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Rice Farming Brought Prosperity to Northwestern Nigeria — Then the Bandits Came

Nigeria’s Rice Bandits

After Nigeria banned rice imports in 2015, thousands of farmers in the country’s impoverished northwest took out government loans to start cultivating it locally and made great gains. Yet poor law enforcement has allowed bandits to target these communities’ profits through extortion and kidnapping.

In the Female Genital Mutilation Debate, Gambia’s Traditions Clash With Women’s Rights

Gambia at a Crossroads Over FGM

A controversial bill seeking to overturn the ban on female genital mutilation has been introduced in the Gambian Parliament. Political and religious leaders are pushing for decriminalization, citing traditional beliefs and stating that it is one of the virtues of Islam.

Burkina Faso Is the Beating Heart of African Arthouse Cinema. Can It Survive the Insurgency?

Burkina Faso Is the Beating Heart of African Arthouse Cinema. Can It Survive the Insurgency?

Burkina Faso has, for the past 50 years, been a creative hub for cinephiles and the auteurs who create some of Africa's best arthouse films. Now, as a decade-long insurgency has upended the nation and threatens to undermine its film industry, directors are confronting those challenges — logistically and thematically — in their work.

Kenya’s Traditional Healers Work To Preserve the Rainforest

Kenya’s Traditional Healers Work To Preserve the Rainforest

Forest-dwelling communities in Kenya are facing environmental degradation as economic hardships force people to cut down trees to eke out subsistence livelihoods. But some in the underserved Luhya communities of Kakamega County are now turning to traditional medicine for remedies, regenerating their preservation of the forest.

Growing Up ‘Non-Western’ in Denmark’s Nanny State

Growing Up ‘Non-Western’ in Denmark’s Nanny State

In 2018, the Danish government officially designated minority neighborhoods with certain social indicators as “ghettos.” Policies aim to break up ethnic enclaves through redevelopment, evictions, higher criminal penalties — and mandatory day care for children over 1. These may constitute racial discrimination under EU law.

The UN Urged Peru To Relax Its Abortion Stance. Lawmakers Did the Opposite

The UN Urged Peru To Relax Its Abortion Stance. Lawmakers Did the Opposite

In Peru, high-profile cases of pregnancy resulting from the rape of minors have foregrounded abortion laws. Yet across Latin America, the pro-choice “Green Wave” movement is meeting with a backlash as ultraconservative groups, emboldened by events in the U.S., demand legal recognition of fetal personhood.

The Refugees Who Stayed in Greece When Everyone Else Moved West

The Refugees Who Stayed in Greece When Everyone Else Moved West

Demographers tell us that Greece, like many European countries with aging populations and low birth rates, needs people. Yes, we need people, say the demagogues, but not those people. The Muslim refugees whom I met are smart and energetic, ready to contribute to Greek society. Will Greece accept them?