January 20, 2017 / Granta
Ben Mauk
Ben Mauk visits Poland to investigate the role of the foreigner in a country that has embraced illiberal populism.
Ben Freeth returns to the ruins of his home, which was burned down in 2009. Image by Martin Fletcher. Zimbabwe, 2017.
January 20, 2017 / International Business Times
Martin Fletcher
Ben Freeth's family farm was Zimbabwe's biggest mango producer until Robert Mugabe's 'war vets' seized it in 2009. Now, as millions of Zimbabweans survive on foreign food aid, it produces nothing.
Image by Anton Zelenov, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
January 19, 2017 / The New York Review of Books
James Fenton
Nearly 6,000 drug dealers and users in the Philippines have been summarily executed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June.
A soldier walks through an alley in the vicinity of Methar Lam. Image by Cpl. James L. Yarboro. Afghanistan, 2005.
January 19, 2017 / Harper's
May Jeong
What will await Trump in Afghanistan?
Your limits are in your head. Image by Erin Wilson, courtesy of Outside.
January 19, 2017 / Outside
Erik Vance
How our minds push our bodies to defy expectations, beliefs, and even our own biology—in short, to make miracles.
Sources interviewed in Khartoum describe signs of what they see as a pending relaxation of economic sanctions against the North African country, which has been subject to a comprehensive U.S. trade embargo for nearly 20 years. Image by Kira Zalan. Sudan, 2016.
January 18, 2017 / PRI's The World
Kira Zalan
A new de-radicalization program provides a window into Sudan's efforts to fight extremism, while maintaining legitimacy with its Islamist base.
Nuclear power plant in Cattenom, France. Image by Stefan Kühn courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. France, 2005.
January 17, 2017
Tom Hundley
This week: nuclear power's role in combatting global warming, the hidden lives of migrant workers, and what America gave El Salvador.
An English language school in San Salvador, called EnglishCool. Its founder, Eddie Anzora, prepares students for work in the call centers. Image by Jonathan Blitzer. El Salvador, 2016.
January 16, 2017 / The New Yorker
Jonathan Blitzer
How American immigration policy has fueled an unlikely industry in El Salvador.
A North Korean citizen enjoying herself at a shooting range in Pyongyang. Image by Laya Maheshwari. North Korea, 2016.
January 16, 2017 / Fandor
Laya Maheshwari
In 1962, an American soldier defected to North Korea. He's still there. This documentary tells his story.
The author Tan Hecheng stands on "Widow's Bridge," where dozens of people were clubbed to death and thrown into the river in a wave of genocide that took place in 1967. These sorts of hidden histories still haunt the new superpower. Image by Sim Chi Yin/ VII Photo Agency. China, 2016.
January 13, 2017 / The New York Review of Books
Ian Johnson
Put your butcher's sword down! Latest in my series of Q&As with leading Chinese thinkers about China's past, present and future. I traveled to rural China with Tan to look at the scene of a...
A church in Singapore where some migrant workers worship. Image by Xyza Bacani. Singapore, 2016.
January 12, 2017 / The New York Times
Xyza Bacani
Migrant workers are invisible people,We are like air. People need us but they don’t see us. We exist to please them, to serve them, but they don’t really see us as part of the society.
Interactive visualization on nuclear power reactor construction. A special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist.
January 10, 2017 / Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Rachel Bronson, John Mecklin
Nuclear power advocates claim that nuclear power is essential for a low-carbon future, but critics say otherwise.
Lake Urmia in the Sharafkhaneh Port. Image by Ako Salemi. Iran, 2016.
January 10, 2017
Tom Hundley
This week: Climate change in Iran observed, Chinese immigrants are reversing course, and Robert Mugabe's legacy in Zimbabwe.