The inter-oceanic canal to be built across Nicaragua represents the largest civil engineering project in history. Tim Johnson predicts the canal's impact on Nicaraguans, nature, and politics.
Poland is a test case for shale gas development in Europe, but so far the industry has failed to take off.
Almost 2 million Iraqis have been displaced. The government maintains that the situation is improving, but sectarian violence persists and many feel it is unsafe to return home.
Civilians living in refugee camps in northern Iraq are not convinced the cease fire between Kurdish rebels and the Iranian government will last.
Rosia Montana has a long tradition of mining that stretches back more than 2,000 years, but a new open-pit gold mining site would destroy original mining tunnels and limit archaeological research.