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Saturday 4th November 2017

Our weekly recap highlighting the best feature stories from around the internet.


This week Buzzfeed report on the alleged human rights violations against refugees held on Manus Island.

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Worse Than A War Zone: The Life-Threatening Medical Delays In Australia’s Immigration Detention Regime, by By Paul Farrell, Gina Rushton and Nick Wray, Buzzfeed

‘“The people I saw in Nauru, and the state they were in after being locked up there for three or four years, to me was in a way more traumatic than anything I’d seen in Afghanistan,” Martin said. “I feel quite ashamed to have been part of it. I tried my best for those patients. I kept going back to do my best for these patients but I feel I’ve let them all down. The Australian government has certainly let them down.”’

Earth to André 3000: The OutKast Icon Talks Life After ‘Hey Ya!’, by Will Welch, GQ

“It started a little bit before then, and I just chucked it off as Aw, yeah, man, I just need to take a break. And I started to notice it getting worse and worse. Because the more you run from it, the worse it gets. You don’t want to explain it, because you don’t want to be a weak link around your friends. I never told my crew for a long time, so I just started getting to myself. Spending more time with myself and stopped touring. And it felt great for me to do that, because it’s like, Phew, I don’t like that life, I don’t like that confrontation.”

J-Rod! Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez on Love, Beauty, and Redemption, by Bethany Mclean, Vanity Fair

‘“So I’m sitting there and he’s walking back, and I get a text,” Lopez continues. “It says . . . ” She looks significantly at Rodriguez. “You can tell her!” he says. “ ‘You look sexy AF,’ ” she tells me. They both laugh. “And then it took a turn,” Lopez says. “The fire alarm went off, and we had to evacuate.” I laugh, thinking she’s being metaphorical. “No, really,” she says. “The fire alarm went off!”’

How Elvira Became the Queen of Halloween, by Molly Lambert, Vulture

“Elvis came to see the show. It was so bizarre. I got to meet Ann-Margret. I got to meet Elvis. I mean, my whole movie fantasy came true. Imagine if I would have seen some other movie, oh my God. But yes, I did meet Elvis. He actually convinced me that I shouldn’t be in Vegas, and that it wasn’t a good place for a young girl and that I should get the hell out of there as quickly as I could. I was kind of disappointed because I thought had reached the pinnacle of showbiz, and he was telling me, “No, no, no, you got to get out of there.”’

Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi Is Here to Save the Blockbuster, by Ira Madison III, GQ

“Waititi speaks with so much enthusiasm that you have to wonder if anything soured him while he was making Ragnarok. "The only thing that really affected me was the stress manifested itself in this, like, sore shoulder I got two months ago," he says. "But now it's actually gone. I remember thinking, I can barely lift my arm, and there's this neck pain and stuff like that. But I was at this barbecue talking to another director friend of mine, and he's like, 'No, yeah, I've got that. In your left arm? And you sort of think you're having a heart attack all the time?' And then another guy goes, 'Oh, you're talking about the shoulder thing where you think you're having a heart attack! It's just anxiety and stress, don't worry about it.'"

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