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Leigh Cuen

Tel Aviv
Covers:  diversity, solutions journalism, art, environment, social justice

Writer @La__Cuen

Leigh Cuen's Biography

International journalist and multimedia specialist, with a wide range of experience in media and publishing. Able to work on own initiative and with others as part of a team. Proven leadership skills include managing and collaborating with teams in both newspaper design and investigative reporting. Dedicated to maintaining high quality standards in writing, researching, media production and editing. My work has been published in Spanish, Italian, English, Hebrew and Arabic ...

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Black Market Breast Milk Could Spread HIV

vocativ.com — Breast milk is packed with nutrients essential for newborn babies. But its health benefits are also driving a shady, unregulated online marketplace-where milk can sell for a couple of bucks per ounce-that is potentially spreading syphilis, hepatitis and even HIV, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

Syrian Activists: At Least Six Dead In Apparent Chemical Attack

vocativ.com — An alleged chemical attack in Syria has left at least six civilians dead, including three small children, according to activists in the area. People in the village of Sarmin, from a group called Sarmin's Coordination, posted on Twitter Monday that helicopters were flying over the area in a series of attacks, and said that during one of those attacks two bombs that didn't explode were dropped.

Why This Christian Woman Is Wearing Hijab For Lent

vocativ.com — Jessey Eagan is a good Christian. She says following Jesus is her main focus in life, and it's evidenced by her position as children's director of her local church. Which is why it's slightly puzzling to learn she has decided to wear hijab, the traditional head-covering worn by Muslim women, for all 40 days of Lent.

#MexicanLivesMatter Crosses The Border

vocativ.com — The hashtags #MexicanLivesMatter and #LatinoLivesMatter are spreading across borders on Twitter, after Mexican police killed a 65-year-old protester and hospitalized 12 others in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco.The first hashtag, #MexicanLivesMatter, was deliberately started in English as protesters call for American media to pay attention to police brutality in Mexico.

YouTube Star Fights Depression With Hours Of Super Mario World

vocativ.com — YouTube star Mark Edward Fischbach, known online as gamer-comedian Markiplier, just raised over $74,500 in 18 hours by broadcasting himself playing Super Mario World nonstop. Fischbach launched the crowdfunding campaign to benefit the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Fans reacted by flooding social media with memes and encouragement.

Why Conservatives Are Tweeting #ILoveObama On Presidents' Day

vocativ.com — With over 70,000 tweets in the past 24 hours, the hashtag #ILoveObama is trending on Twitter this President's Day. But what started as a way for Democrats to broadcast their support has now been hijacked by disgruntled conservatives. #ILoveObama ignited a hurricane of sarcastic praise, borderline hate speech and run-of-the-mill frustration.

Vine Sparks Frenzy That Louis Tomlinson Of One Direction Is Gay

vocativ.com — Rumors that Louis Tomlinson of One Direction is gay have sparked a Twitter frenzy. In less than 10 hours, fans posted over 285,000 tweets with the new hashtag #ImGayItsPrettyUnfortunate. Last night a One Direction fan, who calls herself Amber Almighty, posted a Vine video of band member Louis Tomlinson.

Who is Beck? Grammy Viewers Demand #JusticeforBeyonce

vocativ.com — Last night the 2015 Grammy Awards shocked everyone; Beck took home the Best Album of the Year for his 12th LP, Morning Phase, which sold far fewer albums than the other contestants.

New T-Shirts Make It Look Like You're Packing A Pistol

vocativ.com — "Open Carry," a movement for Second Amendment activists who feel oppressed by gun restrictions, has spawned a clothing line. But unlike the low-stakes junk put out by the fashion world, it is literally fierce and edgy-a statement that proudly courts death. Nitelife Promotions, a business located in Grand Junction, Colorado, prints "Open Carry" t-shirts to order.

Surgeons Pitch Botox Parties For Singles On Valentine's Day

vocativ.com — Twitter and Facebook are buzzing with posts inviting women who don't have Valentine's Day plans to join "Botox parties," or enjoy discount lip injections, breast implants or other procedures. Some are even receiving personal email invitations to similar events from their dermatologists and oral surgeons.
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