Beirut Has a Garbage Problem

By / December 2016

“What will happen,” asks Rachel Pie when the temporary landfills overflow or if the ocean-side dump is blocked because of environmental damage? No one knows. For now, people are simply glad to be able to bike through the city without plugging their noses or wearing face masks.


Letter from Bankoulé

By / September 2016

Rachel Pieh Jones goes looking for a waterfall in the Djiboutian desert: “I tried to keep my expectations low. I know how little water there is in the desert, how unlikely it is to fall in substantial cascades.”


Under the Hammer

By / August 2016

In a Haitian town of Croix-des-Bouquets, writes Brian McKanna, metalworkers labor to bring shape and meaning out of mangled loss


Letter from Forli

By / July 2016

Rachel Pieh Jones writes from Forli, (adopted) home of dictators, bell towers, pseudo-historical scandal, and perhaps the world’s most beautiful prison.


Istanbul Will Endure

By / June 2016

As we grieve and fume and await justice for the victims of the terror attack at Ataturk airport, we offer this collection of stories as proof of the dignity, pluck, creativity, humor, and wherewithal of the people of Istanbul, our favorite city on earth.


In Kore, the High Cost of Cleaning Up

By / May 2016

“A nearby recycling plant,” Kaela La Farge writes from the slums of Addis Ababa, “promises to employ locals to sort trash. But how long will the work last?”