Justin Trudeau's celebrity
It’s undeniable that Justin Trudeau is having a moment in global affairs, especially when held up in contrast to Donald Trump. A fawning profile of Trudeau written this week by Rolling Stone's Stephen Roderick is a revealing look into how the prime minister is understood by the foreign press, and begs the question: is now Canada’s time to shine?
NASA at the North Pole
NASA’s Operation IceBridge is an effort to measure the ice caps melting in the Arctic and Antarctic. “At the same time that we’re getting better at gathering this data, we seem to be losing the ability to communicate its importance to the public,” one engineer comments. For The Guardian, Avi Steinberg embeds with the crew to understand the critical work that they do — and why most people seem to not care.
The lonely crusaders
For The New York Times Magazine, Alex Palmer takes an indepth and personal look at the repression China’s human rights lawyers face. Palmer profiles Liang Xiaojun, who has seen many of his colleagues detained. So why does Liang continue despite threats? ‘’People’s rights have been destroyed. Many times they have been tortured. Their families are broken. I cannot turn my back and ignore this.‘’
Middle of Mosul
James Verini details the battle for Mosul with striking detail in this feature for The New York Times Magazine. The conflict has left thousands dead and centuries-old mosques and other important sites decimated. With victory recently declared over ISIS there, Verini’s in-depth personal account of his time in the city helps to understand the importance of this battle.