Red earth of no one
By Nadia Shira Cohen and Paulo Siqueira
In October, 2012, the Guarani-Kaiowa indigenous tribe of Brazilian state Mato Grosso Do Sul vowed to fight to their death in a dispute over the land of their ancestors. The community of 50 men, 50 women and 70 children wrote a chilling letter to the Brazilian government. "We have all decided that we will not leave this place, neither alive nor dead."
Into the silence
A new utopia? A distant reality? Forget it. Hermitage might seem a paradox in our self-celebrating society but it is a growing and fascinating phenomenon, instead. Modern hermits don't indulge in the search for isolation for social or personal ambitions, neither it's a matter of misanthropy. Most of them come from a religious background - monks, priests, nuns - but many others are part of a well e
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
In the rice triangle
The European China is located between Lombardy and Piedmont and is a perfect network of ditches, streams and small canals ten thousand kilometres long. A unique hydraulic system in continental Europe waters 235,000 hectares of fields which produce most of European rice. During spring, the "rice triangle" between Vercelli, Novara and Pavia seen from above looks like a checked sea where everything g
The Secret History of the Mongols, the oldest literary work written in the Mongolian language, tells how Gengis Khan was able to put under his control more than 30 fighting tribes, and how, once in power, he declared homosexuality immediately illegal in order to attempt to increase the population of his new empire. Today, more than 800 years later, Mongolia is an independent country with the lowes
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
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
Crystal Meth Drug
Crystal Meth is a totally synthetic drug which comes in the form of white crystals. It can be sniffed, smoked in a glass pipe or injected. It is considered one of the strongest and most harmful drugs ever, as addiction comes right after the very first dose. Physical degradation sets in fast. The substance provokes blood vessel contraction, teeth fall, appetite vanishes, the heart suffers irreparab