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VICE explores today's most pressing issues, from civil unrest and hotbeds of terrorism, to unchecked government corruption and looming environmental catastrophes.
'Afghan Money Pit' - The U.S. has spent nearly $100 billion on reconstruction projects in Afghanistan, but much of that money has been wasted and misused--or fallen into the hands of the Taliban. 'The Pacification of Rio' - Rio de Janeiro's futile efforts to clean up corruption before the Olympics.
'Greenland Is Melting' - Shane Smith embarks on an expedition to Greenland with climate scientist Jason Box to investigate why Greenland is melting, and how the resulting sea level rise will mean devastation sooner than expected. 'Bonded Labor' - Millions of men, women, and children are working as bonded laborers in Pakistan's brick kilns.
'American Scrap' - David Choe looks into the life cycle of scrap metal, from the people who risk their lives to find it, to the yards that buy it, all the way to the Chinese traders who take it back home to build their economy. 'Children of Drones' Suroosh Alvi investigates the effects of drone strikes in Pakistan, where extremism and militancy are growing as a result.
'A Syria of Their Own' - Thomas Morton goes to the frontline of the battle for a Kurdish state to follow the story of Syria's forgotten ethnic group, the Kurds. 'White Gold' - Rhino horn has been coveted in Eastern medicine for centuries. Vikram Gandhi traces the trade from Southern Africa to Vietnam to understand this illicit phenomenon which has been on the rise.
'Terrorist University' - Dagestan is Russia's hotbed for Muslim extremism; Shane Smith heads there to follow in the footsteps of Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev who spent six months there. 'Armageddon Now' - Thomas Morton looks at the Israel-Palestinian conflict and the surprising Evangelical support for the Jewish State.
'Rocky Mountain High' - The legalization of marijuana in the U.S. became a reality when Colorado lifted its prohibition on recreational marijuana use. David Choe looks at the impact of this ever-growing trade on the local and national economy. 'North Korean Defectors' - A look at the hardships faced by North Koreans defectors and their new lives in modernized South Korea.
'The Pink Gang Rebellion' - The details of a 2012 gang rape on a Delhi bus focused attention on India's rampant rape issue. One woman, Sampat Pal, has galvanized a group to fight back. 'Genetic Passport' - In a radiation plagued former nuclear-testing site in Kazakhstan, a doctor has tried to implement a mandatory 'genetic passport.'
'The Resource Curse' - In Papua New Guinea, America's Exxon Mobil has staked its claim to a $19 billion liquid natural-gas project. 'Deliver Us from Drought' - Texas has experienced the worst drought in its recorded history, but while many feel human activity is a contributor, many Texans do not--and have taken few if any initiatives to limit the state's CO2 emissions.
'Crude Awakening'- Shane Smith heads to Louisiana to report on the lasting effects of the BP oil spill. 'The Enemy of My Enemy' - Yemen is at the top of the worry list for President Obama's national security team, and the rise of Al Qaeda there is only half the reason why. The real trouble is a little-known Houthi rebel movement in the north of the country.
'Playing with Nuclear Fire' - Three years after the Tohoku earthquake in Japan, citizens and the international community are left wondering if Japan really does have the situation under control. 'No Man Left Behind' - Ryan Duffy talks with veterans struggling with mental illness, addiction and PTSD who are often overprescribed narcotics and other pharmaceuticals.
'Heroin Warfare' Since the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, heroin production has skyrocketed and led neighboring Iran into the worst heroin use problem in the world. 'The Coldest War' - With the polar ice caps shrinking due to global warming, new trade routes are being exposed, along with billions of dollars' worth of natural-resource reserves, leading to a new Cold War.
'Surveillance City' - Camden, New Jersey is one of the poorest and drug-ridden cities in the country, prompting the state to install an experimental 'Metro' security apparatus equipped with futuristic technologies. 'The Forgotten War' - Though the genocide in Darfur continues, media attention has waned and the rebels stand poised for civil war.
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