Life on the Chinese-Russian border
For this New Yorker piece, Peter Hessler speaks with Davide Monteleone, an Italian photographer studying life along the border of Russia and China. Monteleone gives a fascinating portrayal of a region where everything from marriage to bridge projects is looked at through the lens of a particular blend of two cultures.
Reporter Nicholas Casey on his first 30 days covering Venezuela for The New York Times. The hopelessness he finds is striking and heartbreaking, in a country "where hospitals already lack syringes, supermarkets struggle to stock basic goods, and the government has declared an economic emergency while sitting upon the world’s largest reserves of oil."
The tallest hotel in Iran
The lifting of international sanctions on Iran signals a lot of different things for a lot of different Iranians. For Ebrahim Pourfaraj, it means he is able to attempt to build the tallest hotel in the country. Steve Inskeep visits northern Tehran for NPR: "An old saying holds that if you want to get out of a hole, first stop digging. Pourfaraj has already dug his hole. His only choice now is to keep building."
Gender inequality in India
The Indian Constitution guarantees equality under the law – but for women, this rarely translates in real life. Ellen Barry reports on a group of women risking everything to be able to work. “When you start working, your heart opens up,” one said. “Then you’re not scared anymore.” For The New York Times.