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Revealed: How Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Has Created a Global Network to Rule the Fentanyl Trade
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Revealed: How Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Has Created a Global Network to Rule the Fentanyl Trade

A collaboration with 24 international media outlets across 18 countries, and coordinated by Forbidden Stories, the Cartel Project investigates the global networks of Mexican drug cartels and their political connections around the world. Drugs bust in India sheds light on how adaptable cartels have come to dominate the lucrative trade in the powerful synthetic opioid....

‘It’s a Free-For-All’: How Hi-Tech Spyware Ends Up in the Hands of Mexico’s Cartels
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‘It’s a Free-For-All’: How Hi-Tech Spyware Ends Up in the Hands of Mexico’s Cartels

Mexico has become a major importer of spying kit but officials are accused of colluding with criminal groups – and innocent individuals are often targeted. – Cecile Schilis-Gallego and Nina Lakhani A collaboration with 24 international media outlets across 18 countries, and coordinated by Forbidden Stories, the Cartel Project investigates the global networks of Mexican...

‘They’re Culpable’: the Countries Supplying the Guns That Kill Mexico’s Journalists
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‘They’re Culpable’: the Countries Supplying the Guns That Kill Mexico’s Journalists

Many of the weapons used in the murders of 119 journalists were imported – and Mexico’s laws and culture make tracing them impossible.–  Phineas Rueckert from Forbidden Stories and Nina Lakhani A collaboration with 24 international media outlets across 18 countries, and coordinated by Forbidden Stories, the Cartel Project investigates the global networks of Mexican...

COVID-19 Second Wave in Myanmar Causes Dramatic Increases in Poverty
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COVID-19 Second Wave in Myanmar Causes Dramatic Increases in Poverty

In September 2020, 59 percent of 1000 households surveyed in urban Yangon and 66 percent of 1000 households surveyed in the rural Dry Zone earned less than $1.90/day (a common measure of extreme poverty), according to a new study from researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The study provides new insight into...

Climate Change, Migration and Urbanisation: Patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Climate Change, Migration and Urbanisation: Patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa

The link between climate change and migration has gained both academic and public interest in recent years. Many studies have found that environmental hazards affect migration. But the links are nuanced and depend on the economic and sociopolitical conditions in the respective regions of origin. So what causes people to move and where do they...

How Popular Is China in Africa? New Survey Sheds Light on What Ordinary People Think
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How Popular Is China in Africa? New Survey Sheds Light on What Ordinary People Think

It’s been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar, Senegal. Meanwhile, Chinese and African officials are reviewing and reflecting on their two-decade relationship. China’s growing engagement with Africa has had a positive, albeit uneven, effect on Africa’s economic growth, economic diversification, job...

COVID-19 Highlights Risks of Wildlife Trade
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COVID-19 Highlights Risks of Wildlife Trade

Many diseases, such as COVID-19, have made the jump from animals to people with serious consequences for the human host. An international research team, including researchers from the University of Göttingen, says that more epidemics resulting from animal hosts are inevitable unless urgent action is taken. In order to protect against future pandemics which might...

Global Analysis of Forest Management Shows Local Communities Often Lose Out
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Global Analysis of Forest Management Shows Local Communities Often Lose Out

Maintaining forest cover is an important natural climate solution, but new research shows that too often, communities lose out when local forest management is formalised. The new study published in Nature Sustainability, led by Dr. Johan Oldepkop at The University of Manchester and Reem Hajjar at Oregon State University, is based on 643 case studies...

Better Health – for People and the Planet – Grows on Trees
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Better Health – for People and the Planet – Grows on Trees

Two of humanity’s biggest problems – the climate crisis and abysmal eating habits – can partly be solved by one healthy solution: eating more food from trees, specifically tropical ones. While global trends in agriculture and diets are not easily reversed, scientists say that creating incentives to grow and eat more mangos, avocados and Brazil...

The Dangers of Collecting Drinking Water
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The Dangers of Collecting Drinking Water

Collecting drinking water in low and middle income countries can cause serious injury, particularly for women, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A new international study published in BMJ Global Health reveals dangers including falls, traffic accidents, animal attacks, and fights, which can result in broken bones, spinal injuries, lacerations, and...