Reports by Pulitzer Center journalists for print, online and broadcast news outlets
December 9, 2016 / National Geographic Erik Vance
"Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal" is Pulitzer Center Grantee Erik Vance's new book.
Still from video. Image by Jason Motlagh. Philippines, 2016.
December 9, 2016 / AJ+
Jason Motlagh
Thousands of people have been dragged from their homes and executed on the streets since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a new war on drugs. AJ+ follows photographers on the murder beat...
A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with Syrian Army in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo August 7, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic courtesty Creative Commons. Syria, 2016.
December 8, 2016 / GQ UK
James Harkin
In 2011, a Syrian protest anthem captured the world's attention after being recorded on a phone and uploaded to YouTube. Now, James Harkin reveals the story of the real hero behind the song that...
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
December 7, 2016 / Orion Magazine
Zachary Slobig
To increase land area, the people of Guna Yala have built out the islands with coral mined from nearby reefs.
This huge species of cnidarian in the genus Relicanthus with 8-foot long tentacles has attached itself to a dead sponge stalk on a polymetallic nodule in the CCZ. Image by Diva Amon and Craig Smith.
December 7, 2016 / Nautilus
Sarah Fahmy
Mineral mining prospects in the deep sea are piquing the world's interests as countries are staking claims in the sea bed. But what will the effects of deep sea mining be?
The USS Michigan, a Trident class nuclear submarine, in for repairs at the naval yards in Washington. Image by U.S. Navy. USA, 2002.
December 7, 2016 / Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Rachel Oswald
For good or ill, the new president's decisions on missile defense will shape the US-Russia relationship and the future of the entire arms control regime.
An unremediated gold mine waste pile pollutes the area around a Mintails Mining South Africa (Pty) Ltd mining right. Image by Mark Olalde. South Africa, 2016.
December 7, 2016 / The Star
Mark Olalde
For the first time, Promotion of Access to Information Act requests expose South Africa's failed mine closure system. One specific company sets an example with its choice to not properly rehabilitate...
December 7, 2016 / Foreign Policy
Sally H. Jacobs
With the passing of Fidel, a young generation of Cubans worries that the nascent rapprochment with the U.S. may be stalled or worse. Some worry that their future is bleak.
Yassin Abuukar, Kowthar Adraman and Kamal Hassan at Moria refugee camp on Lesbos.  The three Somali journalists seek asylum in Euripe. Image by Jeanne Carstensen. Greece, 2016.
December 6, 2016 / PRI's The World
Jeanne Carstensen
Like many journalists in Somalia, they have been targeted by Al-Shabab. But despite the dangers they face at home, under the EU-Turkey agreement they face likely deportation back to Turkey.
The Q-ray bracelet. Graphic courtesy Undark. 2016.
December 5, 2016 / Undark
Erik Vance
Author Erik Vance looks at placebos through one stunningly brash yet telling example of modern snake oil. How one company harnessed the placebo effect to sell bracelets and later paid the price.
Richard and Elixa and their two daughters. Image by Natalie Keyssar. Venezuela, 2016.
December 5, 2016 / The California Sunday Magazine
Natalie Keyssar
As Venezuela slides deeper into crisis, inflation, food and medicine scarcity, and insecurity seem to escalate endlessly. Amid the chaos, families are struggling to hold their lives together.
Still image from PBS NewsHour. Image by Nick Schifrin and Zach Fannin. Cuba, 2016.
December 5, 2016 / NPR
Nick Schifrin
PBS NewsHour's Nick Schifrin was on hand as Cuba's longtime ruler Fidel Castro was buried in Santiago, where he launched his revolution more than half a century ago.
Still image from video. Image by Nick Schifrin and Zach Fannin. Cuba, 2016.
December 5, 2016 / PBS NewsHour
Nick Schifrin, Zach Fannin
Fidel Castro was laid to rest on Sunday during a private ceremony that capped nine days of mourning in Cuba. Castro ruled the island nation for 49 years before he stepped down in 2008.

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