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40 years in prison for a miscarriage? Welcome to El Salvador!

There are five countries in the world where abortion is illegal under all circumstances: the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Malta,…

How did India, Pakistan and Bangladesh come into being?

The urge for independence As some #well-travelled experts might remember from the two pages they read about Indian history before…

How Chinese food habits threaten Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a poor country. To a large part, there are no streets but dirt roads. Also, there is…

A short introduction to modern Panama

Panama became independent from Spain in 1821 as part of Gran Colombia – that is, in Union with Colombia, Ecuador…

Why was it a good idea to live in a house on stilts in Benin?

At the time of the Atlantic triangular slave trade, African soon-to-be slaves were mostly captivated by other Africans. These other…

During WWII, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly moved and to a great extent expropriated.

When things went south with Japan during WWII, some Americans felt that people with Japanese roots could potentially sabotage allied…

Is it true that Costa Rica doesn’t have an army?

Following my academically undubious field research in Costa Rica, 9 out of 10 tourists visiting the place are impressed with…

50 years ago, Chinese people began to worship mangos

From 1958 onwards, the Communist Party of China implemented a number of reforms in agriculture and industry to become a…

No human rights but plenty of white cars under life president Berdimuhamedow

When Turkmenistan’s first post-Soviet dictator died in 2006, his personal doctor and the country’s minister of health was elected to…

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