Rebranding Death: What is the “death positive” movement?

FUNerals, coffin clubs, and death cafes are just a few ways people are embracing their mortality.   Video of Rebranding Death: What is the "death positive" movement? The finality of death is overwhelming for a lot of people. In fact, more than half of Americans are “afraid” or “very afraid” of facing death, according to a Chapman University Study . But the birth of the “Death Positive” or “Death Wellness” movement is hoping to change the cultural mindset about dying. Henry Fersko-Weiss, a New York social worker, helped birth the…

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Trump rolls out measures against documented immigrants

New hardline policy targets documented immigrants who apply for government benefits such as food and housing. US President Donald Trump‘s administration has rolled out another new hardline policy aimed at migrants, this time documented immigrants who apply for government benefits such as food and housing. The new policy was announced after a series of raids arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in food processing plants in Mississippi. Although the government said is will pursue employers who hire such workers, none of the employers in the Mississippi raids has been arrested or…

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Divided Under Trump: The Strange Death of American Civility

We investigate how the toxic partisan divisions of the Trump era have eroded civil norms vital for US democracy. Watch ‘Part 2: What does it mean to be American?’ above Watch ‘Part 1: Democrats vs Republicans’ below The United States seems more disunited than at any point in recent history – its politics so undermined by partisan divisions that consensus on almost anything is impossible to achieve. Toxic partisanship between Democrats and Republicans – the nation’s two main parties – has soared under President Donald Trump‘s administration – worsening since the…

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‘Do something’: Protests as Trump visits Dayton shooting victims

Protesters in Dayton urge US president to take action after a mass shooting that killed nine and wounded dozens more. Demonstrators chant as they protest the arrival of President Donald Trump outside Miami Valley Hospital [John Minchillo/AP] Scores of protesters have greeted US President Donald Trump as he arrived in the city of Dayton, Ohio, to visit survivors of a deadly mass shooting. The president and first lady Melania Trump began their visit on Wednesday at the Miami Valley Hospital where many of the victims of gun assault were treated. At…

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Can web-fuelled violence be stopped?

Shootings that killed dozens have been linked to radical hate manifestos posted online. From the weekend shootings in the United States to the mosque attacks in New Zealand, a number of murderous assaults have been linked to websites which allow hate and radical speech. The suspects are believed to have shared their manifestos before carrying out their attacks. They did not use browsers we all log in to every day – but a deeper, darker layer of the internet where you can hide your identity and location, as well as…

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Why isn’t the US dealing with the rising threat of white supremacy?

Despite growing white nationalist violence worldwide, US conservatives are pushing for antifa to be designated a “terrorist” group. Twenty people are dead in a weekend shooting at an El Paso Wal-Mart. The incident is being called one of the worst attacks on Latinos in US history. The suspected shooter is in police custody, and posted an anti-immigrant manifesto online before the attack. Authorities are charging him with “domestic terrorism .” Around the country, calls are growing for the US to starting taking white nationalism seriously. In July, FBI director Christopher…

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The deadliest mass shootings in the US

Thirty people die in two mass shootings within hours, shocking the country and prompting calls for tighter gun control. At least 20 people were killed after a man armed with an assault rifle opened fire in a packed Walmart store in El Paso, Texas on Saturday – the eighth deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Hours later, a gunman dressed in body armour opened fire in a downtown district of Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding at least 26 others. “God bless the people of El Paso…

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The Disunited States: How partisan politics is polarizing the US

Unquestioning party allegiances and growing division between Democrats and Republicans may threaten American democracy. Americans may be as divided over politics today as they were in the lead up to the Civil War of the 1860s. In Washington, DC, hardly a day passes without Democrats and Republicans accusing the other party of betraying the nation and its core values. Around the country, partisan allegiances are fracturing relationships at the level of the family, neighbourhood and community. Religious congregations are coming apart over politics. So are marriages. Partisan rancour worsened after…

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Trump rally: Immigration policy in the spotlight

Despite criticism of the detention of children in squalid conditions, Trump lauded his crackdown at the border. US President Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail, taking his 2020 re-election bid to the city of Cincinnati in Ohio. There he launched a blistering attack on his Democratic rivals, although the issue of immigration quickly became his biggest talking point.   Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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The Strange Death of American Civility

We investigate how the toxic partisan divisions of the Trump era have eroded civil norms vital for US democracy. Part 1: Democrats vs Republicans The United States seems more disunited than at any point in recent history – its politics so undermined by partisan divisions that consensus on almost anything is impossible to achieve. Toxic partisanship between Democrats and Republicans – the nation’s two main parties – has soared under President Donald Trump‘s administration – worsening since the release of then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation of Trump and Russian interference…

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Is Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza is dead

Three US officials confirmed Hamza’s death to a TV station while another report says he died in the last two years. Intelligence officials in the United States have received information that al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden‘s son Hamza has died, according to a US broadcaster. NBC reported on Wednesday that three US officials had confirmed they had information of Hamza bin Laden’s death, but gave no details of the date or place, and did not indicate if they had confirmed the information. The New York Times newspaper also reported that…

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Robert Mueller appears before US House Judiciary Committee

The former special counsel will give his statement on his probe report related to Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller is appearing before the two congressional committees in today’s trial related to his probe report on Russia meddling in 2016 presidential election. Mueller’s appearance before two House panels promises to be the TV event of the year in the US House.   Al Jazeera reports live from Washington, DC.

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Pre-Crime: Has Minority Report-style Policing Become a Reality?

Police are using technology and data to predict behaviour and prevent crime – but are innocent people being targeted? What if you could predict a crime before it happens? It’s the stuff of science fiction – the film Minority Report, set in the year 2054, imagines police officers that arrest individuals for crimes not yet committed. Their fictional department is called “Pre-Crime”. And it might quickly be becoming a reality. Police in the United States and the United Kingdom are using mathematical algorithms, which rely on data collected from social media, surveillance…

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