Western Sahara’s forgotten conflict

Nearly all of Africa was decolonized in the 1960s and 1970s. But there is one slice of the continent that wasn't. That's the sparsely populated territory of Western Sahara, a Colorado-sized swathe of land in...

Climate change threatens global food supply

The global food supply faces a new threat: climate change. Extreme weather like the massive floods that hit the Midwest during planting season and the severe drought in Somalia this year are becoming more...

Child soldiers: a persistent problem

Thousands of children have been used as soldiers in at least 18 countries around the world in the past two years. For the children who survive, the trauma of war can have long-lasting impacts. On this...

Netanyahu’s last stand

Later this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to become Israel's longest-serving prime minister in its 71-year existence. To reach that mark, both he and his right-wing Likud party will...

Ghana, Egypt face assaults on press

On the surface, Ghana and Egypt couldn't be more different places when it comes free expression. Ghana ranks higher than the U.S. and U.K. by some measures of press freedom, while Egypt's government is now...

Starving Yemen

The struggling nation of Yemen is on the brink of what could become the worst famine the world has seen in decades. The country’s economy has collapsed amid a three-year-old civil war involving a...

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...

The market in human organs

The imbalance between the supply of organs for transplant and the demand for them can be staggering. There are about 75,000 people active on the U.S. waiting list for kidneys, livers and other...

Saudi Arabia’s turbulent prince

Just over a year ago, Saudi Arabia’s 82-year-old King Salman replaced his nephew as heir to the throne with his 32-year-old son Mohammad bin Salman. M.B.S., as he’s known, was already the country’s...