Ben Piven

Before joining Al Jazeera, Ben Piven worked at PBS Worldfocus in New York City. He holds a master's degree in digital media from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. In 2007, he studied the caste system as a Fulbright scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India.

Originally from Baltimore, he received a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. When not working, Ben enjoys cities, languages, music, and travel.


Riot police the same from Ferguson to France

Police, worldwide, use similar non-lethal weapons to maintain social order and stop political violence.


Infographic: Ukraine's 2014 presidential elec

Explaining notable candidates, political parties, opinion polls and regional status votes

In Pictures

In Pictures: Pilgrimage returns to Djerba

Tunisian Jews hold the annual festival on tourist island, despite the community's doubts over its future.


Infographic: Turmoil over Bangladesh tribunal

Al Jazeera looks at issues surrounding controversial war crimes trials that have divided the South Asian nation.


Infographic: Choosing Iran's next president

As Iranian polls near, Al Jazeera explores the country's electoral system, candidates and ideological divisions.


Q&A: Deconstructing the chaos in Bangladesh

Recent events in turbulent South Asian nation have called into question the essence of political and religious identity.


Timeline: Israeli attacks on Syrian targets

Recent strikes allegedly hit Iranian missiles bound for Hezbollah, amid growing fears of chemical weapons transfers.


Iraq's most wanted: Where are they now?

Ten years after the fall of Baghdad, Al Jazeera looks at what became of the Iraq invasion's top players.


Infographic: Road to war on Korean Peninsula?

Timeline of recent events in Northeast Asia shows major increase in threats between Pyongyang and its adversaries.

Science & Technology

Iraq: Powering up after a decade down

Explore how electricity problems have plagued Baghdad and beyond by comparing government data with citizen reports.


Infographic: Global South is rising fast

Flagship human development report by United Nations Development Programme shows rapid growth in Asia's middle class.


Tibetan self-immolations spark China tension

Restive region commemorates anniversary of 1959 uprising as number of fiery suicide bids surges past 100 incidents.