The language custodian

The Nigerian linguist Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún isn’t ready to consign Yoruba to the history books. But he’s fighting the tide.

The ‘party buses’ are out in Belarus

In 2010, when Minsk exploded into protest, state violence soon followed. This year “Europe’s Last Dictatorship” allowed marches against a widely hated tax, but respite was only temporary.

A cover-up in plain sight

The information war in Syria may ensure impunity for Bashar al-Assad.

The scapegoating of Rosa Maria Ortega

In 2004 and again in 2008, an Austrian-born Canadian citizen living in the swing state of Florida cast absentee ballots in the U.S. presidential...

These vigilantes wear pink

India’s Pink Gang has grown from a small group of women wielding sticks to a potent political force.

Progress report

A quarterly humanitarian scorecard

Above and below

For the poorest residents of Manila, living in the city means living under the city.

No reason to hide our faces

The governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh would rather ignore these women. Raped and tortured, they won’t be silent.

Spoiling for a fight

In our dark political moment, it is practical to consider national thinkers who sought to understand our obligation as citizens to a state that...

What border walls are really about

Among country pairs that have a wall between them, the state building the wall is on average four times as wealthy per capita as the state being walled out.