Towns that won't welcome you
December 2, 2016
Once flourishing settlements, they are now deserted areas. They become ghost towns because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods, government actions, uncontrolled lawlessness, war, or nuclear disasters.
Rare phenomenon with devastating consequences
November 28, 2016
Six people have already died in the Australian city of Melbourne from a rare phenomenon called thunderstorm asthma. More than 8,000 people were treated in hospital. Three are in a critical condition.
Combining violence and humanitarian work
November 24, 2016
Yakuza is believed to be the most influential organized crime group within their own home country. Although the group operates with minimal violence compared to other notorious gangs, they’re certainly no strangers to intimidation and murder.
Turkish government’s child abuse bill
November 22, 2016
The Turkish government has withdrawn a controversial bill that would have overturned the convictions of thousands of male sex offenders after protests and widespread outcry. The bill proposed by the ruling AK party would allow the release from jail of men convicted of raping an underage girl if they married their victim, was approved earlier in an initial reading in the county’s parliament.
From actors to presidents
November 17, 2016
A Facebook post about the outgoing first lady Michelle Obama has caused a major controversy involving a town mayor in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Although the town has a population of just 491, with no African American residents, the controversial post spread across United States and international media outlets.
Damaged by people, time and nature
November 14, 2016
Thousands of temples are spread across the plains of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma), serving as a symbol of the religious devotion of the country’s people and their rulers over the centuries. They combine to form one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and provide a view you will not see anywhere in the world. The entry fee of 25,000 25000 Myanmar Kyat (about $20) gives tourists five days to explore the territory officially called the Bagan Archaeological Zone.
Drugs and trafficking
November 11, 2016
The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was founded in Fontana, California, in 1948, at a time when military surplus made motorcycles affordable and the placid postwar years left many veterans bored and itching for adventure.
Take a chance, live or drown...
November 7, 2016
Refugees flee their home countries because they fear persecution based on their race, social group, religion or political views. Additionally, some people leave their countries to escape civil war and natural disasters.
Advocates of female circumcision and tobacco sniffing
November 1, 2016
Consisting of about 500,000 members, the Mungiki sect emerged from Kenya’s largest ethnic group, the Kikuyu. They’re viewed as both a criminal syndicate and a terrorist group, and are known for beheading anyone who stands in their way, as well as the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation.
How to stay safe in floods
October 31, 2016
A natural disaster is any catastrophic event that is caused by nature or the natural processes of the earth. The severity of a disaster is measured in lives lost, economic loss, and the ability of the population to rebuild. Events that occur in unpopulated areas are not considered disasters. So a flood on an uninhabited island would not count as a disaster, but when a populated area is flooded…