Religion & Power

Image by Jackie Spinner. Morocco, 2018.
May 24, 2018 / The Washington Post
by Jackie Spinner

Journalist Jackie Spinner reflects on returning to Morocco, the home country of her children.

May 21, 2018
by Tomaso Clavarino, Jin Ding

 Tomaso Clavarino's Instagram takeover will showcase how evangelicalism and pentecostalism are playing an increasingly influential role in Ghanan politics.

8 year old Imad lost his legs when his home was bombed in 2015.  Samah Mohamed, his prosthetics technician, tries to get him to wear these prosthetics, but they are old, heavy, and don’t bend at the knee. Instead he prefers to scoot around on his hands. He’s one of many children with amputations being treated at the Prosthetic and Physiotherapy Center in Aden. Screenshot from PBS NewsHour.
May 19, 2018 / PBS NewsHour
by Marcia Biggs

In Yemen, some of the most vulnerable victims are the 2 million children on the brink of starvation, or those who lost limbs during the fighting. In Aden, many children have been fit with prosthetic...

Moaad sits in the rubble of his home in the Kraytar district of Aden, hit so hard during the 2015 battle between government forces and Houthi rebels. Three years after the battle, this neighborhood, like so many in Aden, has never been rebuilt. Image by Marcia Biggs. Yemen, 2018.
May 18, 2018 / PBS NewsHour
by Marcia Biggs, Javier Manzano

Yemen is on the brink of collapse. Less than half of its health facilities are functional amid epidemics of preventable and largely eradicated diseases like cholera.

Souad and her family fled Basateen, a suburb of Aden, two months before this photo was taken. They may be safe from bombs, but they have become homeless in their own land and still face the daily threat of starvation. Image by Marcia Biggs. Yemen, 2018.
May 17, 2018 / PBS NewsHour
by Marcia Biggs, Javier Manzano

It's being called the forgotten war. With access for journalists limited and dangerous, Yemen, home to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, goes largely ignored.

Prophet Nigel Gaise during an evening service. Gaise, a former engineer student, is openly homophobic and his faithful community is growing year after year. Image by Tomaso Clavarino. Ghana, 2018.
May 10, 2018 / Publico
by Tomaso Clavarino

In Africa, Evangelical, Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches are attracting a growing number of believers.

A religious officer canes an Acehnese youth onstage as punishment for dating outside marriage, which is against Sharia, or Islamic law, outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, Aug. 1, 2016. Aceh's landscape is dotted with Saudi influence, but its religious climate is decidedly not. Image from AFP. Indonesia, 2016.
April 25, 2018 / Voice of America
by Krithika Varagur

Indonesia's most conservative province seems to have drawn a line in the sand to protect its traditional Islamic culture from Salafi inroads.

PBS NewsHour Inside Russia.
April 24, 2018
by Kim Pate, Nick Schifrin

Pulitzer Center grantees win Peabody Award for PBS NewsHour series on Putin's Russia.

April 19, 2018
by Rebecca Kaplan, Poonam Daryani

The Pulitzer Center partners with organizations and universities to teach health practitioners, researchers, and students how to communicate with non-academic audiences.

Soldiers block roads and burn tires in protest against unpaid salaries in Yemen's southern city of Aden. Image by Iona Craig. Yemen, 2017.
April 16, 2018
by Alyssa Sperrazza

'Finding Home' is among five Pulitzer Center projects cited by the OPC as runners-up in their 2018 awards.

Subtle signals of a doctor’s office–the stethoscope, the white coat, the poster of the human body–and play a key role in triggering expectations. Image by Matt Ehrichs. United States, 2018.
April 12, 2018 / PBS NewsHour
by Erik Vance, Nsikan Akpan

Science writer Erik Vance visited healers in the U.S., China, and Mexico to study the placebo effect. He has been blessed, cursed, and tortured in countless ways.

Image by Stephanie Sinclair. Afghanistan.
April 12, 2018

This week: discussing a documentary on child marriage, examining religion and culture's interplay with environmentalism in China, and celebrating our award-winning student fellows.