Forced trafficking and voodoo
The trafficking of Nigerian women to Germany has intensified in recent years, with local investigators facing an added complication when trying to break up smuggling rings: victims have been instructed to stay silent or be cursed by the evil power of “Juju.” Alexander Epp and Olaf Heuser report for Spiegel Online in this visual story.
Return of the strongmen
In a thought-provoking essay in The Washington Post, Robert Kagan documents how authoritarianism — partially kept at bay during the Cold War years — has re-emerged as the greatest threat to the liberal democratic world order many have taken for granted over the last 70 years. And the stakes are high: “Liberalism is all that keeps us, and has ever kept us, from being burned at the stake for what we believe.”
WWF under fire
A BuzzFeed News investigation into the World Wide Fund for Nature by Katie Baker and Tom Warren, spanning six continents and based on over 100 interviews, has uncovered shocking behaviour: “The beloved nonprofit with the cuddly panda logo funds, equips, and works directly with paramilitary forces that have been accused of beating, torturing, sexually assaulting, and murdering scores of people.”
An interview with MacNaughton
Canada’s ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, holds his post at a fascinating point in Canada-US relations. In an interview with Maclean’s senior writer Paul Wells, he talks about the election of Donald Trump, the marathon NAFTA renegotiations, the departure of Justin Trudeau’s principle secretary, Gerald Butts, and more.