global impressions

Where in the world is there so much unemployment that it may take five minutes for a foreigner to cross a main street in the capital because so many motorbike riders slow down to offer a lift on their “taxi”?

Imagine a country where, to communicate with the outside world, your grandmother spoke French, your mother spoke Russian and you speak English. Which country has suffered so many changes so rapidly?

Which tiny kingdom offers generous housing loans to its citizens, so long as they are of the dominant religion? Where have some jungle villages become ghost towns because people have converted and moved into settlements with hot running water and sealed roads?

Where do women still not have the right to vote in the 21st century, though some drive luxury cars?

Where is the land down under, well known for its hopping fauna? Where do the sunloving residents get skin cancers as mostly their genes evolved in an utterly different climate?