussed the challenges surrounding student debt and the pursuit of higher education in the US. In this excerpt, President Obama discusses paying off his own student loans, as well as how student debt can be lowered for today’s students. Watch the full interview: Read “President Obama, VICE, and US Students Talk Student Debt Issues in Roundtable Discussion” – Read “Obama Talks to VICE News About Climate Change, Marijuana Legalization, and the Islamic State” – Watch Season 1 of VICE on HBO: Watch Season 2 of VICE on HBO: More from Shane Smith: Follow Shane on Twitter: Subscribe to VICE News here: Check out VICE News for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram: More videos from the VICE network:

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Under Siege in Ramadi (Teaser)

In early March, the world was watching Iraqi government forces advance on the Islamic State (IS) in Tikrit. Meanwhile, the militant group was launching a series of assaults on what little remains of the government-held parts of the provincial capital of Ramadi, which had then been under siege for over a year. On the morning of March 11 — the first day VICE News spent in Ramadi — multiple IS car bombs were detonated, killing multiple people and injuring dozens. In a series of interviews, Iraqi officials told VICE News that they fear IS fighters will overrun what remains of government-held Ramadi if the US does not intervene with air support. According to police in Ramadi, more than 2,000 officers have been killed since January 2014, when IS first announced its presence in the city. VICE News spent three days in Ramadi documenting civilian life and interviewing Iraqi officials, as the first Western journalists to access the besieged town in over a year. Watch “Leading the Fight Against the Islamic State: The Battle for Iraq (Dispatch 10)” – Watch “The Battle for Iraq: Shia Militias vs. the Islamic State” – Read “With the Islamic State Closing In on Ramadi, Iraqi Officials Demand Help from the US” – Subscribe to VICE News here: Check out VICE News for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram: More videos from the VICE network:

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The Failed Assassination of Kim Jong-il (Extra Scene from ‘Propaganda Over Pyongyang’)

Watch the full documentary: North and South Korea are, both legally and philosophically, in a state of war. While the guns may be silent, the conflict between the two countries has now become one of propaganda. With the assistance of the Human Rights Foundation, North Korean defectors now in South Korea have been launching hydrogen-filled balloons across the 38th parallel — carrying both money and propaganda. In late 2014, a balloon launch sparked a brief exchange of gunfire between North and South Korean soldiers, and even more recently, Pyongyang has promised that hellfire will rain on South Korea if any copies of the controversial Hollywood comedy The Interview make it across the border. VICE News traveled to Seoul to meet frontline soldiers in this information war — and to attend a clandestine launch of propaganda balloons into the Hermit Kingdom. In this extra scene, VICE News correspondent Michael Moynihan speaks with a former lieutenant of the North Korean People’s Army about a failed assassination attempt on Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. Watch Michael Moynihan answer your questions about this documentary – Watch “When VICE Met Kim Jong-un” – Read “North Korea Calls Planned Balloon Drop of ‘The Interview’ DVDs a ‘De Facto Declaration of War’” – Read “We Spoke to a North Korean Defector Who Escaped Terrible Working Conditions Overseas” – Subscribe to VICE News here: Check out VICE News for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram: More videos from the VICE network:

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