Health

The List

The Stories You Missed in 2013

Six events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2014.

Ty McCormick |

Dispatch

Angels and Demons

Pentecostalism is the world's fastest growing religious movement. But in much of Africa, it's fueling witch-hunts and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Jill Filipovic |

In Box

What's an African Life Worth?

What crocodile-infested rivers and hovercrafts tell us about how people value their own safety.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Slide Show

The Desolation of Smog

60 years ago, London was even more polluted than Beijing is today.

J. Dana Stuster |

Report

Inside North Korea's Crystal Meth Trade

How shamed wives, rogue chemists, and crooked doctors move 'Ice' in the Hermit Kingdom.

Isaac Stone Fish |

David Rothkopf

What Would W Do?

Lessons in disaster recovery from Bush's underappreciated second-term rebound.

David Rothkopf |

Slide Show

The Town with No Tomorrow

Snapshots of life in a Siberian town that's lost its livelihood.

Prachi Vidwans |

Dispatch

The Last Refugee Camp

Could the world's go-to strategy of warehousing the displaced finally be changing? 

Nicholas Seeley |

Argument

The Clean Plate Club

From Senegal to St. Louis, the world wastes an astonishing amount of food every year. So why is it so hard to cut down on leftovers, save the environment, and feed the hungry?

John Norris |

Report

Biological Attack

Polio is back from the brink of extinction -- ravaging the battlefields of Syria and spreading across the Middle East.

Laurie Garrett |

Investigation

Bad Medicine

India is flooding the world with tainted drugs -- and getting away with it.

Roger Bate |

Christian Caryl

What My Daughter Deserves

The United Nations wants us to make life better for girls. It's a worthy aim. But what does that mean in practice?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The World Hasn't Tackled Syria's Real WMD Nightmare

Forget the nerve gas. It's Assad's bioweapons program that should keep you up at night.

Leonard A. Cole |

Dispatch

Glowing Greens

Can food grow in a nuclear wasteland? Scientists in Kazakhstan may be close to an answer.

Jillian Keenan |

Report

Meet the Microsoft Billionaire Who's Trying to Reboot U.S. Counterterrorism

Nathan Myhrvold's a king of computer science, intellectual property, and extreme food. Can he teach Washington how to fight bad guys too?

Shane Harris |

Investigation

A Death in the Family

USAID's first known war-zone-related suicide raises troubling questions about whether America is doing enough to assist its relief workers.

Gordon Lubold |

Dispatch

Triage and Terror

A doctor reports from the front lines of Bashar al-Assad's war on civilians.

Saleyha Ahsan |

Feature

Make Them Eat Cake

How America is exporting its obesity epidemic.

John Norris |

Letters

It Takes a Village

Why Africa won't wait for Western do-gooders to save a continent.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Daniel Altman

The Nearly Foolproof Recipe to Make Poor Countries Richer

It's not what the World Bank's president is cooking up.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Middle East Plague Goes Global

A scary virus is sweeping Saudi Arabia. Six million religious pilgrims are about to descend on the country from across the world. The result could be disastrous.

Laurie Garrett |

Reality Check

What's Really Wrong with the Middle East?

Explaining the persistence of violence, sectarianism, and incompetence.

Aaron David Miller |

Dispatch

Aleppo Evil

Meet the flesh-eating parasite that's sweeping across Syria.

Erin Banco |

Daniel Altman

Have It Your Way

Yes, the U.S. health-care system is plagued by distorted prices and incentives. But American consumers are part of the problem.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

A Shameful Neglect

It's time to stop pretending that America's in Afghanistan to help women.

Anna Badkhen |

Argument

Give Them Our Huddled Masses

Why America should swap its retirees, patients, and students for skilled immigrant labor.

Aaditya Mattoo |

Feature

The Big One?

Is China covering up another flu pandemic -- or getting it right this time?

Laurie Garrett |

Argument

Bahrain's Continuing War on Doctors

The Bahraini government needs to stop targeting medical professionals who dare to treat injured protesters. 

Rula al-Saffar |

Argument

The Millennium Development Goals Are Working

The world has made great strides in combating extreme poverty. But it’s time to set a new horizon.

John Podesta |

Argument

Patently Reasonable

India's Supreme Court has ruled against Big Pharma and for the country's generic drug companies. But who's the big winner in the end?

Miranda Kennedy |