Soldiers line up before leaving to patrol the streets in Bogotá, Colombia, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. 

Use the force: Part II

Critical State

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into what happened when Colombia’s military took on police work in Cali, the country’s third-largest city.


Trash sorters in Ghana face health and safety risks

a young kid walking down the sidewalk

Netflix’s ‘Old Enough!’ reality TV show sends very young kids on errands by themselves

Runners pass by a large video screen commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China during the Beijing Marathon in Beijing, Nov. 3, 2019.

China’s ultramarathoners sound alarm on lack of safety precautions at races 

Men in police uniform kneel on an urban street.

No. 1 rule for police: Defend human rights, says Ukraine’s former police chief

Conflict & Justice
A collage of four photos shows women from various travel pictures

Women travelers on why they go solo: ‘I never thought that I couldn’t’

We asked The World’s women readers and listeners what they think about when they travel alone. They told us — and shared some incredible photos from their adventures.

boats rescue pets from a flood

How social networks can save lives when disasters strike


Researchers have found that social networks, especially connections to those beyond immediate family, influence decisions to leave or stay in place before disasters.

Garment workers

Are factories better in Bangladesh after Rana Plaza? That depends on who you ask.


The Rana Plaza collapse made companies and consumers more aware of working conditions in the clothing factories. In some places, reforms have made workers safer, but the changes are far from universal.

crosswalk in honolulu

Honolulu first major US city to fine ‘phone zombies’


Honolulu just enacted a fine for looking at one’s cell phone while in a crosswalk.

A Boeing 777 jet departing Frankfurt, Germany.

The lab where aging aircraft are dissected for science — and safety


At the Aging Aircraft Lab, planes are taken apart piece by piece to learn more about the ravages of time on various aircraft designs — from cracking, to corrosion, to metal fatigue.