How to tell about the tension between regions, nations and countries using visual language? How to show an international conflict, being not among the military and not on the squares surrounded by demonstrators, but being on the other side: among politicians and diplomats? Conflicts evolve and transform themselves thanks to technology, to the way modern people live, to globalization. What usually determines the future of millions of people are decisions made after exhausting negotiations, round tables, summits
We are in Congo, on the border with Rwanda, in the Kivu province, battered by guerilla and US embargo on “bloody minerals”. Here, militias piloted by the infamous General Bosco Ntaganda recruited hordes of miners and merchants left without work to widen the network of illicit traffic of precious metals, but arriving on international markets through the legal circuit
Power almost never does the right thing, but certainly always does the story. And that is the brutal story of Kivu, east of Congo. Here, a scum of rotten forces is devastating the territory with kidnapping, destruction of natural reserves and illicit trafficking of raw materials. The armed arm is Bosco Ntaganda, at the expense of Congolese President Kabila and Rwandan President Kagame. Many Congolese people wonder whether the international community has now resigned to Ntaganda’s laws
Tibet is on the verge of extinction. This is the real scenario of the 2008 Olympic Games. With a tourist visa, we have been able to discover the “Chineseization” of Tibet Autonomous Region. Tibetans do not even shade. Beijing forbids them to leave the country. There are so many harassment imposed by the Chinese government, as restrictions on births and exploitation of mineral deposits. Will the Olympic torch light up on all this?
The restrictive rule on births is a solution to the containment of the demographic explosion in China but in fact a silent and slow genocide in Tibet. A legally unassailable strategy, conducted with a patient and cold systematicity.”Our population is gradually decreasing due to the limited birth rate, while Han’s ethnicity is steadily rising due to the influx of new settlers from China”
Transnistria represents the last Soviet fief on the planet. Igor Smirnov. Shortly due to the blockade of illegal exports imposed by Ukraine and Moldova, with EU support, President Smirnov has halted negotiations with Moldova and has announced for the coming September a referendum with which Transnistria will decide whether to remain part of Moldova or leave it permanently
Islamic infiltration accelerates in Italy and risks coping with criminal activities. According to Sisde’s latest report, the Sunni component is rapidly expanding its network in the central-northern area: Veneto, Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Friuli and, above all, Marche. The Mosque of Fermo is accredited as a reference reality for the followers. The national meetings are the branching tools on the territory
While Brussels maintains an embargo on North Cyprus goods, while Ankara counteracts boycotting South Cyprus goods, Pyla becomes a multiethnic miracle. 1000 “Sudden” Christian-Orthodox and 500 “Nordic” Muslims live peacefully, creating a laboratory of humanity and mutual respect, on the line of the ceasefire the fire that cuts the island in two
Un ultra-decennale programma di ricostruzione, esteso su oltre 191 ettari di terreno, che ha l’obiettivo di riportare il gioiello del Medio-Oriente ai suoi trascorsi fasti architettonici. Neanche l’ultimo conflitto tra Israele ed Hezbollah ha rallentato la tabella di marcia della ricostruzione. Il progetto ventennale sta andando avanti come prima. Le bombe non fermano mondanità, investimenti e turismo
I controversi slogan di 9-11 Truth seminano il dubbio e il sospetto. Dividono in frange opposte cittadini che hanno finora sfilato insieme nei cortei, uniti dal dolore, dalla rabbia e dalla comune convinzione che l’attacco alle Twin Towers è stata solo follia omicida, e niente di più. La lotta al terrorismo, in realtà, è solo una scusa per inasprire i mezzi di repressione all`interno del paese e giustificare le guerre del petrolio
Azerbaijan is not just a reserve of black gold, Azerbaijan is also a forgotten war on TVs and newspapers.In the land of Nagorno-Karabakh there are rough disagreements between the Armenian and Azerbaijani communities. A drama of men, women and children crushed among the scorns of a corrupt ruling class and an international community so far gagged by the geopolitical status quo between the US and Russia in the Caucasian chess
In Egypt there is a glimpse of democracy in the elections intended to ensure a parliamentary renewal. For the first time, the opposition is seriously organized to gnaw a nice slice of votes at the government party, namely the National Democratic Party. The new popular movement “Kifaya” has given rise to a spontaneous protest against the Iraq war that unexpectedly turned into a mass revolt against the abuses and social disruption that stifled Egypt since independence in the ’52
The outcome of the elections in Lebanon is for some the first democratic turning point in the Middle East, for many it represents only the maintenance of well-established political immobility. Michel Aoun failed to drag the electorate with his program of renewal, inconvenient to the anti-Syrian opposition led by Muslim Saad Hariri, who ensured the majority in Parliament. Many shadows lie on the credibility of the future government
Coltan is such a precious mineral for mobile telephones as for the Congolese Democratic Grouping. The rebel militia manages to illegally resell the mineral, earning $ 1 million a month, then investing in the war against the government’s army. Today thousands of local peasants have been torn to their lands and forced by militias to extract precious coltan: what are the real ties between belligerents and telephone companies?