Crisis in America's fields
Donald Trump's promise to deport millions and build a wall at the Mexican border could have many consequences, but what effect would it have on America's food system? "At least half of all farmworkers in the U.S. are undocumented Mexican immigrants," writes Brian Barth for Modern Farmer. These are jobs Americans would rather avoid — so who will pick up the slack if the president succeeds in his plans?
On the frontline in Mosul
For Maclean's, Adnan Khan reports from inside the battle for Mosul that has been raging since last fall, as Iraqi forces try to take back territory held by ISIS. The offensive was "supposed to be an act of emancipation," Khan writes. Instead, civilians are finding themselves caught in the crossfire, "up against diminishing odds of survival."
A disaster of biblical proportions
Iraq has a potentially even more catastrophic problem than the rise of ISIS: the country's biggest dam, located just upstream from Mosul, is failing. If it were to rupture — as experts warn it will — it would let loose "a wave as high as a hundred feet that would roll down the Tigris, swallowing everything in its path for more than a hundred miles," writes Dexter Filkins in The New Yorker.
The latest in smartphone revolutions
While much of the focus of Western media is on U.S. politics, Romania is seeing its largest protests since the 1989 fall of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. For Spiegel Online, Walter Mayr reports from Bucharest, where students and young people have been gathering to demonstrate against corrupt politicians and and show their support for the EU.