Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Have you seen the movie Slumdog Millionaire? this article dive into the same world: the slums of Mumbai. this article will take you on a personal journey through Annawadi, a slum in one of the world’s biggest and most complicated cities. Its inhabitants dream of better lives, only to have those dreams shattered by the slightest […]

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Back Channel to Cuba

Most people have had an unsavory neighbor. But the enmity between the United States and Cuba, just 90 miles off the Florida coast, takes neighborly ill will to a whole other level. Over the last 50 years, their relationship has been cool at best and boiling toward war at worst. All the while, however, through […]

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Atomic Accidents

When Japan was struck by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, one of its coastal nuclear power plants, Fukushima 1, experienced a catastrophic meltdown. As a result, German Chancellor Angela Merkel changed her previously positive view of nuclear power to one of outright distrust almost overnight. This disaster was the most recent in the history of nuclear […]

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At Home

Did you ever wonder why your house is built of wood and brick? Why you insist on adding salt and pepper to everything you eat? Or how exactly those canned green beans in the pantry came to be? If such questions keep you up at night, this article will be soothing bedtime reading. We say home is […]

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Asking for It

Can you imagine the outcry if less than 7 percent of murderers were convicted of their crimes? Leading figures in the police would be sacked without hesitation; governments would be pushed from office; the media would hound the justice system until something was done. And rightly so. But consider this: Shockingly, less than 7 percent of […]

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An American Sickness

Over the last few decades, health care has become a major point of debate in the United States. Politicians of all stripes argue over the price of medicine and different approaches to health insurance, but, though everyone seems to agree that something isn’t working, no one seems to have a clear idea of exactly how […]

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Amusing Ourselves to Death

The way we consume information has changed drastically over the last 100 years. Subscription numbers for newspapers, the once-dominant source of information, are in steady decline. Meanwhile, modern mediums like television and the internet are spoon-feeding us tidbits of information designed more to entertain than to inform. The days of long reads are over; we live […]

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American Savage

During his long career as a gay rights activist, Dan Savage has inspired countless Americans to stand up to the hatred and discrimination that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community face on a daily basis in a country still plagued by intolerance and religious dogmatism. Through his sex columns and his podcast Savage Love, […]

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Alone Together

It’s never been easier to connect with another person. Today, thanks to digital devices we’re living fully networked lives; we’re available to chat, answer email or work around the clock. At the same time there’s also been an evolution in robotics, so that robots not only take on difficult or dangerous jobs for us but also […]

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All the Truth Is Out

Who is Gary Hart? If you don’t know the answer, you were probably too young to vote in the US in the 1980s. During that time, Hart was arguably one of the most promising Democratic presidential candidates ever – a political rockstar with a promising future. Nowadays, however, he’s an obscure historical figure, whose reputation has been […]

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