Global Goods, Local Costs

May 25, 2017
by Jason Motlagh, Diana Greene

RJ Reynolds High School students screen Weaving Connections, a documentary film developed over three weeks by 45 journalism students as part of Pulitzer Center’s NewsArts program in Winston-...

Protesters against beach sand mining near Monterey, California, head to the site of the mine. Image by Adara Shilling. United States, 2017.
May 23, 2017 / Field Notes
by Vince Beiser

Why are activists pouring store-bought sand onto a California beach?

The village of Koh Sralao. Image by Vince Beiser. Cambodia, 2017.
May 23, 2017 / Field Notes
by Vince Beiser

One of the hardest parts about reporting on a little-covered issue like illegal sand mining is just getting to the generally rural and often remote places where it’s happening.

Sergeant 'Boniface' says he was told by his commanding officer to go and rape. He says that he raped three women before his conscience told him to stop. Image by Fiona Lloyd-Davies. DRC, 2013.
May 15, 2017
by Fiona Lloyd-Davies

Masika Katsuva led Congo’s rape survivors to find healing, independence and justice through working together in the field. Hear their stories on June 6 in London.  

Overgrown bush spreads alongside the now defunct Paranam Operations for Suralco, a subsidiary of Alcoa. Image by Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Suriname, 2017.
May 12, 2017 / Field Notes
by Stephanie Strasburg, Rich Lord

Alcoa announced in January 2017 that it would permanently shutter the Paranam plant in Suriname. Daylight puts Paranam’s story in harsher light.

Image by Doug Bock Clark.
May 8, 2017
by Doug Bock Clark

Doug Bock Clark discusses his reporting in Myanmar, a country once one of the most isolated in the world. In 2015, democratic elections opened the nation to the globalized world.

May 2, 2017

In the following Common Core—aligned lesson, students will learn about the century-long relationship between Alcoa (an American corporation) and Suriname. They will explore the impact of this...

Georga Burger in the one room house in New Ganze, Suriname she was relocated to when her village was flooded to provide water for the Afobaka Dam. Burger left with her children as the water rose around her old house, leaving many of her belongings and animals. Image by Stephanie Strasburg. Suriname, 2017.
May 1, 2017 / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
by Rich Lord, Len Boselovic

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette comments on its four-part series.

Vince Beiser reporting on the Thane River in northern India.
April 30, 2017
by Vince Beiser

"The most important solid substance on earth," Vince Beiser tells us, is sand—used to build skyscrapers and shopping malls from Boston to Beijing. But the world is running out.

Osyanda Misidjan, 17, washes dishes on the banks of the Coermotibo River in her village of Adjuma Kondre, Suriname. Once surrounded by rainforest, the green palm trees and valley soccer field of the village are now surrounded by stony, bauxite-red plains left over from Alcoa's mining operations that ceased in 2015. Image by Stephanie Strasburg. Suriname, 2017.
April 28, 2017
by Stephanie Strasburg, Rich Lord

Grantee Stephanie Strasburg has taken over the @PulitzerCenter Instagram account to share her work from the project, "Stranded and Strapped: After 100 Years in Suriname, Alcoa Decamps."

Georga Burger in the one room house in New Ganze, Suriname she was relocated to when her village was flooded to provide water for the Afobaka Dam. Burger left with her children as the water rose around her old house, leaving many of her belongings and animals. Image by Stephanie Strasburg. Suriname, 2017.
April 25, 2017
by Tom Hundley

This week: what happens when a corporation abandons a country, Marine Le Penn's nationalist stance, and how a country with rich natural resources remains an impoverished country.

Rudi Dilip Sardjoe at the gates of his residential and office compound in Paramaribo, Suriname. Image by Stephanie Strasburg. Suriname, 2017.
April 23, 2017 / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
by Len Boselovic, Stephanie Strasburg

Suriname's most successful businessman has interests in industries from cement to ketchup. He's heading a government commission negotiating Alcoa's departure from the country.