Stories: Economy

  • Top Russian Officials Are Starting to Realize That the Country’s Economy Is in Big Trouble

    You wouldn’t know it from the Chanel boutiques and Maserati dealerships lining the boulevards inside Moscow’s Garden Ring, but economic conditions in Russia are becoming dire. The ruble has weakened to record lows not seen since the 1990s, capital is bleeding out of the country for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, and the economy...

  • FashionAble Women In Ethiopia

    Twenty years ago, Cherry had completed her university degree in business, but was still unemployed. Driving with her family one night past the prostitutes on the streets of Addis Ababa she and her family sparked a discussion that left her wondering about what separated her life from theirs. The street women who flashed them as they passed stayed in...

  • Gliding Across Lake Tana in Search of Hippos and Monasteries

    “You cannot find peace by avoiding life”. Virginia Woolf A few hours after my morning encounter with the papyrus boat fisherman and the hippos off the shore of my hotel, it was time to explore the beauty and mysticism of Lake Tana for myself. I convinced a few friends of mine from our reporting trip to join me...

  • Fishermen Ply Ethiopia’s Largest Lake in Papyrus Boats, but Hope for Better

    As other fishermen haul in their catch a little after dawn, Temasgen Zelalem is just beginning to drop his net. Looking weary in the faint morning light, Mr. Temasgen says it’s his second drop in the last 24 hours. The nets he laid out last night were still empty at sunrise. His knees poke through holes in his...

  • A Snapshot of Ethiopia

    I have been in Ethiopia as an International Reporting fellow for a little over a week now and it has been an amazing, eye-opening trip so far. I have learned so much about this beautiful landlocked country of 90 million people. I have been warmly welcomed into their lives and have enjoyed the curiosity of the children at my blond hair...

  • First Impressions of Ethiopia

    I arrived early Sunday morning into Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, after a long haul flight from home. My day began Saturday at 3 am and after two fights totaling 16 hours I found myself in Africa’s highest capital Addis Ababa which translates into “new flower”. Street shots of Addis Ababa The earliest people living in...

  • What Happens When World Cup Tourists Flood Rio’s Favelas Looking for Cheap Rooms?

    This past April, I found myself on my first ever motorcycle ride, speeding on the back of a motorcycle taxi headed to the top of Rocinha, Rio De Janeiro's largest favela. Along the way, we weaved through a crush of buses, motorcycles, and people, all going about their day in this city inside a city. I made my...

  • Taking ‘Manic Mondays’ to a New Level: A Day in the Life of a Rio Public School Teacher

    A teacher poses with a blackboard reading 'Brazil School' as children sitting in front of desks with signs reading 'FIFA standard schools' hold official 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer balls, as they pose at what is meant to represent a public school classroom, during a protest against the 2014 World Cup, organized by non-governmental organization (NGO) Rio de Paz (Rio of...

  • In the Amazon, It Turns Out You Can Make Money Without Destroying the Forest

    Deforestation is a big problem in Brazil, which contains the majority of the Amazon rainforest. But it's getting better. A paper published this week in Science points out that deforestation rates have declined by 70% between 2005 and 2013, even as land-intensive beef and soy production has continued to grow in the country. How has Brazil pulled...

  • Homeless in Tanzania

    Sixteen-year-old Lenard Baraka grips the air above his head. He is miming how, four years ago, he slipped under a car, grabbed onto the chassis and held on, upside down. He doesn’t remember how long the trip took, but it was ‘very far’. This was how Lenard ran away from home at 12 years old, and the...