The Romanian government is eager for investment from international mining companies, but local residents in a historic mining town fear an environmental disaster.
In the months after toxic sludge flooded residential areas and farmland in Hungary, some local residents still suffer from environmental and health problems while others have found new opportunities.
Diyarbakir prison, a site notorious both for its torture of Kurds and for laying the groundwork of the modern Kurdish resistance, will soon be turned into a museum--but not without controversy.
With the possibility of a million refugees from the Arab Spring pouring into Europe, the region tightens its border controls by relying on an agency that has been accused of human rights violations.
Zulbie Ahmed, modern-minded mayor of Ovchari, takes a strong stand against a modern mining company—she confronts the managers of Dundee Precious Metals and consistently votes against their plans.
Author and beekeeper Ismail Yakup says the Bulgarian government is ignoring the voice of the Krumovgrad community by supporting an open-pit gold mine that will pollute the soil, water, and air.
Dimiter Kenarov looks at the lives of the people from the Krumovgrad region as they deal with the large-scale mining project that is threatening to destroy their most precious resources.
The recent earthquake in Turkey devastated Van, a center of Kurdish resistance to the Turkish government. Some hope the tragedy and the rescue effort that followed will help the two sides reconcile.
The Bulgarian government says gold mining will bring jobs and wealth to the impoverished town of Krumovgrad. But local residents fear the project might pollute their real treasure: water.
Eugen David, a farmer in Rosia Montana, refuses to sell out to corporate interests who want to build the world's largest open-pit gold mine on his land.
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.
Someone in Tampere, Finland, has been excreting stools laced with the poliovirus and flushing them into the sewer system since 2008, threatening eradication campaigns.