8/30/2018, Bethany McLean

The Guardian Long Read: How America's 'most reckless' billionaire created the fracking boom
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The Guardian Long Read: How America's 'most reckless' billionaire created the fracking boom

The wild tale of America’s energy revolution, and the cowboy who made and lost billions on shale.

4/26/2016, Nicolas Pelham

ISIS and Iraq's Shia Revival

ISIS and Iraq's Shia Revival

“We’re ridding the world of polytheism, and spreading monotheism across the planet,” an ISIS preacher recently said in a video recording. Behind him one could see the ISIS faithful using sledgehammers, bulldozers, and explosives to destroy the eighth-century-BC citadel of the Assyrian king Sargon II at Khorsabad, ten miles northwest of Mosul in northern Iraq, and the colossal statues of… more

2/23/2016, Sasha Issenberg

'In Switzerland, You Get Chocolates and Watches. In Hungary, You Get Dentistry.'

'In Switzerland, You Get Chocolates and Watches. In Hungary, You Get Dentistry.'

Among the regular cast of characters who populate the pages of Hungary’s newspapers and magazines, the one whose fame is hardest to understand in a country long proud of its disproportionate share of Olympic medals and Nobel Prizes may be the man usually identified simply as the prime minister’s dentist. Bela Batorfi’s rise to fame can… more

2/17/2016, Sasha Issenberg

How Medical Travel Turned Into a Gold Rush

How Medical Travel Turned Into a Gold Rush

The Tokushukai Medical Corporation operates more than 280 hospitals in Japan, enough for the company to often find itself described as the world’s largest hospital chain. In 2006, Tokushukai opened its first overseas facility, in Bulgaria, and I had been prepared for its incongruity amid the dreary blocks south of Sofia’s downtown. “If you drive… more

12/8/2015, Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

Are National Borders Relevant?

Are National Borders Relevant?

In an age when twenty million refugees are displaced worldwide, when passports are easily bought and sold, and when whole countries might soon be submerged by rising tides, are national borders truly relevant? Adapted from The Cosmopolites and published in Columbia Magazine. So many stories begin with borders. I was brought up with no sense of a… more

10/20/2015, Jimmy So

Why Iraq's Shiite Militias Won't Bother to Defeat ISIS

Why Iraq's Shiite Militias Won't Bother to Defeat ISIS

Much has been written about ISIS, and much has been made about the group's bloodlust. The self-proclaimed Islamic State has a fondness for public massacres and beheadings, raped thousands of Yazidi women, looted museums, and destroyed historic sites. ISIS's celebrations of depravity, and the force and speed with which it has taken to its violence,… more

10/15/2015, Clay Shirky

How China’s Apple Became Successful Overnight

How China’s Apple Became Successful Overnight

In simple environments, people acquire new capabilities by acquiring new objects. In complex environments, people acquire new capabilities by using new services. And as anyone who’s busily added apps to their smartphone knows, the one problem apps are no good at solving is the problem of having too many apps. Environments with rising complexity always… more

10/13/2015, Clay Shirky

The Top Producer of Goods in the World Is Also Becoming the Top Consumer

The Top Producer of Goods in the World Is Also Becoming the Top Consumer

There are a lot of people in China. This fact can seem like a bit of local color, a background association like France and cheese or Thailand and beaches. For people who live here, though, and especially for people who work here, population is a force like gravity, affecting almost everything else. Once you leave… more

10/6/2015, Clay Shirky

This Phone Is Not Only Made in China, It's Made for China

This Phone Is Not Only Made in China, It's Made for China

A couple of years ago, while I was doing some work at NYU’s Shanghai campus, I got lost on the subway. As a New Yorker, it takes a lot to make me feel like a country mouse, but at triple the population of my hometown, Shanghai does it. Even though the Shanghai subway system is… more

9/14/2015, Bethany McLean

The Biggest Remaining Risk in Today's Financial System, Hiding in Plain Sight

The Biggest Remaining Risk in Today's Financial System, Hiding in Plain Sight

“If the housing market tanks, so does the stock market. No matter who you are, this is hugely impactful. And no one is talking about it. No one realizes it.” —Ryan Israel, partner at Pershing Square Capital Management. On a bitterly cold gray day in December 2014, there was a strangely large crowd at the… more