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Ukraine
Back in black
The Hassidic Jews pilgrimage in Chernobyl

Black shadows wander through Chernobyl, the Ukrainian city that suffered the greatest nuclear disaster in history. They appear against the light before broken windows. They obliquely pass over walls, caressing the peeling plaster in silence. They sigh over sarcophagi covered with unlit candles. And
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Ukraine
The Zone
Meet the radioactive Stalkers

There's a brand new trendy activity going on among Ukrainian youngsters: some of them in fact have recently started to illegally enter the Chernobyl Zone of Exclusion - in the centre of which there is the infamous Reactor 4 that exploded in 1986, making the area one of the most contaminated of the w
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Russia
Isle of Salvation
A very special educational place

A quiet and hidden community which is hard to notice while driving on the busy road taking from Moscow to Yaroslav: there’s not a similar spiritual, cultural, educational centre anywhere else in Russia. Founded in the early 90's of the last century by an Orthodox priest, it was supposed to become a
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Belarus
The last wall
Doors open, windows closed

In Belarus another European wall fell, but very few have realised it. When President Lukashenko announced that for the citizens of 80 countries a visa was no more needed to enter Belarus, somebody thought this was a kind of a revolution. There was just only one condition: everyone must enter Belarus
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Ukraine
Radioactive gold of Chernobyl
When recycling is a job for dead men walking

They are loading rusty metal all day long, but a hot shower is not enough to be clean at the end of the day, as the metal is the radioactive one of Chernobyl. There is still a million of tons of it abandoned in the Exclusion Zone: it comes from Reactor One but also from ships, vehicles, rails.
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China
Coal - The black legacy
Tales of pollution and human resistance where the sun is darkened

Dante's inferno is real, and has a name: Wuhai. It's the Inner Mongolia region that used to give the 30% of the Chinese coal, now an abandoned area since 2012.
After the government conversion to renewable energies, and the consequent collapse of the coal economy, coal mines have become circles o
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Iraq
The last battle
On the front line and inside the villages freed from Daesh in the Mosul offensive

The final battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State, after two years of terror, has started on October 16th. Peshmerga forces from Kurdistan and the Iraqi army have an enemy in common for the first time, and they started the approach to Mosul from the East side.

For the Kurdish army the
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Turkey
Damascus on the Bosphorus
The better-off Syrians today live in Istanbul

It's the largest Syrian city out of Syria. Some Syrians just pass from Istanbul: they're going to Europe. Many others decided to stay there, starting their life again and populating a town in the town counting over a million people. Someone call this community Damascusbul.

It's something f
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Turkey
Single party rule
Erdogan's election gamble pays off

Only five months has gone past since last elections in which Erdogan's party failed for the first time to obtain the parliamentary majority. The HDP infact (Halklar?n Demokratik Partisi - People's Democratic Party), the Kurdish inspired party - was able to brake the 10% electoral threshold entering
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Uzbekistan
Islamic riddle
Architectural heritage along the Silk Road

Landlocked in the dry heart of the Caucasus, suspended between the Russian and European spheres of influence, wary of the threats that might come from neighboring Afghanistan and firmly ruled by an autocrat, the ex-Soviet republic struggles to keep fair diplomatic relations with the surrounding coun
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Russia
White nomads
Reindeers, snow and no videotapes

The Bolshezemelskaya tundra, in the Vorkuta region, is the very Northern end of the Komi Republic, in Russia. It is a place, where no roads exist and life runs in an extremely hard way. There is only one railroad which connects the mining town of Vorkuta with the rest of the country. Everything else
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Turkey
Post election surprising results
Gezi Park movement brings into the Parliament the turkish "Podemos"

Just 2 years after the rebellion of Gezi Park in Istanbul, the movement, which seemed to have dissolved in the air in few weeks, finds back its strenght and political reference converging into the HDP (the Democratic Party) which, coming out of his Kurdish ethnic component, has managed to involve mo
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Turkey
Don't Kill Hasankeyf
Will water flood everything?

Despite the withdrawal of some European banks who were financing the project and the declaration of illegality made by the Administrative Court of Ankara for the lack of any environmental impact assessment, Ilisu Dam's construction site, in Turkish Kurdistan, is still going on.

The area i
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Iran
Kidney for sale
The only country in the world where kidney trading is legal

There were 62 ads written by hand on the walls of the hospital. 62 people in Iran had compatible blood type with the one belonging to Ghaffar Naghdi, 24, the young member of a peasant family living in Southern Iran, who decided to sell their lands and properties to buy a kidney for their son. After
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Ukraine
Welcome to Chernobyl!
Nuclear tourism 30 years after. One of the weirdest guided tours ever

Yuriy does a very particular job: the travel guide in Chernobyl. Since 2011, Ukraine has opened the doors to the area where the nuclear accident occurred back in 1986. Every year at least 15 thousands people visit the place. Yuriy works for one of the many companies which from Kiev organize the "Che
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China
Traditional Chinese Medicine
The oldest codified medical system of the whole planet

TCM is characterized by several specific practices like acupuncture, moxibustion, meditation, exercise, pharmaceutical massages, food therapies, qi gong, Chinese Herbal Medicine. With at least 500 listed drugs and more than 100.000 recorded medicinal recipes in the ancient literature, Chinese Herbal
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