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.
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.
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.
Steven Cohen spoke to residents of a "hardscrabble" town in Colombia in the lead up to last weekend's national referendum on the peace accords between the government and FARC. In this New Republic piece, people from all walks of life share their views on the historic accord that was ultimately rejected, throwing the country's future into limbo.
For the Washington Post, Todd C. Frankel traces the global supply chain of cobalt - essential to the batteries that power smartphones, laptops and electric vehicles - from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where children labour in dangerous mines, to manufacturing sites in Asia, to consumers' hands in developed countries. As demand for cobalt increases, concerns over working conditions in the mines surface.
In El Salvador, where gang members rape at will and three condoms cost more than lunch, abortion is outlawed and women bear the brunt of ruthless social and judicial retaliation. In Harper's Magazine, Rachel Nolan details cases of women who have been jailed after complications with their pregnancies in a country which is increasingly affected by the Zika virus.
For Outside, Kyle Dickman profiles Team Rubicon, an organization that rallies America's struggling war veterans around a new mission: disaster relief. Since its formation in 2010 in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, the organization has shaken up the aid industry with its off the cuff methods. Dickman accompanies teams on relief efforts as the organization aims to take on the Red Cross.
"In a perfect world there would be decent hospitals for the Palestinian people," writes Shaul Adar. In the real world, though, it's up to Road to Recovery, a group of Israeli volunteers, to drive sick Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip to hospitals in Israel where they can be treated. Adar goes along for the ride in this piece from The Atlantic.
For Al Jazeera, Chika Oduah spends time in a safe house in Nigeria with "the women who love and loved" soldiers fighting for terrorist organization Boko Haram. Her interviews reveal complicated sentiments on the part of the young women meant to be taking part in a de-radicalization program. Some are eager to move on, but many others profess admiration for their husbands - and for the crimes they have perpetrated.
BuzzFeed’s Anne Helen Petersen tells the story of how social media helped garner unprecedented attention to a protest against the Dakota Access Pipelines (#NoDAPL). Last weekend, more than 2,000 Indigenous and environmental activists gathered to shine a spotlight on their shared mission: to protect the Sacred Stone Camp's water. So far, the protests have brought pipeline construction to a halt.
After burying her grandmother outside of Toronto, Fathima Cader accompanies her family on a trip from Canada to Saudi Arabia, where she grew up. For Hazlitt, Cader documents her journey, from worrying that her brother would be stopped for being erroneously listed on a no-fly list to observing the racism inherent in the process of visiting one of the Islam's holiest sites.
This New York Times investigation by Jo Becker, Steven Erlanger and Eric Schmitt examines the activities of WikiLeaks during founder Julian Assange's years holed up in London's Ecuadorean embassy, and comes to the conclusion that "WikiLeaks’ document releases, along with many of Mr. Assange’s statements, have often benefited Russia, at the expense of the West."
How did Edward Snowden stay under the radar during the two weeks between his NSA revelations from a Hong Kong hotel and his escape to Moscow? Handelsblatt's Sönke Iwersen tells the story of the Canadian human rights lawyer who took on Snowden's case and the refugees who didn't hesitate to give him shelter in the city's slums amid an international manhunt.
On Sept. 4, 2015, hundreds of thousands of refugees flooded across the border of Germany in what was eventually dubbed "Merkel's border opening." A year later, 12 reporters from ZEIT and ZEIT ONLINE, a German newspaper, string together the series of events that led to the night that would come to change the landscape of the continent forever.
A Guardian investigation reveals questions around the impartiality of the UN's role in Syria. As money flows through Damascus, new documents show that the UN has invested millions of dollars in humanitarian programs associated with the Assad government even though they are all affected by the EU sanctions regime.
For BuzzFeed, Mitch Prothero investigates the Islamic State's European tentacles - the cell that's been recruiting terrorists and flying under the radar for years. The results aren't good; Prothero's piece paints a picture of an intelligence and police service with too few Arabic speakers, operating in a landscape with too many cracks for shady and dangerous characters to slip through.
“I don’t care about human rights, believe me," said Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte shortly after being elected. For TIME, Rishi Iyengar chronicles the "autocratic tricks" that led Duterte to wage the country's bloodiest war on drugs. As the bodies begin to pile up, the once-popular leader now has citizens running scared.
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.
“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.
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