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Travels Through Rural China

By Olga Jazzarelli

Returning to China after several years absence, Olga Jazzarelli describes the dramatic changes in China’s social, cultural and physical landscapes as she tours the Shanxi and Sichuan provinces.


Review: Flashboys by Michael Lewis

By Lev Myshkin

Wall Street is rigged, and best-selling author Michael Lewis tells us how. Rollercoaster style, he recounts how a motley group takes on Wall Street, converting Goldman Sachs to the ...

Energy descent

By Carlos Cuellar Brown

We have the opportunity to change this oil dependence and avoid peak food and peak population. Some nations have begun to do it, in the realm of regional needs, with ...

1592: Coining Columbus

By Michiel van Groesen

For many, the arrival of Columbus in the Americas is inextricably linked to a particular image: a small group of confident men on a tropical beach formally announcing their presence ...

AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

By Nick Turse

"It turns out that, if you want to know what the U.S. military is doing in Africa, it’s advantageous to be connected to a large engineering or construction firm looking ...

Arts & Culture

An Unlikely Lunch: When Maupassant met Swinburne

By Julian Barnes

A young de Maupassant was invited to lunch at the holiday cottage of Swinburne. The encounter included: a flayed human hand, pornography, monkey meat, and inordinate amounts of alcohol.



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Travel Writing

Tiger, tiger … nowhere in sight

The Chitwan National Park in Nepal is famous for its Royal Bengal tigers and one-horned rhinoceros, but the wonderful creature ...

Travel Writing

Frigate Island – My Island

“When I went to my island I did so from a purely necessary point of view to buy a coconut ...

Political Tours

Political Tours