Mayukh Chakraborty

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The World's Loudest Sound Caused Shock Waves 10,000 Times That of a Hydrogen Bomb

It shattered eardrums more than 50 km away.<p>On 27 August 1883, Earth made the loudest noise in recorded history.<p>Emanating from the island of Krakatoa, …

The global politics of the biggest story in soccer

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><b>Humor us today with a discussion of football — or soccer, as my editors at The Washington Post oblige me to</b> …

Soccer

We used to have six more letters in the English alphabet

Along quaint New England streets, you’ll probably spot a sign or two declaring itself “Ye Olde Tavern” or “Ye Old Soda Shoppe.” But before you adopt a British accent and order a pint of ale inside, there’s a bit of history you should know.<p>Phrases like <i>ye olde</i> are actually just some of the late 19th …

Language

Recapitalisation is an opportunity for banks to make better environmental and social investments

Indian banks should have safeguard policies of the kind followed by international financial institutions.<p>Despite the crisis in several parts of India …

As MNREGA work dries up, even the elderly in Bihar are migrating to brick-kilns

The cost of underfunding the rural jobs scheme is visible in the villages of Bihar.<p>In a year when large swathes of rural India reeled under drought, …

How rich, middle-class and poor Indians see Mukesh Ambani – and why

It's complicated.<p>The richest among Indians whose wealth is known, Mukesh Ambani often says the same things that socialists and Mother Teresa would …

India

From punch-marked coins to UPI, a brief history of money in India

With the launch of the United Payment Interface, financial transactions could see a major change.<p>From the seals of Mohenjo-Daro and the punch-marked …

Raghu Rai's 'Khajuraho' is an intimate look at the temple town’s erotic sculptures

The Chandela dynasty sculptures come alive at the hands of the Magnum photographer.<p>How do you photograph what is arguably India’s most photographed …

Podcast: Is democracy about equality or authority?

Do societies really believe in equality?<p>Do societies really believe in equality as they preach or are there undercurrents of authoritarianism (and …

Emirates crash: When you don't own your liberty and property, your possessions become most important

An Indian who grew up in the Gulf tells us why passengers on the flight that crash-landed in Dubai seemed more worried about their bags than their …

Washing Machines

Podcast: Climate change should be worrying us much more than it does, says Amitav Ghosh

It is the biggest challenge of our times, but literature and the media across the world – and India in particular – have not reflected this.<p>Every …

Indian activist ends 16-year hunger strike with a lick of honey

Irom Sharmila says she broke fast over security law in Manipur state because she plans to run for political office<p>After 16 years, it was a lick of honey that did it. The world’s longest hunger strike ended on Tuesday when an Indian human rights campaigner gave up her protest against state violence …

Rivals past and present: Global powers converge on the Gulf of Aden

A century-old document from the India Office Records reveals British-French rivalry for influence over a strategically significant part of the …

Eastern Europe and the lucrative Middle East arms trade

Many eastern European countries supply arms to the Middle East. The trade is said to be worth more than a billion euros, with the majority of goods …

Middle East

The Best Photos From The B&W Child Photography 2016 Photo Contest

B&W Child 2016 is 3rd Annual International Photo Competition devoted to the high quality, fine art child photography.<p>Through this unique and highly …

The ''Golden Age of Capitalism'' Was an Era of Racism and Secret Coups

US capitalism's "Golden Age" wasn't so golden for people color facing racist mobilizations like this rally held against the integration of Central …

If Voting Made Any Difference, They Wouldn't Let Us Do It

"The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."--Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union<p>No, America, you don't have to vote.<p>In fact, vote or don't vote, the police state will continue to trample us underfoot.<p>Devil or deliverer, the candidate who …

Dispatch From Sirt: Goran Tomasevic Photographs Libya's Battle Against ISIS

Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed unity government fire weapons during a battle against ISIS in Sirt, Libya, on<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Goran …

Middle East

Not quite selfies: When John Cusack got Arundhati Roy, Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg together

Unusual, candid photographs in a hotel room.<p>John Cusack: One morning as I scanned the news – horror in the Middle East, Russia and America facing off …

Why Bengaluru is getting a poetry festival (and why poets do that thing they do)

Faced with moments of global uncertainty, the only language that emerges is of poetry.<p>Far down memory lane one October morning in the early 1990s, I …

Are we living through another 1930s? | Paul Mason

As daunting events come thick and fast amid increasing public racism and xenophobia, the similarities with the buildup to the second world war are real, but we can take hope from a few key differences<p>Things are happening with machine-gun rapidity: Brexit, the Turkish coup, Islamist massacres in …

Human Rights

To tackle bad loans, finance ministry wants Indian banks to lend more than ever

The ministry note written to public sector banks argues that the credit flow to the industry should not get hit while dealing with non-performing …

See the World in a Different Language With Google’s Augmented Reality

Visiting countries other than your homeland can be very exciting, but it can also be quite daunting too. This is especially true if you are not …

Language

50,000 children face death by starvation in northern Nigeria

An estimated 50,000 children are facing death by starvation in northern Nigeria this summer as a result of the Nigerian government’s faltering campaign to defeat Boko Haram Islamist militants, aid agencies are warning.<p>Aid experts say the humanitarian crisis caused by the seven-year conflict between …

Amazing Photos Of Abandoned Soviet Infrastructure Will Show You the Meaning of Desolate

When the snow reclaims a nation.<p>From 2013 to 2015, Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko traveled thousands of miles to some of the most remote regions of the country to photograph once-proud structures of the Soviet Union that have fallen into ruin. The collection, titled Restricted Areas, focuses …

Thoth

Thoth is the Egyptian god of writing, magic, wisdom, and the moon. He was one of the most important gods of ancient Egypt alternately said to be …

An Indian artist duo is creating an emotional map of cities by mixing memories and colours

Thukral and Tagra’s new project Memoir Bar is another element in the mosaic of interactive art in India.<p>Artists Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra are …

Best photographs of the day: rallies in Istanbul and Comic-Con

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including Turkish protests and Star Wars fans

In Europe and Russia, There’s Talk of War

<i>This article</i> <i>first appeared on the Wilson Center site.</i><p>Recently, I grabbed a taxi in Moscow. When the driver asked me where I was from, I told him the …

Meet The Octogenarian Artist Who's Been Creating Erotic Art For 50 Years

Born in the Middle East, pioneering artist Huguette Caland has been creating nude works since the 1960s.<p>Lebanese artist Huguette Caland is a big fan of comfort. So after her father died in 1964, when she officially decided to pursue her longtime dream of becoming an artist, she resolved to overhaul …