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Global Issues in Local News

Cuba and America: Honeymoon or Stalemate?

The US and Cuba are poised at the alter, prenuptials in hand. But as headlines forecast the fruits of the union and tourists flood Havana, there are already signs of unease.

Canada and the U.S.: A Home for Syrian Refugees

Most countries fostering an influx of Syrian refugees are seeing a backlash. Canada is riding a wave of enthusiasm, as people feel empowered to help Syrians in what has become a popular movement.

The Healing

One of the under-reported stories of Syria's Civil War is the deliberate targeting of hospitals by bombers, and the efforts of Syrian-American doctors to help their devastated homeland.

The Last Refugees: Bhutanese in Nepal

Bhutanese refugees in Nepal never got much international attention and now, after more than 20 years living in camps, they are being resettled around the world. Will their cultural identity survive?

Afghanistan: Packing Up War

How do you turn the lights off on a war? Wars end when troops come home, but what happens to all the stuff?

The Nanny's Child

Millions of women from poor countries come to work in America as caregivers or nannies. Who looks after their children back home?

Sea Change: The Pacific’s Perilous Turn

In 2009, The Seattle Times reported that ocean acidification – the plummeting pH of seas from carbon-dioxide emissions – was killing billions of Northwest oysters. That was only the beginning.

A Steady Hand for Haiti

An Iowa-based medical team has been traveling to rural Haiti for years, assisting residents with health crises while searching for long-term ways to help the people improve their own situations.

China and Wisconsin: Paper Cuts

Faced with the devastating twin threats of digital and China, can a critical Wisconsin industry survive?