• Sex Tapes, Riots, and Corruption: Things Aren't Great in Turkey

    Violent clashes between protesters and police broke out in the heart of Istanbul this weekend, following a series of revelations about corruption within the government, months of demonstrations, and an all-round terrible year for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

  • Russia Is Installing Video Cameras in School Classrooms

    The Russian government is planning to install video surveillance cameras in classrooms to prevent cheating. They're trying to improve their educational standards, but at the expense of privacy.

  • Neither Big nor Easy

    New Orleans's Year in Murders

    For New Orleans, 2013 was marked by shootings, many of them gang-related, many of them leading to utterly senseless deaths of teenagers, children, and even some people who were trying to help the city.

  • Tomorrow, I'm Going to Buy Legal Weed

    On January 1, America's first retail marijuana stores will open their doors to all adults 21-and-over, no matter where you're from, and without a note from your doctor. So will scoring herb maintain its outlaw appeal now that it's legal?

  • Out of Jail but Without an Identity

    For many people who are released from incarceration, simply acquiring a government photo ID that lets them collect benefits, get a job, and reintegrate into society is nearly impossible, but some groups are working to change this sad situation.

  • All Bad News Considered

    All This Year's Bad News Considered

    We're getting closer to the end of the year, which means it's time to momentarily turn our heads backwards and look back at the five biggest news stories from the past 365 days. In no specific order here are the definitive bad news stories of 2013.

  • This Week in Racism

    If You Think Your Tweet Might be Racist, Chances Are Someone Else Will Too

    Justine Sacco got fired from her lofty position as communications director for a major corporation after tweeting a racist "joke," Steve Martin had to apologize for a joke he tweeted about black names, and an NFL player is in trouble for yet more Twitter racism. What a fun way to…

  • Christmas Violence in the Central African Republic

    Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga delivered his Christmas sermon on Wednesday in the capital city of Bangui, calling for reconciliation and forgiveness, but that did little to quell the ongoing cycle of revenge killings between Christians and Muslims. What had been sectarian strif…

  • Don't Speak Creole in Quebec If You Know What's Good For You

    Quebec’s French language police are up to their old xenophobic tricks again. This time, the victims are two people who were speaking Haitian Creole.

  • VICE News

    Terminal Insecurity

    The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is supposed to prevent passengers from slipping anything that could be used as a weapon past its multiple layers of security personnel, scanning devices, and explosive-detecting swabs. The trouble is there are a variety of items th…

  • VICE News

    White Student Union

    We went to Towson University to speak with Matthew Heimbach, the founder of a group that advocates for “persons of European heritage." We also met the students who want him off campus... or at least muzzled. White Student Union is a documentary about race, class, and self-…

  • The New Roma Ghettos

    In the last two years, as the Eurozone crisis worsens, Slovakia seems to be scapegoating its precarious minority of Roma—the ethnic group better known as Gypsies. Racist violence, evictions, threats, and more subtle forms of discrimination and prejudice have started to reach a cr…

  • Did Enbridge Use Toxic Chemicals to Clean Up Their Oil Spill in Kalamazoo?

    Three and a half years ago, an oil pipeline spilled 843,000 gallons of tar sands bitumen into the Kalamazoo River, the largest spill of its kind in American history. The clean-up effort has cost over a billion dollars, but is it doing more harm than good to the surrounding area?

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    Rojava: Syria's Unknown War

    As Syria’s bloody civil war enters its third year, fighting has reached the country’s Kurdish-dominated northeast. In September of 2013, VICE crossed the border into Syria’s Kurdish region to document the Kurdish Party YPG’s counteroffensive against the jihadists.