Guinea-Bissau has been mired in instability since a disputed second-round presidential election last December. The political turmoil and increasing indifference from the international community could put the fragile West African state at risk of becoming a major narco-state again, as it was in the 2000s.
For this week’s interview on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman is joined by Ben Westhoff, a journalist who spent the past few years chronicling the rise of fentanyl. He shares insights from his reporting, which took him from Midwestern towns to a Chinese laboratory to a treatment center in Slovenia.
A series of recent police raids in Nigeria revealed inhumane and abusive conditions in what news reports called “Islamic schools.” In an interview, Hannah Hoechner and Sadisu Salisu Idris explain why calling these centers “Islamic schools” is misleading, and why the government’s response to the raids is inadequate.