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Mexico

Due to its geographical location, Juarez is a major staging point in the trafficking of drugs to the US. It is also one of the world's most violent cities as drug cartels fight their turf wars there, murdering both gang members and innocent civilians with equal barbarity.

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Greenland

Important coastal regions of the ice sheets on Greenland and West Antarctica, and the glaciers of the Antarctica Peninsula, are thinning and contributing to sea level rise. Also shrinking is the regional culture for the 56,000 people who live there.

 

 

Digital Dumping in Ghana

Ghana has become one of the world's digital dumping grounds, where the West's electronic waste piles up — hundreds of millions of tons of it every year.

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Afghanistan - Malalai Joya

"You can cut the flower, but you cannot stop the coming of spring." This episode of "What in the World" features Afghan women's rights activist, Malalai Joya.

Elected in 2003, Joya was expelled from Parliament in 2007 for refusing to retract a speech. She fights for the rights of the people, particularly disadvantaged women.

Tanzania - The Elephant in the Pack

The rate of elephant poaching in Eastern Africa has increased, in recent years, rising to levels that could threaten the local population. In the last seven years, an estimated 144,000 African elephants were illegally killed for their ivory. On average, one elephant was killed every 45 minutes in Tanzania alone causing their population to decline by 60%, to 43,000 animals. The ivory trade in Africa has been associated with the arms trade. Across Africa, the struggle against poachers costs the lives of around 100 wildlife rang¬ers per year.

Uruguay - Jose Mujica - The World’s Poorest President

When Uruguay elected Jose Mujica as its President in 2010 at the age of seventy-five, it elected a President like no other. Following his election, he refused to stay in the luxurious Presidential State house instead opting to stay at his wife's farmhouse, off a dirt road outside the capital, Montevideo. Famously he continued to drive a 1987 Volkswagen car. On his election his personal wealth was the value of that car – worth $1,800 at the time.