Health

Argument

Arafatuous

Al Jazeera's new investigation into the not-so-mysterious death of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat is little more than baseless speculation.

Hussein Ibish |

Argument

Prescription for Decline

The Supreme Court's ruling was a step in the right direction. But spiraling health-care costs could still doom America's recovery.

Will Marshall |

Argument

Labor Pains

In the midst of a civil war, becoming a mother was its own battle.

Mae Azango |

Christian Caryl

Lying to Tell the Truth

Saving the world is no excuse for fudging the facts.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Tobacco's War on Women

The global tobacco industry is targeting women in emerging markets. Can public policy rise to the challenge?

Brad Edmondson |

Argument

Predators for Peace

Drones have revolutionized war. Why not let them deliver aid?

Jack C. Chow |

Dispatch

The Waste Land

For Nairobi's poorest, the enormous trash dump that's slowly killing them is also the only thing keeping them alive.

David Conrad |

Argument

The Islamic World's Quiet Revolution

Forget politics. Muslim countries are poised to experience a new wave of change -- but this time it's all about demographics.

Nicholas Eberstadt |

Argument

The Global Health President

Why Rick Santorum would be great news for the AIDS fight in Africa.

Jack C. Chow |

The Optimist

The Trojan Paradox

If religious conservatives want to put a stop to abortions, there's no better tool than making contraception a lot more available. And there's a world of good it'll do.

Charles Kenny |

Argument

Rotting from the Inside Out

The debate over American decline is missing the point. All this talk about projecting U.S. power abroad means nothing if we can't fix our severe problems at home.

Michael A. Cohen |

Argument

Immunizing the Body Politic

Want to promote democracy in Burma? Start by making sure people are well enough to vote.

Jack C. Chow |

Argument

Why Putinomics Isn't Worth Emulating

Don't let the Russian economy fool you: It's still all about oil.

Peter Passell |

Review

Girl Power and the Fragility Trap

Academic economists usually air their new ideas first in working papers. Here, before the work gets dusty, a quick look at transition policy research in progress.

Peter Passell |

The Optimist

The Eradication Calculation

Does it really make sense to spend billions of dollars to wipe out the few remaining cases of polio?

Charles Kenny |

The Optimist

Doing More with Less

Dwindling funding for the global fight against AIDS doesn't mean the battle is lost -- but it does mean we have to think about what we're getting for our money.

Charles Kenny |

The Optimist

Doctors Without Borders

Letting medical professionals and other skilled workers from the developing world emigrate is a good deal for everyone.

Charles Kenny |

The Optimist

Wanted: Smarter Patients

The key to improving medical care in the developing world isn't better doctors -- it's educating everyone else.

Charles Kenny |

The Optimist

The Cultural Evolution

The baggage we carry from our ethnic and national backgrounds can keep people poor -- but it can also change, and faster than you'd think.

Charles Kenny |

Dispatch

Red, Delicious, and Rotten

How Apple conquered China and learned to think like the Communist Party.

Christina Larson |

Interview

Interview: Rajiv Shah

The USAID administrator on the epic food crisis in the Horn of Africa, dealing with al Shabab, and why Somalia's famine is going to get worse before it gets better.

Robert Zeliger |

Argument

The Abortion Trap

How America's obsession with abortion hurts families everywhere.

Mara Hvistendahl |

The Optimist

Famine Is a Crime

Civilization has defeated mass starvation. So why are so many Somalis dying of hunger?

Charles Kenny |

Dispatch

Swaziland's Silent HIV Epidemic

In one of the most beautiful parts of the world, and also one of the deadliest.

Shaun Raviv |

Photo Essay

Postcards from Hell, 2011

Images from the world's most failed states.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

The Optimist

Green Shoots in the Killing Fields

Citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo believe there's hope for their war-torn country even if no one else does -- and their optimism is starting to get results.

Charles Kenny |

Letters

Talking the Talk

South Africans aren't the only ones keeping quiet about AIDS.

Passport Administrator |

The Optimist

Through Rose-Colored Corrective Lenses

Poor vision is a major hurdle to getting ahead in the developing world. Fortunately, remedies are cheaper and easier -- and more profitable -- than they've ever been before.

Charles Kenny |

The Optimist

Inpatients Abroad

How do you solve America's health-care woes? Outsource them.

Charles Kenny |