Many of the world’s troubles are legacies of American intervention. In Iraq, there is the continuation of a war that began with the U.S. invasion in 2003. One of the casualties is an American citizen imprisoned in Iraq for more than a decade, a victim of torture, secret evidence, and witnesses who later recanted. Decades of U.S. meddling in Central America, and support for repressive dictatorships there, have undermined social fabrics; gangs are rampant, and if joining them is easy, getting out is not. In Yemen, where the Saudi-led war has been supported by the U.S. military, children are dying of starvation.

Photo: Nadia Bseiso

Shawki Omar’s story began as an embodiment of the American Dream. Today, it shows how the so-called war on terror has turned sadistic and extralegal.
By Cathy Scott-Clark, Murtaza Hussain

Illustration: Clay Rodery

There are an estimated 60,000 gang members in El Salvador. Benjamin knew many who wanted to leave, but they were afraid. He wanted to show them they could.
By Danielle Mackey

Photo: Samar Hazboun

Ahed Tamimi’s story highlighted the plight of Palestinian children in Israeli military jails. Hundreds more remain behind bars.
By Alice Speri


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An article in the New York Times has reopened the wound created when the U.S. seized 120 million pages of documents from Iraq after the 2003 invasion.
By Maryam Saleh

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Despite promises of reform, Saudi Arabia is escalating its assault on civil society — and, for the first time, women have become its primary targets.
By Sarah Aziza

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Inside the booming business of online disinformation campaigns in Guatemala.
By Cora Currier, Danielle Mackey

Photo: Salvador Meléndez

The U.S. government is funding important new gang rehabilitation programs with one hand, and punitive policing with the other.
By Danielle Mackey, Cora Currier

Photo: Alex Potter

Photojournalist Alex Potter chronicles the suffering of Yemenis after three years of fighting and near famine.
By Alex Potter

Photo: Alex Potter

The rule bars U.S. aid money from going to international groups that provide abortions or support the right to have them, and its impact is far-reaching.
By Laura Kasinof

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Syrian regime documents and testimony from defectors reveal that Marie Colvin and others were hunted as part of a policy to eliminate journalists.
By Johnny Dwyer, Ryan Gallagher


Illustrations: Matt Rota

Rather than mending intercommunal rifts to pave the way for reconciliation, the ISIS trials risk further polarizing Iraq’s fractured society.
By Simona Foltyn


Photo: Jan Kuhlmann/AP

Iraqi security forces lack the training, local knowledge, and community trust to defeat the militants.
By Simona Foltyn

Photo: Mídia Ninja

Brazil’s most influential media outlet is trying to turn Marielle into an unthreatening symbol of political clichés — much like how the U.S. portrays MLK.
By Glenn Greenwald

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The standard establishment reaction in the face of rising demagogues is to denounce and malign those who support them. That only serves to further exacerbate the dynamic.
By Glenn Greenwald