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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.
On today's episode, Ted Andersen discusses the historical and environmental implications of the Nicaraguan Canal, the world's largest civil engineering project. The endeavor has courted controversy from its very conception due to expectations that construction will limit civilian access to fresh water, relocate endangered species, and usurp land from indigenous populations.
Award-winning documentarian Katharina von Schroeder reflects on her efforts in preserving the work of groundbreaking Sudanese filmmaker Gadalla Gubara and the impact of Gadalla's work on how Sudan visualizes its cultural history.
In Madagascar, one of the world’s poorest countries, mining is emerging as a major industry and an important source of new jobs. Brian Klaas compares working conditions at two prominent mines, arguing that stronger regulation is necessary for long-term sustainable development.
Identified with drug trafficking and lawless regions for years, Colombia has recently seen a decline in cocaine production and improved economic growth. Jonathan Bissell argues that President Juan Manuel Santos’ policies have been successful in addressing the nation’s problems, ushering in an era of greater stability and prosperity for Colombia.
The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the globe. On today's episode of World Policy On Air, Subhankar Banerjee details the plight of the Arctic's indigenous population, who are witnessing the disastrous effects of climate change firsthand.
With increasing ethnic tension in Hungary, both Hungarian and Western media are criticizing Prime Minister Orbán’s mobilization of anti-immigrant sentiments and the country’s far-right political party Jobbik. World Policy Journal’s Eunsun Cho contends that this media narrative overlooks the existing xenophobic undercurrent ingrained in Hungarian society.
Described as both a scourge of society and benign stimulant similar to coffee, khat, a popularly consumed plant in East African communities, has been banned in the United Kingdom. World Policy Journal's Will Becker theorizes that the ban is a political move to further marginalize diaspora communities.
Kirby Jones, a leading consultant referred to as "Mr. Cuba," sat down with World Policy Institute Senior Fellow Lissa Weinmann to discuss the future of U.S.-Cuba relations. Jones argues that despite positive diplomatic steps forward, the biggest hurdle remains the U.S. embargo, which still prevents American business from investing in the island nation.
Syrians are split over the establishment of an American-Turkish buffer zone in the border region of northeastern Syria. While many on the ground feel the buffer zone would only lead to more bloodshed, Syria Deeply's Omar Abdallah suggests that such a zone could increase security and stability.
Even amid continual civil war, Syrian people are endeavoring to create a better future for their people and their country. Honey Al Sayed introduces SouriaLi, a multimedia platform where Syrians engage in online discussions about the steps necessary to reconstruct Syria, a country that has all but collapsed.
Once a vocal critic of colonial rule, independent media in The Gambia today has come under assault as journalists are repeatedly targeted by the government. Gambian journalist and blogger Sanna Camara outlines the struggle of the nation’s media to remain active during President Yahya Jammeh’s four terms in office.
Following the latest Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the creation and distribution of an Ebola vaccine is ever more critical. Kate Thomas of Ebola Deeply interviews John-Arne Røttingen, a co-author of a highly successful Ebola vaccine trial, to discuss the trial in Guinea and its future implications for Africa at large.
Many Americans have commented on the most recent Republican debate in Cleveland. Sasha Mitchell of World Policy Journal brings a French perspective to the event's coverage, underlining some key similarities and differences between the American and French political arenas.
Several major human rights groups have criticized the State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons (TiP) report. Brendan Krisel argues that by using the TiP to further U.S. foreign policy objectives and trade agendas, the State Department has weakened its own ability to combat human trafficking.
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On today's episode, Professor Hiroshi Amano, a member of the Nobel Prize-winning team that developed the blue light emitting diode, discusses the science behind his groundbreaking work and the future of global energy efficiency.
Former Fed Chairs Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke are characterizing the current world economic situation as a 'savings glut'-- or rather, too much saving and not enough spending. James H. Nolt argues what is actually taking place is a 'capital glut,' reflecting larger trends in the allocation of global credit rather than the withholding of individual assets.
Two weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prevented four Palestinian soccer players from traveling from Gaza to the West Bank. James Dorsey of Fair Observer contextualizes the subsequent cancellation of their league finals match in the face of Israel's strained relations with the United States.
With Syria’s civil war heading into its fifth year, rebel groups have begun recruiting and training child soldiers. Syria Deeply spoke to the parents of children being trained at the Abdul Razzaq Military Academy, a highly organized opposition training facility on the outskirts of Aleppo.
As development projects in the Arctic accelerate, some are concerned that the potential for profit is clouding the responsible judgement needed for extractive efforts. World Policy Institute's Erica Dingman discusses the environmental paradox in the scramble for Arctic resources.
Often urban renewal projects that demolish and replace old, towering structures result in the marginalization and gentrification of existing communities. Ross Curtner of Adjacent Possibilities suggests that arts can provide a medium for creative re-development of urban spaces by better engaging both urban planners and community members in the process.
Energy shortages throughout Africa create a large-scale opportunity for products like Tesla Energy's new Powerwall. Aurelien Chu and Samuel Miles, consultants in the Dakar office of Dalberg Global Development Advisors, explain how small-scale energy storage will radically transform Africa's energy landscape.
A trial of the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine among over 7,000 individuals in Guinea has been found to have a protection rate of 100 percent. Kate Thomas of Ebola Deeply points out seven key aspects about the vaccine's potential.
Despite rising tensions, Ukraine and other European countries remain heavily reliant on Russia as their primary supplier of oil and natural gas. Fair Observer’s Nathan Dabrowski reports on the EU’s desire to strengthen Europe’s energy security should Moscow change its current international policy.
Following 11 years of harassment, the Beijing Independent Film Festival finally succumbed to government censorship in 2014. One year later, a group of film critics have reimagined BIFF as the New York-based "Cinema on the Edge." World Policy Journal's Westerly Gorayeb examines how this foreign venue transforms BIFF, and how controversial independent art shows may be able to navigate Chinese censors in the future.
- World Policy On Air, Ep. 30: "Nicaragua's Big Dig"
- Studio Gad: The Value of Visual Memory
- Perilous Depths
- Colombia Leads by Example in the Americas
- World Policy On Air, Ep. 29: "In the Warming Arctic Seas"
- Hungary's Blame Game About Xenophobia
- The Politics Behind the Khat Ban
- An Interview with "Mr. Cuba"
- Syrians Split Over U.S.-Turkey Buffer Zone
- Syria is Mine, Even in These Surreal Ruins of War
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