In Spain, where the unemployment rate is the highest in Europe, almost no one is immune from the global recession -- not even the many olive growers there.
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Spain has an unemployment rate of 14.8 percent, the highest in Western Europe. In the town of Vila Real in eastern Spain, many people make their living making tiles. But suddenly, after the housing bubble burst, no one wants or needs what they make.
Worldfocus special correspondent Martin Seemungal writes about what it's like to be a mobile journalist and vents about his luggage mishap in Spain.
In 2006, Spain banned smoking in offices, hospitals, schools and enclosed spaces. Worldfocus correspondent Martin Seemungal is reporting from Spain and writes that three years later, despite the law, the air is still thick with smoke.
To some extent, the economic playing field has been leveled since the end of apartheid 15 years ago. But that has had another impact -- white poverty has doubled since 1994.
A South African aid worker discusses Cape Town's immigrant dwellings in in camps on the outskirts of communities. She discusses strategies for assimilation with the South Africans who reject them.
Last year, waves of attacks on immigrants swept through South Africa. Now those same immigrants are caught between violence in a country that wants them to leave, and the danger of returning to home countries that don't want them back.
Despite legal racial equality, social and economic structures continue to enforce a wide poverty gap in South Africa. Dr. Xolela Mangcu of the Platform for Public Deliberation discusses the country's economic and class divide.
Mobile testing units offer free test results and spread the message that living with HIV is not a death sentence, but a chronic disease.