Ayahuasca rituals can be profoundly beneficial if theyre done properly | Oscar Rickett

The parents of a British teenager who died in Colombia are right to advise a serious approach to offset the dangers, says the journalist and writer Oscar Rickett It wasnt until relatively recently that the plant medicine known most commonly as that offer the potion. Ayahuasca ceremonies now also occur…

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Irish activists pledge to protest against Donald Trump visit

Politicians urge public to send a clear signal to the American people during US presidents November trip Politicians and activists in Ireland have pledged to protest against Donald Trump when he visits in November. On Friday, the Solidarity People Before Profit all pledged to organise protests surrounding the visit, within…

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Tesla shares soar after Elon Musk floats plan to take company private

Musk tweets plan as it emerges Saudi Arabia has built up $2.9bn stake in tech giant Elon Musk has launched a campaign to take Tesla private on a day that included several provocative tweets, a suspension (and resumption) of trading in the companys shares, reports of a significant Saudi investment,…

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Seriously ill Aretha Franklin visited by Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson

Singers nephew says family and friends trying to keep her spirits up as she receives hospice care at home Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson are among those to visit the seriously ill soul singer Aretha Franklin, who is close to the end of her life and receiving hospice care at…

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Swedish student’s plane protest stops man’s deportation ‘to hell’

Elin Ersson refused to sit down on Gothenburg flight until man being sent to Afghanistan was removed A lone student activist on board a plane at Gothenburg airport has prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker from Sweden by refusing to sit down until the man was removed from…

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Ireland becomes world’s first country to divest from fossil fuels

Bill passed by parliament means more than 300m shares in coal, oil, peat and gas will be sold as soon as practicable The Republic of Ireland will become the worlds first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in…

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Separation at the border: children wait in cages at south Texas warehouse

US Border Patrol allows reporters to visit but does not allow pictures or interviews at holding facility housing children as young as four Inside an old warehouse in south Texas, hundreds of children wait away from their parents in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had…

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Say hello to Justin Trudeau, the world’s newest oil executive | Bill McKibben

The Canadian prime minister presents himself as a climate hero. By promising to nationalise the Kinder Morgan pipeline, he reveals his true self In case anyone wondered, this is how the world ends: with the cutest, progressivest, boybandiest leader in the world going fully in the tank for the oil…

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Nazis separated me from my parents as a child. The trauma lasts a lifetime | Yoka Verdoner

I know from experience that the Trump-sanctioned brutality at the US border with Mexico will scar its child victims for life The events occurring now on our border with Mexico, where children are being removed from the arms of their mothers and fathers and sent to foster families or shelters,…

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Ireland has changed utterly: the cruel eighth amendment is history | Ivana Bacik

An end to our 35-year struggle for safe, legal abortion is at last in sight, writes senator and campaigner Ivana Bacik Ireland has spoken and we have made history. The clause inserted into our constitution in 1983 that bestowed on the unborn a right to life equal to that of…

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Anthony Bourdain, TV chef and travel host, found dead aged 61

CNN, which aired Bourdains show Parts Unknown, confirmed his death and said it was suicide The girlfriend of TV chef Anthony Bourdain has paid tribute to his brilliant, fearless spirit as friends and family reacted with shock to his death at the age of 61. CNN, which hosted Bourdains globetrotting…

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