Mathias Zojer

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Now available under Creative Commons: my book chapter on data journalism

<i>First published on the Online Journalism Blog</i>.<p>When I agreed to write the second edition of the Online Journalism Handbook, I asked that the chapter …

Exekutiert für eine Recherche

Der Mord an dem slowakischen Investigativjournalisten Ján Kuciak und seiner Verlobten erschüttert die Slowakei. Der Fall zeigt, wie gefährlich es in …

5 Leading Theories of What Dreams Actually Are

The earliest recorded dream is from the Sumerian king Dumuzi of Uruk, who ruled just before Gilgamesh, sometime around 2500 BC. “An eagle seizes a …

University of Chicago

I Took a Trip Down Tajikistan's 'Heroin Highway'

The proliferation of flashy cars in one of the poorest countries in the world has led to a new local saying: “It is no longer ‘How much did it cost?’ but ‘How many kilos did it cost?’" A study released in 2007 estimated that drug money added up to 3...<p><i>The town of Murgab in the eastern Pamir</i> …

Kenyan Tribes Are Fighting Over Cows with Kalashnikovs

The recent discovery of a load of crude oil is causing a bloody battle for land and resources.<p><i>Two Turkana herdsmen, one carrying a Kalashnikov. Photos by Celeste Hibbert</i><p>As we bump down the unpaved road, our Masai taxi driver wears a look of a grim determination as he navigates the potholes. “This …

The Holy Land

This is chapter 19 of Robert Young Pelton and Tim Freccia's sprawling 35,000-plus-word epic exploration of the crisis in South Sudan. You can skip ahead and <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/saving-south-sudan">read the full text here</a> or <a href...<p><i>A Nuer medicine man. Mysticism, prophecy, and</i> …

The White Army

This is chapter 20 of Robert Young Pelton and Tim Freccia's sprawling 35,000-plus-word epic exploration of the crisis in South Sudan. You can skip ahead and <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/saving-south-sudan">read the full text here</a> or <a href...<p><i>Upon arriving in Malakal there is a sense of</i> …

Good, Evil, and Canada's Aboriginal Kidnappings - An Interview with Adrianne Harun

After I purchased Adrianne's book, I went into the parking lot to find my car battery had run dead. I went back inside, sat down in the bookstore café, and looked at VICE.com, where I saw <a href="http://www.vice.com/read/hundreds-of-aboriginal...<p><i>Photo courtesy Adrianne Harun</i><p>Once, at the …

Five Ways to Improve Your Focus

<i>Answer by Yishan Wong, parent of two and Reddit.com employee, on Quora.</i><p>I was able to convert to this habit during my later years in college (my first …

Tiananmen Square, 25 Years Ago

Twenty-five years ago today, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) violently cleared Beijing's Tiananmen Square of protesters, ending a six-week demonstration that had called for democracy and widespread political reform. The protests began in April of 1989, gaining support as initial …

D-Day: In the words of the BBC journalists

<b>Seventy years ago today, one of the biggest military operations in history took place, as thousands of Allied troops landed on the French coast. Below are extracts from the BBC's reports of D-Day.</b><p>For an accessible version of the D-Day coverage click here<p>"This is Richard Dimbleby speaking..."<p>The …

D Day

Crises in Ukraine: The Long View

<b>The Historical Context</b><p>It has been a really tumultuous year for Ukrainians: They fought an internal war against a corrupt ruling clan, and then, shortly thereafter, a subversive war was initiated against them by Russia, and it continues today. The events are part of a continued evolutionary process …

Climate Change This Week: Obama's Opus, Alarming Antarctic History, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.<p><b>Daily Climate Change:</b> Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, June 5 2014<p><b>How unusual has the weather been?</b> No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a …

10 Tips to Ace Your Job Interview

As a psychotherapist and executive coach I'm in a unique position to help clients develop smart strategies for winning job interviews and understand what's going on in their heads and what's holding them back. As we enter the summer, recent college graduates will be applying to jobs and landing …

Money and Happiness

We've all heard that money can't buy happiness. It may interest you to know that Michael Norton of the Harvard Business School says, "If you think money can't buy happiness, you're not spending it right." His study found that what generates happiness is spending it on others. Some of their research …

This Week in Racism - The History of African Human Zoos in Europe

Artists in Norway built a recreation of the "Congo Village," a human zoo that attracted white patrons who were eager to gawk at tribal Africans held in captivity. Human zoos were a sad, but common attraction in Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.<p><i>Photo via Wikipedia Creative Commons</i><p><i>Welcome to</i> …

The Black Undercover Cop Who Infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado

"They were all assholes," he told me.<p>These days the Ku Klux Klan is mostly an unfunny joke, a smattering of ignorant racists who play dress-up and hold poorly planned, sparsely attended rallies to protest the renaming of parks. But half a century ago the Klan's power stretched from coast to coast, …

“Ida”: A Film Masterpiece

We are so used to constant movement and compulsive cutting in American movies that the stillness of the great new Polish film “Ida” comes as something of a shock. I can’t recall a movie that makes such expressive use of silence and portraiture; from the beginning, I was thrown into a state of awe …

Out Loud: Translation and Untranslatables

In this week’s magazine, Adam Gopnik writes about translation, and about whether some things are simply “untranslatable.” On the Out Loud podcast, he joins Ann Goldstein, a <i>New Yorker</i> editor and an acclaimed translator of Italian, to discuss translation with Sasha Weiss, the literary editor of <i>The</i> …

Thailand Is Doing a Great Job of Screwing Up Its Potential

For more than a half year now, Thailand has been gripped by chaos. Protesters from both sides of the political spectrum — the antigovernment Yellow …

Thailand's Army Tightens Its Grip on Power

Thais awoke this morning to their first full day of military rule, with top political leaders detained and television stations taken off air …

Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

South Sudan on brink of catastrophe – in pictures

Just three years after South Sudan's hard-won secession from the north, the world's newest state is facing serious risk of famine as post-ceasefire clashes continue to disrupt the delivery of emergency aid. This week, humanitarian groups urged world leaders to donate half a billion dollars to stave …

The 20 photographs of the week

The mine disaster in Turkey, the tragic death of Camille Lepage, the Cannes film festival – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

South Sudan crisis: famine and genocide threaten to engulf nation

Aid agencies say South Sudan at 'tipping point' as ethnic violence puts millions of people at risk of starvation and disease<p>It is happening again. Twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda, 30 years after the famine in Ethiopia, Africa's twin scourges are back. This time it is a single country …

What Does Modi’s Victory Mean for the World?

The world’s biggest democracy and second-biggest country has a new leader, and he’s a controversial one: Narendra Modi, the head of the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, and the longtime chief minister of Gujarat, a state in the northwest of India. In a post here today, the Indian …

Five Songs

In music, the unit of pleasure is the song. Here are five recent ones that did their job.<p>Jack White, “High Ball Stepper.”<p>White’s new album is called “Lazaretto,” and the title track comes out with guns blazing: the lyrics are surreal, the guitar solo is jagged, and there’s even a protracted fiddle …

Europe’s best summer festivals for 2014

Europe has all the best tunes over the coming months, whether you want to shake your skirts, bang your head or dance until dawn. Experience sensory overload at these European festivals - sun, sounds and jaw-dropping locations guaranteed.<p>Sónar Festival, Barcelona, Spain<p>Sónar is Barcelona’s massive …

Do We Really Prefer Louis CK's Take on Womanhood to an Actual Woman's?

If you’re a fat woman, your ears tend to prick up when you hear that somebody allowed One Of Us on TV. If she’s doing something other than falling …