Religion & Power

University Moulay Ismail, College of Sciences. Image by Gareth Smail. Morocco, 2017.
December 6, 2017 / Pulitzer Center
by Gareth Smail

Language barriers in scientific research often prove burdensome in developing countries like Morocco. Students’ experiences suggest there is no easy fix.

A rainy day outside Georgetown Public Hospital's Psychiatric Ward. Image by Madeline Bishop. Guyana, 2017.
December 6, 2017 / Global Health NOW
by Madeline Bishop

We accompanied Caitlin Vieira on a typical workday to observe the many roles she juggles as one of only three psychologists in the small Caribbean nation of Guyana.

Entrance to a secondary school in the Moroccan city of Casablanca. This entrance is no longer in use. Image by Gareth Smail. Morocco, 2017.
December 5, 2017 / Pulitzer Center
by Gareth Smail

Morocco’s steps to replace Arabic with French in high school math and science highlight the government’s bid to modernize the country. But they also indicate a decline of nationalist politics.  

A defaced truck bearing anti-abortion messages outside one of the last hospitals in Poland that still performs abortions. Image by Alex Cocotas. Poland, 2016.
November 30, 2017 / The Guardian
by Alex Cocotas

A year ago, mass protests in Poland defeated a new abortion ban. But the ruling party, supported by the church, continues to cut reproductive rights—leaving people at the mercy of the black market.

Militants from the Rohingya insurgent group ARSA. September 2017. Image by Jason Motlagh.
November 23, 2017 / The New Republic
by Jason Motlagh

Why the Burmese military has used the rhetoric of the global war on terror as a pretext for its ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya Muslims

Shula Lavyel in her childhood hometown, Tarnów, on her first visit to Poland since emigrating in 1934. Image courtesy of Shula Lavyel. Poland, 1987.
November 22, 2017 / Pulitzer Center
by Tomasz Cebrat

Shula Lavyel traces her past and that of her husband Amos, also a Polish Jew—their childhood in Poland, their arrivals in Palestine in 1934 and 1943, and their return visits to the old country.

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.

Abraham Segal with his youngest grandson, Assaf. Image by Michael Naveh, Abraham Segal's grandson. Israel, 2016.
November 21, 2017 / Pulitzer Center
by Tomasz Cebrat

Abraham Segal survived the Holocaust by finding work and refuge with a Polish family. Today he is at home in Israel, but he keeps painful memories of joining a Zionist community as an orphan in 1946.

November 17, 2017
by Alice Su, Nick Shindo Street

Grantee journalists Alice Su and Nick Street join Pultizer Center executive director Jon Sawyer for discussions on challenges covering religion and on the Middle East refugee crisis.  

"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.

Sintu and her friend Rajdeep are both members of Anandam, an LGBTQ organization in Kolkata. Image by Siyona Ravi. India, 2017.
November 16, 2017 / Pulitzer Center
by Siyona Ravi

Sintu is a transgender activist. While the debate about LGBTQ rights in India has revolved around the right to privacy, a glimpse into her daily life blurs the line between public and private.

Getting pregnant without being married isn't a criminal offense—unless you are living in Qatar. In Qatar and most of the Middle East, you would be charged with the crime of zina which is defined as any act of illicit sexual intercourse between a man and a woman. Zina laws criminalize sex outside of marriage so getting pregnant without a wedding ring to show becomes proof a crime. Image by OM. Qatar, 2017.
November 7, 2017
by Ana P. Santos

Journalist Ana P. Santos reports from Qatar on how zina laws that criminalize unmarried sex target low-skilled migrant women and send them to prison—along with their babies.