South Africans Are Taking the Law Into Their Own Hands
In a country where no one trusts the police, vigilante groups promising to stop gang violence were initially welcomed. Now, with extralegal justice on the rise, some citizens have had enough.
Martial Law Is a Test. Will Ukraine’s Democracy Pass?
Ukraine’s parliament resisted President Petro Poroshenko’s call for an extended state of emergency—but the battle isn’t over yet.
ISIS May Be Gone, But Iraq’s Yazidis Are Still Suffering
The defeat of the Islamic State has created a power vacuum in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, leaving the Yazidi minority at the mercy of competing militias.
Why There’s No Palestinian Protest Vote in Jerusalem
Candidates who ran for local office were subjected to violent threats by fellow Palestinians, but they have vowed to do it again.
For South Sudan, It’s Not So Easy to Declare Independence From Arabic
When the world’s newest country broke away from Khartoum, it discarded Sudan’s main official language, too. But casting aside the oppressor’s tongue did not heal the country’s divisions.
Swedish Leaders Will Try Anything to Shut Out the Far-Right
No one wants to enter a coalition with the Sweden Democrats, so the country is resorting to desperate and untested measures to form a new government.
Northern Iraq May Be Free, but the South Is Seething
The world has focused on rebuilding the country’s north after defeating the Islamic State while ignoring festering resentment and poverty in Basra.
Iraq Is Tempting Fate by Punishing Women
The country isn't just flouting international law by collectively punishing the wives of Islamic State fighters—it's inviting a return to war.
South Africa’s First Nations Have Been Forgotten
As Pretoria prepares to confront the legacy of colonial and apartheid-era land theft, hardly anyone seems to care about the claims of the country’s earliest inhabitants—the Khoisan.
African Governments Are Paying for the World Bank’s Mauritius Miracle
Ghost offices on the small island provide legal but questionable means of siphoning tax dollars away from poor countries and into the pockets of the global elite.
Nowhere to Run in Xi’s China
The Chinese leader’s cult reaches into the most remote regions of the country.
China’s Medical Tourists Are Steering Clear of U.S. Hospitals
Shoddy treatment at home is driving patients to Japan and Europe.
Indonesia’s Indigenous Languages Hold the Secrets of Surviving Disaster
Introducing hard-learned local wisdom into warning efforts could save thousands of lives.
Armenia’s Post-Revolution Party Is Over
The country’s new government wants to root out corruption—but the ancien régime isn't giving up without a fight.
A New Cold Front in Russia’s Information War
As NATO’s footprint grows in Norway, Moscow may be using an espionage case to inflame the country’s internal divisions.
India’s Hill Country Is the First Stop on Heroin’s Deadly Route
In the nation’s northeast, Christians and activists struggle over the future of addicts.
Afghanistan Is Trying to Save Its Child Bombers
In a Kabul clinic, staff struggle to help teenagers drafted by the Taliban.
Teen’s Detention in Russia Prompts Public Outcry
The young woman belonged to a political group whose members may have been entrapped by a police informant.
Malaysia Can’t Decide if Zakir Naik Is a Preacher or a Terrorist
The fiery Muslim teacher is wanted back home in India, but Malaysia won’t give him up.
Central Asia Struggles With Fallout From China’s Internment of Minorities
Kazakh case draws attention to plight of hundreds of thousands detained in Xinjiang