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A soldier's heart
On March 26, 2010, Corporal Todd Nicely, 26, is in charge of a patrol of twelve Marines in Helmand, in Afghanistan. Suddenly he hears the creepy sound of the activation mechanism of a pressure plate of a IED (improvised explosive device). This simple click will mark his life forever. The explosion throws him in the air, while his thoughts and worries are for his wife Crystal and his soldiers. He d
Astrakhan: the Black Gold
The city of Astrakhan is perhaps one of the most famous in the world for the black caviar production. It lies on the bank of the Volga River about 100 Km from the Caspian Sea. This is the place where 95% of the living wild sturgeon concentrates, including the Beluga sturgeon, a species from which the finest caviar of world is obtained.
When the caviar was part of the daily food, especially for po
Moms for rent
Anand is an Indian town whose name means happiness. In the last few years, it has become the Indian capital city of rental mothers: that is since 2006, when Dr. Nayna Patel, a gynecologist, founded the Akanksha Infertility Clinic, which has been dubbed "the greatest wish clinic". The idea came to Dr. Patel when the mother of one of her patients, a sterile young lady, volunteered to carry the pregn
Andho, a brighter future.
In Nepali language, "andho" indicates a blind person. In Kathmandu, the capital, andho people sing in clubs and play cricket, give massages to mountaineers and run libraries with braille books. In Nepal blindness is a quite widespread disease: the nation is one of the hardest hit in the world compared to the population. And if in big cities to cure cataract illness may be relatively easy, for poor
Last call of the Great Wall
This is a 4,000-miles cycling journey along the Great Wall of China, from Dunhuang (Gansu province) across the desert of Xinjiang up to Dandong (Liaoning province) near the border with North Korea; three months spent on a bike through Northern China's mainland.
The Great Wall passes through several provinces: Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Hebei and Liaoning, finally r
The endless war
This specific war is nothing more than the backwash of the dramatic conflict that hit the country from 1983 to 2005 and caused almost two million victims, with government troops on one side and the Sudan People's Liberation Army on the other. A clash which intensified after the coup of Omar al-Bashir in '89, and ended with a peace agreement that led to the referendum on 9 July 2011, the Independe
New York of the Far East
In the 1930s it was the Paris of the East. Worse, they called it "Asia's whore". Today, almost a Century later, Shanghai has become the new New York: the head of the dragon, the locomotive of economic growth, the entrance door of the world’s richest country (China will soon become that). Thus, Shanghai is the city where it is (and it will be more and more in the future) worth living. Figures say t
Lampedusa. Italy's southernmost point. An island barely larger than its airport, lost in the middle of the Mediterranean 120 miles north of the Libyan coast. A dream. Every year, thousands of desperate migrants set sail from the Northern African shores on board overloaded and precarious boats, and attempt to cross over to this tiny island which, in their eyes, represents Europe and the chance for