23 May

Map of the Week: Illegal Ghost Roads

By Chiara Ryals Networks of illegally-built roads, known as ‘ghost roads’, are proliferating across tropical forests and flying under the radar of governance. Usually built for the purpose of logging, poaching, or mining, these roads pose a severe threat to...
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15 May

World Cultures: Ainu Tattoos

By Thomas Jang Tattoos were once an important tradition practiced among the Ainu people, an Indigenous hunter-gathering people who live throughout the island of Hokkaido in Japan. Before the onset of displacement, genocide, and settlement by Japan beginning on the...
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9 May

Map of the Week: Digital Silk Road

By Phoebe Hill For centuries, the Silk Road, a complicated network of overland trade routes, connected the farthest reaches of Europe and Asia. China’s latest Digital Silk Road (DSR) initiative evokes similar narratives of connectivity, championing digital cooperation and information...
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8 May

World Cultures: Kassena Earth Houses

By Chiara Ryals In Burkina Faso and Northern Ghana, the Kassena people have long practiced the tradition of elaborately painting houses with geometric shapes and drawings. Houses are made entirely from local materials including dung, clay, wood, and straw. The...
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