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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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Arctic's Hot Issues

Over the last decade, a number of key events have shaped the future of the Arctic. Climate change, in particular, has triggered renewed international attention for Arctic issues. Eleonora Milazzo argues that even if state and non-state actors are now looking at the Arctic with renewed interest, the true nature of the race to the Arctic remains unexplored.

A Deluge of Consequences Revisited

Since the completion of the Thorthormi Mitigation Project, Karma Toeb in the Bhutanese Department of Geology has continued to monitor Lake Thorthormi, and has been pleased to find that there has been no erosion in the water channels from the lake he expanded. Click through to see the video of his work, which is saving Bhutan from a major environmental disaster.

The Agricultural Route to African Jobs

At more than 20 percent, youth unemployment in sub-Saharan Africa is high, and with 10 million young Africans entering the labor market each year it is only going to worsen. Eugenie Maiga argues that agriculture is one avenue for job creation oriented to the reality of African economies.

Singing for Ebola Survivors

As Band Aid 30's Ebola fundraiser song hits the airwaves, Ebola Deeply spoke with the artists behind a different Ebola track: The Hope Song, produced by a group of prominent Liberian musicians and designed to curb the stigma facing Ebola survivors.

Cuba: Beyond the Embargo

Since 1960, the U.S. embargo on Cuba has crippled the island nation in more ways than one. However, the embargo is not the only reason for Cuba’s economic tribulations. Cristobal Vasquez examines Raul Castro's new policies for achieving sustainable economic growth.

When an Escape to Italy Goes Awry

Desperate to escape their dire situations, Syrians are looking to immigrate from Turkey, their current refuge, to Italy. Syria Deeply shares a Syrian lawyer's account of how his wife, along with several other Syrians, embarked on a dangerous trip to Italy and ended up in an Egyptian jail.

The Price of UN Peacekeepers in Israel

Since its inception, Israel has been home to several major UN peacekeeping forces. However, many of these forces seem ineffectual. Itamar Hauser investigates the role the UN plays in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today and examines the advantages of keeping them active.

A Reclusive Mathematician Passes Away

Alexander Grothendieck, one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, recently died at 86 years old in a small French village. Sophie des Beauvais examines how this mysterious mathematician rose to fame, before settling into a life of self-imposed seclusion.

A Playwright's Journey to the Canadian Arctic

Despite its vibrant culture, Nunavut, in the Canadian Arctic, is struggling both economically and socially. Chantal Bilodeau's most recent theatrical production deals with the intersection of race, class, and climate change within this indigenous population's community.

A Little Volatility Goes A Long Way

At a recent World Policy Institute political salon, authors Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Yaneer Bar-Yam discussed their theories of global connectivity and risk analysis, and applied them to current global crises. Both scholars emphasized the importance of anticipating and adapting to our evolving ecosystem. For a full recap, click through.

Reaching Health Workers, One Text at a Time

Thousands of health workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea face logistical, financial. and information challenges, alongside the risks to their health. Ebola Deeply reports on a new communication tool that's being created to plug the gap.

Burkina Faso: A Democratic Attempt

On Tuesday, October 28, thousands of citizens took to the streets of Ouagadougou to protest against President Blaise Compaoré's attempt to run for re-election. Although the popular revolution reveals a deep change in African politics, Sophie des Beauvais argues the political future of this country remains uncertain.

Interview with Álvaro Uribe on Colombia's Peace Talks

Shaun Randol interviewed former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe about the government's latest efforts to negotiate with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the oldest guerrilla group in the world and the cause of so much political turmoil.

Conflating Religion and Politics

During Israel's recent invasion into Gaza, anti-Semitism flared up across Europe. These sentiments portray the underlying problem of deeply-rooted religious intolerance. Henry Carey emphasizes that critics must not conflate the actions of the Israeli government with Judaism itself.

Understanding the Oil Money Fueling ISIS

Oil has become a key source of revenue for ISIS. According to a report by the Brookings Institute, ISIS now controls about 60 percent of Syria’s oil fields and several oil-producing assets in Iraq. David Butter, a Middle East energy analyst and associate fellow at Chatham House, spoke to Syria Deeply about what it means for Syria at large.

Global Wage Inequality: Game Changer

Labor conditions among workers in both developed and developing countries remain poor. Samantha Plesser argues that the 2013 Living Wage Conference in Berlin was the first step in a series of multilateral actions supporting global economic growth.

Preventing Genocide in Burma

After 11 million lives were lost during the Holocaust, the notion of another genocide seemed unfathomable. And yet, since 1945, several more have transpired in Cambodia, Rwanda, and Sudan. Megan Madeira explains the international community has another opportunity to respond, this time to the systematic killing of the Rohingya in Burma, but it must act swiftly and multilaterally.

Philae: Craft Landing on a Comet

The first-ever landing on a comet in deep-space has happened more than 10 million miles from Earth. The Philae, a European Space Agency craft lander has separated from the Rosetta orbiter, that has taken the landing craft near the comet. See the live video here.

Arctic Issues Top World Policy Agenda

On October 31, World Policy Institute and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung held a private luncheon and discussion featuring former Vice President Al Gore. It marked the launch of the Arctic Deeply Roundtables, which seek to build a sustained conversation on the Arctic, the global issue that needs it now more than ever.

Ebola Cartoons: Art in a Time of Crisis

A Liberian illustrator and an American writer are depicting the effects of Ebola through poignant illustrations. Ebola Deeply shares their story and several of their sketches.

Sumud: Behind the Barrier Between Bethlehem and Jerusalem

The wall dividing Bethlehem from Jerusalem is covered with art. Sumud, literally meaning steadfastness, is an attempt to resist a concrete art of existence. World Policy Journal, in a Slidely slideshow, highlights some of the graffiti that inspired Rebecca Gould's article in the Fall 2014 Connectivity Issue.

No Love For Syrians in Istanbul Streets

As of June 2014, there were over one million Syrian refugees in Turkey. Aliza Goldberg tells the journey of two Syrian women, Sabeen and Zeinah, who were forced to abandon their hometowns and start anew in Istanbul, a city not particularly hospitable toward refugees.

Syrians Embrace Urban Farming

As estimated 240,000 Syrians are currently living under siege within rebel-held regions, where Bashar al-Assad has cut off vital resources as a means of deprivation. In response, urban farming has emerged, filling in the gaps between sporadic food deliveries. Syria Deeply speaks to Ansar Hevi about a program established to support Syrian farmers.

Belgium’s Radical Divisions

Last month, Belgium successfully formed a new coalition government, making Charles Michel the youngest prime minister in Belgian history. Sophie des Beauvais explains how the composition of this new government reveals the lingering tensions within Belgian society at large.

Accountability Lab: Rebuilding Trust

The Ebola outbreak has ravaged communities throughout Western Africa, but particularly in Liberia. Blair Glencorse is the founder and executive director of Accountability Lab, which works to empower citizens in Liberia to build the tools for civil society. Kate Thomas interviewed Glencorse about how a crisis of trust and information fueled the spread of Ebola in Liberia.
SLIDE SHOWS


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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