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Pipe Dreams, Erin Banco "Investigative reporter Erin Banco reveals the complicated conspiracies keeping the richness of Iraqi oil from trickling down to the general populace.... This is the way that big oil wants it.... Rather than sharing the wealth from oil, the displaced Iraqi citizenry is generally poorer than it was before.... Banco's reportage vividly shows the human toll that deceit and subterfuge have taken on a land so rich in natural resources." —Kirkus Reviews... more

On Sale: March 20, 2018

Never Remember, Masha Gessen and Misha Friedman “Drawing on years of interviews, research, and travel, Gessen and [Friedman] reflect on complex Russian attitudes to the legacy of the gulag in this vital collection of essays and photographs.... Friedman’s moody, panoramic black-and-white photos of the memorial sites convey a narrative that’s fragmented, blurry, and ultimately incomplete, perfectly underscoring Gessen’s text. The combination is a powerful meditation on contemporary Russia as seen through its relationship to the past.” —Publishers Weekly ★... more

Upcoming Event

Oil in Iraq: Pathways to Enabling Better Governance

Oil in Iraq: Pathways to Enabling Better Governance

Monday, March 5, 2018
2:00pm — 3:30pm

The Middle East Institute
1319 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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Upcoming Event

Columbia University SIPA: The Plundering of Iraq's Oil Wealth

Columbia University SIPA: The Plundering of Iraq's Oil Wealth

Thursday, March 8, 2018
6:00pm — 7:30pm

School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
420 W 118th St #1410
New York, NY 10027

2/14/2018, Jacob Kushner

Uganda Attempts to Shut Down Controversial Silicon Valley-Funded Schools

Uganda Attempts to Shut Down Controversial Silicon Valley-Funded Schools

Those who recall Mark Zuckerberg’s controversial $100 million philanthropic experiment to transform Newark public schools might be surprised to learn that Zuckerberg, the Gates Foundation, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and other Silicon Valley visionaries have been quietly investing in another educational experiment an ocean away. Bridge International Academies was conceived in 2007 to be the… more

11/1/2017, Miranda Sita

Emily Witt on Nollywood

Emily Witt on Nollywood

Nicholas Lemann sits down with Emily Witt, author of the new book NOLLYWOOD: THE MAKING OF A FILM EMPIRE. Amid electricity cuts, fuel scarcity, and countless other obstacles, Nigerians are pursuing the very real possibility that Nollywood dramas could become a global brand, as recognizable as the Bollywood musical, the Hong Kong kung fu flick,… more

10/18/2017, Miranda Sita

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

This week on UNDERREPORTED, Nicholas Lemann welcomes Atossa Araxia Abrahamian to the studio to talk about her book THE COSMOPOLITES: THE COMING OF THE GLOBAL CITIZEN, published by Columbia Global Reports in 2015. Nick and Atossa discuss the global business of buying and selling citizenships and what it means to be a "cosmopolite."  Is globalization… more

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Nollywood, Emily Witt "Nollywood is one of the most remarkable cultural developments of recent decades.... Witt charts the industry's evolution from shaky-cam videotape fodder to higher-quality cinema multiplex showings.... The strength of Witt's book is her exploration of Nollywood's attempts to formalize its haphazard business model.... An insightful and entertaining book about a rapidly evolving industry." —Noo Saro-Wiwa, Times Literary Supplement... more