6 Times Food Smugglers Just Wanted a Taste of Home

Sometimes you’re just craving giant snails

In 2014, at the Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. Customs agents noticed some unusual cargo arriving from Lagos, Nigeria. Hiding in two picnic baskets were 67 giant African snails, totaling 35 pounds, intended for human consumption.

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10 Overlooked Issues That People are Protesting This Week at the U.N.

The U.N. General Assembly is a magnet for protest from every race, color, and creed. Meet some of the people behind the picketing.

This week, heads of state from around the world have gathered in New York City to tackle the most pressing global issues during the opening of the annual United Nations General Assembly. Always compelling, previous editions of the U.N.G.A. have led to some of the most memorable moments in diplomacy: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev removing his shoe in 1960 and famously banging it on a table in an attempt to silence a Filipino delegate; Cuban President Fidel Castro harboring live chickens at his Harlem hotel and delivering an epic four-and-a-half-hour U.N.G.A. speech the same year; and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s 1974 declaration, while bedecked in military fatigues and brandishing a pistol holder, that, "I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter's gun." More recently, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called George W. Bush “the devil” and insisted that the podium “smelled of sulfur” in 2006, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s unveiled his much-ridiculed Looney Tunes-style cartoon Iran bomb diagram just last year.

But alongside the major foreign policy speeches, gridlock, shuttle diplomacy, and preposterously securitized environment, diverse groups of protesters are also omnipresent, raising awareness and demanding action on a bevy of international issues. Some of their concerns are well known and draw large, organized protests, while others are overlooked by the media and bring out small groups of protesters or even just passionate individuals.

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Meet the Self-Proclaimed President of Colombia’s Hottest Music Trend

Champeta started as an outsider Afro-Colombian folk movement. Now it's taking over the country.

All along Colombia’s Caribbean coast, champeta music booms out of tricked-out, streetside mobile speaker systems called picós. The genre is a product of the region, one long-marked with racial tension and sharp socio-economic inequality. In recent years, after historically being stigmatized by the Colombian ruling class, the style has surged in popularity, moving beyond its Afro-Colombian roots and into the mainstream. Champeta records have topped Colombian charts, scored hit telenovelas, and even starred in tourism campaigns by the Colombian Foreign Ministry.

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