Why Iraq’s great rivers are dying

Why Iraq’s great rivers are dying

This is the Shatt al-Arab. The river that winds through the city of Basra, here, in Southern Iraq. It was once one of the most important waterways in the Middle East: Here lies the great port of Basra, at the cross-roads of the world’s trade. …

China’s trillion dollar plan to dominate global trade

There’s a new highway in Pakistan. And a new rail terminal in Kazakhstan. A sea port in Sri Lanka recently opened. As well as this bridge in rural Laos. What’s interesting is that they’re all part of one country’s project that spans 3 continents and …

China’s Geography Problem

This video was made possible by Squarespace. Build your custom website for 10% off by going to squarespace.com/wendover. China is a country both blessed and cursed by geography. On one hand its land has allowed the country to grow to almost 1.4 billion people but …

What Angela Merkel’s exit means for Germany — and Europe

What Angela Merkel’s exit means for Germany — and Europe

Take a look at these meetings of world leaders from the past ten years and you’ll likely notice one figure. This is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of the most influential leaders of Europe. Her leadership spans 13 years and four terms. In that span, …