Editor's note

The southern part of the Indian Ocean is experiencing an increasing number of powerful, intense tropical cyclones. This places parts of southern Africa, particularly places like Madagascar, Mozambique and the islands of Reunion and Mauritius, in the eye of potentially devastating storms. Jennifer Fitchett explains this worrying new trend in the region’s climate.

And Sergio Daniel Michel Chavez explores what the first leftist presidency in Mexico’s modern history (that begins on December 1) means for the country’s future.

Nontobeko Mtshali

Education Editor

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Heavy rains driven by a cyclone in Sana’a, Yemen. EPA-EFE/YAHYA ARHAB

Southern Africa must brace itself for more tropical cyclones in future

Jennifer Fitchett, University of the Witwatersrand

The frequency of intense tropical cyclones is increasing in the South Indian Ocean - a region that previously didn't have these.

Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks about the upcoming changes his administration will impose on national security during the national peace and security plan conference in Mexico City on Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Anthony Vazquez)

Mexico’s left turn and the road to uncertainty

Sergio Daniel Michel Chavez, Carleton University

The success or failure of Mexico's new president will have an impact on politics in the rest of Latin America as right-wing forces reclaim power. Is a brighter future for the region possible?

Arts + Culture

Kahlil Gibran, The Divine World (1923), Illustration for The Prophet, Charcoal. Gibran Museum

Guide To The Classics: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Antonia Pont, Deakin University

After Shakespeare and Laozi, Kahlil Gibran is the highest selling poet ever, largely thanks to The Prophet, a set of 26 prose poems.

Health + Medicine

We can eat our fish and fight climate change too

Philip A Loring, University of Guelph; Ratana Chuenpagdee, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Many people focus just on agriculture and new technologies for feeding the world's growing population. Yet, fisheries are the centerpiece of billions of people's diets.

What India could learn from Ethiopia about food security

Ivica Petrikova, Royal Holloway

Child undernourishment rates are worse in India than in Ethiopia.

Politics + Society

Sharing stories in the South Hebron Hills. On Our Land Project

Heritage as resistance: young people in occupied Palestinian territory are using their past to protect their future

Elly Harrowell, Coventry University; Patricia Sellick, Coventry University

Cultural heritage establishes closer ties between a community and the land it lives – and relies – on.

Business + Economy

Mstyslav Chernov

How the Ancient Egyptian economy laid the groundwork for building the pyramids

Andreas Winkler, University of Oxford

In the shadow of the pyramids of Giza, lie the tombs of the courtiers and officials who built these vast structures.