Religion & Power

March 15, 2018 by Tomaso Clavarino

While churches in the economic north are emptying out, those in the global south—especially in Africa—are growing. In Ghana, Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism are booming, but at what price?

The dome of the Imam Abbas Shrine in Karbala. Image by Jack Watling. Iraq, 2017.
January 3, 2018 by Jack Merlin Watling

The Shia clerics of the Marjai’yah wield growing power and influence in Iraq. What will they do with it?

Graffiti in support of 2016 protests against anti-abortion laws in Warsaw. Image by Alex Cocotas. Poland, 2017.
November 30, 2017 by Alex Cocotas

After a failed attempt to completely ban abortion, a look at the ongoing reality of women's rights in Poland.

A view of Haifa and Haifa Bay, where ships with many Holocaust survivors landed from Europe in late 1940s. Image by Tomasz Cebrat. Israel, 2015.
November 21, 2017 by Tomasz Cebrat

As Polish Jews moved to Israel after the Second World War, they brought with them memories of the old country to confront the political reality of creating a new, Israeli identity.

"I love to dance. I always have, since I was a child." Image by Siyona Ravi. India, 2017.
November 16, 2017 by Siyona Ravi

This project follows transgender activist Sintu Bagui to explore how legal debates around LGBTQKH rights India extend into the daily lives of many queer populations living in poverty.

Guam's Holy Cross cemetary. Image by Cory Lum. Guam, 2017.
October 6, 2017 by Anita Hofschneider, Cory Lum

Guam is reeling from nearly 100 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by various Catholic priests, including the archbishop. Why has it taken so long for these accusations to surface?

Sohni, originally from Punjab, was born intersex. She was given away by her mother to live with other intersex individuals at the age of 7. She now begs for money at Meena Bazaar in Karachi. Image by Rubab Anwar. Pakistan, 2017.
September 1, 2017 by Rubab Anwar

Where does the transgender—or Khawaja Sara—community stand socially, politically and religiously in Pakistan? Why are they viewed both as bearers of good fortune and as outcasts?

Workman puts the finishing touches on a Moroccan school entrance repainted for the new school year. Image by Gareth Smail. Morocco, 2017.
August 4, 2017 by Gareth Smail

The Moroccan government is considering an end to its 30-year experiment with Arabic-only education. Are students and teachers ready and willing to return to French?

Refugees pray among older Muslims at a mosque in Moabit district, Berlin. Image by Alice Su. Germany, 2017.
July 28, 2017 by Alice Su

How are newly arrived refugees interacting with preexisting Muslim, Christian and other religious communities in Germany? What role does faith play in their integration, or lack thereof?

Priyank Mathur, creator of the "Fight Terror With Comedy" programs rides in a rickshaw through Mumbai. Image by Wes Bruer. India, 2017.
July 21, 2017 by Wes Bruer

If you are scared of terrorists, they relish that. If you express hatred towards them, they feed off of that. But if you laugh at them, they don't know how to react.

Visitors to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean in Mohammedia, Morocco, play in the surf as the sun sets. Morocco has emerged as a moderate leader admist the political and social turmoil of the rest of North African and the Middle East. Image by Jackie Spinner. Morocco, 2017.
July 19, 2017 by Jackie Spinner

Morocco is on the verge of transformation, maneuvering to be a financial and political leader in Africa and hub for tolerant Islam. Will a divided society go along with its liberal king?

Image by Zach Fannin. Russia, 2017.
July 11, 2017 by Nick Schifrin, Zach Fannin

PBS NewsHour goes inside Russia for a series that explores everything from the bilateral relationship with the United States to ascendant nationalism, widespread propaganda, and the fate of...