Humphrey Hawksley is an author, commentator and foreign correspondent. He has reported on key trends, events and conflicts from all over the world.
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At their closest point Russia and America are barely two miles apart. Two islands belonging to each of these antagonistic world powers are separated by a narrow stretch of water. The border is unmarked and no national flag flies on either side. Before the Cold War, the people here saw themselves as one nation.Now, on the Russian island there is a military base. On the American side is the remote and isolated island village called Little Diomede. Humphrey Hawksley and photographer Poulomi Basu were given rare access.
The global tea industry is worth $20 billion a year, but on India's tea estates millions of workers and their families suffer from hunger, disease, human rights abuse and exploitation.
India's economy is the 10th largest in the world, but millions of the country's workers are thought to be held in conditions little better than slavery. One story - which some may find disturbing - illustrates the extreme violence that some are subjected to. They tried to escape and were punished with an axe.
Humphrey Hawksley reports from the brick kilns of India where more than two million people feed the booming construction sector and economic miracle by working in conditions campaigners describe as 'slavery.' Their work goes into building the skyscrapers, offices and call centres, but the bricks they make are now being condemned as 'blood bricks.'
Guatemala in Central America has one of the worst records of violence, corruption and treatment of workers. Humphrey Hawksley travels through through the country asking why the European Union is now giving it new trade privileges. BBC's Our World - Guatemala's Sweet Deal.
Humphrey Hawksley goes to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda to investigate the link between minerals, war and business. These are the raw materials used in our every day lives for computers, phones and household appliances. Humphrey asks if a little-known American law might force a change to how multi-national companies do business in the developing world and if that could speed up an end to poverty and conflict.
Globalisation has brought the world's goods to the west. But how can consumers be sure they are buying food and clothing manufactured without harming workers - especially children? Humphrey Hawksley travels to the cotton fields and factories of India and discovers rampant abuse and child labour.
For years, the chocolate industry knew their raw products were farmed in unacceptable conditions - using slavery and children. Humphrey Hawksley first exposed the cocoa scandal more than a decade ago. Returning again to the Ivory Coast, he finds children taken from their parents and forced to harvest cocoa with little evidence that chocolate makers plan to change things.
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with the Devil
Shortly after dark as the solitary stilted "devil dancer" walked back into the Liberian forest, we headed off, but soon found the road blocked and in the darkness it was difficult to see why.....
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