Inside North Korea’s bubble in Japan

It’s graduation day at a children’s school in Tokyo. From the metro station it’s just ten blocks to their school, but these children aren’t totally safe. Old men from their community have to stand at every corner to make sure that these kids aren’t harassed or bullied. It’s happened before. In fact, there’s been a lot of rallies in Tokyo

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The right way to kill a fish

The right way to kill a fish

This is the most humane way to kill a fish. Stabbing it in the brain, and cutting it open to bleed out. I know, it looks gruesome, but trust me, it’s better than the alternative for the fish, and for you. Most fish are killed the same way: Scooped out of the water, thrown in a bucket of ice, and

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Europe’s most fortified border is in Africa

Europe’s most fortified border is in Africa

If you zoom in to Morocco, you’ll see a tiny wedge of land that stands out from its surroundings. This little bit of land is surrounded by one of the most fortified borders on the planet. Right outside the border you’ll find makeshift forest camps, where people spend their days and nights evading the police and preparing to rush the

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The only wild monkeys in Europe

The only wild monkeys in Europe

These monkeys live on a giant rock called Gibraltar, which is a part of the mainland of Spain, here on the Iberian Peninsula but it’s right on the very tip and it actually belongs to Britain. Back when the world would fight wars with like big countries fighting each other, this place was very strategic for Britain. They have all

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Why China is building islands in the South China Sea

Why China is building islands in the South China Sea

This is Fiery Cross island. It’s a little more than one square mile in size and it’s home to a Chinese military base. There’s a 10,000 foot airstrip, an advanced radar station, a missile defense system, and about 200 troops. But the strangest thing about Fiery Cross Island is that two years ago, it didn’t exist. And neither did the

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Not What You Think It Is | The Swim

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Not What You Think It Is | The Swim

SCENES LIKE THIS ARE A DAILY REALITY FOR THE CREW OF SEEKER ON THEIR PACIFIC TREK. SOME ESTIMATES HOLD THAT BY 2050, THERE COULD BE AS MUCH PLASTIC AS THERE ARE FISH IN THE OCEAN. BUT WHAT IS ALL THIS JUNK, EXACTLY? WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? AND IS IT REALLY CONCENTRATED IN A GIANT ‘GARBAGE PATCH’ SOMEWHERE OUT THERE?

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What Happens When an Island Completely Disappears?

What Happens When an Island Completely Disappears?

In October 2018, the Pacific Ocean brewed one of most intense hurricanes ever recorded, AND it hit one of the most remote places in the world. With so much force, it eliminated an entire island overnight. But this isn’t the first time an island has vanished. It’s part of a trend, so what’s behind it? The island we’re talking about

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How Syria’s Kurds are trying to create a democracy

How Syria’s Kurds are trying to create a democracy

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 ago this was a rural and forgotten corner of Syria, where the Kurds were denied

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Divided island: How Haiti and the DR became two worlds

Divided island: How Haiti and the DR became two worlds

Let’s pause here. I’m driving on the road that separates Haiti from the Dominican Republic. Right here. It’s the border that divides two very different countries. If you’re born in Haiti, you’re 2.5 times more likely to die as a baby than if you’re born in the DR. You’ll be almost ten times poorer and you can expect to have

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The tiny island in New York City that nobody is allowed to visit

The tiny island in New York City that nobody is allowed to visit

Yep, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation. To see how I got here, we first have to talk about islands. You may not realize it, but New York City is full of them. Manhattan itself is technically just one 13.4-mile-long island. You’ve also got Governors Island, Liberty Island, as well as Staten Island. But

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