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SPAIN- BARCELONA- CATALONIA- INDIPEND...
Barcelona
By Christian Minelli
10 Oct 2017

Spain, Barcelona: Pro-independence supporters take part in a rally in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.Catalan President Puigdemont has proposed to suspend Catalonia's declaration of independence for few weeks to hold talks with Spanish government.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

Portrait of an old man among the refugees as he waits to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

Refugees walk among the fields towards the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

A small child cries because of the tension as refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

Refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

Refugees among the fields walk towards the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

A small child on her mother's arms among a group of refugees waiting for the permission from the Macedonian border police to cross the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

A small child on his father's arms and the Macedonian border police on the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

A small tension between refugees waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border and the Macedonian border police. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
24 Aug 2015

Refugees sit down on the train tracks as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 24, 2015.

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Refugees Cross the Greek-Macedonian B...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees cross the border from Greece to Macedonia to board on trains that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees wait to be transported by train to the Macedonian-Serbian border while the Macedonian border police is guarding them. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees, among the children, are waiting in the line to board on the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees are crossing the Greek-Macedonian. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees, among the children, are waiting in the line to board on the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees, among the children, are waiting in the line to board on the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees, among the children, in the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

A refugee child carries his luggage as he walks on the train tracks to the Gevgelija bus station. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees are crossing the Greek-Macedonian. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees wait in the line to cross from the Greek side of the border to the Macedonian. Idomeni, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

A refugee crosses the Greek-Macedonian border. Idomeni, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees cross the Greek-Macedonian border from Idomeni to Gevgelija on August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees cross the Greek-Macedonian border from Idomeni to Gevgelija on August 23, 2015

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Refugees after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border walk towards the train that will take them to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

Portrait of a refugee child waiting for the train that will take him to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Refugees Cross Greek-Macedonian Borde...
Idomeni, Greece
By Kostis Ntantamis
23 Aug 2015

A refugee child waiting for the train that will take him to the Macedonian-Serbian border. Gevgelija, August 23, 2015.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
02 Apr 2015

Heriika S., 25, apologizes to her boyfriend. He helped her flee a rival favela after drug gangs made threats on her life. The women were joking about a rumor that there are rich Japanese businessmen wanting to marry for money.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
02 Apr 2015

Lenice, 53, speaking about her life. She's a nursing technician and used to make a decent wage but had troubles with depression after both her parents died in her care. She can't get a job because she doesn't have a fixed address and is behind on her union dues.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
02 Apr 2015

A good samaritan only known as Felipe (not pictured, refused to be identified) learned that it was David's (center) 1st birthday and bought him a cake. In a rare moment of joy, the homeless organized a makeshift birthday party for him. David was given to his grandmother, Vera Lucia, 65, (also not pictured) after his mother had no way of supporting him. David is not related to anyone else there.

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
02 Apr 2015

Gracie, 25, began smoking cigarettes at age 11 after her grandmother would ask her to light hers on the stove for her. She smokes 3 packs a day when she can afford it. She never made it past the 3rd grade in school.

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Canada's Maple Syrup Cartel
Laurierville
By Leyland Cecco
01 Apr 2015

Quebec/New Brunswick, Canada

Since the 1980's, Quebec has stopped at nothing to become the world's dominant supplier of maple syrup. The industry, which was once a past time for farmers, is now worth almost $500 million, with Quebec controlling the lion's share of the reserves. To ward off competition and ensure consistent supply and pricing, the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers has morphed into a government-sanctioned cartel. It chases after producers who don't play by the rules, and is even known to initiate cross provincial border raids. It stockpiles syrup inside its 'Global Strategic Reserve', where it stores more than 68 million pounds of the liquid gold. Pound for pound, a single barrel of syrup is worth 25 times a barrel of crude oil.

A theft at the Federation's warehouse in 2012 saw $18 million worth of syrup stolen. While the perpetrators remain unkown, the federation has accused producers and distributors who oppose them of the heist and have gone as far as using their power to raid the warehouses of some of them.

While the American market heats up and erodes the market share, (buoyed by the consistently high prices set by the Federation), Quebec is willing to do whatever it takes to reign supreme. 

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Rua Alcindo Guanabara, 78-122 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20031-130,Brazil
By Antonio Franco
01 Apr 2015

Kaue, 2, cries for his mother. His dad, Claudio "CG", 24, used to work selling drinks at favela funk parties. He claims to have been earning well over $3,000 USD a month; he owned multiple stands. He was living a comfortable middle class until police came in and shut the parties down. Now he's struggling to pay his $130 month rent.

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Canada's Maple Syrup Cartel 01
Saint Modeste
By Leyland Cecco
31 Mar 2015

Simone Vezina is reflected in a new batch of maple syrup. Starting clear, the boiling process gives it the distinct golden color. With 7,000 taps, she can produce 35 barrels per year, worth almost $60,000.

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Canada's Maple Syrup Cartel 03
Kedgwick
By Leyland Cecco
31 Mar 2015

Etienne St-Pierre shows the color grading and sugar content of maple syrup in his warehouse. After the theft of syrup, he was suspected by the Federation.

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Canada's Maple Syrup Cartel 04
Kedgwick
By Leyland Cecco
31 Mar 2015

Etienne St-Pierre runs SK Export, a production and brokerage facility in New Brunswick. He is the main buyer for Quebec producers who want to avoid the Federation. He is also the main enemy of the Federation and he has numerous legal cases pending that were brought on by the Federation.

Etienne St-Pierre argues that because he has a federal permit, he should be able to buy and sell to whomever he chooses.

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Canada's Maple Syrup Cartel 05
Kedgwick
By Leyland Cecco
31 Mar 2015

A 2012 theft at the Federations warehouse saw $18 million worth of syrup stolen. Days later, the Federation launched a cross provincial raid on St-Pierre's warehouse stealing syrup, forklifts, and other equipment. The Federation accused him of being behind the theft and St-Pierre is currently under an ongoing investigation.

Pierre has maintained his innocence and feels the Federation used the theft as a convenient pre-text for cracking down on producers and distributors who oppose them.

"I won't stop until I can get my syrup back," says St-Pierre.

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Canada's Maple Syrup Cartel 07
Saint Modeste
By Leyland Cecco
31 Mar 2015

Horse-drawn carts and farm animals are a staple of many sugar shacks.

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Saint Modeste
By Leyland Cecco
31 Mar 2015

Guests dine at Simone Vezina's sugar shacks. Sugar shacks are becoming increasingly popular for corporate retreats and day trips.