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How A Soviet-Era Bootlegger Became Russia's Newest Billionaire

How A Soviet-Era Bootlegger Became Russia's Newest Billionaire

Worldcrunch.com / BLOOMBERG NEWS MOSCOW — Russia's very sober president, Vladimir Putin, has spent 18 years erecting barriers to selling alcohol to a population that's still recovering from the
Colombia: Deforestation And Usurping Indigenous Land Go Together

Colombia: Deforestation And Usurping Indigenous Land Go Together

Worldcrunch.com / EL ESPECTADOR BOGOTÁ — Neither laws nor state actions have managed to curb the progressive deforestation of Colombia's Amazonian territories, which include the homes of
Snapping Turtle Photos In China

Snapping Turtle Photos In China

Worldcrunch.com / WORLDCRUNCH Since turtle shells are used in traditional Chinese medicine and their meat is considered a delicacy there, this bit of Guangzhou's street market is definitely not a
Gentrification Reflections, An Uber Day In Washington D.C.

Gentrification Reflections, An Uber Day In Washington D.C.

Worldcrunch.com / YONDER WASHINGTON — “My son has very dark skin and unusual grey eyes. They are so intense that you see his eyes first, and then the rest of his body.” My conversation with Mona —
Echoes Of The 1930s As Global Currency War Ignites

Echoes Of The 1930s As Global Currency War Ignites

Worldcrunch.com / LES ECHOS PARIS — It hasn't been declared officially. But if you really take stock of the political atmosphere, it certainly looks like a currency war is afoot.Donald Trump and
Siberian Photos Help Connect Argentina To Its Asian Ancestry

Siberian Photos Help Connect Argentina To Its Asian Ancestry

Worldcrunch.com / CLARIN BUENOS AIRES — A journey through time with some surprising results. At the risk of oversimplifying things, that's what came to mind after visiting a photo exhibit called
Companies (And Governments) Must Take A Stand On Saudi Arabia

Companies (And Governments) Must Take A Stand On Saudi Arabia

Worldcrunch.com / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG -OpEd-MUNICH — A business conference will take place next week in Saudi Arabia, dubbed "Davos in the Desert." It comes at a delicate moment to say the least:
From Weinstein To Bollywood, The Economics Of #MeToo

From Weinstein To Bollywood, The Economics Of #MeToo

Worldcrunch.com / THE WIRE NEW DELHI — A year after the Harvey Weinstein story first broke, India's own #MeToo movement is finally taking off. Working women are coming forward on social media with
China's Long-Game Strategy For The Caribbean Sea

China's Long-Game Strategy For The Caribbean Sea

Worldcrunch.com / AMERICA ECONOMIA -Analysis-MEXICO CITY — China's geostrategic expansion toward the Caribbean Sea says a lot about the deeper interests feeding tensions between the world's
In Moscow, Modern Solutions For Working Mothers

In Moscow, Modern Solutions For Working Mothers

Worldcrunch.com / NEWS DEEPLY MOSCOW – On paper, Russia is not a bad place to be a working mother. It has one of the most generous parental leave schemes in the world, with new mothers entitled to
In Iraq, The Revolt Of Generation 2018

In Iraq, The Revolt Of Generation 2018

Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE BASRA — In one photo, Makki Achour stares at the lens, his eyes bright, his hair — like many Iraqis his age — in little tufts. In another, the frail young man appears in
The Plastic Ruins Of Turkey

The Plastic Ruins Of Turkey

Worldcrunch.com / WORLDCRUNCH One of my two granddaughters used to live in Özdere, a quiet village on the Turkish coast near Izmir. I went there a couple of times, taking the opportunity to visit
Rumblings Of War Against Venezuela? A Trap For Colombia

Rumblings Of War Against Venezuela? A Trap For Colombia

Worldcrunch.com / EL ESPECTADOR -OpEd-BOGOTÁ — Accusing Democrats of seeking to ruin the United States with "radical socialism and open borders," President Donald Trump promised supporters at a
Watch: A Toast To Australia's Favorite Tap-Dancing Mutant

Watch: A Toast To Australia's Favorite Tap-Dancing Mutant

Worldcrunch.com / ONESHOT Asked in a mock interview by fellow actor Ryan Reynolds: "Do you ever age?" Hugh Jackman replied, "Not since 2008."The Sydney-born actor seems to share something with
40 Years On, How Egypt Saw The Camp David Accords

40 Years On, How Egypt Saw The Camp David Accords

Worldcrunch.com / MADA MASR CAIRO — “You won’t believe how Egyptians react to the Israeli flag being flown for the first time in Cairo in 1980,” reads the title of a YouTube video featuring brief
Why German Unification Is Still Unfinished Business

Why German Unification Is Still Unfinished Business

Worldcrunch.com / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG -Analysis-MUNICH — Some constitutions have all the pomp and circumstance of a parade. The preamble blares, and the constitutional articles that follow puff up
Brazil's Path To Populism Should Not Surprise Anyone

Brazil's Path To Populism Should Not Surprise Anyone

Worldcrunch.com / CLARIN -Analysis-BUENOS AIRES — Anyone with doubts still about how a serious recession, combined with the widespread pilfering of public funds, can impact voters need only look
How Canada Is Using AI To Help Decide Immigration Cases

How Canada Is Using AI To Help Decide Immigration Cases

Worldcrunch.com / NEWS DEEPLY -Analysis-OTTAWA — The large-scale detention of undocumented immigrants in the U.S; the wrongful deportation, in the UK, of 7,000 foreign students accused of cheating
Macron's Unpopularity And The Timeless Wisdom Of Machiavelli

Macron's Unpopularity And The Timeless Wisdom Of Machiavelli

Worldcrunch.com / LES ECHOS PARIS — Even if you haven’t read Machiavelli, you probably know the timeless saying proposed by the author of The Prince, that it is "much safer to be feared than
After Mayor Is Arrested, Italy’s “Refugee Town” Fights Back

After Mayor Is Arrested, Italy’s “Refugee Town” Fights Back

Worldcrunch.com / LA STAMPA RIACE — On October 14, 2016, Riace Mayor Domenico “Mimmo” Lucano took to the stage at the Rendano theater in the city of Cosenza. He was there to accept a prize from a