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Everything we thought we knew about free trade is wrong

“I’m a free trader,” said Donald Trump, in his speech announcing his candidacy. That was in June 2015. Since then, he’s been singing a very different tune. Sounding more like a flannel-wearing protester than the ruthless tycoon of <i>The Apprentice,</i> Trump now says the US needs “fair trade, not free …

Economics

Mexican village uses fireflies to halt deforestation by local logging industry

Camp spaces in Piedra Canteada park, a rural cooperative near Nanacamilpa, sold out weeks in advance to see thousands of the fireflies light up the night<p>In the village of Nanacamilpa, tiny fireflies are helping save the towering pine and fir trees on the outskirts of the megalopolis of Mexico …

Mexico City

Graham - the unforgettable face of Australian road safety

<b>Meet Graham - according to his creators he has the perfect body to survive a car crash.</b><p>The incredibly lifelike sculpture was commissioned as part of an Australian road safety campaign.<p>He has a head shaped like a boulder, feet snarled like tree roots and a chest like a wrinkled battering …

Road Safety

A Week of Gun Violence Does Nothing to Change the N.R.A.’s Message

In the language of today’s National Rifle Association, “an armed society is a polite society.” The aphorism, borrowed from the science-fiction author Robert Heinlein, is the inspiration for one of the N.R.A.’s most popular T-shirts, which bears the word “<i>COEXIST</i>,” spelled out in brightly colored …

Guns

There's No Such Thing as Nice Trump

As the general election gets under way, the Republican nominee is straining to rein in his outrageous persona. But is it too late to change?<p>RICHMOND, Va.—You could tell how much the effort to control himself pained Donald Trump.<p>He was trying to do what the consultants and D.C. stiffs had told him …

Donald Trump

The Failed Dream of the Easy Commute

Even as rescue teams were sifting through the wreckage of the horrific Metro-North crash last Tuesday—the crumpled Mercedes S.U.V., the molten train coaches—many wondered about the state of mind of Ellen Brody, the motorist who found herself trapped between the crossing arm and the train tracks in …

Grand Central Station

Italy plans a cemetery for refugees drowned at sea | Italy

<b>Tarsia, Italy -</b> Few refugees imagine ending up in a field in the toe of Italy's boot. But this rural slope between Tarsia, a hilltop town in the Calabria region, and the remains of the country's largest fascist concentration camp, may soon become the final resting place for those who lose their …

North Africa

The Trumpian Divide

The 2016 campaign has revealed an America of stark division and mutual animosity.<p>ANAHEIM, Calif.—The police form a column that stretches across eight lanes of road and two sidewalks. There are dozens of them—Orange County deputies in olive-green uniforms and helmets with shields. A group of cops on …

Bernie Sanders

Jim Rogers on China and commodities – lessons for forever

That's one of the messages of legendary investor Jim Rogers, who I spoke with a few months ago (you can read the full interview here). In the early 1970s, Rogers co-founded the Quantum Fund, one of the world's most successful hedge funds. After generating returns of 4,200 percent over ten years, he …

Central Banks

An Update From the Astronomers Who Proposed the Alien Megastructures

Where the quest to understand the most mysterious star in the galaxy stands today.<p>As first reported in this magazine, there is a star in the constellation Cygnus that behaves like no other. During the years-long stare of the Kepler space observatory, this otherwise run-of-the mill star—a bit hotter …

Weird

Richard Linklater: ‘someone’s living back there, and he’s murdered somebody’

As his lodger, a convicted murderer, is sent back to prison, the director talks about the Texan justice system, the art of storytelling – and why he’ll always be a slacker at heart<p>At the start of Richard Linklater’s 1992 breakthrough movie Slacker, a passenger in a cab monologues away about life …

Bernie Sanders

In the Footsteps of a Killer - Los Angeles Magazine

Fifty rapes. Ten murders. Two identities. One man. From 1976 to 1986, one of the most violent serial criminals in American history terrorized …

A Boy of Unusual Vision

LONGFORM REPRINTS<p><i>This article won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.</i><p>First, the eyes: They are large and blue, a light, opaque blue, the …

Christmas Trees

Western Scientists Peek Inside North Korean Volcano In Historic Collaboration

An explosive past<p>International relations with North Korea have never been easy, but if there's one thing that can bring everyone to the table it is volcanoes. They are awesome, dangerous, and we would all like to know more about them, even if we can't agree on anything else.<p>In a paper published …

North Korea

Mississippi Prison Boss Defends Repossessing Inmates To Cover Budget Shortfall

On Thursday, The Huffington Post reported that local officials across Mississippi have grown deeply concerned about revenue losses stemming from a recent decline in the prison population. On Friday, Marshall Fisher, commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, fired back.<p>When the …

Local Economies

10 Things To start Now That Would Be Beneficial For You In Near Future

In some ways, this question realities of those people who want to change their life or else faced a harsh reality that forces them to think about …

Self-help

Archaeologists To Study Shackled Skeletons From Ancient Greece To Understand Rise Of Athens

Not even four miles south of Athens lies Phaleron — a site unknown to most tourists. A port of Athens in classical times, Phaleron also boasts one of the largest cemeteries ever excavated in Greece, containing more than 1,500 skeletons. Dating to the 8th-5th centuries BC, Phaleron is significant …

Archaeology

How People Learn to Become Resilient

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Each day, he would arrive at school …

Psychology

Cuba's Santeria priests predict explosive migration, social unrest in 2016 | Reuters

HAVANA (Reuters) - Priests offering New Year’s prophecies from Cuba’s Afro-Cuban religion forecast an explosion in migration and social unrest worldwide in 2016.<p>Many on the Caribbean island eagerly wait for guidance from the Santeria religion’s annual forecast. Santeria, with roots in West African …

Cuba

How to make homemade doughnuts

You don't have to be Homer Simpson to swoon over a doughnut. But no matter how wonderful they appear, it's hard to find a store-bought doughnut that compares with homemade.<p>And believe it or not, they're really not hard to make.<p><b>Devil's food doughnuts</b><p>Total time: About 1 hour<br>Servings: Makes about 1 …

The best of the Long Read in 2015

Our 15 favourite pieces of the year<p>The Long Read published 144 pieces in 2015 – our first full year. (If you’re counting at home, that’s about 800,000 words, or roughly the length of the first five Harry Potter novels.) It wasn’t easy to choose 15 favourites, but here they are – perfect reading for …

Books

I spent 2 weeks researching restaurants at every price point before my mom came to visit NYC, and here's where we went

About a month ago, my food-loving mom flew in from North Carolina to spend a weekend in New York City with me.<p>She was in charge of picking activities; I was in charge of picking food.<p>I wanted her to experience a variety of cuisines and see different neighborhoods of Manhattan. I also had to account …

Manhattan

Exhaustion of austerity meets maxed-out monetary policy | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - There won’t be any press conferences, fireworks or tears to mark its passing, but the latest wave of austerity worldwide may well have had its day.<p>Arrangement of various world currencies including Chinese Yuan, US Dollar, Euro, British Pound, pictured in Warsaw, January 25, 2011 …

Economy

33 books everyone should read before turning 30

While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists.<p>It's an eclectic selection …

Books

Zen no more: Japan shuns its Buddhist traditions as temples close

More than one in three temples are expected to close over the next 25 years as religion faces an ‘existential crisis’<p>Perched on a hilltop and surrounded by mountain forests ablaze in autumn reds and yellows, Kaigenji is a picture postcard image of old Japan. The stone steps leading to the entrance …

Japan