Why there’s a ring of natural disasters around the Pacific

Why there’s a ring of natural disasters around the Pacific

“Offer a magnificent view of nature’s greatest power display.” Mount Mayon in the Philippines erupted in January. It continued for over a month. In February, Mount Sinabung erupted in Indonesia. Here’s the ash cloud as seen from space. And in June an eruption in Guatemala …

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. …

How the Kurds became a key player in Syria’s war

How the Kurds became a key player in Syria’s war

Kurds are carving out their own state called Rojava. This is Rojava, a region in northern Syria that runs along the border of Turkey. It’s home to over a million Kurds, one of the largest ethnic groups in the Middle East. Until a few years …

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 …

Why the US and Iran are fighting over this tiny waterway

Why the US and Iran are fighting over this tiny waterway

This is the Stena Impero, a British oil tanker traveling through the Persian Gulf. On July 19th 2019, it was on its way to Saudi Arabia when it received a radio message from Iranian naval forces. Later, the Stena Impero was dramatically boarded and seized. …