By the late 1820s, London’s future seemed all but assured. The capital of a sprawling empire, it was the richest and most populous city in the world. It was the birthplace of the First Industrial Revolution and the cradle of countless inventions that seemed certain to improve the quality of life for millions each year.But […]

With $40.9 million in ticket sales on its first day, the Chinese film “The Mermaid” broke global box office records in February of this year. The success of the movie manifests China’s growing presence within the global film industry. Blockbuster successes and an increased partnership between Hollywood and the Chinese film industry have set China […]

Residents of Colstrip, Montana scoff at the preconceived notions outsiders have of their town. “To me, it seems like the impression of Colstrip is that we’re a horrible, hazy place where people are dying of cancer. I get that impression, and it’s not true,” remarked long-time resident Donna Tauscher. Her beliefs are commonplace in coal […]

On September 21, 2015, the world watched the inaugural trip of sub-Saharan Africa’s first urban light rail system — and if they didn’t, they should have. The Ethiopian government partnered with two Chinese companies to bring a much-needed mass transit system to Addis Ababa, the rapidly growing capital city of Ethiopia. The spirit of the […]

On September 8, 2014 — three days before the 41st anniversary of the violent coup that overthrew President Salvador Allende and brought General Augusto Pinochet to power — Santiago, Chile was again rocked by violence. That morning, the Chilean Supreme Court ruled against an appeal from a group of Marxist-Leninist radicals serving time for the […]

In December of last year, two boats chartered by the environmental vigilante group Sea Shepherd, the Bob Barker and the Sam Simon, embarked on an epic 110-day, 10,000-mile chase in an effort to catch the Thunder, an infamous fish-poaching trawler. After first spotting the trawler in the icy waters off of Antarctica, the two vigilante […]

The community members of Villa Soldati, a slum on the southwest end of Buenos Aires’ sprawling outskirts, are stuck between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, nearly half of the residents live in decrepit public housing developments and find themselves victims of rising unemployment and phantom welfare benefits. On the other […]

Red had had enough. Casa Diablo, the vegan Portland strip club where she danced, had crossed one too many lines. The daily, unchecked groping and pinching of dancers by clients and bouncers had become unbearable. The shady fees the club charged for behaviors ranging from not arriving early to wearing animal products on stage — […]