19 February 2014 • 5:19 pm
Originally appeared in The Atlantic.
The Drug Elimination Museum, a brutalist eyesore about the size of Grand Central Station, occupies a weedy lot next to the state-television headquarters in Rangoon, Burma’s most important city. The building is silent and sepulchral, like a cavernous opium den whose patrons have set down their pipes and slipped into nap time. Since 2011, the military-allied government of Burma has softened restrictions on tourism, but hardly anyone seeks out this particular attraction. A mile and a half away is the golden spire of Shwedagon Pagoda, the foremost Buddhist monument in Burma and an architectural, aesthetic, and spiritual must-see. But for fans of irony and unintentional humor, this vast temple of propaganda should be a pilgrimage site in its own right. Read the rest of this entry »
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1 September 2013 • 2:32 pm
I profiled Charles Robert Jenkins, a US soldier who defected to North Korea, in The Atlantic.
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I interviewed and profiled Sam Harris in The Atlantic.
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I traveled to hyperinflationary Iran for The Atlantic.
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1 November 2012 • 7:47 pm
I debated an Egyptian cleric on Salafi TV: a report for The Atlantic.
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1 November 2012 • 5:45 pm
I profiled Fawzia Koofi for The Atlantic‘s “Brave Thinkers” package.
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1 November 2012 • 5:33 pm
I’ve always wanted to visit Mercury, Nevada, site of numerous huge holes in the ground from when the US government blew up nuclear weapons there. Here I report from the proving grounds for The Atlantic.
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