December 7, 2016 / Nautilus
Sarah Fahmy
Mineral mining prospects in the deep sea are piquing the world's interests as countries are staking claims in the sea bed. But what will the effects of deep sea mining be?
An unremediated gold mine waste pile pollutes the area around a Mintails Mining South Africa (Pty) Ltd mining right. Image by Mark Olalde. South Africa, 2016.
December 7, 2016 / The Star
Mark Olalde
For the first time, Promotion of Access to Information Act requests expose South Africa's failed mine closure system. One specific company sets an example with its choice to not properly rehabilitate...
December 7, 2016 / Foreign Policy
Sally H. Jacobs
With the passing of Fidel, a young generation of Cubans worries that the nascent rapprochment with the U.S. may be stalled or worse. Some worry that their future is bleak.
Sulfide and crust mining may have unforeseen environmental effects that will damage life on Pacific Islands. Image by Sarah Fahmy. Papua New Guinea, 2016.
December 7, 2016 / Untold Stories
Sarah Fahmy
Will corporate interests and our modern way of life damage the people and nature on Pacific Islands? What effects will mining for metals off the coast of Papua New Guinea and other countries have?
Yassin Abuukar, Kowthar Adraman and Kamal Hassan at Moria refugee camp on Lesbos.  The three Somali journalists seek asylum in Euripe. Image by Jeanne Carstensen. Greece, 2016.
December 6, 2016 / PRI's The World
Jeanne Carstensen
Like many journalists in Somalia, they have been targeted by Al-Shabab. But despite the dangers they face at home, under the EU-Turkey agreement they face likely deportation back to Turkey.
The Q-ray bracelet. Graphic courtesy Undark. 2016.
December 5, 2016 / Undark
Erik Vance
Author Erik Vance looks at placebos through one stunningly brash yet telling example of modern snake oil. How one company harnessed the placebo effect to sell bracelets and later paid the price.
Richard and Elixa and their two daughters. Image by Natalie Keyssar. Venezuela, 2016.
December 5, 2016 / The California Sunday Magazine
Natalie Keyssar
As Venezuela slides deeper into crisis, inflation, food and medicine scarcity, and insecurity seem to escalate endlessly. Amid the chaos, families are struggling to hold their lives together.
“Baseball practice in Montgomery County, Maryland. According to records obtained from the FAA, which issued 1,428 domestic drone permits between 2007 and early 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Navy have applied for drone authorization in Montgomery County.” Image by Tomas van Houtryve. United States, 2014.
December 4, 2016
Tomas van Houtryve, Jon Sawyer
Winston-Salem Journal explores exhibition, part of the Pulitzer Center's NewsArts initiative.
Pills in production. Image by Fabio Hofnik. 2009.
December 2, 2016 / The Washington Post
Erik Vance
Identifying people who respond to placebos could make clinical trials much more efficient.
A young girl carries scavenged coal from the bottom of the Alkusha Coalfield.
December 2, 2016 / Untold Stories
Larry C. Price
In the tiny Indian village of Ganshadih, women and young girls dodge underground fire to scavenge meager bits of coal from India's largest open-pit mine.
Much of India's cotton farmers use GMO seeds. The Chetna cooperative is changing that by reintroducing organic cotton to the subcontinent.
December 1, 2016 / Forbes
Esha Chhabra
An American is collaborating with Indian farmers to build a new kind of business model for cotton farming. If successful, it could revolutionize India’s cotton farming industry.
Carletonville sinkhole
December 1, 2016 / The Star
Mark Olalde
Five decades of mining on the Far West Rand outside Johannesburg contributed to the formation of more than 1,000 sinkholes. As companies abandon mines, many fear this will set off new sinkholes.
The writer Hu Fayun at his home in Wuhan, summer 2016. Image by Sim Chi Yin/VII Photos.
November 30, 2016 / The New York Review of Books
Ian Johnson, Sim Chi Yin
Talking China: the latest in a series of interviews with Chinese thinkers on how they push for change, the writer Hu Fayun reflects on how tough it is to remain an honest person inside the system.