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How Much Does Your Coffee Actually Cost to Produce?

Rural producers lifting themselves and their communities out of poverty through coffee production: it’s a romantic idea. And it’s easy to feel …

100 Notable Books of 2017

<i>The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec.</i> <i>4</i><i>, 201</i><i>6</i><i>, when we published our previous Notables list.</i><p><b>Fiction & Poetry</b><p><b>AMERICAN WAR.</b> <i>By Omar El Akkad. (Knopf, $26.95.)</i> This haunting debut novel …

Books

Inside The FBI's Half-Secret Relationship With Hollywood

Government documents reveal the relationship between the FBI and filmmakers.<p><b>When director Henry-Alex Rubin</b> requested the FBI’s help with his 2012 cyber drama <i>Disconnect</i>, he wanted notes on the screenplay’s accuracy. But he suspected they wanted something more.<p>“They understand that perception is …

Decent Coffee Will Be Hard to Find by 2050

Studies just keep pouring in about how climate change will make coffee production outrageously challenging in the future—unless it's shitty coffee.<p><i>This story is part of VICE's ongoing look at how climate change will have changed the world by the year 2050. Read more about the project here.</i><p>As I …

How the Nazi Flags in Charlottesville Look to a German

As we watched the news stream in from Charlottesville over the weekend, it wasn’t the violence that shocked my fiancée the most. She was born and …

Crash suspect's ex-teacher says he idolized Hitler, Nazism

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — The young man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally was fascinated with Nazism, …

Rights & Freedoms

The Case of the Sexting Imam

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Rizieq Shihab may be the most controversial public figure in Indonesia today. Admired by many, reviled by others, the Great Imam of a leading hardline Muslim organization is wanted for pornography.<p>Mr. Rizieq heads an organization no less controversial than he: the Islamic …

An Election in Jakarta, an Omen for Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia — “Look, Sir,” the taxi driver said to me, pointing at a newly built five-story building. “That’s a community health center. At one point it had practically collapsed, and now it’s five floors high!”<p>“I’m a Muslim, Sir,” he added. “I can see that Jakarta is finally being developed …

Indonesia Wakes Up And Smells Its Own Coffee — Then Drinks It

The Indonesian island of Java has long been synonymous with coffee. But it's only in the past decade or so that Indonesians have begun to wake up and smell the coffee — their own, that is.<p>Big changes are brewing in the country's coffee industry, as demand from a rising middle class fuels …

10 Great Modern Punk Bands

Sheer Mag<p><b>Who They Are:</b> This tough Philadelphia crew takes cues (and licks) from Seventies rockers like Thin Lizzy and Big Star, with a bonus dollop …

Jihadi John: The Making of a Terrorist by Robert Verkaik – review

This involving study attempts to explain what turned a seemingly ordinary London teenager into an Isis psychopath<p>British and American hostages held by Isis and their predecessors in Iraq were kept in near total darkness, fed very little food, subjected to repeated and brutal torture, mock …

Racism, sexism, ageism and homophobia – the four theatres of Oscar conflict

Actors need to pick a side in the culture wars now, or they will be first up against the red carpet come the showdown<p>Epic times for the acting community, as the showbiz gods decree that the Oscars will be the locus for the various culture wars that Hollywood has battled tirelessly not to make …

Top 10 TV Shows

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Top 10 Best Movies

10. <i>Ex Machina</i><p>9. <i>The Man from U.N.C.L.E.</i><p>8. <i>Creed</i><p>7. <i>Tangerine</i><p>6. <i>Mustang</i><p>5. <i>Iris</i><p>4. <i>Clouds of Sils Maria</i><p>3. <i>I’ll See You in My Dreams</i><p>2. <i>Phoenix</i><p>1. <i>Spotlight</i><p>Honorable …

Anatomy of a murder story

As the latest addictive TV series sparks government petitions and hacktivist threats, BBC Culture looks at how groundbreaking true-crime stories have made their mark.<p>Slow panning shots over the landscape of rural America; roads slicing through flat farmland covered in snow: the latest TV …

Crime

ISIS in the World’s Largest Muslim Country

Why are so few Indonesians joining the Islamic State?<p>In recent days, rumblings of ISIS have reached the country with the largest Muslim population in the world. Security forces in Indonesia, which is home to some 200 million Muslims, launched a manhunt for the militant leader Santoso, who had …

Indonesia

Why you won't find Starbucks in Israel

JTA - In Israel, American stores dot shopping malls and McDonald’s branches proliferate. But one chain you won’t see is Starbucks.<p>Starbucks has …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.

Literature

This Is Where Your Coffee Comes From

A cup of coffee prepared quickly and consumed on the go may seem like one of life’s simplest pleasures. But the journey from bean to barista is not …

Coffee

What Greek, and German, history can teach us about today's crisis

Greece’s very existence owes more to tyranny than philosophy – no wonder its people reject its creditors’ severity – but Germany has its own baggage too<p>In an arty cinema at the end of the 60s I watched Costa-Gavras’s stylish political thriller Z which satirised the brutal military regime then …

True Detective Season 2: Welcome to Vinci

The pitch-black HBO crime drama returns with a new location, and a host of new emotionally tortured characters.<p>Each week following episodes of <i>True Detective,</i> Spencer Kornhaber, Sophie Gilbert, and Christopher Orr will discuss the murders and machinations depicted in the HBO drama.<p><b>Kornhaber:</b> In …

What Happens If Greek Banks Can't Open?

Furious negotiations to prevent a Greece from defaulting are ongoing in Brussels—though worries about a “Grexit” from the eurozone continue.<p>The scariest quote for the world economy this week came from a member of the European Central Bank’s executive board. Asked by Eurogroup President Jeroen …

Europe

What's the Difference Between Arabica and Robusta Coffee?

Arabica and robusta are two words that get mentioned a lot in the coffee world. But what do they mean?<p>Arabica and robusta are two species of coffee. …

Coffee

Will dictators disappear?

Is a future without dictatorships realistic? Rachel Nuwer investigates.<p>Citizens living in democracies often associate dictatorships with repression, human rights abuses, poverty and turmoil. Indeed, dictatorships have cost untold lives, including up to 49 million Russian deaths under Joseph Stalin, …

How indie rock changed the world

The week’s best arts and culture reads – The week’s best arts and culture reads – including the ‘greatest sports photo of all time’, Hollywood in China and how to make poetry pay.<p><b>Pop music</b> | How indie rock changed the world<br>Indie began with Sonic Youth, peaked commercially with Nirvana – and faded …

Mad Max

Verizon LG Lancet unboxing and first impressions

A few weeks ago Verizon and LG released the LG Lancet the first LG branded Windows Phone in many years. Although the device can easily be described …

Caffeinated vs. Decaf: Which is Better?

Whether or not you choose caffeinated or decaffeinated products like coffee or tea is often a matter of preference. Research has shown that caffeine, …

Wellness

How friendship became a tool of the powerful

Imagine walking into a coffee shop, ordering a cappuccino, and then, to your surprise, being informed that it has already been paid for. Where did this unexpected gift come from? It transpires that it was left by the previous customer. The only snag, if indeed it is a snag, is that you now have to …