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Inside America's Dirty Wars

Anwar al-Awlaki’s youngest brother, Ammar, was nothing like him. While Anwar embraced a radical interpretation of Islam and preached jihad against …

Terrorism

The Master

A charismatic teacher enthralled his students. Was he abusing them?<p>When I was in high school, at Horace Mann, in the Bronx, in the nineteen-seventies, everyone took pride in the brilliant eccentricity of our teachers. There was an English teacher who slipped precepts from the Tao Te Ching into his …

The Rape of Petty Officer Blumer

The first thing Petty Officer 2nd Class Rebecca Blumer realized upon waking was that she was freezing cold and naked. The second thing was that her …

The Belfast Operation

In 1984, cocaine trafficking in Maine was considered an urban problem. But in the sticks of the midcoast, a loose cartel of freewheeling, …

America’s Dirtiest Cops: Cash, Cocaine and Corruption on the Texas Border

The temperature was nearing triple digits when Jonathan Treviño strapped on his bulletproof vest, slipped his .40-caliber Glock into his ankle …

How To Get Your Own False Confession

“If you decide the suspect is lying, you leave the room and wait for five minutes. Then you return with an official-looking folder. ‘I have in this …

I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything

In the same house where Rolling Stone's Jackie says she was. No one did anything about it until one of my rapists contacted me to apologize.<p>I was …

Giving away ‘Anatoly Z.’

The phone rings at the ranch house in the Horse Prairie valley of Montana, and Cyndi Peck puts on her headset and settles in for what is always a …

The Limits of Jurisdiction

Loyda, at Sobrevivientes in Guatemala City, 2010<p>It’s unclear how the two-year-old broke her femur, Dr. Napoleon Castillo Molinedo told me. The …

Secret Life of a Crime Scene Cleaner

Story by Sarah Krasnostein<br>Illustrations by Sage Barlow<p>11.24.14<p>Share:<p>How a transgender Australian found her niche cleaning up after murders, suicides, …

Extreme Wealth Is Bad for Everyone—Especially the Wealthy

<i>Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust</i> by Darrell M. West (Brookings)<p>When I was fourteen I met a man with a talent for restoring a sense of …

Income Inequality

Hello, My Name Is Stephen Glass, and I’m Sorry

The last time I talked to Stephen Glass, he was pleading with me on the phone to protect him from Charles Lane. Chuck, as we called him, was the …

Journalism

Exclusive: A SEAL Recounts a Kill Mission and the Emotional Aftermath

I’ve been through shooting courses. I can go rock climbing, ride a dirt bike, drive a boat, and handle explosives. The government spent millions of …

Soldiers killed in Afghan bomb blast

At least four Afghan soldiers were killed, and about a dozen people, including six civilians, wounded after a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban exploded in the Afghan capital, officials said.<p>The blast on Tuesday, caused by a remote-controlled bomb, targeted an Afghan army bus at about 06.45am …

Trial by Twitter

Deep in the digital diaries of three lovely girls, a fatal disconnect occurred. What their followers had not seen between the lines was the vanishing of morality, reality, and then, Skylar Neese.<p>July 4, 2012, was a scorcher in Star City, West Virginia—a prelude to what would become the hottest …

design

The Man Who Fought the Synanon Cult and Won

Paul Morantz knew Synanon would try to kill him. He just didn’t know how or when.<p>You probably don’t know the name Paul Morantz. That’s a shame. And …

Searching for the Good Life in the Bakken Oil Fields

A seven-year oil boom in North Dakota has drawn thousands of investors, laborers, and fortune-seekers. But from behind the counter of a local truck stop, it’s unclear just how much anyone is winning.<p>I rode into the Bakken in a dusty car with Minnesota plates and “Highway to Hell” blasting on the …

The Human Factor

Airline pilots were once the heroes of the skies. Today, in the quest for safety, airplanes are meant to largely fly themselves. Which is why the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, which killed 228 people, remains so perplexing and significant. William Langewiesche explores how a series of small …

Contemporary Loft Finds The Perfect Balance Between Cool And Elegant

This is a loft that measures a total of 105 square meters, located to the south of Sao Paulo, in a strictly residential neighborhood with buildings …

Interior Design

Kim Stolz: How Social Media Is Ruining Our Relationships

Our obsession with our smartphones has not only changed the way we spend time, but the way we feel and think. In her first book, <i>Unfriending My Ex:</i> …

The Exorcists Next Door

The trees and rolling hills lend a warm, suburban vibe to Marion and Larry Pollard’s West Arlington neighborhood. Shouts of children from a nearby …

June 2014

How the F.B.I. Cracked a Chinese Spy Ring

In the magazine earlier this month, I wrote about Greg Chung, a Chinese-American engineer at Boeing who worked on <i>NASA</i>’s space-shuttle program. In 2009, Chung became the first American to be convicted in a jury trial on charges of economic espionage, for passing unclassified technical documents to …

Add Privacy And Beauty To Your Modern Home With A Wood Fence

A wood fence used to be the only type of fence one could build for their home but now there are so many options and choices of materials that wood …

Trapped Underwater: How a Group of Strangers Saved a Boy's Life

Illustrations by Michael Byers<p>Last August, John and Mark Chapman were relishing one of the final days of their fishing trip when the morning …