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Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world

It’s not just a populist backlash – many economists who once swore by free trade have changed their minds, too. How had they got it so wrong? By Nikil Saval<p>The annual January gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos is usually a placid affair: a place for well-heeled participants to exchange …

World Economic Forum

The Psychedelic Revolution Is Being Led by a 74-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor

George Sarlo is throwing cash at research into how drugs like magic mushrooms can help people overcome trauma like his own.<p>Deep in the Mexican jungle, in a village so remote it's only accessible by boat, 74-year-old venture capitalist George Sarlo waited to meet his father.<p>It was the fall of 2012, …

Women of the CIA: The Hidden History of American Spycraft

U.S. CIA Women<p>“My first son was my 1993 World Trade Center bombing baby,” says Gina Bennett, a veteran CIA analyst who has spent her career tracking …

The Cobalt Pipeline

The cobalt price was falling, even as battery demand shot up. The price of lithium, another key battery material, was skyrocketing.<p>“It got so clear that artisanal mining was taking a big place in the supply chain,” Vandeputte said, adding that Umicore buys only from industrial mines, including …

Cobalt

A Small Town Struggles With A Boom In Sober Living Homes

When Phillip decided to stop using heroin, he knew sticking around home was a recipe for failure.<p>"It's just, like, a heroin epidemic on Long Island where I'm from. So I had to get away from that and now I'm in Prescott, Ariz.," Phillip says. NPR agreed not to use his last name because he is …

Confessions of a killer policeman | Raghu Karnad and Grace Jajo

In a state bloodied by decades of armed rebellion, Thounaojam Herojit became one of India’s most deadly policemen – killing more than a hundred people. This year, he became something rarer still: an executioner who wanted to tell the world about his crimes<p>When he began to kill, Thounaojam Herojit …

Manipur

Riots are destructive, dangerous, and scary — but can lead to serious social reforms

To prevent more violent uprisings and protests, we need to take their causes seriously.<p>When tensions in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott quickly boiled over into violence, looting, and riots, many people on social media had the same reaction: Why are people …

The Leak Prosecution That Lost the Space Race

He was the first whistleblower charged under the Espionage Act—and his trial set the pattern for how the government treats unauthorized disclosure of classified information.<p>Jack Nickerson watched the papers burn. It was the afternoon of January 2, 1957, and an overnight cold snap had descended on …

Flip Down Memory Lane: The Year in Review

In 2014, we saw countries unite to fight mass disease and terror. Ebola ravaged African countries and spread to the United States. ISIS attacked Americans and other Westerners despite a fierce military response. Protests erupted across the country after decisions surrounding the deaths of Michael …

Why You Should Develop a Love-Hate Relationship with the Miniband

It only weighs a few ounces, but the miniband will help you achieve big results<p>Reaching for a miniband at the gym may not seem as impressive as grabbing a pair of heavy dumbbells, but this small tool can help you build a stronger body.<p>"Incorporating a continuous-loop miniband in exercises makes …

Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are?

<i>Editor's note: This is an excerpt from the latest episode of the Invisibilia podcast and program, which is broadcast on participating public radio stations. This story contains language that some may find offensive.</i><p>This is the story of a prisoner who committed a horrible crime and says he's no …

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The Shadow Doctors

The underground race to spread medical knowledge as the Syrian regime erases it.<p>On a recent Tuesday evening in London, the surgeon David Nott attended a dinner at Bluebird, an upscale Chelsea restaurant. The room was packed with doctors, renowned specialists who had come for the annual consultants’ …

Marooned Among the Polar Bears

Last July, a Russian helicopter pilot had nearly completed a record-breaking trip around the globe when he crashed into the icy waters of the Arctic Circle. He never should have survived.<p>The pounding noise shatters the ancient, eerie silence of the Davis Strait, a frigid finger of ocean separating …

The Meaning of Life Without Parole

It is the midpoint of autumn—the time of year when winter begins to crawl its way onto your skin—and night is beginning to fall as I arrive to teach my writing class at a state prison in Massachusetts. On particularly windy evenings like this, the tops of trees sway back and forth. The sounds of …

The Isis papers: a masterplan for consolidating power

24-page document, translated here, outlines principles for governing territory under the group’s control and strategy for becoming a viable state

Why Isis fights

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish …

Middle East

The gorgeous simplicity of life as a Siberian nomad

Khanty-Mansiysk is an oil-rich and hilly region in central Russia. About 1.5 million people populate this vast area the size of France. The English-language newspaper Siberian Times has called it “the Siberian equivalent of Texas.” Over half of Russia’s oil is produced here. Today, the capital of …

The Boy Named Jihad: From the Ashes of the Arab Spring to the Battlefields of Syria

When pro-democracy protests failed, one Jordanian teen made a fateful decision: to fight for al-Qaeda.<p>AMMAN, Jordan—Umm Jihad’s desktop background is a photo of her son Jihad smiling over his shoulder in a forest, superimposed on a sparkly pastel backdrop. “This was in Syria right before he died,” …

In pictures: The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest - Telegraph

The 'Wild' effect: Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail

The ‘Wild’ effect<p>Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail<p>The ‘Wild’ effect<p>Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail<p>CAMPO, California — Sixteen …

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Judy Clarke Has Saved Every American Villain. Until Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Along with the Boston Bomber, she has defended Ted Kaczynski, Zacarias Moussaoui, Eric Rudolph, and Susan Smith in court. By saving the worst among us, Clarke believes she's saving all of us. Whether we like it or not.<p><b>The day Ted Kaczynski realized</b> he was capable of murder was the same day he …

The Friend

His wife was just thirty-four. They had two little girls. The cancer was everywhere, and the parts of dying that nobody talks about were about to start. His best friend came to help out for a couple weeks. And he never left.<p><b>Most of September 17, 2012,</b> has evaporated from my mind. I still have a few …

May 2015

“We Ain’t Choosing No Sides; We Just Choosing Our Side”

The gangs of Baltimore believe they can do a better job policing their community than the police.<p><b>By Amy K. Nelson</b><p><b>It’s a few</b> minutes before midnight …

Outsmart Your Own Biases

Suppose you’re evaluating a job candidate to lead a new office in a different country. On paper this is by far the most qualified person you’ve seen. Her responses to your interview questions are flawless. She has impeccable social skills. Still, something doesn’t feel right. You can’t put your …

The Diplomat Who Wouldn’t Lie

Robert White was the rare official who chose to lose his job to keep his integrity.<p>“An ambassador is a gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.” It was an English poet, as well as diplomat, Sir Henry Wooten, who coined this aphorism, over four hundred years ago. Through the ages, …

A psychologist discovered the secret to never getting frustrated

The guy in front of you is driving like an idiot. Your boss is being a jerk. Your partner isn't listening.<p>And sometimes these all happen to you <i>on the same day</i>.<p>What's the fix for this? One guy came up with a solution that deals with all of these problems — and more.<p>Albert Ellis was quite a …

The Woman Who Woke Up in the Future

Naomi Jacobs went to bed a 32-year-old woman and woke up believing she was a teenager again. After temporarily losing 17 years of memories from a rare form of amnesia, Jacobs wrote a memoir about piecing her life back together.<p>Naomi Jacobs was a 32-year-old single mother living in Manchester, …

33 stunning pictures of US national parks

The US National Park Service oversees 401 areas throughout the US and US territories and has nearly 300 million visitors each year.<p>We found some spectacular pictures of national parks, monuments, seashores and heritage areas around the country that will make you appreciate how beautiful the US …