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CHICAGO — The places had names like Perv’s House, Pepper’s Hide Out and the Five Fingers Social Club. Homes away from home where patrons dressed in their best, usually gold and mink, burning away the week’s problems in cigarette smoke, Crown Royal and the electric chords of guitars. For the photographer Michael Abramson , they were oases on Chicago’s rough-and-tumble South Side, where neon Schlitz signs beckoned from behind caged windows.
China has sought access to Guinea's vast reserves of bauxite and iron ore since its relationship with the impoverished nation first flowered in the 1950s. China's approach to securing minerals in Guinea and throughout Africa has been to sign agreements to build huge projects in exchange for minerals. A Guinean worked on the construction of a hospital in Conakry, Guinea's capital, financed by the Chinese government.
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A Jewish settler prays at sunrise from a former outpost near Nablus.
Ela Bhatt, 76, who fought for higher wages for women in Gujarat, India, more than three decades ago, has since created India's first women's bank, the Self-Employed Women's Association, or SEWA.
Jesselyn Bercian, now 20, an American-born daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, lives in Langley Park, Md., a suburb of Washington.
Cloaked in a brown wool shawl and carrying a walking stick, the figure of a man emerges from a dense early-morning fog. He is part of Tablighi Jamaat, a missionary movement that spreads revivalist Islam through its followers, who travel the world on preaching missions. The movement convenes in Raiwind, Pakistan, once a year.