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  • April 17, 2014

    “Each week feels like a year”

    Homosexuality is now a punishable offense in 36 of Africa's 54 countries. Uganda is the latest to pass an anti-gay law, one of the most draconian on the continent, which makes "aggravated homosexuality" punishable with sentences of up to life in prison. It has resulted in a "cloud of fear" for homosexuals in the country, writes Jan Puhl for Spiegel Online.

  • April 16, 2014

    A Five-Step Plan to Feed the World

    There's more of us to feed and we're getting richer, driving up the demand for meat, eggs, and dairy. And that means more stress on the environment. How do we increase the availability of food while simultaneously cutting the environmental harm caused by agriculture? Jonathan Foley offers a five-step program.

  • April 15, 2014

    Reinventing the Toilet

    Approximately 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation. Of those, an estimated 1.1 billion defecate in the bush, contaminating drinking water and food. What is the solution? The Gates Foundation is betting on a new kind of cutting-edge toilet. But will it pan out? Jeremy Keehn reports for The Walrus.

  • April 14, 2014

    The Second Great Struggle

    Twenty years on from the end of apartheid, South Africa and its neighbours Namibia and Angola are still struggling to build prosperous societies and meet the expectations which come with black majority rule. FT's Lionel Barber surveys the progress that has been made and the work that still has to be done on a 12-day tour of southern Africa.

  • April 11, 2014

    One Year after Rana Plaza

    Jason Motlagh tells the story of the Bangladeshi garment factory collapse and its aftermath for the VQR: "Paki was attaching a zipper to a pair of denim jeans when the floor and pillars began to shake all around her... The floor below her heaved, then fell away as she plunged headlong into a cascade of calving concrete and machinery, where everything went black."

  • April 11, 2014

    Turkey’s Role in Syria

    Erdoğan wants to turn Syria into a client state, and he's backing jihadists rebels to do it, argues Seymour Hersh for the London Review of Books. But first, Assad needs to be defeated, and that might not happen without U.S. air power. There's evidence that Turkey orchestrated the chemical weapons attack in Damascus to push the U.S. to act.

  • April 9, 2014

    Getting Our Extraction House in Order

    "Our country has enormous potential," writes Brian Mulroney about Canada's natural resources wealth in an article for the Globe and Mail. "What we lack is a coherent plan of action to harness these abundant natural resources – our strongest comparative advantage – to serve our national interest."

  • April 8, 2014

    Forgiveness and Reconciliation

    A photo essay for the New York Times Magazine of victims and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide standing together. The pairs took part in a program where small groups of Hutus and Tutsis are counseled over many months, culminating in the perpetrator’s formal request for forgiveness.

  • April 7, 2014

    The End of a Dynasty?

    Over the next five weeks, hundreds of millions of voters in India will cast their ballot in elections. It could be a turning point for the country, where there is widespread dissatisfaction with the ruling Congress party and the Nehru-Gandhi family that dominates it. Jason Burke surveys the shifting political landscape for the Guardian.

  • April 4, 2014

    “The Bravest Man I Have Ever Met”

    When the killing began in Rwanda in 1994, Capt Mbaye Diagne, a UN peacekeeper, did what he could to protect innocent people. He ended up saving hundreds of lives, including journalist Mark Doyle's. Doyle tells Mbaye's story for BBC News.

  • April 3, 2014

    The Enemy Assad Created

    Before the civil war, Syria's intelligence services thought that jihadists could be manipulated to serve the Syrian government's aims. The structures and supply lines established then are now being used to fight the government. Peter Neumann explains this policy for the London Review of Books.

  • April 2, 2014

    Measuring Autocracy

    Was Mohammed Morsi an autocrat? He's certainly been portrayed as one. But if you score his year in office according to the Polity IV index, one of the most widely used empirical measures of autocracy and democracy, it comes back as "anocratic," write Shadi Hamid and Meredith Wheeler for The Atlantic.

  • April 1, 2014

    Turkey Divided

    Erdoğan emerged victorious from the nationwide municipal elections. However, the country remains deeply divided, and not just between protestors and the government. Christopher de Bellaigue details the split between Erdoğan and Fethullah Gülen, Turkey’s best-known preacher and Erdoğan's former partner in their modernizing Islamist project.

  • March 31, 2014

    After the Thaw

    Climate change, technological advances, and a rising demand for resources could open the Arctic to unprecedented activity. The Council on Foreign Relations takes stock of the challenges facing the region, including governance, economic, and security issues, in this multimedia "InfoGuide Presentation".

  • March 28, 2014

    Warfare-By-Remote-Control

    Hezbollah has been piloting a de facto air force of difficult-to-track drones into Israeli airspace and there is little the Israeli Defense Forces can do other than scrambling F-16s to intercept them, writes Yochi Dreazen for the New Republic: "What makes drone-on-drone warfare so destabilizing is that the rules of engagement still remain to be written."

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