Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into the function of ad-hoc organizations that are formed to address a specific crisis — and then often get dissolved when the crisis ends.
Keiko Fujimori leads in a tight presidential runoff in Peru, with Pedro Castillo trailing close behind. And, at least 160 people are dead after an attack at a local market in Burkina Faso. Also, Google agrees to change its global advertising business after France slaps it with a multi-million-dollar fine.
The UN’s World Food Program has won the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its efforts to combat hunger in conflict regions on several continents, talks in Moscow planned for Friday have raised hopes for a ceasefire in the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and China announced on Friday its intention to join COVAX, an international alliance to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to around two-thirds of the world’s population by 2022.
African nations at the UN General Assembly are calling for dramatic fiscal measures to help economies survive the coronavirus pandemic — which one leader called the "fifth horseman of the apocalypse."
Researchers released 10,000 genetically modified mosquitos earlier this week. The hope is these mosquitoes could be used to eliminate the species that carries malaria.
It's been 30 years since the death of revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara.
The United States is considering a stepped-up military presence in Africa to pursue ISIS jihadists looking for new havens after the fall of their "caliphate," American officials say.
Eliminating or altering an entire species of mosquito has never been tested in the wild. But "gene drives" could change that.
Scientists here are engaged in what could be the most promising, and perhaps one of the most frightening, biological experiments of our time.
From as young as 7, kids dig for bits of gold in makeshift mines and are exposed to dangerous mercury. That's where soccer comes in.
"Smockey" is a male rapper from Burkina Faso, and he's dealing out some serious lyrics about the all-too-common practice of female genital mutilation. His latest song, "Tomber la Lame," or "Drop the Blade," is a plea for his fellow countrymen to stop FGM.