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In A Deluge of Consequences, the first World Policy e-book, intrepid journalist Jacques Leslie takes us along on a mythic, spell-binding trip to the bucolic kingdom of Bhutan, where the planet's next environmental disaster is set to unfold. 

 

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A Closer Look at Canada's Bad Dream

In our Fall 2014 issue, World Policy Journal revealed how much of Canadian data is being recorded and stored in NSA databases. Openmedia, a Canadian-based community organization, has developed several infographics to highlight the privacy risks associated with this revelation.

Canada's Reality Check

Canada had a reputation as a pristine and peaceful nation until last week when two consecutive terror attacks struck Quebec and Ottawa. Samantha Plesser examines the root causes behind those attacks and argues that given Canada's allegiances it was only a matter of time until extremists responded.

Child Bullying Along the Syrian-Jordanian Border

As Syrian refugees and their Jordanian hosts struggle to make ends meet in a stressed economy, tensions are boiling over into their kids’ worlds. Christa Case Bryant examines the rise in child bullying along the border.

Audio Interview: From Dollars to Donuts

In 2009, after a period of hyper-inflation, Zimbabwe sacrificed its own currency and adopted the U.S. dollar. In an exclusive World Policy Journal interview, Professor Robert Buckley explains the causes of Zimbabwe's currency collapse and alternative solutions to U.S. dollarization.

A Visual Arctic Introduction

The Arctic Climate Change Emerging Leader Program is a summer fellowship at the nexus between communication and policy for students and young professionals in North America and Europe. Over the course of the summer, two ACCEL fellows produced the "Arctic 101" series, providing critical context on an often neglected region.

Mexicans Rally for Students' Return

Over the last several decades, Mexico has witnessed so much drug-related violence, it seems the country has grown somewhat tired of fighting it. Could the recent disappearance of 43 innocent students in a remote southern territory of Mexico be what rallies the Mexican people to fight against the cartels? Robert Valencia examines.

Confronting Ebola in West Africa

By January 2015, the number of Ebola cases in Western Africa could reach 1.4 million. Ezekiel Attuquaye Clottey argues malfunctioning healthcare systems and ineffective leadership are largely responsible for the failure of several West African nations. However, the experiences of Ghana can serve as an example of effective policymaking in the region.

"I Am a Liberian, Not a Virus"

When Shoana Solomon’s 9-year-old daughter was insulted at school in the U.S. “for simply being a Liberian,” Solomon’s weapon of choice was the marker pen. With three other women, she began, "I Am a Liberian, Not a Virus," a campaign to combat stigmatization that has surfaced in the wake of Ebola.

A Palestinian Move In the Right Direction?

Last month, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas used the UN stage to attack the Israeli government. Itamar Hauser interviewed four influential Palestinians about the significance of this speech, and if, in fact, it marked a new approach to the peace process.

Interactive: Disruptions in Cyberland

Although censorship is not a new mode of political control, it has become an arguably bigger issue with the rise of digital and social media. In an interactive presentation, World Policy Journal identifies six alternative social media sites that are engaging locals in countries where mainstream social media platforms have been regulated.

Rollercoaster Elections in Brazil

The second round of Brazilian elections will determine the country's economic policy for years to come. Eloy Oliveira argues that the two lead candidates, Dilma Rousseff and Aécio Neves, have disparate policies with definitively different outcomes.

The Story of a Teenage Girl from Kobani

Naline, a 14-year old girl, temporarily resides in a mosque in Srooj, a Turkish city lining the Syrian border. Syria Deeply shares Naline's harrowing tale of escape from the horrors of the Islamic State near her hometown of Kobani.

Canada: The Global Middle Man

Canada has a vital interest in securing a workable relationship with Russia. Zach Paikin argues that an amicable Russo-Canadian state of affairs is essential to advance multilateral cooperation in the Arctic, and a peaceful Arctic would remove one potential source of confrontation between the world’s major powers.

Palestinian Refugees: Ending Their Plight

During a donor conference held in Cairo last week, the U.S., EU, and other countries pledged $2.7 billion for reconstruction efforts in Gaza. Alon Ben-Meir argues that donor countries should focus not only on rebuilding shattered lives, but also restoring Palestinian self-esteem and pride.

A Mythology of Memory — Photo Essay

Berette Macaulay is a photographer and writer, whose most recent portfolio displays her multicultural heritage. She tells the story of her family's emigration from Sierra Leone to Jamaica and beyond, providing an inside look at the complexities of transnational migration.

WPJ Live: Twitter Chat #Connectivity

In an exclusive World Policy Journal Twitter Chat, we asked our panel of experts, contributors, and followers to weigh in on the Fall 2014 Big Question: "How has social media disrupted daily life in your respective countries?" We share some of the highlights from our #Connectivity conversation.

Media Censorship Under IS Rule

Many local journalists fled Deir Ezzor, Syria when IS arrived. The ones who stayed behind have been forced to abide by the extremist group's draconian rules. Yasser Allawi details the new restrictions on Syrian media.

Boko Haram Agrees to Release Kidnapped Girls

Today the Nigerian government and Boko Haram signed a cease-fire accord, which will include the release of more than 200 kidnapped girls. World Policy Journal provides a detailed look at the inner workings of Boko Haram and the methods that can be employed to fully disempower them.

Blowback to Qatar: Shocks to the World

Qatar is the world's largest exporter of liquified natural gas, but its contradictory foreign policy threatens the safety of its energy sector. Paul Sullivan examines the ramifications of an attack on Qatar's LNG outlets and argues that it would have a crippling effect on the global economy.

Belize's Chocolate Revolution

We have a chocolate problem. Cacao revenue is far less than production costs, keeping local farmers in a perpetual state of poverty. Maya Mountain Cacao is a new social enterprise that is offering a long-term solution. Maya Granit and Emily Stone explain.

Thailand's Deforestation Solution

On June 14, Thailand’s military junta ordered authorities to put an end to deforestation nationwide, taking back protected forest reserves from encroachers. Evan Gershkovich argues that for community forestry policies to be effective, the government must strip away regulations that prevent villagers from managing the land and recognize community forestry as the primary management system.

Africa Unsure of its Place on World Stage

Last August, over 40 African heads of states traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Obama and other U.S. officials. Obadias Ndaba argues that while the media touted the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit as a sign of Africa’s rise to power, the truth is quite the opposite.

Climate March Pushes Arctic Agenda

On September 21, an estimated 400,000 people in New York participated in the People’s Climate Change March, a movement designed to raise environmental awareness. Libby Leyden-Sussler explains how Greenpeace, a critical march participant, focused the agenda on icy issues in the Arctic.

Chinese Politics: More Twists and Turns

Chinese President Xi Jinping is moving quickly to establish and secure his political authority. Jonathan Brookfield argues that Xi’s skills are likely to be put to the test as economic constraints begin to tighten.

Abbas’ Dismal Failure At The United Nations

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a vitriolic speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Alon Ben-Meir explains how Abbas alienated the Israeli public, whose support he needs the most to realize Palestinian aspirations.
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Little Rabbit Be Good 


Chinese artist Wang Bo—known by his nom-de-plume Pi San —takes on the Chinese establishment with a daring graphic novelette.


Fleeing Burma 


Saiful Huq Omi documented the lives of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Britain in World Policy Journal's Summer 2011 issue.


Political Murals of Cuba 


Damaso Reyes takes a tour of political murals in Havana. Is the writing on the wall for the state monopoly on public advertising in Cuba?

Islam and Chechnya 


In our Spring 2012 issue, we featured a portfolio by Diana Markosian of the pervasiveness of Islam in everyday life in Chechnya.

        

Hunger: The Price of Rebellion

 

Philippine photojournalist Veejay Villafranca captures the hunger crisis on the island of Mindanao, a legacy of decades of secular and religious conflict.

 

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