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...

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...

China’s Cultural Revolution at 50

Fifty years ago Chinese Premier Mao Zedong ignited the Cultural Revolution, one of the strangest and most controversial periods in China's history. The movement began out of Mao's concern the country was...

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...

‘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...