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Worldcrunch Magazine #39 — Pageant Trafficking: How Venezuela's Beauty Queens Are Forced Into Prostitution

June 26 - July 2, 2023

Worldcrunch Magazine #39 — Pageant Trafficking: How Venezuela's Beauty Queens Are Forced Into Prostitution

This is the latest edition of Worldcrunch Magazine, a selection of our best articles of the week from the best international journalists, produced exclusively in English for Worldcrunch readers.


The cover story, by Ronna Rísquez, Lorena Meléndez, Sheyla Urdaneta, Liz Gascón & Ahiana Figueroa for Colombian news outlet El Espectador focused on how beauty contests have become a tool to lure hundreds of Venezuelan girls and women into the continental sex trade.

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Table of Contents

For Ukraine, It May Be Time To Crack Down On Draft Dodgers | Livy Bereg By Anna Steshenko

The De-Russification Dream: Could A Ukraine Victory Remake Central Asia? | Livy Bereg By Oleksandr Merezhko

Migrant Standoff At Polish-Belarusian Border May Be Set To Explode | Gazeta Wyborcza By Joanna Klimowicz & Ekaterina Lemonjava

How Venezuelan Beauty Pageants Feed A Global Sex Trafficking Ring | El Espectador By Ronna Rísquez, Lorena Meléndez, Sheyla Urdaneta, Liz Gascón & Ahiana Figueroa

Dog Cloning, Cat Seafood: China’s Over-The-Top Pet Market | Les Echos By Frédéric Schaeffer

Italy’s Crackdown On Same-Sex Parents Could Dissolve Families | La Stampa By Laura Berlinghieri

“Slave Grandparent” — When Child Care Is Unloaded On Grandma | Clarín By Guadalupe Rivero

Purebreds To “Rasse” Theory: A German Critique Of Dog Breeding | Die Welt By Wieland Freund

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Pasta v. Fascists: How Italy's Staple Dish Became A Symbol Of Resistance

Pasta may not be considered controversial today, but it played an important role during Italy's fascist years, particularly in one family's celebration of community and liberation.

Photo of the Cervi family.

Photo of the Cervi family, whose seven children were shot by the Fascists on December 28, 1943, at the Reggio Emilia shooting range.

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Jacopo Fontaneto

ROME — Eighty years ago — on July 25, 1943 — the vote of no confidence by the Grand Council of Fascism, leading to Benito Mussolini's arrest, set off widespread celebrations. In Campegine, a small village in the Emilian province, the Cervi family celebrated in their own way: they brought 380 kilograms of pasta in milk cans to the town square and offered it to all the inhabitants of the village.

The pasta was strictly plain: macaroni dressed with butter and cheese, seen as more of a "festive dish" in that period of deprivation. As soon as the Cervi brothers learned about the arrest of Mussolini, they procured flour, borrowed butter and cheese from the dairy, and prepared kilos and kilos of pasta. They then loaded it onto a cart to distribute it to their fellow villagers. Pastasciutta (dry pasta) specifically regards dishes with noodles that are plated "dry", not in broth. That would disqualify soup, risotto, ravioli...

Even though pastasciutta is the most stereotypical type of pasta today, it had a complicated relationship with the government during Italy's fascist years.

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