Mozambique's blood rubies
Montepuez, in northern Mozambique, is thought to hold 40 percent of the world's known supply of rubies. The UK-based company that acquired the ruby deposit describes its gems as 'responsibly sourced' and 'ethical,' but accounts of forced relocations, conflict and killings tell a different story. Estacio Valoi reports for Foreign Policy.
Who is Narendra Modi?
In the New Republic, Siddhartha Deb presents a blistering profile of 'the man who has replaced Gandhi as the face of India.' Tracing Modi's rise through right-wing Hindu politics, Deb describes a trail of violence, racism, rage and unaccountability - a narrative at odds with the Western world's admiring view of the prime minister.
Running on empty in Nepal
In this piece for Harper's Magazine, Ruth Margalit visits a country wracked by two major earthquakes, deadly protests over its constitution and, as a result of India closing its border, a fuel crisis. With no imported materials to rebuild homes and no cooking gas for labourers to eat anything other than rice and lentils, the outlook on recovery from the earthquake is dim at best.
The end of oil
Historically, Saudi Arabia has relied on the petroleum sector for 90 percent of its budget. But the kingdom is in crisis mode, with foreign reserves being depleted at an alarming pace. For Bloomberg, Peter Waldman spends eight hours with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who will be spearheading a $2 trillion effort to wean Saudi Arabia off its lifeblood: oil.