Getting the Olympics right

All eyes are on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Athletes from all over the world will compete, all in hopes of capturing the gold. But the road to these games have been littered with...

The life and death of James Foley

For many Americans, the Islamic State was first burned in our minds as a threat back in August 2014. That’s when the terror group released chilling video of American journalist James Foley being beheaded by...

El Salvador’s unstoppable gangs

El Salvador has a population of a little more than 6 million people, less than New York City. But the violence in the small Central American country is out of control. It has a murder rate 22 times higher than...

Azerbaijan’s war on independent media

Under President Ilham Aliyev, the economy of Azerbaijan has expanded spectacularly. An oil boom has fueled a 10 fold increase in the size of its economy since he took power in 2003. But under Aliyev, the...

Turkey and South Africa media face challenges

Journalists in Turkey and South Africa both work in countries with lively and well-established media. But in both countries, long-running single-party rule has led to challenges for reporters. On this...

The debate over government transparency

The United States is an open society with an open system of government. That means the press and ordinary people have the right to scrutinize how our leaders make decisions. The idea is that when government...

For Russia, World Cup poses myriad challenges

Ukraine, security and corruption complicate 2018 tournament With the world’s attention set to shift to crisis-riddled Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics, one government in particular is likely watching how...

‘Sherpa’ highlights Everest’s inequities

  Sherpa guides and porters do much of the work of getting foreign hikers up Mt. Everest. But despite doing an incredibly dangerous job in a lucrative industry, they receive just a small fraction of the...

Pakistan, Ukraine media share growing pains

At first glance, media in Pakistan and the Ukraine have little in common. But in both the South Asian nation and the former Soviet republic, independent private news outlets are relatively new and face a...