Beauty and the Beast

A good-looking governor seeks to make Mexican voters forget the corrupt past of their old ruling party.

In the Ruins

Arab Spring, Chinese Winter

Just after the streets of Tunisia and Egypt erupted, China saw a series of “Jasmine” protests—until the government stopped them cold. Its methods were subtler than they had been at Tiananmen Square, and more insidious. Was the regime’s defensive reaction just paranoia? Or is the Chinese public less satisfied—and more combustible—than it appears?

Enlisting Allah

To thwart the Taliban, marines in Helmand province are teaching the locals to read the Koran.

India Invents a City

Lavasa is an orderly, high-tech community with everything. Except people.

The World’s Schoolmaster

How a German scientist is using test data to revolutionize global learning

Danger: Falling Tyrants

As dictatorships crumble across the Middle East, what happens if Arab democracy means the rise of radical Islamism? Does promoting American values while protecting American interests—most notably, containing Iran and preserving our access to oil—require the Obama administration to call for more democracy in one country while propping up the monarch next door? In a word, yes.

Death by Tabloid

Uganda’s most infamous journalist makes no apologies.

Running the Asylum

A schizophrenic tries to save the mentally ill in Pakistan, a land gone mad.

North Korea’s Digital Underground

To smuggle facts into or out of North Korea is to risk imprisonment and even execution. Yet today, aided by a half-dozen stealthy media organizations outside the country, citizen-journalists are using technologies new and old to break the regime’s iron grip on information. Will the truth set a nation free?

Taking the Leap

In South Africa, swimming the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve is one way to crank up your heart rate.

Drug Busts

Colombia’s reigning narco-babe seeks to lower her profile.

A History of Violence

How the Army is trying to capture the lessons of war

Germany's Bomb Problem

Outside Berlin, a building boom hits a snag: unexploded ordnance.

Boca on the Black Sea

An American developer seeks to create the “Florida of the Caucasus.”

Doha: The New Movie Mecca

Is the Doha Tribeca Film Festival Qatar’s latest play for a place on the culture map?

Putting Poppies in the Gas Tank

One man’s quest to tap Afghanistan’s taboo biofuel

The Amazon's Mysterious Cure-All

Side effects may include intense pain, extreme vomiting, and absolutely terrifying visions

The Kindest Cut

Swaziland turns to mass circumcision.

The Rise of the New Global Elite

F. Scott Fitzgerald was right when he declared the rich different from you and me. But today’s super-rich are also different from yesterday’s: more hardworking and meritocratic, but less connected to the nations that granted them opportunity—and the countrymen they are leaving ever further behind.

The Drone Wars

Killing by remote control in Pakistan

Deal With a Dictator

Getting supplies to Afghanistan may be worth cozying up to Uzbekistan—for now.

The Battle of Rio

With the 2016 Olympics looming, the city’s embattled police invade the favelas.

My Year at Sea

Recalling the splendid isolation of travel by freighter

Smuggler, Forger, Writer, Spy

Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a Ghanaian investigative journalist with many disguises—from addict to imam—and one overriding mission: to force Ghana’s government to act against the lawbreakers he exposes.


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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