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Africa’s poor numbers: “The growth and GDP numbers are guesses”

Posted on: February 28th, 2013 by iainmarlow | 1 Comment

Across Africa, statistical offices gather and calculate crucial economic data that help guide policy making for their own governments as well as international development agencies. There’s just one problem: The numbers are often guesses — and sometimes flat out wrong.

Can foreign reporting be crowdfunded?

Posted on: February 24th, 2013 by iainmarlow | No Comments

Canadian freelance journalist Naheed Mustafa is trying to crowdsource funding for an expensive reporting trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan. What does her campaign say about the broader journalism industry and foreign reporting in an age of shrinking newsroom budgets?

Burma in black and white

Posted on: January 19th, 2013 by iainmarlow | 2 Comments

Haunting black and white images taken by photojournalist Nathaniel Brunt on a journey along the roads and through the villages of Burma’s Shan State, an enormous and largely rural territory that borders China, Laos and Thailand.

Is it okay if Iran gets the bomb?

Posted on: December 26th, 2012 by iainmarlow | No Comments

The question at a recent edition of the Munk Debates: If a theocratic country such as Iran got the bomb, would it act rationally like a nation state or like some feverishly religious “irrational” non-state actor such as a terrorist group?

The technicolour streets of Lagos

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by iainmarlow | No Comments

Welcome to Lagos, Nigeria, where the chaotic streets of the biggest city in Africa’s most populous country pulsate with the energy of an economy on the uptick, a place where anything—including the wildest kinds of corruption—is possible.

Honduras: From Banana Republic to Cocaine Hub

Posted on: November 11th, 2012 by iainmarlow | No Comments

Honduras, a country barely associated with the drug trade in the popular imagination, now has the highest homicide rate in the world, with El Salvador and Guatemala not too far behind.

Can there be a Club Med of energy security?

Posted on: November 3rd, 2012 by iainmarlow | No Comments

The prospect of astonishing mineral wealth is stirring dormant, ancient conflicts and shaping new alliances in the Mediterranean. But with Japan’s Fukushima disaster and the Arab Spring revolutions still fresh in recent history, can the regional powers use these vast energy resources as a catalyst for peace and stability?