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Africa

South Africa: A Most Significant Threat

Five decades of mining on the Far West Rand outside Johannesburg contributed to the formation of more than 1,000 sinkholes. As companies abandon mines, many fear this will set off new sinkholes.

Seabed Prospecting Undermines Blue Economy

Offshore mining prospecting rights cover 10 percent of South Africa's marine economic zone. With the country's inability to properly close mines, a large opposition movement fears offshore mining.

Talking Water: Voices from Istanbul

Jon Sawyer, Pulitzer Center

This dispatch was featured on the St. Louis Beacon's online publication on 3-23-09 as an Editor's Pick.

ISTANBUL, Turkey – An international gathering devoted to water's dominant role in global disease and health was rich in rhetoric and sparse on anything in the way of tangible policy breakthroughs.

Alison des Forges

Jon Sawyer, Pulitzer Center

Alison des Forges, the Human Rights Watch researcher and Rwanda scholar who was killed in the crash of a commuter plane near Buffalo last Thursday night, touched so many people in so many different ways. For those of us who did not know her in person perhaps the best tribute we can give is to learn her story, to understand the profound difference one individual can make, and to follow her lead.

Pulitzer Center Projects Receive Knight-Batten Honors

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting projects received an Honorable Mention and two Notable Entries in the annual Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism.

The Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism spotlight news and information providers who offer more than multimedia journalism. The awards honor novel efforts that seize and create opportunities to involve citizens in public issues and supply entry points that invite their participation or spark their imagination.

Common Language Team presents at Americans for Informed Democracy's Global Scholar Program

On July 10th, The Common Language team presented their reporting on the growing water crisis in Ethiopia and Kenya to Americans for Informed Democracy's Global Scholar Program. The course seeks to give students a historical overview of international affairs and a background on the most important international institutions. It takes an in-depth look at globalization and the U.S. role in our increasingly globalized world.

Children and war: Liberia and beyond

Bethany Whitfield, Special to the Pulitzer Center

"It's hard to talk about, but at least when I talk about it, I get some relief," said Eric Gibson, a Liberian who survived the country's civil war during his youth by living behind rebel lines.