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Religion & Power

Religious faith is central to the lives of billions, a driving force in everything from family structure to relationships within and among the world’s nation states. It is also the venue, and often the source, of conflict.

Religion and Power presents Pulitzer Center reporting on these themes from throughout the world—from the explosive growth of megachurches in Africa and Latin America to intra-Islam schisms of the Middle East, to the self-immolation of Tibetan Buddhist monks and Buddhist soldiers running roughshod over the rights of Burmese Muslims, to the struggles of faith groups everywhere to come to terms with human sexuality.

In some parts of the world, notably China, governments that long suppressed religious expression are now invoking those traditions as part of the solution to environmental and other challenges. Elsewhere, from majority-Catholic Philippines to Muslim Indonesia, religious doctrine on issues like reproductive rights is in uneasy dialogue with the forces of modernization and globalization.

In Religion and Power, we aim for reporting that tackles these tough, core issues—but without the easy stereotypes and caricature that too often make journalism a tool for demagogy. In the Pulitzer Center reporting presented here we seek instead to be a force for understanding.

The Pulitzer Center’s reporting on religion and public policy issues is made possible through the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, the Kendeda Fund, and other Pulitzer Center donors.

 

Religion & Power

July 11, 2017

Inside Russia

Nick Schifrin, Zach Fannin

PBS NewsHour goes inside Russia for a series that explores everything from the bilateral relationship with the United States to ascendant nationalism, widespread propaganda, and the fate of the President Vladimir Putin’s enemies.

June 15, 2017

A Woman's Crime and Punishment

Ana P. Santos

When unmarried sex is outlawed, pregnancy out of wedlock is proof of a crime. Women are jailed—along with their babies.

June 15, 2017

Saudi Arabia's Year of Change

Elizabeth Dickinson

Tumultuous reform at home and aggressive foreign policy abroad spell dramatic change for a conservative Kingdom.

April 19, 2017

Exploring Myanmar's Conflicted Future

Doug Bock Clark, Corey Pattison

As Myanmar emerges from half a century of isolation to join the globalized world, Doug Bock Clark and Corey Pattison will report on the forces struggling to shape the country's future.

April 10, 2017

Nigeria's Unfolding Crisis

Leslie Roberts

Terrorized by Boko Haram for years, millions of people in northeastern Nigeria have fled to crowded camps and cities and are suffering from a deadly combination of severe malnutrition and infection.

Memory Keepers

After historic protests in 2016, has the reality of women's rights in Poland improved?

Offshore Postcard: Confronting Faith

In a new episode of Offshore, produced by Honolulu Civil Beat and PRX, Anita Hofschneider explores the significance of recent lawsuits being brought against Guam’s Catholic Church for sexual abuse.

The Soul of Myanmar

Doug Bock Clark kayaked several hundred miles of the Irrawaddy River to find out how globalization has transformed Myanmar.

Meet the Journalist: Alice Su

China's Muslim minorities make up only two percent of the population, but comprise 20 million people. How do they relate to Islam, the state, the majority Han Chinese and one another?

This Week: Rohingya, The Lost Genocide

This week: As the world looks upon the Rohingya's plight, a refusal to acknowledge genocide; the fight to list mental health as a global health challenge; and the arduous process of finding schools for special needs children while abroad.