The business of poaching

Might your children or grandchildren someday live in a world without rhinoceroses or African elephants? The chances of that are probably higher than you might guess. There are just 350,000 elephants...

Turkmenistan’s silent election

Most people outside of Central Asia know little about the gas-rich desert nation of Turkmenistan. The former Soviet Republic has virtually no independent media and just a handful of bookstores....

‘Sherpa’ highlights Everest’s inequalities

  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...

“Honor” killings under fire

About 5,000 women are killed each year in so-called "honor" killings around the world. These are crimes in which the victims, who are almost always female, are killed by family members - usually men - for...

Uzbekistan’s dictatorship at a crossroads

The central Asian nation of Uzbekistan is known for its spectacular mosques, vast fields of cotton and immense natural gas reserves. It's also one of the world's most repressive police states, where the...

Duterte’s drug war in the Philippines

The Philippines is in the midst of a spectacularly brutal war on drugs. The man behind it is the President Rodrigo Duterte, who took office June 30. In Duterte’s first seven weeks on the job, more than...

Grading Obama’s Asia pivot

Rebalance in U.S. relations yields mix results A key pillar of President Barack Obama's foreign policy has been the attempted "pivot to Asia." The idea was that under President Bush, the U.S. expended...

Uncovering slave labor on Thai fishing boats

Thailand is the world's third-largest exporter of seafood, shipping shrimp, tuna and other fish to supermarket chains and pet food companies in the U.S. and Europe. But a series of investigations by the...

Afghan women’s rights

Women's rights and opportunities have improved in Afghanistan over the past 15 years after the ouster of the Taliban. They're no longer required to wear the burqa and are again allowed to attend school and...