Rumours have been circulating for months that Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State, is on the outs with President Donald Trump. Tillerson is a known recluse, yet here in The New Yorker, Dexter Filkins is able to construct a fascinating profile of him — from Boy Scout to CEO to Secretary of State, this piece takes you inside the mind of a someone used to getting his way, who is now undermined by his own boss.
On science and spies
For The Guardian, Daniel Golden exposes a sprawling, secretive operation conducted over years by the CIA: staging scientific conferences around the world to encourage academics to defect. Golden finds that conferences such as ones hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency “probably [have] more intelligence officers roaming the hallways than actual scientists."
The view from Mexico
On balance, most Mexicans consider NAFTA a positive, but offering any assessment of the trade agreement's impact on Mexico is complicated, writes David Agren. For CIGIonline, Agren spoke with economists, political scientists, business people and workers from different sectors to see how NAFTA has affected Mexico's automotive industry, labour rights, corruption and more.
In the land of Facebook
If Facebook were a country it would be the largest one on the planet. A staggering one in every five minutes spent on the internet is spent on Facebook. In fact, in many places Facebook is the de facto internet. Clearly it is more than just an online service; it’s a phenomenon that shapes our politics and relationships. NY Mag’s Max Read asks if even Mark Zuckerberg knows what Facebook is at this point.