What’s Up World? #28

Published on MTV’s international pro-social website MTV Voices on 08.05.13

What’s Up World?
Between the cracks of the world’s news headlines

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What do One Direction, Kanye West and Kings of Leon have in common?

Not that much. Except that they’re all on board with the newly launched Global Citizen Tickets Initiative, where activism = gig tickets.

By completing various social actions and shining a light on global issues, like access to education, food and water, malaria, polio and women’s empowerment, music fans earn points they can use to win tickets to some of the biggest gigs in the world.

The list of artists includes pretty much everyone… from Rihanna, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Usher to Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Bierut and Fleet Foxes, plus a bunch of the world’s best festivals.

Register at http://www.globalcitizen.org/tickets to be part of the action!

Starving for freedom

We’re all familiar with Guantanamo Bay, the infamous naval base in Guantánamo Province, Cuba where 166 men are currently being held for suspected terrorist activity against the USA. But what we may not know is just how common hunger strikes have become at the prison camp.

At present, 100 of the 166 inmates are staging the longest and most widespread hunger strike to date, as they protest against their indefinite detention. Most of them are being held without charge.

Some of the prisoners have been starving themselves since February, (yep – February, March, April, May) and 21 inmates are now being force fed. Last week 40 extra nurses had to be flown into Guantanamo to help deal with the situation.

In a declaration that went public last week, one of the inmates, Obaydullah, wrote that prisoners have kept on refusing food, “because conditions have gotten worse, not better, and there is no hope that we will ever leave here”.

Hello, my name is Mafia No Fear

The good people of New Zealand have been given some helpful guidelines on what are and are not appropriate names for children.

The NZ Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages last week issued an updated list of 77 prohibited baby names. Amongst the rejected list were names such as Mafia No Fear, 4Real and Anal, while some more tech-savvy parents had been stopped from putting back slashes between their children’s names or opting for simple punctuation, like . (yep, just a full stop) or *.

But it’s not just the Kiwis who are getting a helping hand – rejected submissions from Sweden over the years have include Superman, Metallica, and Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116. Yes, 4real.

Something brewing in your part of the world? We want to know about it. Tweet @its_alicia or @mtvvoices using the hashtag #WhatsUpWorld.

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