Fragile States

LA Times Beijing Bureau Chief Jonathan Kaiman interviews a subject in Accra. Image by Noah Fowler. Ghana, 2017.
October 18, 2017
by Noah Fowler, Jonathan Kaiman

Journalists Noah Fowler and Jonathan Kaiman discuss their three-part series on China's growing role in Africa.

A view of San Salvador from the northern outskirts of the city. Image by Jonathan Blitzer. El Salvador, 2016.
October 18, 2017
by Jonathan Blitzer

Grantee shares his reporting on El Salvadoran deportees at university institute.

Traffic backs up at what will probably become a permanent checkpoint in Peshawar.  Image by Umar Farooq. Pakistan, 2017.
October 18, 2017 / Field Notes
by Umar Farooq

Some of the most iconic places in Pakistan are now hidden behind security barriers, or guarded by checkpoints that many people cannot pass through.

Empty runway of the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía. Image by Lila Franco. Venezuela, 2017.
October 18, 2017 / Field Notes
by Lila Franco

With the socio-politic and economic crisis in Venezuela, there has been a decline in  public services. This traveler's airport experience is one example of the current situation.

During the height of the migration crisis, Cubans set up makeshift tents in Panama as they made their journey to the United States. Image courtesy of 14ymedio. Panama, 2017.
October 17, 2017 / Radio Ambulante
by Luis Trelles

Between 2014 and 2016, more than 100,000 Cubans entered the United States on foot. This is the story of three Cubans who made a clandestine voyage from Quito, Ecuador, to El Paso, Texas.

Trump's refusal to certify the nuclear deal has drawn criticism from both Americans and Iranians. Still image courtesy Reza Sayah / PBS NewsHour. Iran, 2017.
October 17, 2017
by Tom Hundley

This week: Iran's reaction to Trump's nuclear declaration, the C.A.R. edges towards war, and an in-depth look at how humans are killing the Nile.

Natalie Keyssar talks to a student at North Lawndale College Prep
October 16, 2017
by Natalie Keyssar

On Chicago's Westside, students discussed the power of grass-roots social movements to make change, in Venezuela and in the US.

Art propaganda of some of the Venezuelan historical figures outside the walls of the national electric company, CORPOELEC. (From left to right: Francisco de Miranda, Antonio José de Sucre, Simón Bolívar and Hugo Chávez). Image by Lila Franco. Venezuela, 2017.
October 14, 2017 / Pulitzer Center
by Lila Franco

Venezuela: There is richness, there is poverty, but overall there is a need for change.

A young girl stands near a row of shops being razed by authroties under the collective responsibility laws in Pakistan's tribal areas. Image by Umar Farooq. Pakistan, 2017.
October 13, 2017
by Umar Farooq

Collective punishment is often reported on, but Pakistan's tribal areas are one of the few places where it is written into the law itself. What is life like for people on the ground?

Fighting in Tabqa has displaced thousands of people. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons. Syria, 2017.
October 13, 2017 / CNN
by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

In a bombed-out husk of a building on the outskirts of Tabqa, Gayle Lemmon met a family trying to wait out the hell of life under ISIS in Raqqa and the war for its liberation.

Caracas from Barrio Mesuca in South Petare (one of the biggest slum's of Latin America). Image by Lila Franco. Venezuela, 2017.
October 13, 2017
by Lila Franco

Venezuela is facing its biggest crisis yet: a high inflation rate, shortage of food and medicine, and abuse of power by authorities. And that's only part of the picture.

Writer Peter Gwin reported from a goldmine run by a former Seleka general outside the town of Bambari. Image by Peter Gwin. Central African Republic, 2017. 
October 12, 2017
by Peter Gwin

How does a country fail? Peter Gwin spent three years traveling to the Central African Republic to look at how a rebellion destroyed the nation and what's happened to its wealth of resources.