Brazil, from boom to chaos
Next week, the 2016 Olympic Games will be but a memory, and the world's attention will move on from Rio. But what next for the country, steeped in corruption, political dysfunction and scandal? Franklin Foer traces the recent history of Brazil, from Lula's election to the Petrobras affair to the failure of Rousseff, and posits that despite the country's troubles, all is not lost. For Slate.
Keeping girls in school
“Every school holiday," the head of a school in eastern Uganda tells Helen Lewis of the New Statesman, "we lose ten to 15 girls. They elope or conceive.” This piece tells the story of how the school's supporters are changing families' minds about the value of keeping girls in class. They're also using something seemingly simple - sanitary pads - to offer students a sense of equality and liberation.
Tales from Puerto Rico, America's Greece
In The New York Times, Mary Williams Walsh relays the stories of Puerto Ricans who live in precarious conditions as the island suffers a massive debt crisis. From a mother who resides in a crumbling public housing complex to a doctor whose hospital can no longer afford medical supplies, Walsh paints a surreal and haunting depiction of a state at odds with itself.
Dwindling hope in South Sudan
For The Washington Post, Kevin Sieff captures the anxieties of South Sudanese civilians living in a floundering U.N. displacement camp in Malakal. Facing extreme weather, food shortages, crumbling facilities, low morale and the threat of spreading violence from the capital, Juba, those in the camp worry peacekeepers might not be able to protect them for much longer.