In 2016, Chinese entrepreneurs began installing slot machines throughout rural Ghana. Critics blame the machines for an apparent epidemic of gambling addiction and other social ills.
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Beijing has invested billions in “soft power” campaigns to convince the world that China is a cultural and political success story. Now it's backing it with digital infrastructure in Africa.
The first in a series of reports on a massive program of Chinese investment that is reshaping Africa.
In a country that feels increasingly ambivalent about its role as Europe's humanitarian superpower, young Muslim activists are helping to integrate new waves of immigrants into Swedish society.
The garment factory workers toil for paltry wages. But such jobs give Bangladeshi girls a measure of independence in a traditional Muslim society.
The Philippines, no stranger to the culture wars over contraception, will soon learn whether a new law that requires the government to subsidize birth control for the poor is constitutional.
If contraceptives were made available to the 222 million women in poor countries who want to avoid pregnancy, it would avert an estimated 118,000 maternal deaths, according to a UN study.
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Reporting from Altar, Mexico — On a cloudless afternoon in northern Sonora, migrants and drug runners lounge in equal numbers under scattered mesquite trees, playing cards or sipping water. The sun climbs high and the temperature rises well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. In such heat, nothing, human or otherwise, moves more than required.
Jon Sawyer is the director of the Washington-based Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He has reported from Iran and throughout the Middle East.
AN EMBATTLED president, a Congress distracted by a sex scandal, looming midterm elections — and yet overwhelming agreement, with scant debate or publicity, on fateful legislation that set the nation on a path to war.
It happened eight autumns ago, when three-quarters of the House of Representatives and every single senator voted for regime change in Iraq.
Has it happened again, on Iran?