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.
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?
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.
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?
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, 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.
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?