San Salvador’s millennial mayor
In one of the most dangerous cities in the world, can a young, hip mayor with big ideas and a colourful Instagram feed make a difference? Amid gang warfare and swelling violence, Nayib Bukele is trying to revitalize San Salvador's city centre, to alter the "relationship between citizens and the place they call home – and, by extension, their relationship with one another." Lauren Markham reports for The Guardian.
Justice and gender in India
Muslim women in India, fed up with misogynist interpretations of the Quran by the men tasked with pronouncing decisions on issues like marriage and divorce, are taking matters of justice into their own hands. For The Daily Beast, Emily Feldman reports on a training program that's turning out the country's first female Islamic judges, with the aim of moving "the gender justice dial in the right direction."
Brian Castner, who canoed the entire Mackenzie River this past summer, reports on a pipeline project that looms over northern communities in the region for VICE's Motherboard. The $20 billion Mackenzie Gas Project has been talked about for decades. Construction is stalled, but permits have been extended, prompting Indigenous communities to try put a stop to the project once and for all.
Surviving a siege
For The Atlantic, Janine di Giovanni recalls her time reporting from a Sarajevo under attack in the 1990s. This summer, she started a WhatsApp group where colleagues who experienced the horrors of Bosnia can connect with and give hope to Syrians today. "Sieges destroy the body—as was clear in Bosnia then and in Syria now—but once again, what’s far more damaging is the annihilation of the soul," she writes.