May 2010

The Atlantic - May 2010

Marc Ambinder on the obesity epidemic, how the FBI accused the wrong man of the anthrax attacks, China's infrastructure empire in Africa, and more

Features

  • Beating Obesity

    Beating Obesity

    After years of dieting, the author finally resorted to bariatric surgery. It worked—but he realized that it’s too expensive to stem our obesity epidemic. So what to do? Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity plan, he argues, is a major first step. Developed largely in secret, and with startling comprehensiveness, it has thrilled advocates— and made the food industry anxious to cooperate.

    Video: Marc Ambinder revisits his decision to have bariatric surgery

  • The Wrong Man

    The Wrong Man

    As the anthrax investigation intensified, the FBI focused increasingly on one suspect: Steven Hatfill. It began a campaign of harassment, intimidation, and 24-hour surveillance. Hatfill lost his job and his friends, fell into a spiral of depression, and found himself utterly isolated. But he was innocent—and here, for the first time, he speaks out.

  • The Next Empire

    The Next Empire

    From oil in Algeria to zinc in Gabon to copper in the Congo, China is muscling in on natural resources all across Africa on a massive scale. Will it succeed in easing poverty where Western aid has failed? Or will it become the continent’s latest colonial overlord?

  • The Closers

    The financial crisis may have eased, but banks are still failing at an alarming rate. Here’s an inside look at what happens when they go under.

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