Europe

European colonization of the Americas killed 10 percent of world population and caused global cooling

The “Great Dying” of Indigenous populations in the Americas after the arrival of Europeans is the largest human mortality event in proportion to the global population, putting it second in absolute terms only to World War II. The devastation of the population also caused a drop in atmospheric CO₂. During this period, severe winters and cold summers caused famines and rebellions from Europe to Japan.

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Conflict & Justice

Why Libya is different

Longtime Libya observers are not surprised Gaddafi has resorted to violence. The World's Jeb Sharp takes a look at why the situation in Libya is playing out so differently from the uprising in Egypt.

Conflict & Justice

Sexual harassment in Egypt

Reporter Daniel Estrin tells us that sexual harassment is fairly common in Egypt. A study by the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights have found that 60 percent of Egyptian women and 98 percent of foreign women are harassed on a daily basis.