The buckle of the Rust Belt, Youngstown, Ohio, is getting a shining with shale gas. But will the shale gas boom end any differently for the town than the steel bust? Read the whole story from Pulitzer Center grantee Dimiter Kenarov.
Don’t miss Kenarov’s reporting on shale gas in Poland, Pennsylvania and Ohio, which was funded by the Pulitzer Center and Calkins Media, publishers of Shalereporter.com.
In the slums of Kampala, the city’s poorest residents are particularly vulnerable. Waiting in long lines at clinics takes up valuable time, and top-end malaria cures are expensive. So when a malarial fever strikes, many search for cures in neighborhood drugstores, where the fakes are frequently found.
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An alliance of jihadist groups, including Ansar Dine, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, have retaken Timbuktu and again threaten the area of the upper Niger and Senegal Rivers, where the French once built stone fortresses to fend off Umar’s attacks. The forts are still there, long abandoned and crumbling along the riverbanks. Over the past 10 months, jihadist forces have re-established the rule of Islamic law across northern Mali, which encompasses around 200,000 square miles or 60 percent of the country. This is a place where teenage couples risk death by stoning if they hold hands in public.
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Award-winning investigative reporter Ahmet Sik is no stranger to danger. In 1998, he was hospitalized after a pro-police mob, furious about a murder conviction against several cops in a torture case, attacked the victim’s lawyers, the prosecutor, and journalists. In 2009, he fled the country for a year, fearing officials who had been targets of his reporting. Short, muscular, and brutally blunt, Sik has a spent a career working on mainstream and leftist newspapers, digging into human-rights abuses and questionable government operations.So when word leaked out in Turkish newspapers last year that he was the target of a government investigation, he knew the routine: He was being set up.
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Bamako, a great sprawl of 2 million people on the Niger River, was in the grip of a gun battle. Soldiers of Mali’s new ruling junta, who wore the green berets of the regular army, had been in power all of five weeks when I arrived there late last April. Now they were fighting a countercoup attempt from the former presidential guard, an elite parachute regiment loyal to President Amadou Toumani Touré, the democratically elected leader who was deposed by junior army officers last March, when he had been weeks from retirement and elections to replace him. But by the time his guard — distinguished from other army units by its members’ bright red berets — made a move, he’d exiled himself to Senegal. They fought on without him.
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A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said accusations about bad Chinese drugs in Africa are unfounded, according to the Xinhua news agency. Xinhua wrote: “Cooperation between the Chinese government and African countries has played an important role in improving the healthcare environment for people in Africa.”
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As the Vatican lowers a curtain of scrutiny across communities of religious women in America, a small but resonant chorus of critics is raising an issue of a hypocrisy that has grown too blatant to ignore. The same hierarchy that brought shame upon the Vatican for recycling clergy child molesters, a scandal that rocked the church in many countries, has assumed a moral high ground in punishing the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a group whose members have put their lives on the line in taking the social justice agenda of the Second Vatican Council to some of the poorest areas in the world.
“But as analog and offline as paper might be, it doesn’t lack for high stakes. The globalization of the pulp and paper industry, a phenomenon of the past decade, has heightened U.S.-China trade frictions, infuriated environmentalists and cast America’s global competitiveness and innovation in a new light.”
- Pulitzer Center grantee John Schmid in an Untold Story for the Pulitzer Center, as part of a larger series on Wisconsin and China’s paper industry in collaboration with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Cancer is often considered a disease of affluence, but about 70 percent of cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Explore this interactive map to learn about cancers that disproportionately affect poorer countries.
The map accompanies the radio and special online series, produced by PRI’s The World in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center. In Joanne Silberner’s five-part series we meet patients, doctors, and public health advocates on the front lines—and explore the political, cultural, and logistical obstacles that make tackling cancer so difficult across most of the globe.
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Twenty-five years ago, Lahad Datu was just another sleepy port town on the fringe of Malaysian Borneo, frequented by traders, sea gypsies and the occasional pirate gang.
These days, big money is flowing into banks and construction projects that have multiplied in the city center, where a gaudy silver statue honors the cash crop that put the former backwater on the map: palm oil.
Long a preferred cooking ingredient in developing countries, palm oil is now in greater demand in Western markets because of its low price and long shelf life. Derived from the fruit of oil palm trees, it can now be found in more than half of all the products sold in U.S. supermarkets, from cookies to cosmetics. And its use is increasing as the commercial food industry phases out the use of trans fats to meet government-mandated labeling requirements.
The huge global appetite is yielding billions in revenue for Indonesia and Malaysia, the world’s first- and second-largest producers of palm oil. But environmental and human rights activists warn that the boom is doing irreparable damage to rare biodiversity and accelerating the effects of global warming, with no concern for long-term social costs.
They add that indigenous people are being pushed off their ancestral land to make way for plantations staffed by tens of thousands of migrant workers, who are often denied health care and education services. Many families that have labored for decades still do not have the legal documents that would grant them and their children basic rights.