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Investigation 10 December 2014 71 8646
For two years the villagers of Kalachi in Kazakhstan have been suffering from an inexplicable disorder, where they fall asleep for no apparent reason. The indiscriminate illness has no cure. Episodes begin without warning, and those affected never know if they will wake up again. Its causes and consequences remain unknown despite multiple attempts by medics and scientists to solve the riddle. Now the RTD team goes to Sleepy Hollow, as it has come to be known, to undertake its own investigation. Watch the film in Russian.
A year ago, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was brought down over the territory of conflict-torn Ukraine. This tragedy shocked the world and affected families in many countries. Today, debris can still be found in the area around the crash and the investigation, surrounded by secrecy, still hasn’t reached a definitive conclusion. RTD talks to witnesses, experts and family members of MH17 passengers in a bid to understand whether the truth of what caused the tragedy will ever be established.
Afghanistan is the world’s biggest exporter of black-market opium from which heroin is made. It’s a multi-billion dollar business, responsible for around a hundred thousand deaths every year and it’s a major source of income for terrorists. RT Doc travelled to the poppy fields where death is harvested to find out why no one can put a stop to this deadly trade.
While the MH17 crash investigation is still underway, the absence of real evidence causes theories to be passed off as truth. In an attempt to separate fact from speculation, RTD covers Ukraine, Europe and Australia and talks to international journalists and experts, victims’ family members and witnesses.
Bangladesh has no metal resources of its own, so the shipbreaking yards in Chittagong, its largest second city, generate high profits for their owners. Workers though, enjoy none of the benefits of that profit; wages are barely enough to live on and there are no health and safety regulations to protect them. Injuries are a frequent occurrence and even death is not uncommon.
In modern day Turkey, hundreds from the Kurdish minority in the South-East are said to be dying at the hands of government forces. The Kurds have long been seeking autonomy for their region. The subject is rarely seen in the Turkish media as journalists who cover the issue have often been detained.
Can you tell truth from lies in mass media? RT Doc’s Miguel Francis-Santiago delves deep to try to understand the intricacies of information war. He meets media experts and puts together the Mosaic of Facts, showing how public opinion is manipulated, not just over the Ukrainian Crisis but throughout the world.
Unmanned drones are the modern weapons of choice in the fight against terrorism. The tribal areas of Pakistan where various militant groups seek a hideout have been hit by numerous CIA drone strikes. The attacks are far from precise and it’s claimed they have often killed or maimed civilians, including children. Campaigners say that the constant presence of such an imminent yet clandestine threat from the sky causes deep psychological harm to the region’s population.
Mica is a shiny mineral that’s all the rage in modern-day makeup, helping to give beauty products a bright gleam and natural-looking glow. This beauty, however, comes at a price that most are unaware of. Those who pay it are the poorest and the most vulnerable. RT Doc visits India’s illegal mica mines where child labour is rife.
In peaceful Nepal a sinister black market is flourishing. Kavre province has become infamous for the shocking numbers of people who have sold a kidney. Poverty and lack of education about the potential impact on health mean villagers are easy prey for unscrupulous dealers. Tricked into undergoing risky surgery and paid a pittance, donors are often left with debilitating consequences.
The Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Western Africa has been one of Russia's fishing grounds for decades. But these fish-rich waters also draw a lot of international competition, which gets fiercer every year as the number of fish dwindle, and can often cross the line of being legal.
Six months ago RTD first visited the village of Kalachi in Kazakhstan,
where people are affected by a mysterious “sleeping sickness”. Since
then, some have had the chance to relocate and escape the curious
affliction but have the scientists come any closer to identifying the
RTD returns to the “sleepy hollow” of Kazakhstan to see if the investigation has uncovered anything new.
Cyberbullying has caused teenage suicides all over the world. It knows no physical or moral boundaries and can even reach out to terrorise victims in the apparent safety of their own homes. No punch is too low for the anonymous trolls who use the internet to threaten, insult and intimidate.