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Living Among Devastation: Sinjar, Iraq
Aug 7, 2018
The Yazidi people of northwest Iraq had been targeted by ISIL during the latter’s invasion in 2014. Fleeing their homes, they found sheltered atop Mount Sinjar the the surrounding hills.
Liberated from ISIL two years ago, the town of Sinjar remains in ruins with few residents having returned. Due to the lack of infrastructure in their former towns as well as fields of uncleared landmines, 13,000...
Jul 10, 2018
In late-March North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited Chinese President Xi Jinping and as of early-April, is scheduled to soon meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and in May, with President Trump. Kim has also said that he’s open to discussions concerning denuclearization. Analysts see this activity as a strategy to convince the UN to remove economic sanctions. In addition, cordial relations...
Casino Corruption on Saipan Island
May 22, 2018
Saipan Island, in the Northern Mariana Islands, has been a US territory ever since it was captured from Japan during a notoriously bloody battle in 1944. Until the 1990s, the island’s economy relied almost entirely on the American military presence. For ten years, beginning in the late-90s, the garment industry exploited unregulated labor regulations and since then, the island has been a fledgling...
May 1, 2018
Sepak takraw is a 600 year old sport native to Southeast Asia and is especially popular in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Similar to volleyball, two teams of three players use their feet, knees, chest, and head to knock a rattan ball over a 1.5 meter high net and into the opposition’s half of the court.
Residents of Bangkok set up matches of all levels in the parks and side streets of the city.
Fukushima, Seven Years On
Mar 13, 2018
Some places become synonymous with tragedy, with catastrophe: Hiroshima, Chernobyl, Flint, Aleppo. On March 11, 2011, Fukushima joined that list. After a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck Japan, the worst in its history, the nuclear reactors on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant automatically shut down. A tsunami soon followed, with waves up to 40 meters high; in Fukushima prefecture in northeastern...