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The time we felt Lebanon’s bleeding heart

Young Syrian refugee in Beirut.   Photos by Leonie Lohwasser. Over January Leonie and I decided to travel to Lebanon. “We just want to see what’s happening, see what’s going on down there,” we announced with quiet arrogance. Truthfully, we had a greater aim, though admitted to no one. We were going ‘to Challenge Ourselves.’ The reason to end all reasons, self satisfied and smug, the cause behind thousands of gap years and the sole explanation as to why there are so many fresh faced…

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Greenland's large scale ruby industry hurts small scale miners

by Bridget Honan Forget about Australia’s gold fever, Greenland is in a ruby psychosis. canadian viagra price The red gems are the most valuable precious stones in the world, worth up to ten times as much as diamond, and Greenland is chock full of them. But at the moment, Canadian mining company True North Gems are the only ones who stand to make money off them, and local Greenlanders are crying poor. Niels Madsen has a rough ruby in his house the size of two…

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Greenland's lack of ruby cutting and polishing industry leads to less profits

by Bridget Honan Locals fear a lack of ruby exporters in Greenland could mean the country misses out on important tax money. At the moment, with no ruby mining industry of it’s own, Greenland makes money from taxes paid by foreign companies like True North Gems. But under current laws, these mining companies only need to pay taxes on their profits. No free market to compare prices Small scale mining activists fear that with the difficulties for small scale miners to export rubies, there is…

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Investigative story on EU drug policy

While studying in Denmark, our class took a study tour to Brussels to investigate policy within the European Union. Here is my story. EU attempts to reach common ground on drug policy   by Bridget Honan and Leonie Lohwasser. It smells like urine and vomit. Two men crouching behind an oversized umbrella burn crack on an dirty, rusty teaspoon. A filthy, wrinkly hand opens to show different coloured pills – methadon, sleeping pills, “downer”, amphetamines. This is daily life on Istedgade in Copenhagen. The city…

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About me

Defying the maxim “if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all” since 1990. Bridget is a 22 year old journalist from Australia. Someone once said she’s the kind of person who “does stuff.” Such “stuff” includes trying her hand at music journalism in Tokyo, hitchiking to Sweden with electronic music prodigy xxyyxx, and most recently, training to become a war correspondent in the Democratic Republic of Congo. You can contact Bridget Honan here cialis online

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