Student Essay Contest on Xinjiang

In recent years, journalists have bravely reported on the mistreatment of Muslim ethnic Uyghurs in the northwest Chinese region of Xinjiang: on detention camps, forced labor, the systematic sterilization of women, intrusive digital surveillance, and other government-orchestrated atrocities. As the international community builds more courage to speak out and sanction Chinese officials and companies, only a few nations, including the United States, have officially declared Xinjiang a genocide.

Slammed for Bribery, Siemens Continued to Ignore Red Flags

German engineering giant Siemens, one of the world’s biggest multinational companies, ignored its own red flags for foreign bribery in the aftermath of a major corruption scandal in 2008, according to newly released monitoring reports and other confidential documents. The warnings involved the company’s use of third-party resellers, who have...
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Pandemic, Prosecutions Aside, Bribery Persists in Chinese Hospitals

As the coronavirus pandemic threatened to overwhelm Chinese hospitals last year, Chinese resellers appear to have colluded to inflate the prices of ventilators and other essential medical equipment from multinational companies including Siemens, GE, and Philips, according to a review of public records on the sale of medical equipment in China.
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Africa’s Hidden Victims

Healthcare Workers Struggled Through Lack of PPE, Salary Delays and Disappearing Hardship Pay. A medic sits at a checkpoint between Uganda and South Sudan, where truck drivers have their temperature taken before moving on for a coronavirus test. Uganda closed its borders in March 2020 to everyone except cargo planes and truck drivers. Photo by Sally Hayden.

Pandemic Prompted Surge in Police Brutality

Coronavirus-inspired graffiti in Nairobi. Photo by Maurice Oniango. The problem starts from training, whereby police recruits are brutalized in the name of being trained. So when they graduate, they extend the same brutality they received during training to members of the public. George Musamali. Security and Safety Consultant. “The problem...

How did one of North Africa’s biggest smugglers escape prison?

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - One afternoon in February 2020, 24-year-old Fuad Bedru spotted someone he knew in Ethiopia’s capital. Outside of an electronics shop, in Bedru’s own neighbourhood in Addis Ababa, Kidane Zekarias Habtemariam, one of the most notorious human smugglers operating in Libya over the past decade, stood tall. Habtemariam, a sturdy, bald Eritrean man, is accused of extreme violence towards thousands of African refugees and migrants he kept locked up for months or years in warehouses in Libya, after his associates convinced them to try and reach Europe. Those who ended up under his control were convinced by false promises of a fast journey to a continent where human rights were respected, and they could easily get jobs, find stability, and live a happy life. Instead, they were tortured and blackmailed.


CORONAVIRUS LEAVES WIDOWS IN ZAMBIA HOMELESS, AS IN-LAWS CLAIM THEIR HOMES. Property-grabbing is now among the top five problems for which Zambian women seek legal help. Women and Law in Southern Africa Trust (WLSA) A YEAR AGO, CHEMBE KAWELE'S LIFE SEEMED ROOTED FIRMLY IN THE MIDDLE CLASS. She lived in...

Uber in Kenya Where Disruption Met Desperation

How a String of Big Promises Led to Shattered Dreams. Shifting corporate moves left drivers saddled with debt. At first, work as an Uber driver seemed to offer Harrison Munala everything he’d hoped for when he moved from a town in the western part of Kenya to its capital, Nairobi.

Secret Chinese Military Data Adds New Detail to Coronavirus Reporting

Beijing claims that since the coronavirus pandemic began at the end of last year, there have been only 82,919 confirmed cases and 4,633 deaths in mainland China. Those numbers could be roughly accurate, and in that case a detailed account would be an important tool in judging the spread of the virus. But it’s also possible that the numbers presented to the rest of the world are vastly understated compared to Beijing’s private figures. The opaqueness and mistrust of outsiders in the Chinese Communist Party’s system makes it hard to judge—but learning more about the coronavirus data used directly by Chinese officials is invaluable for governments elsewhere.

Introducing UnderCovid: Power and the Plague

In Iran, newspapers are now banned, as are public protests. Hungary’s Viktor Orbán has seized unilateral control of the government, with only himself to determine when it’s safe for democracy to return. China moved quickly and ruthlessly to control information, seizing Li Wenliang, the martyred doctor who first warned of the approaching pandemic, and silencing journalists whose reporting contradicted the official narrative of a crisis averted through authoritarian rule.

Documentaries as Advertising

Though most moviegoers might imagine that a director’s only client is his or her audience, the reality of documentary filmmaking is more complicated, as industry groups, advertising agencies and companies today hire filmmakers to tell their stories, which are released and streamed to the public as independent documentaries. In much the way that Facebook users have been targeted unwittingly for political propaganda and misinformation campaigns, viewers of documentary films have become captive, unsuspecting audiences for industry messaging that is shaping how we think about controversial topics, whether it is how we should grow food, manage the opioid addiction crisis, or address climate change.

UN Refugee Agency Reopens Corruption Investigation

The United Nations is investigating allegations of corruption among employees at a Ugandan refugee camp following a 100Reporters investigation, but victims say they face retaliation for testifying and that the UN is not protecting them. In a story published in partnership with NBC News and Journalists for Transparency, refugees at...

Asylum for Sale

DADAAB, Kenya — Hamdi Abdullahi stands outside the United Nations compound in this dusty, sprawling camp — home to more than 200,000 Somali refugees — and throws stones at its barbed wire fence and heavy gates.


Nurah suspected her 13-year-old son was dead when the smuggler who claimed to be holding him hostage refused to put him on the phone. That was three years ago, but that series of events still runs through her mind every day.


In the mountainous wilderness that spans the Colombia-Panama border, in an area where only wildlife, paramilitary groups, and migrants often tread, Abdul Majeed lay awake unable to sleep. By his count, there were about seventy others with him spending the night, the most varied group of nationalities he has seen together in his lifetime. “Somalis, Indians, Senegalese, Nepalese, Ghanaians, Bangladeshis, Cubans, Haitians and Nigerians,” he recalls.


Improvised boats are the informal way to cross the Guatemala-Mexico border in Ciudad Hidalgo, near Tapachula, Mexico, on August 08, 2017. People go and comeback in these boats for around $2 a ride. (Photo by Andrea Arzaba)

Eyes Averted

In 2004, Nepali army officers tortured a schoolgirl so brutally that she died. They buried the body of 15-year-old Maina Sunuwar on the grounds of an American-sponsored training center for international peacekeepers.

The Man Behind the Magnitsky Act

At the meeting, Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump confederates, lured by a promise of compromising information on Trump’s rival, instead stumbled upon a quagmire: a fraud that bilked the Russian treasury of $230 million; a trans-Atlantic dispute over offshore accounts and tax evasion, and a U.S.-born investor, William Browder, who once ran the largest foreign investment fund in Russia, and who plays the eminence grise in this drama.