Graeme Wood

Graeme Wood is a contributing editor at The Atlantic. His personal site is gcaw.net.

  • Among the Mullahs
    Yannis Kontos/Polaris

    Among the Mullahs

    In Qom, the site of Iran’s secret uranium-enrichment facility, the Islamic Revolution remains as strong as ever.

  • From Revolt to Revolution

    Two sites, one very large and one very small, dominate my memories of Bucharest in 1992. The very large one was the House of the Republic, a…

  • Jack Black, Col. Qadhafi, and a Tube of Vaseline

    TRIPOLI - Afriqiyah Airways is better than its Web site suggests. Founded in 2001 as the airline of Africa (with a hub here, in the…

  • Cairo's Soccer War

    CAIRO -- After aerial bombing and rent control, I suppose one of the worst things that can happen to a city is acute mania for national sports. This…

  • Superstition at the Checkpoints

    Last week, Rob Nordland filed a great story about the Iraqi police's use of the ADE 651, a bomb-detecting device that costs "$16,500 to $60,000 each"…

  • Quds Day: Homeward Bound

    The Iranian government fielded an impressive squad of angry, hungry, Jew-hating fanatics. What of the opposition? Their counterprotest, centered…

  • Quds Day: Hunger Strikes

    Click here for all the installments of this account of the protests in Tehran last month.This is a small point. I have mentioned the funny hats, the…

  • Quds Day: Cartoon Edition

    At a stand just off Enqelab, near the center of the Quds Day rally, a very active desk gave away and sold postcards and memorabilia about the…

  • Quds Day: On Revolutionary Row

    Traffic diminishes on Ferdowsi Street every Friday morning, and especially during Ramadan. But only on a strange and special Friday does it decline…

  • Quds Day Revisited: An Iran Report

    TEHRAN -- Slightly over a month ago, anti-government protesters (the ones not yet in prison, or murdered) went back to the streets of Tehran, in a…

  • ¡Hola, Hezbollah!

    How a Lebanese mullah found happiness in Paraguay

  • A Three-Hour Viaje

    PALENQUE -- Last month, Mexico decriminalized possession and use of small amounts of pot, heroin, methamphetamine, and acid. You still can't buy or…

  • The Warlord Takes Mastercard

    MEXICO CITY to VILLAHERMOSA -- With few exceptions, a warlord is someone who controls a stretch of road and can, with the threat of force, extract…

  • More on "Secuestro Express"

    In my previous post I wondered why almost no one copies Mexico City's signature crime, the "express kidnapping," in the U.S. and in big and chaotic…

  • Bovine Intervention
    Bob Strong/Reuters/Landov

    Bovine Intervention

    How cows can help win the peace in Fallujah

  • Twin Cities

    MEXICO CITY -- Since Cairo is the foreign city I know best, I often see its image in other world capitals. Usually those kinships present themselves…

  • Bovine Intervention

    Earlier this year, I followed around an embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team in Fallujah, Iraq. Check out the September Atlantic (subscribe here)…

  • Lawless Road (Signs)

    SAN LUIS POTOSI to MEXICO CITY -- Along the highway to Mexico City, placards every few miles advertise the availability of "tuna" -- which puzzled me…

  • A Villainous Desert

    SAN LUIS POTOSI to MEXICO CITY -- Not far south of San Luis Potosi, the Mexican authorities reveal their presence for the first time, with the most…

  • A City Surrounded

    SAN LUIS POTOSI -- When Graham Greene, whose path I am now following, crossed the border from Texas, he vaulted almost immediately to San Luis Potosi…

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The Case for Napping at Work

Most Americans don't get enough sleep. More and more employers are trying to help address that.

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A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

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Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

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Playing An Actual Keyboard Cat

A music video transforms food, pets, and objects into extraordinary instruments.

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Stunning GoPro Footage of a Wildfire

In the field with America’s elite Native American firefighting crew

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The Man Who Built a Forest Larger Than Central Park

Since 1979, he has planted more than 1,300 acres of trees.

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