Afghan women wearing burqa line up to vote at a polling station in Kabul on , Oct. 9. 2004.   (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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...
Khadija Ismayilova, center, a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, who has become a symbol of defiance, praised by human rights and free-speech organizations around the world, speaks to journalists right after she has been released in Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo/ Aziz Karimov)

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...
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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...
FILE - In this file photo from 1966, former Chinese leader Mao Zedong observes Cultural Revolution inspired Red Guards assembled in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Monday, May 16, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of a 1966 party meeting that spearheaded the 10-year Cultural Revolution, a violent and frequently chaotic attempt by Mao to reassert his power and revive his party's egalitarian ideals. (AP Photo, File)

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...
Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower responsible for releasing the Pentagon Papers, speaks during a rally in support of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning outside the gates of Fort Meade, Md, June 1, 2013.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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...
In this March 28, 2016 photo, a porter walks with a massive load towards Everest Base camp near Lobuche, Nepal. The April 2014 avalanche, which killed 13 Sherpa guides and three other Nepali workers, was an immense blow to the Sherpa community. Nearly all the surviving Sherpas refused to continue working that year, demanding, among other things, better working conditions, more insurance, and free education for the children of those killed. Over the past two years the government has enacted a series of policy changes, from stationing officials at Base Camp to creating a welfare fund for the families of the Sherpa dead, in large part to convince climbers and trekkers to keep coming back to Everest. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa)

‘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...
Amal Khan, features editor at Pakistan's The Nation newspaper. (Travis McMillen/RJI)

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...
Foreign fishermen sit on their boats docked at the compound of Pusaka Benjina Resources fishing company in Benjina, Aru Islands, Indonesia, April 1, 2015.  (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Slave labor mars Thai seafood industry

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...
In this July 19, 2007 photo, an iceberg is seen melting off the coast of Ammasalik, Greenland.  (AP Photo/John McConnico, File)

New optimism on climate change

The Paris agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions has led to new hope that the worst effects of climate change may be avoided. On this edition of Global Journalist, our guests analyze the climate...