“Monsters In Paris” Highlights Human Fascination With The Macabre

Halloween may well have passed us by, but monsters have never been deterred by the dictates of mere Gregorian calendars. After all, the human fascination with the morbid can be seen across borders and time. To highlight this, the French website Golem13 took Parisian cityscapes and inserted into them many famous horror movie characters we all know and love. Like visions of some Hollywood-inspired nightmare, our most chilling horror icons have invaded France.

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Monsters In Paris It

Be wary when walking next to the sewers of Paris; you might find yourself being taunted by this red haired menace. If you get pulled down under, don’t fret, Pennywise is sure to remind you that “they all float down here.” Source: Golem 13

Monsters In Paris Alien

Not even Earth is safe from the alien Ripley had to face back in 1979. Be sure to check with your doctor if you have any chest-bursting symptoms or unusual parasites clinging to your face. Source: Golem 13

Monsters In Paris Shining

Wandering the streets of Paris with all these monsters about, he’s going to need a faster tricycle. It’s a good thing that Danny always knows what’s coming! Source: Golem 13

Monsters In Paris Jason

Source: Golem 13

Monsters In Paris Ring

If Samara from The Ring can travel through a TV screen, then a glass store display window will be no obstacle for her. Who thought it was a good idea to bring that video tape into circulation, anyway? Source: Golem 13

Monsters In Paris Myers

Even if Halloween is over, Michael Myers is always out there creeping about during the night and slaughtering anyone who gets in the way of finding his family. Source: Golem 13

Monsters In Paris Chucky

Dolls in general are just plain creepy, but if you see this doll lurking around a playground at night, it would be a good idea to high-tail it out of there; especially if it holds the soul of a serial killer. Source: Golem 13

Monsters In Paris Loch Ness

Everybody always tries to disprove the Loch Ness Monster’s existence, but look, he’s right here in Paris. Everyone can put their theories to rest; Nessie is alive and well, and dining on fancy French cuisine. Source: Golem 13

Monsters In Paris Evil Dead

A trap door in the sidewalk is weird. What’s even weirder? Seeing a possessed woman frantically trying to escape from it. Hopefully a copy of the Necronomicon can be found in France; otherwise she is probably going to swallow your soul. Source: Golem 13

Monsters In Paris BWP

A bravery award goes to anyone who figures out the secret of the Paris Blair Witch. There is sure to be hysteric crying and nose-dripping as you try to document the fantastical horrors you have witnessed. Source: Golem 13

Monsters In Paris Spider

Giant spiders have terrorized us in films and nightmares for longer than anyone can remember. You are going to need an awfully big newspaper to take care of this guy. Maybe coming to Paris wasn’t the best idea… Source: Golem 13

Monsters In Paris Exorcist

Hope you have a priest on speed-dial! Regan has levitated very far from home - and brought her peculiar “disease” with her. Modern medicine doesn’t possess any cure for this particular illness. Source: Golem 13Source: Golem 13

Monsters In Paris Aliens

We thought one alien was enough to keep our hands full, but now there are multiple aliens? A horror sequel’s motto is always ‘Go big or go home!’ Looks like it’s time to go home. Source: Golem 13

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What Jewish Life Looked Like Before the Holocaust

Jewish Life Roman Vishniac

The photographer himself, amid some of the people he was attempting to rescue from poverty. Source: US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Exploring photographer Roman Vishniac’s archives of Jewish life before the Holocaust is to contemplate just how quickly politics and propaganda can transform—or eviscerate—an entire culture. In 1935, Vishniac began to photo-document impoverished Jewish communities in order to secure aid for them through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. There are about 9,000 photo negatives in Vishniac’s archive, but only 350 of them were printed in the span of his lifetime.

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Jewish Life Desk

Sharing school books at heder: 1935-38. Source: The New Yorker

Jewish Life Unseparated Shots

Many unseparated shots from the archive. Source: Art Blart

Jewish Life Berlin Zoo

Inside the Berlin zoo: Early 1930s. Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Jewish Life NY Theater

Dancers Emily Frankel and Mark Ryder, New York: early 1950s. Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Jewish Life Rail Station Berlin

Inside the Anhalter Bahnhof, a railway station in Berlin: early 1930s. Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Jewish Life Washing Windows

Shop woman washing the windows of Mandtler and Neumann Speditionen in Vienna: 1930s. Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Jewish Life Applicant

Emigration applicant meeting with an agent from the Aid Society of German Jews: 1937-38. Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Jewish Life Beach

A day at the beach in Nice, France: 1939. Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Jewish Life Movies

German family leaving the movie theater, Berlin: early 1930s. Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Jewish Life Schoolchildren

A flurry of happy children’s faces, Mukacevo: 1935-1938. Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Jewish Life Kindling

Warsaw Boy in front of kindling in a basement dwelling: 1935–38. Source: Art News

Jewish Life Hitler Poster

Vishniac’s own daughter Mara in front of an election poster for Hindenburg and Hitler that says, “The Marshal and the Corporal: Fight with Us for Peace and Equal Rights,” Berlin: 1933. Source: Art News

Jewish Life Rubble

Boy standing atop a giant pile of rubble, Berlin: 1947. Source: Art News

Jewish Life Building School

Young Zionists building a school and foundry while learning construction techniques, The Netherlands: 1939. Source: Art News

Jewish Life Motor Boy

Boys gathered in admiration of a motorcycle, Brandenburg: early 1930s. Source: Art News

Jewish Life Stroller Street

Berlin street photography; notice the swastika flag on the storefront: 1935-36. Source: Art Blart

Jewish Life Elementary School

David Eckstein, seven years old, and his elementary school classmates in heder: 1935-38. Source: Art Blart

Jewish Life Soup Kitchen

A worker in a Jewish soup kitchen: mid to late 1930s. Source: Art Blart

Jewish Life Berlin Dog Walk

A Berlin street scene: 1926. Source: Art Blart

Jewish Life Stoop

Enjoying some time outdoors: date unknown. Source: Wordpress

Jewish Life Bath Time

Bath time for siblings at home: date unknown. Source: Wordpress

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What It Looks Like To Live On $1.25 A Day

Do you have access to $1.25? If so, how much can it buy you? The World Bank and the United Nations have been asking those very questions for years. Extreme poverty is defined as earning less than $1.25 a day in 2005 prices, increased from the $1 a day originally set forth by the World Bank in 1996, which was still not enough to buy a hot dog combo at Costco. According to 2011 estimates, around 17 percent of the world—or around 1.18 billion people—live in extreme poverty. This is a taste of what their lives look like:

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Central African Republic, 62% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty CAR

Poverty in general is defined by the World Bank as a deprivation in well-being, which covers low incomes and lack of access to services necessary for survival with dignity. Source: Bellanaija

India, 21.9% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty India

Many living in poverty do not have access to clean water and sanitation, equitable physical security, and adequate healthcare. Source: Your Article Library

India

Global Poverty India Cups

The majority of those that survive in extreme poverty live in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific. Almost half live in India and China alone. Source: Christian Science Monitor

Bangladesh, 31.5% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Bangladesh

Three other nations have the highest amount of poverty stricken individuals: Nigeria, Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Source: Blogspot

Ethiopia, 29.6% population living at national poverty lines

Ethiopia Poverty

Five countries with the highest numbers of individuals in poverty account for 80% of the world’s poor. They are Kenya, Indonesia, Pakistan, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Source: Christian Science Monitor

Malawi, 50.7% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Malawi Water

Rural areas account for 75% of those who live on less than a dollar a day. Source: All Water

Madagascar, 75.3% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Madagascar

However, urban slum growth continues, as people migrate from rural locations in search of better job opportunities but cannot afford housing in the cities. Source: Wordpress

China, 10.2% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty China

Over 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty globally, many of whom are in war-torn countries. Source: Asia News

China

Global Poverty China Trash Bike

In urban areas, like this one in China, many families are reduced to fishing through landfills to find sustenance or collecting garbage to sell. Source: GB Times

Somalia, 73% poverty rate

Global Poverty Somalia Drought

Congo, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Burundi and Liberia have the smallest gross domestic product outputs and rampant poverty. Droughts, like this one in Somalia, have a disproportionately negative impact on many subsistence farmers. Source: Tck Tck Tck

Somalia

Global Poverty Somalia

22,000 children die daily due to poverty. Between 27% and 28% of children suffer from stunted growth and development because of their living conditions. Source: Xinhua Net

Kenya, 45.9

Global Poverty Kenya

2.6 billion people in the world lack proper sanitation and access to clean water, like this child in the Kibera slums of Nairobi. Source: Nigerian Current

Kenya, 45.9% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Kenya Kibera

Poverty contributes to hunger and low health, and is exacerbated by government fragility and conflict. Source: Blogspot

Democratic Republic of the Congo, 71.3% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty DRC Refugeesw

Civil war has plagued the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire. The Second Congo War involved nine African nations and resulted in the deaths of 5.4 million people. Source: Hear Congo

Democratic Republic Of The Congo

Global Poverty DRC

Rwandan rebels at the heart of regional conflict continue to hide out in the DRC, though the Congolese government has begun a process to weed them out, send them to disarmament camps and relocate them to another country. Source: Internal Displacement

Liberia, 63.8% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Liberia

Reintegration policies focus on returning rebels from civil wars to communities. In many cases, particularly with Liberia, the rebels are returned to areas where they committed acts of violence. Source: The Higher Learning

Liberia

Global Poverty Liberia

In Liberia, rape was employed as a tool of war between 1999 and 2003, leaving many women afraid for the day when their attackers would return to their communities. Fearful women tend to participate less in society—even when they are included politically—which lends itself to poverty. Source: Cloud Front

Afghanistan, 35.8% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Afghanistan

Studies from the World Bank state that more than 9 million Afghans live in poverty. The conflict in Afghanistan has displaced thousands and forced many into Pakistan to seek refuge from the violence. Source: Free Speech

Afghanistan

Global Poverty Afghanistan Mill

In nations where war and violence are common, people often lose land, resources and households to looting and scorched earth policies. Source: VOA News

Zimbabwe, 72.3% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Zimbabwe

Institutional transformations often occur when governments are overthrown—during or following war. This often leads to changes in access to educational opportunities, land ownership and voting rights. Source: Real Truth

Global Poverty Zimbabwe Kids

A 1998 study noted that in the United States and Europe, over 17 billion dollars were spent on pet food alone. Compare that to the $6 billion that could be used to ensure that everyone of school age was enrolled in an educational program within a year. Source: Web Governments

Burundi, 66.9% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Burundi

In another shocking statistic, 780 billion dollars were invested in global military spending in 1998, but it would have only taken $9 billion to provide sanitation services to everyone. Source: Nihehe

Central African Republic, 62% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty CAR Bangui

Some studies also suggest that poverty leads to violence, since people might see it as more beneficial to participate in crime than attempt to survive the repercussions of going against the gangs or warlords in power. Source: Bella Naija

Guatemala, 53.7% population living at national poverty lines

Guatemala Poverty

Guatemala suffers from heavy gang violence and is the poorest nation in Latin America. Gangs control over half of their territory and the government permits them to do so. Source: Sense And Sustainability

Nepal. 25.2% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Nepal Swing

Even with very little, children still find ways to have fun. This often means—as seen here—playing in stagnant puddles and landfills, which exposes them to illnesses. Source: City Lab

Nepal

Global Poverty Nepal

USAID programs have contributed significantly to the improvement of child survivability rates. Infant mortality rates have dropped by 10% in just eight years. Source: Volunteer Summer Nepal

South Sudan, 50.6% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty South Sudan

Infectious diseases continue to be a serious problem for those living in poverty. Every year, there are 350 to 500 million cases of malaria. One million people die each year from its effects. South Sudan has the highest malaria burden in Subsaharan Africa. Source: Oxfam

South Sudan

Global Poverty South Sudan Water

Many diseases are a result of poor nutrition, filthy water and indoor air pollution caused by burning biomass fuels in poorly ventilated homes. Source: IPS News

Tanzania, 28.2% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Tanzania

Medicines for many diseases that affect poverty-stricken areas are often too expensive for the people living in such conditions. Source: Helvetas

Tanzania

Global Poverty Tanzania Schoolchildren

One of the Millennium Development Goals set forth by the United Nations in 1990 was to halve extreme poverty rates by 2015. Despite the overwhelming numbers we see, the UN has achieved that goal. Source: MCC

Indonesia, 11.4% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Indonesia House

Rehydration therapy can be used to treat diarrheal conditions but it is often not accessible by those most in need. Source:

Indonesia

Global Poverty Indonesia

Focused efforts on vaccinations in developing nations began in 2000, resulting in measles deaths dropping by 74% worldwide. Source: Wordpress

Congo, 46.5% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Congo

Many in impoverished nations continue to suffer from HIV/AIDS, without any treatment. 2 million children under the age of 15 currently suffer from the virus. Source: WWF

Haiti, 58.5% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Haiti

Haiti remains the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere and has been wrought by political strife throughout most of its existence. Two fifths of Haitians depend on subsistence farming to survive and are greatly susceptible to natural disasters, including the earthquake of 2010. Source: Wordpress

Haiti

Haiti House Poverty

Some of the country’s leadership is involved in the illegal drug trade and have been since the 1980s. Delays in municipal and federal elections are also frequent, leading the people to feel as though they have no voice. Source: CFR

Pakistan, 12.4% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Pakistan Woman

In June 2005, finance ministers for the G8 agreed to provide enough funds to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the African Development Bank to cancel $40 - $55 billion in debt owed by members of exceedingly poor nations. Source: The Politic

Pakistan

Global Poverty Pakistan

Trade, education and health initiatives work to improve conditions, but there is still much more work to do. Source: GUIM

Nigeria, 46% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Nigeria

The UN has fallen under scrutiny for their Millennium Goals, which also include empowerment of women, combating diseases like malaria and reducing child mortality rates, because of their lack of oversight and general suggestions. Source: DAHW

Togo, 58.7% population living at national poverty lines

Global Poverty Togo

Through organizations and entrepreneurs, people are trying to set up long term solutions to address poverty in poor nations, including job creation and fair trade partnerships. Source: Georgia Tech

Togo

Global Poverty Togo Shea

Women in Togo produce shea butter, which will then be used to produce fair trade beauty products for ethical manufacturers. More opportunities like this provide chances to equitably engage in the global market. Source: Trade As One

Who benefits from poverty? Check the video below, featuring international development scholar Ananya Roy:

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