MATTHIEU AIKINS Ten years of the US-led war in Afghanistan has drastically transformed Pakistan’s trucking industry. Matthieu Aikins explores how NATO’s supply lines have brought the borderlands to the big city.
DIMITER KENAROV, STEPHEN SAPIENZA Shale gas is an energy phenomenon not just in a broad swath of the United States but in places like eastern Europe, too. In both regions there is a tangled mix of hopes, hype, and concern.
JASON BERRY Cardinals in Rome ordered two investigations of American nuns. Is this a modern-day Inquisition? Jason Berry explores the forces behind this inner struggle of the church on both sides of the Atlantic.
MUSTAFAH ABDULAZIZ Access to water is one of the critical issues of the 21st century. This project looks at the cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone and the challenges facing people without access to clean water.
SAMANTHA THORNTON Nearly 20 years since the end of apartheid, discrimination in South Africa has a new form. Healthcare inequality has taken the place of forced segregation in rural and urban townships.
ALLISON SHELLEY, ALLYN GAESTEL In rural western Nepal, many women are sent to live in animal sheds while they are menstruating. This ingrained cultural practice, called chaupadi, can wreak unintended havoc on their health.
STEPHEN SAPIENZA, JASON MOTLAGH Profitable as it is for multi-national companies, palm oil is extracted at a heavy social and environmental cost, making it one of the most controversial commodities in the world.
LARRY C. PRICE Tiny children and teens toil in the gold mines of the Philippines. It is very risky business, sometimes deadly. But child labor is growing as families rush to exploit the worldwide craze for gold.
GARY KNIGHT, JEFF HOWE The geopolitics of Southeast Asia are shifting rapidly and China's influence can be seen in the shipping routes along the Mekong--and in the soft power it exercises in countries such as Burma.
CÉLINE ROUZET Is Exxon Mobil's natural gas project a heaven-sent opportunity to boost Papua New Guinea’s GDP, or a threat to the 60,000 people who can claim "customary ownership" of the land that will be affected?
SARA MILLER LLANA, PETER FORD Traditional exporters of migrants have become importers, turning the old paradigm on its head. The recent "brain gain" has presented new opportunities – and challenges – for Brazil, China and others.
JASON MOTLAGH, STEPHEN SAPIENZA America's appetite for inexpensive shrimp from Southeast Asia is growing, but at what cost? In Thailand, illegal and abusive labor practices go unchecked to feed a booming demand.
DOMINIC BRACCO II, ERIK VANCE The Sea of Cortez is—or was—a vast and lush underwater paradise. Industrial fishing operations are now decimating the sea's bounty. Tuna, red snapper, and shark are all but gone.
SAMUEL LOEWENBERG Global hunger affects nearly one billion people. Emergency food is not enough. This project examines some fundamental yet often overlooked interventions, most of which do not involve food at all.