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Corruption

How a privatized public park revealed epic corruption in Kyrgyzstan

December 3, 2019

Ataturk Park, a point of civic pride in Kyrgyzstan’s capital city of Bishkek, has mysteriously been ending up in private hands.  Now, a year-long investigation has revealed that for years, the Bishkek mayor’s office across succeeding administrations had been illegally parceling out the locally beloved “people’s park” to private individuals, who then fenced it off […]

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Opinion: Why (and how) things are changing in Chile

November 17, 2019

At 2:24 a.m. on Friday, November 15, after 28 days of unprecedented unrest and violence nationwide, the Chilean congress announced that the people will get to write a brand new, “100 percent Democratic” constitution using the mechanism they will vote on next April 2020. The referendum will ask the people: 1) Do you want a […]

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South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world. Here’s why.

October 29, 2019

Long after the end of political apartheid, economic apartheid persists in South Africa. Despite its commitment of billions of dollars to a social-investment fund intended to alleviate poverty among black nationals, South Africa is still among the most economically unequal countries anywhere. According to a World Bank report, the top 1% of all South Africans […]

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There may be a solution to Africa’s plague of fake medicine

October 24, 2019

Between 40 percent and 70 percent of all medicine sold in Africa is fake, but a crackdown on the illicit trade by the tiny West African nation of Benin is inspiring new action across the continent. In fact, Benin’s capital of Cotonou was the site of a 2009 declaration in which a panoply of heads-of-state […]

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Anti-government protests in Haiti are not letting up

October 23, 2019

Haitian president Jovenel Moise, though still supported by allies such as the United States, has been confronted by huge, violent protests since February. Armed with sticks and stones, protestors are now taking their main demand — that Moise step down — directly to his home, by marching on his official residence and in one case […]

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She used a hidden camera to document sexual abuse in West African universities

October 18, 2019

Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu was a respected professor at the elite University of Lagos, as well as a Christian minister. He is also a sexual predator. As part of the BBC News “Sex for Grades” investigation, journalist Kiki Mordi, posing as a prospective student, brings a hidden camera into his office to reveal a terrifying abuse […]

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