Steven Apell

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Eight Tricky Countries for Americans to Visit—and How to Get There

While places like South Georgia (a territory just north of Antarctica and reachable only by a 3-day voyage) remain largely off the grid, others are …

How the NSA Built a Secret Surveillance Network for Ethiopia

“A warm friendship connects the Ethiopian and American people,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced earlier this year. “We remain …

Trump’s Self-Care Tour Is Costing America Millions

The president is going all in on making himself great again.<p><b>Donald Trump</b>, a 70-year-old creature of habit, appeared unsettled in the days and weeks after he slid into an electoral victory that even he did not anticipate. There was suddenly the weight of the free world on his shoulders and the …

Donald Trump

You Never Really Know

You never really know who people are. For example, just yesterday I was walking down the street when I saw a homeless man holding out a cup and begging for change. But when I got closer I realized that the man was not homeless, and that his cup was actually full of coffee! He was probably the kind …

What Do You Know ... About Owning Stuff?

In this week’s <i>Atlantic</i> coverage, our writers explored the history of the sharing economy, how to measure the American Dream, why Trump might be thinking about a moon base, how to choose a reliable hedge-fund manager, problems with the Paleo diet, and more.<p>Can you remember the key facts? Find the …

Welcome to the Dark Net, a Wilderness Where Invisible World Wars Are Fought and Hackers Roam Free

Through the eyes of a master hacker turned security expert, William Langewiesche chronicles the rise of the Dark Net—where weapons, drugs, and information are bought, sold, and hacked—and learns how high the stakes have really become.<p>I. The Back Door<p>His name is not Opsec, but I will call him that …

Security

Why Some of the World’s Most Famous Chefs Don’t Want a Michelin Star

The kings of top kitchens reveal what it takes to gain (and keep) the top restaurant honor—and the trauma of losing it.<p>In 2003, the renowned, 52-year-old French chef Bernard Loiseau, then one of the most famous chefs in France and an inspiration for the chef Auguste Gusteau in the Pixar film</i> …

Hospitality

Is Total SA About to Become a Major Player in Ugandan Oil?

IMAGE SOURCE: TOTAL SA.<p>The Ugandan government in late August awarded oil production licenses to <b>Total SA</b> (NYSE: TOT), which should allow the company to begin activities required for future production. Total has made East Africa a primary focus for production growth, largely because of the immense …

Investing

Pentagon: Afghanistan hostage rescue failed

WASHINGTON — An attempted rescue of two civilian hostages in Afghanistan last month failed, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said Thursday, although U.S. forces killed multiple insurgents.<p>"In August, at the recommendation of Secretary [Ash] Carter, President Obama authorized U.S. forces to conduct a …

Military

Serving in the military doesn't make you special

A strange thing happened when I married a soldier. Whenever I mentioned my husband's occupation, my subsequent words, whether controversial or trite, would be greeted with the wide eyes and reverential nods Americans now reflexively offer members of the military community. Sometimes I'd even get an …

War

Finally, a New Harry Potter Story Worth Reading

Of the various devices common to fantasy series, the one that most quickly binds a reader to a story is the sorting of characters into a handful of neatly defined groups. Lev Grossman’s “The Magicians” trilogy divides the students at its school of magic by discipline; in Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” …

The Two Speeches That Explain American Politics Right Now

Forget the candidates—it’s Rudy vs. Cory you need to pay attention to.<p>The 2016 conventions featured a plagiarism scandal and a WikiLeaks scandal, a snub by Ted Cruz and a nonsnub by Bernie Sanders, Republicans chanting “lock her up!” and Democrats chanting “not a clue!” Republicans heard from the …

New Jersey

Macroeconomics Of Uganda: Exclusive With Uganda's Finance Minister, Part I

On Tuesday last week the Ugandan Finance Minister, Mr. Matia Kasaija, granted me an exclusive interview in which he outlined his strategy for fiscal restraint, oil-fueled development, and post-infrastructure foreign direct investment (FDI) from China, South Korea, the U.S., France, the U.K., and …

Economic Development

‘You Don’t Have to Wear a Military Uniform to Serve Your Country’

A service year would teach young Americans tolerance and restore civic responsibility. In the process, it would help heal a wounded nation.<p>In 1838, a 28-year-old Abraham Lincoln declared that the greatest threat facing America comes not from a foreign invader:<p>If it ever reach us it must spring up …

Why the Scarcity Mentality Is Keeping You Poor

I know how I feel when I start believing that there isn't enough. It doesn't matter what we're talking about — time, money, energy, appreciation. …

Self-improvement

The 7 key findings in the FBI's Clinton email probe

FBI Director Comey revealed the expansive nature of the criminal probe into Clinton and her private email use.<p>Along with FBI Director James Comey’s announcement Tuesday that the bureau would not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton came fresh details about the former secretary of state’s use …

James Comey

On Brexit Day, the Pound Has Already Cast Its Vote for ‘Remain’

Sterling is trading at its highest level since last December against the U.S. dollar<p>The pound sees no Brexit. The U.K. currency has surged almost 5% against the U.S. dollar in the last week and on Thursday was just shy of $1.5. That came as Britons queued outside of polling stations Thursday to …

Polling

Trump's performance raises hard question: Who'd want to be his VP?

'I can't imagine a truly credible person agreeing to be his running mate.'<p>Donald Trump’s performance the past month — the countless controversies and continual taunts of the GOP establishment — is dramatically narrowing his options for vice president.<p>With the Republican convention a month away and …

Donald Trump

Inside the Ugandan Mall at the Center of China's East African Investments

Thousands of Chinese entrepreneurs poured into Uganda following a trail of billions of dollars in state-led investment. Mukwano Mall is their self-sustaining universe.<p><i>This article appeared in the May issue of VICE magazine. Click HERE to subscribe.</i><p>Mariam Namata's face was dappled with sweat when …

The Latest: Germany beats Ukraine 2-0 at Euro 2016

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local):<p>11:01 p.m.<p>Bastian Schweinsteiger came off the bench to score for …

Soccer

The 5 Books You Need to Read to Understand Gentrification

In this issue, <b>DW Gibson</b> writes about Brooklyn’s corrupt building boom. Here, he recommends five books about how gentrification works. “When I moved …

If driving has peaked in major cities, what's next?

Almost 2.7 million people drive alone to work on an average weekday in the six-county Chicago region, accounting for more than two-thirds of all commuting trips, but many experts are convinced that a corner has been turned and the dominance of the car is ending in metropolitan areas around the …

Michelin Unveils Its NYC Star Rankings

A total of 79 restaurants were awarded at least one Michelin star in this year's rankings of New York City's most impressive restaurants.<p>Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, Masa, Per Se, and Jean-Georges, the restaurants that scored the guide's most prestigious three …

Mayor Bill de Blasio's Crusade

Bill de Blasio is trying to remake America's biggest city — and he doesn't plan to stop there<p>One afternoon in early April, New York Mayor Bill de …

Bill de Blasio

How Nairobi Built a Thriving Tech Community

Kenya's capital is home to a startup scene that makes a mission of improving lives of the urban poor.<p>NAIROBI, Kenya — In 2009, a submarine fiber optic cable landed on the beaches of Mombasa, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) east of here. The president, ministers and dignitaries greeted its arrival …

Guest post: Russia’s inflation dilemma

<i>By Vladimir Tikhomirov, BCS Financial Group</i><p>Russia’s central bank faces a dilemma at its monetary policy meeting on Friday. It stated when it hiked …