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Health vs. Livelihood: Puerto Rico’s Diving Fishermen Face Stark Choice

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: EarthEconomyJobsWater

A declining fish population has forced Cabo Rojo’s diving fishermen into deeper waters, where many exceed safe dive times to make a living. Their efforts can lead to decompression sickness, and emergency treatment is hours away.

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Lawyers Disagree on Reform as Mexico’s Broken Legal System Persists

Region: Mexico

Topics: CorruptionJobsLegal RightsPower

Many lawyers in Mexico agree that the country’s legal system is badly in need of reform: Mexico ranks fourth in the world for impunity, and corruption is rampant. As lawyers grapple with how to hold colleagues accountable, the legal system continues to take a devastating toll.

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Uganda’s Cage Fish Farms Restore Fish Populations, Raise Water Quality Concerns

Region: Uganda

Topics: EarthEconomyEnvironmentJobsWater

On Uganda’s Lake Victoria, cage fish farms take the guesswork out of fishing, as farmers feed fish in controlled areas – which makes them easy to harvest. But as the popularity of fish farming grows, residents worry about its effect on local water.

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Advocates Argue for Mongolian Government to Rethink Definition of Disability

Region: Mongolia

Topics: AutonomyHuman RightsJobs

Mongolians with disabilities are assigned a percentage, which quantifies their ability to work. Disability rights advocates argue the government’s outdated system, meant to provide workplace equality, does the opposite.

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Cross-Border Trading in Zimbabwe Becomes Casualty of Coronavirus

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: CoronavirusDevelopmentEconomyHuman RightsJobs

Cross-border traders bring goods from abroad to resell in Zimbabwe, and the informal trade ripples through the country’s economy, providing jobs and lowering the cost of staples. Now this industry – and the nation – must reckon with a closed border.

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DRC Relies on Food Imports as Insecurity Stalls Local Agriculture

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureDevelopmentEconomyJobs

A wealth of natural resources should make the nation’s agriculture sector one of the world’s most productive. Instead, ongoing instability has hampered access to food and stymied farmers’ commercial output.

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Coronavirus Devastates Puerto Rico’s Tourism Industry

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: CoronavirusDevelopmentEconomyJobs

With cruise ships not sailing, tour guides, shopkeepers and restaurant owners in Old San Juan and across the region say business has stopped. Though the economy is set to reopen, the question remains: When will the tourists return?

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Already Struggling, Artisans of Teotihuacán Fear the Coronavirus Will Wipe Them Out

Region: Mexico

Topics: CoronavirusCultureDevelopmentJobs

The number of traditional obsidian carvers in Mexico has steadily dwindled. The remaining artisans faced financial hardship and a risk of illness that threatened to destroy their ancient art form – and that was before the coronavirus arrived.

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Zimbabwe’s Hyperinflation Threatens Beloved National Pastime

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: DevelopmentEconomyJobsMoney

Zimbabwe’s professional football clubs aren’t exempt from the effects of hyperinflation. Rising league fees have jeopardized the future of teams and players. And some say the love of the game is a major casualty of the crisis.

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For Mexico’s Informal Vendors, Microcredit Offers Potential Relief, Threat of Debt

Region: Mexico

Topics: CoronavirusEconomyEntrepreneurshipJobs

Informal vendors in Mexico, many of them women, enjoy autonomy and flexibility in how they work. But the coronavirus crisis has underscored the drawbacks – and dangers – of operating outside the formal economy.

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