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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. 


Sport, Politics, and Market Power

What do the arrests of FIFA officials, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s refusal to publicly disclose his finances, and the $5 billion fine levied against Wall Street banks by the Department of Justice last week all have in common? Economist James H. Nolt detours into recent headlines to illustrate how politics and market power blur the lines between fact and fiction.

India Must Focus on Education

March 31 marked the fifth anniversary of the Right to Education Act’s passage in India, which promised free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of 6 to 14. However, M. Krishnamurthi argues that the law focuses largely on the number of students, schools, and teachers, rather than on improving qualitative norms of education.

Driving Ebola Away in Guinea

While their neighbors in Liberia have rid themselves of the Ebola epidemic, western Guineans continue to face a surge in cases. Ebola Deeply's Amadou Touré speaks with Dr. Sakoba Keita, Guinea's National Ebola Response Co-ordinator, about the role that the transportation industry--especially taxi drivers--can play in fighting the spread of the disease.

America's Two Faced Approach in the Arctic

Though U.S. Secretary of State Kerry expressed America's determination to develop clean energy in a speech before the Arctic Council, the Obama Administration has approved an increase in Alaskan offshore drilling. Mia Bennett points out that these contrary moves will only put the region at risk and further deter efforts to reduce U.S. dependence on oil.

Returning to Homs

Documentary filmmaker Talal Derki discusses his latest film, "Return to Homs," and his work in depicting the humanity caught in the crossfire of the Syrian Civil War.

Syria: The Islamic State's Schools in Dier Ezzor

Upon seizing Deir Ezzor, the Islamic State closed the city's public schools and forced teachers to attend training courses in Islamic education. Syria Deeply speaks with one of the city's former teachers about the radical changes in Deir Ezzor's education system since the IS takeover.

World Policy Newsletter, Week of May 22nd

World Policy Institute has returned from its trip to Cuba. Don't forget to read the weekly newsletter for updates and pictures from the exploratory mission to the island nation on the cusp of great change.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 16: The Unseen War

On today’s podcast, HIV/AIDS is emerging as a critical health issue across the Middle East and North Africa, but many political leaders in the region are refusing to take action. Writer and consultant Christopher Reeve talks with host David Alpern about the struggle of patients and survivors to overcome cultural and religious stigmas surrounding this disease.

Debt Deflation

While lowering the value of debt sounds like an ideal financial trend, James H. Nolt argues that debt deflation plays a significant role in the development of financial crises, including the infamous Great Depression.

Ending the European Refugee Crisis

Thousands of refugees from North Africa and the Middle East have lost their lives seeking asylum in Europe. World Policy Journal's Sophie des Beauvais contends that unless EU member states can agree on a common asylum policy, many more lives will be lost to the Mediterranean Sea in the coming months and years.

The Unraveling of the Arctic

Though global leaders remain optimistic about the future of the Arctic, science paints a much more complex and challenging picture. Megan McGarrity of the Canadian Climate Forum highlights expert testimony on these challenges from its 'Unraveling of the Arctic' event.

Devils Known and Unkown

Does the narrow victory of Prime Minister David Cameron and his fellow Conservatives in the recent U.K. elections mean extinction for the Labour Party? Atul Singh of Fair Observer argues that the onset of democracy in Great Britain has not only led the Conservatives to great political success in the 20th century, but near total domination in the 21st.

Investing in Higher Education

Africa is home to seven of the world’s fastest growing economies, yet only 6 percent of young people in sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in higher education institutions. President and CEO of The Africa-America Institute Amini Kajunju argues that investment in higher education is essential for economies on the continent if they want to successfully compete in the global market place.

Ebola: Back to School in Sierra Leone

When authorities in Sierra Leone announced that schools across the country would reopen in April, many reacted with excitement. But a number of students told Cinnatus Dumbaya of Ebola Deeply that various challenges, from poor public transportation to basic sanitation in schools, are hampering their educational progress.

Syria: The Destruction of Education in Aleppo

On May 3, Muhammad al-Anadani, a 30-year-old Arabic language teacher was in a school in the besieged city of Aleppo when he heard the telltale whistle of a barrel bomb. The educator sits down with Syria Deeply to detail the disintegration of Aleppo's school system amid the conflict.

Golf, Anyone?

Since the 1950s, more cynical American attitudes toward Cuba have envisioned the island as a "blank canvas" for foreign investment. World Policy Journal's Lawrence Gutman argues, however, that Cuba actually has an active investment landscape with a range of foreign partners, largely thanks to the recent faltering of Latin American economic powers like Venezuela.

World Policy On Air, Ep. 15: The Greatest Fears

On today’s podcast, World Policy Journal Managing Editor Yaffa Fredrick discusses major talking points from ‘The Big Question’ section of the Journal’s Spring issue. From man-made disasters in the Asian Pacific to Italy’s aging population, Fredrick expounds on expert responses to the question of “What is your country’s greatest fear for its future?”

Less than Nothing

Recently, various European government bonds began trading at negative nominal yields--the financial equivalent of paying people to borrow money. Economist James H. Nolt assesses the implications of this so-called "new normal" that many economic schools of thought have taught to be a nonsensical impossibility.

IS Recruits Brides to Solve "Marriage Crisis"

Women who join the Islamic State often do so believing they will be fighting on the front lines. Instead, many are recruited only to solve the "marriage crisis" among jihadi fighters. Security studies professor Mia Bloom speaks with Syria Deeply about the deception used to recruit Syrian and Iraqi women for IS.

The Challenge of Arctic Cooperation

The Arctic is receiving unprecedented attention from across the world, frequently for reasons having little to do with inhabitants or events in the region itself. Victor Larin of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Vladivostok takes a discerning look at the world's growing interest in the Arctic and how it can be channeled for the greatest good.

Ribeiro's New Social Sculpture

Armed with a new reform platform, Brazil's new education minister, Renato Janine Ribeiro, aspires to blur the lines between art, education, dialogue, and liberation. Brazilian artist Gian Spina traces the ancestry of Ribeiro's thinking from ancient Greece to the radical, democratic German arts scene of the 1960s.

Emerging Entrepreneurs, Part I

The first installment in a new series of posts by Zambia-born documentary filmmaker Franco Sacchi tells the story of Ariff Shamji, the CEO of AAA Growers. After being educated abroad, Shamji returned to Kenya to found an agriculture company that would go on to employ over 4,000 people.

A Conversation with Dan Edge

"Outbreak," a FRONTLINE documentary that traces the path of the Ebola epidemic, aired on PBS in the United States last week. Ebola Deeply spoke with Dan Edge, the film's director, about the challenges of making the film and the insights he gained behind the scenes.

Anti-Semitism and Israel's Moral Imperative

While anti-Semitism is far from a new phenomenon, it is on the rise worldwide, particularly across Europe. Alon Ben-Meir addresses the many misconceptions surrounding the term and argues that Israeli leaders bear some responsibility for colluding with political interests responsible for its growing appeal.

Exposing South Africa's "Lettergate" Scandal

Diamond giant De Beers has a reputation soiled by years spent supporting apartheid and manipulating prices of diamond shipments in South Africa. Yet, as Khadija Sharife argues, even the post-apartheid government is finding enormous difficulty in holding the company accountable for avoiding more than $500 million in export taxes in the decades since the country’s democratic transition.
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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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