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[some stuff i wrote]

[essays / book reviews]

The Wartime Roots of the Global Fast Food Boom
The Conversationalist / September 1, 2022


 

What's the matter with private equity in Africa?
Africa is a Country / June 10, 2022


 

A crop that changed the world
Africa is a Country / June 1, 2022


 

What's good for investors isn't good for Africa
Africa is a Country / May 30, 2022


 

Who Actually Owns Corporations, Anyway?
Current Affairs / December 13, 2021


 

The new US nutrition aid strategy undermines Africa's hungriest
Al Jazeera English / December 10, 2021


 

Probing the depths of the CIA's misdeeds in Africa
Africa is a Country + Jacobin / October 15, 2021


 

African agriculture without African farmers
Al Jazeera English / October 9, 2021


 

9/11: the novel
Current Affairs / June 8, 2021


 

Pariah nations and the illusion of isolation
Current Affairs / May 9, 2021


 

The true story of the Rwandan genocide
Current Affairs / March 30, 2021


 

What fast food tells us about the world
Current Affairs / January 25, 2021


 

Structural adjustment comes home
Africa is a Country / September 10, 2020

The blankest spot on Trump's world map
Africa is a Country + Jacobin / June 26, 2020

 

John Bolton's African power play
Africa is a Country / December 21, 2018
 

Why western donors love authoritarian leaders

Africa is a Country / December 20, 2018

When Melania Trump went to Africa
Africa is a Country / May 5, 2018
 

Constructing markets for value chains: for whose benefit?

European Centre for Development Policy Management / January 5, 2014 

[long investigations]

... or the stories that took a really deep look.

At every turn, governments have aided the globalization of fast food. It's why fast food is a metaphor for our times,  the perfect encapsulation of the neoliberal era.

How the State Created Fast Food
Current Affairs / January 25, 2022

Reported with Robert Fortner, a look at how the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization, turned to the Gates Foundation during the 2014 West African Ebola epidemic.

With Robert Fortner, a (critical) look at how polio became the single biggest priority in global health, against the objections of many. In a strange twist of fate, this one was only published in a language I don't understand, but it's readable with Google translate.

Where the grass is greener

Orb / November 23, 2015

A look at how the meat boom in China inspired an environmental catastrophe in Central Brazil. We also published a version in Portuguese.

Excess baggage

Orb / November 23, 2015

A look at how Filipino immigrants with children have fared in two European countries. Reported on three continents, the multimedia version, which I co-reported with Pierre Kattar, took first place in the White House News Photographers' Association Eyes of History multimedia contest.