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New Threats to Heritage in the Taliban’s Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Crumbling Past

One senior official at a cultural organization active in Afghanistan described the situation to New Lines as a tipping point. It should not be taken for granted, he said, that the current position of the Taliban on supporting heritage preservation will remain without tangible projects and commitment from the outside world. Without such an external effort, the fate of hundreds of archaeological and heritage sites hangs in the balance — open to further neglect, or worse.

Why Africa Fails at the World Cup

Africa’s World Cup Nightmare

Decrepit stadiums, poor pitches akin to potato farms and improper coaching have been just some of the barriers to the development of soccer in Nigeria and most parts of sub-Saharan Africa for several decades.

Thanksgiving Food in America Is as Diverse as Its Population

Thanksgiving Food in America Is as Diverse as Its Population

Though the traditional Thanksgiving meal in America remains the most prominent across most tables in the country, first-, second- and third-generation immigrants often include foods from their cultures in a celebration of family, gratitude and flavor.

The South Pacific Has a Drug Problem

The South Pacific Has a Drug Problem

In the years preceding Volatabu’s journey home, drug traffickers began increasingly using the South Pacific as a gateway to lucrative markets in Australia and New Zealand. Cocaine detections at Australian borders have increased by 447% in the past decade. Smugglers are also trafficking larger quantities each time.

In New York City’s Waters: Holiness or Pollution?

In New York City’s Waters: Holiness or Pollution?

In New York’s Jamaica Bay, local Hindus perform visarjan, the traditional practice of setting sacred objects afloat on the water. To them, it is an age-old act of devotion. To some non-Hindus, it is an act of pollution.

How the Poor in Africa Pay the Price for Global Emissions

How the Poor in Africa Pay the Price for Global Emissions

As temperatures rise and extreme weather events occur with greater frequency and intensity, the cost of climate change is growing. But climate change has a disproportionate effect on poorer countries.

The Paranoid Style in Nevada Politics

The Paranoid Style in Nevada Politics

Welcome to rural Nevada, where anti-government sentiment runs high and county governments serve as a petri dish for far-right political branding, conspiracy and experimentation.