Cuba: Fee to Travel Freedom (#549)
Cuba: New Travel Freedoms - with Restrictions - Nine months after Cuba granted citizens the right to travel, the lines outside foreign embassies haven't gotten any shorter. People are eager for visas to travel abroad, but getting away isn't always easy. The Cuban government is concerned about a potential brain drain - the loss of qualified workers in its own economy. That is why even after the government lifted travel restrictions, it is still attaching conditions to trips by managers, scientists, top-level employees or successful athletes. Another problem is the cost of travel. The average monthly income in Cuba is 20 dollars, but a passport alone costs 100.
Laos: Courageous Women Take On the Legacy of War - An estimated two million ordinance were dropped on Laos during the Second Indochina war. 30 percent of the sub-munitions from cluster bombs failed to explode and pose an acute danger to the population. Bomb disposal experts like Manixia Thor have learned to deal with the danger. Three weeks a month, she leaves behind her husband and child to lead a team of 12 women in Laos. "It's no coincidence that we're an all-woman team. I'm convinced that we have a better inner radar than men," says Manixia Thor. To date, no one in her team has been injured on the job.
Global Brains: One Dollar Glasses - Millions of people around the world have bad eyesight, but can't afford the cost of eyeglasses. Children drop out of school as a result, grownups can't find a job. The project One Dollar Glasses wants to change that. Martin Aufmuth from the German city of Erlangen has developed eyeglasses that only cost around a dollar to produce. The physics and math teacher has devised a system that allows anyone, with just a bit of an introduction, to assemble eyeglasses. His small assembly set is already being successfully implemented in Ruanda, Tanzania and Burkina Faso.
Egypt: The Amazing Forest in the Desert - Fertile land is scarce in Egypt. All of life depends on water from the Nile River. 85 million Egyptians are settled along its banks. The rest of the country is desert. Egyptian and German scientists have now found a way of cultivating forests in the desert sand. It looks like a fata morgana. But the forests in the Egyptian desert are real. They're watered with processed sewage. 24 such forests have sprung up across the country over the past eight years. The sewage is rich in nutrients and fuels the growth of plants like maghagony, eucalyptus and sisal. Report by Florian Nusch. [26 minutes]
Series Description: Global 3000 is Deutsche Welle's weekly magazine that explores the intersection of global development and the environmental and social conditions of the diverse cultures of the world. In each program, host Michaela Kufner presents three to four video-rich segments that profile a different part of the planet where man's quest for economic and industrial strength is jeopardizing the ecosystems and the social and economic structures of people thousands of miles away. The program not only documents where those struggles are taking place -but how some groups and individuals are finding solutions to the growing problems of global development.
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Cuba: Fee to Travel Freedom (#549)
Cuba: New Travel Freedoms - with Restrictions - Nine months after Cuba granted citizens the right to travel, the lines outside foreign embassies haven't gotten any shorter. People are eager for... [26 minutes]
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- Cuba: Fee to Travel Freedom (#549)
- Children in the Workforce (#548)
- Farming Salmon Contaminating Ecosystems (#547)
- New View of Mapping The World (#546)
- Clicking Clients' Likes for Cash (#545)
- Recycling Trash Into An Orchestra (#544)
- Huge Reservoir Discovered In African Desert (#543)
- Preserving A Piece of Paradise (#542)
- Preserving A Little Piece of Paradise (#541)
- Tackling The Taliban with a TV Heroine (#540)
- Saving Lives Before The Ambulance Arrives (#539)
- Fire Fighting Climate Change In Brazil (#538)
- Is There Still Time to Save The Habitats of Millions of African Animals? (#537)
- Stimulants: Medications Used to Improve Performance (#536)
- The Rush to Save The Habitat of Millions of Africa Animals (#535)
- Real estate improvements pushing the poor out of Rio (#534)
- Episode #533
- Episode #532
- Turning Autism Into Vocational Jobs (#531)