The Rise Of Pakistan’s Makeshift Amusement Parks

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A motorcycle acrobat thrills the crowd at an amusement park set up outside a shrine in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. IMAGE: MUHAMMED MUHEISEN/ASSOCIATED PRESS Source: Mashable

Embroiled in conflict since at least 1947, when Great Britain partitioned British India to create the independent nations of India and Pakistan, the latter can hardly be considered the world’s happiest place. And yet, these photos by Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen present a photographic foil to such a grim reality.

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Food vendors set up shop to keep visitors fed at a park in Islamabad, Pakistan. IMAGE: MUHAMMED MUHEISEN/ASSOCIATED PRESS Source: Mashable

Over the past several years, people living in the outskirts of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have come up with a way to temporarily break the fear and add some joy to the lives of Pakistani children, and their parents: makeshift amusement parks.

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A boy walking his horse while he checks out a Rawalpindi park. IMAGE: MUHAMMED MUHEISEN/ASSOCIATED PRESS Source: Mashable

Over 400 amusement parks dot the United States landscape, and another 300 are scattered across Europe. In Pakistan, however, most children do not have the luxury of visiting such parks. In the Middle East and Southeast Asia, amusement parks are scarce, and the ones that do exist are far too expensive for most families to enjoy.

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Red Medicine: Is Cuba The New Global Leader In Medical Science?

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As the United States has taken some initial steps to reopen trade with Cuba, many of us are learning about the latter’s revolutionary, often successful medical interventions throughout recent history. Earlier this year, Cuba sent droves of doctors to Africa to aid in resolving the Ebola crisis, but most recently, Cuba has made international headlines for its development of a lung cancer “vaccine” that attacks a specific protein unique to certain lung cancers, giving patients an extra four to six months of quality living. The most exciting aspect to fans of Cuba’s healthcare system? It’s “free.” But just what might some of the costs be?

Medicine And Marxist Philosophy

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The Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba, which educates Latin Americans from many countries in medicine for free. Source: ELAM

One way to understand Cuba’s medical philosophy is by reading Marxist and medical doctor Che Guevara’s 1960 treatise, On Revolutionary Medicine. In it, he laments the sorry state of Latin American medicine at a time in which “a father can accept the loss of a son as an unimportant accident,” and calls for a socially equal approach to medicine in the future.

These Marxist ideals soon translated into practice. The Cuban government dictates how much money medical and pharmaceutical companies can make and dedicate to research. Today, the government sponsors numerous scholarships for students of impoverished countries to study medicine in Cuba. Medicines are made available first for free at hospitals in Cuba, and then to the general public at reduced cost. Cuban doctors all over the world are able to send goods home free of import duties, and Cuba has received stipends and economic support from numerous countries for sending over their medical students and doctors. Seems like pretty good incentive to be a Cuban physician, right?

Artist Guido Daniele Turns Your Arm Into Your Favorite Animal

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We might regard body painting as a relatively new art form, but in reality it is an ancient practice shared across many cultures. Be it tribal painting rituals, henna tattoos or morning makeup routines, the human body has historically presented itself as an apt canvas for personal expression.

In the West, most of our knowledge on the subject begins and ends with clowns painting animals on kids’ faces at birthday parties. But artists like Guido Daniele take the process to the next level. Daniele doesn’t paint animals on human skin so much as he uses paint to transform people into the animals in question.

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Stunning Images Of An “Urban Ice Age” Highlight Humanity’s Smallness

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Architectural spires break through the surface, almost as if they are coming up for air Source: Huffington Post

Whether you believe it’s plausible or not, French artist Francois Ronsiaux wants us to imagine a world in which the ice caps have melted, drowning our urban spaces–and to internalize the ramifications. This is the goal of his solemn, haunting and humbling series, United Land.

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Sharks dance at the opera house Source: Huffington Post

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