Photograph by Carolyn McLaughlin

Alone Together

The irony of cities is that they can be such isolating places, not communities so much as collections of solitary figures keeping distance in work and in daydreams. Carolyn McLaughlin sends these pictures from Istanbul.

Autobahn at dusk

Fact and Fiction on the Autobahn

In Germany, writes Tara Thomas, the idea of a national speed limit is as controversial as gun control in the U.S.

Photograph by Danny Wright

Memory Songs

In a refugee camp in Jordan, a Syrian flute helps a displaced shepherd keep the past alive: “It took weeks to learn how to breathe in and blow out at the same time,” Jehad says. “Now I can play nonstop for hours.”

Photograph by Scott Lashinksy

Beirut, City of Lights

One of the world’s oldest cities, Beirut is also among the Middle East’s most diverse, with sizable populations of many Muslim and Christian sects. Photographer Scott Lashinsky sends these pictures of Beirut’s many colors.

Environmental Distaster

Beirut Has a Garbage Problem

“What will happen,” asks Rachel Pieh Jones, “when Beirut’s temporary landfills overflow or if the ocean-side dump is blocked because of environmental damage?”

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