Many Unemployed Ukrainians seek ways to make money across the border, in Poland. Some apply for underpaid, menial jobs; others simply trade on the road-side. Eking out a living is a daily struggle but they believe they have no other option.
A cathedral founded on pure faith and its creator who’s dedicated more than 50 years of his life to building it. 91-year-old Don Justo, of the small Spanish town of Mejorada del Campo, is a former monk. On a whim and a dream he decided to build a monumental house of God and since 1961, he’s been doing just that using scrap, recycled building materials and as much good will as he can find.
In October 1917, the Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin, seized power under the banner of socialism and set out to build the world’s most equitable society. Today, capitalism prevails everywhere and crushing inequality and poverty is rampant around the globe. So, was the October Revolution really as significant as it seemed 100 years ago? We spoke to unrepentant Leninists from different backgrounds and parts of the world to find out.
Recently, the German city of Cologne made the news for a string of attacks against women that many blamed on migrants. The deepening refugee crisis is polarising German society. Still, no social tensions can stop the sweet celebration of Cologne’s famous Carnival, even if this year’s also came with a bitter pill.
Those born with artistic taste and a love of all beauty were doomed if they were born in the Soviet Union. Practicality and uniformity dictated all spheres of life, including fashion. Our heroes begged to differ, becoming the vivid flecks on the Iron Curtain’s drab surface.
Thabang Motsei continues her train journey across Russia in winter, and has no trouble entertaining herself while on board. A stop in a Siberian town then gives her the chance to try sledging. Meanwhile, in Brussels, Margaret Howell has the difficult task of getting an interview with a pediatric nurse for her report on child euthanasia.
Jurij Kofner is an investigative journalist. As a German, he’s worried about how relations have developed between his homeland and the US. His goal now is to reveal the extent to which his country is influenced by America’s global agenda.
The ancient Greek island of Lesbos is where hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Africa and the Middle East first reach Europe. “Clowns without Borders” is an organisation that sends volunteers to entertain children in the refugee camps and offer a little comic relief.
After the slaughter of the nineties, Kosovo's Serbs and Albanians are separated by far more than physical barriers. The scars of war run deeper than the river Ibar between the two communities. We meet the people trying to build a bridge over these troubled waters.