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BBC: Gold and Green Guyana

BBC: Gold and Green Guyana

Almost everyone in Port Kaituma is making money from gold. From the miners who head out to the camps in the surrounding jungle to the owners of the bars and stores where the miners spend their money. It is clear that the economy of this small town in northwest Guyana is entirely reliant on the […]

CBC/BBC: Developing Jonestown?

CBC/BBC: Developing Jonestown?

It’s hard to believe that Jonestown ever existed. The patch of rainforest in remote northern Guyana where Jim Jones moved his People’s Temple in the 1970s has been almost entirely reclaimed by the jungle. Locals say if you search long enough, you can still find remnants of a tractor used for transport and agriculture and […]

BBC: The Business of Baseball in Venezuela

BBC: The Business of Baseball in Venezuela

Hundreds of young boys in the Venezuelan town of Ciudad Alianza share the same dream – to play in a Major League baseball team. For some, it might well become a reality. The Detroit Tigers runs a baseball academy in the small town in western Venezuela. Other teams like the Tampa Bay Rays and the […]

BBC: Rainforest University

BBC: Rainforest University

It’s an early start for students at Venezuela’s Indigenous University. Rising from their hammocks at dawn, they bathe in the River Tauca that runs through the 2,000 hectare (5,000 acre) rainforest campus in southern Venezuela. Then there is time for breakfast and an hour of personal study before heading to class. It takes about half […]

BBC: Venezuela’s Prison Orchestras

BBC: Venezuela’s Prison Orchestras

Famous orchestra scheme rolled out in prisons gives hope to inmates. The strains of classical music drift on the breeze across the vast concrete yard at Coro prison in western Venezuela. Surrounded on four sides by high walls or fences, looked over by a watch tower and countless closed-circuit cameras, the inner patio at this […]

BBC: Cocoa and the State

BBC: Cocoa and the State

Venezuelan cocoa sector fears state intervention. Andres Herreras slashes through thick undergrowth in jungle just outside the town of Panaquire in eastern Venezuela, looking for ripe cocoa pods. He’s been harvesting these six hectares of land for over forty years using just his machete and his hands. Thousands of farmers like Andres tend small cocoa […]

CBC/BBC: Surviving Expropriations

CBC/BBC: Surviving Expropriations

Young crocodiles cry plaintively for their mother as they are hooked in a trap and pulled, splashing frantically, from the water. But their mother is nowhere to be seen. These one-year-old Orinoco Crocodiles are part of a captive breeding programme designed to put the brakes on their slide towards extinction. The Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius […]