Helly Luv: The Kurdish singer who made a video on the frontline with ISIS

Originally published on Noisey, VICE’s music site. At the start of 2014 the Kurdish pop star Helly Luv, real name Helen Abdulla, went into hiding. She released her music video for “Risk it All” that February, an anti-war, pro-Kurd anthem, which prompted death threats from Islamist groups in Iraqi Kurdistan and condemnation from members of […]

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A load on the mind

(Published in Medical Imaging Technology magazine, issue 15) Human neuroimaging and animal studies are beginning to build evidence that serotonin and dopamine- mediated mechanisms have an effect on food intake and play an important role in the pathophysiology of obesity – possibly suggesting that the condition could be caused by a physiological addiction to fatty food. […]

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Ceauseșcu’s classic limo, a gift from Iran’s Shah, sold for €37,000 in Bucharest auction

At a Bucharest hotel known as a “den of spies” during the Cold War, the former Romanian dictator’s car was sold to Iranians nostalgic for the days of the Shah. The couple who have travelled from Dusseldorf to buy the former dictator of Romania’s car aren’t buying it for its Cold War connection – but […]

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