What Putin wants
Following widely-accepted allegations of illegal interference in the 2016 US presidential election, Julia Ioffe travels to Russia to answer two questions: how the Kremlin pulled off one of the greatest acts of political sabotage in modern history, and how far President Vladimir Putin is prepared to go to get what he wants — and what that means for America. For The Atlantic.
Along Haiti's Burial Road
In Haiti, most people live on two dollars a day or less. But even the most modest funeral parlours offer services starting at $1,100. "No matter how rich in love they may be, most people can’t pay those fees," writes Catherine Porter in The New York Times. In this feature, she tells the story of the group of men who have stepped in to do the job themselves, spending their days tending to the forgotten dead.
Canada's top diplomat
For Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland — tasked with no less than saving NAFTA — no two days are the same, and every day is unpredictable. In this profile for Toronto Life, Jason McBride traces Freeland's journey from journalist to cabinet minister — from growing up on a Ukrainian feminist socialist co-op to being "democracy’s last best defender" in the age of Donald Trump.
When South Sudan gained independence in 2011, its people celebrated in the streets, and international observers were optimistic about a future without violence. But since 2013, the world's youngest nation has spiralled back into a complex civil war in which rape is used as a weapon. Tanya Birkbeck reports from Juba for The Globe and Mail on the hundreds of women who have been attacked — and the babies they must care for as a result.