The rise of anonymous group suicide in Japan.
Pitcairn Island is impossibly remote, populated by descendants of a ship of British mutineers. Revelations that child molestation and rape had been a way of life for generations exposed them to the outside world.
Tracking a rumored gerbil infestation through China’s bureaucracy.
A utopian German settlement in Chile had already turned darkly cultish by the time it became a secret torture site for enemies of the Pinochet regime.
A 42,000-word, 3-continent spanning “hacker tourist” account of the laying of the (then) longest wire on earth.
On Silvio Berlusconi’s hedonism.
Berlusconi is Italy’s waning Hugh Hefner, alternately reviled and admired for his loyalty to his own appetites—except that he’s supposed to be running the country.
Tracking down a Congolese war criminal.
An alleged rape and one woman’s futile quest for justice in modern China.
On the strange relationship between Lionel Messi and his Argentinian hometown.