Child marriage in Southeast Asia

In late October, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad issued a directive to state officials: raise the minimum age for marriage to eighteen years old. The move came after a huge public outcry...

Island nations confront climate change

About halfway between Hawaii and Australia is the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati. In tourism photos, the place looks like a tropical paradise. But the country of about 100,000 people is facing a critical...

Japan, U.S. face legacies of forced sterilization

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at eugenics laws and forcible sterilization in both Japan and the U.S. – two countries with a surprisingly recent legacy of sterilizing people against their...

Gender quotas on the march

Christine Blasey Ford was 100 percent certain Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. Kavanaugh was 100 percent certain he didn’t. But one figure that jumped out of Kavanaugh's recent...

China’s Uighurs face cultural assault

Over the past year, China has vastly increased repression of the country’s Uighur minority. A Turkic group that practices Islam, the Uighurs have long faced restrictions from Beijing – but over the...

Impunity in Myanmar

Just over a year ago Myanmar security forces were wrapping up a massive offensive against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. In a matter of weeks, more than 720,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to...

Europe’s border pushback

Agreements with countries like Turkey, Sudan and Libya have helped the European Union dramatically cut the flow of migrants to the continent. But some of these partnerships have generated controversy amid...

Poland’s declining democracy

Poland was once a model democracy in eastern Europe. Yet since 2015 when the populist Law and Justice party (PiS) won both the presidency and lower house of parliament, there have been big changes. Law and...

C.A.R. crisis stirred by diamonds, Russia

The Central African Republic is one of the toughest places to live in the world. Since the start of a civil war in 2013, a total of 14 different warring militias now control parts of the country. The central...

Eritrea’s opportunity

The young nation of Eritrea is often referred to as the North Korea of Africa. The country has jailed thousands of political prisoners, eliminated the independent press and forces much of the population...