In the digital era we live in, we are bombarded with headlines. News agencies often try to simplify international news stories to make them more digestible, often at the expense of adequately explaining the full story. The most pressing stories out there related to international relations, armed conflict, and human rights are really complex and often require a lot of background knowledge to be able to grasp their significance. In this series, we take a look at current events and news stories from a more comprehensive angle. We unpack the historical, political, cultural, economic, and social dynamics of major news events in order to make more sense of them.
The Mekong River in Southeast Asia has been an important river for multiple countries, but it is now threatened by the numerous dams built without much international coordination.