Thomas Morton

Articles by Thomas Morton

  • VICE on HBO Extended

    The Fat Farms of Mauritania

    In Mauritania, a country crippled by food shortages, obesity is viewed as a sign of wealth and prestige in a woman. To attain Mauritanian standards of beauty, many women undergo the practice of 'gavage,' or "fattening up." While traditionally the practice of fattening includes ch…

  • VICE on HBO Extended

    Chinese Cockblock - The Sex Doll Factory

    With 50 million more men than women, the sex industry in China is growing rapidly. For episode five of 'VICE' on HBO, we went to a sex-doll factory in the city of Dalian to see the effects of the uneven dating landscape.

  • VICE on HBO Extended

    America's Most Heavily Armed Church

    Pastor Larry Allen is the pistol-packing preacher who runs the New Life Baptist Church and Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The church is protected by an ex-police security team and all of the students are warriors when it comes to gun safety drills and procedures. In this cli…

  • VICE on HBO Extended

    Grocery Shopping for North Korean Defectors

    Thousands of North Koreans cross the border illegally into China every year. If they are arrested in communist Laos, there’s the possibility of being sent back to North Korea, where they face prison camps or worse. We recently met up with a South Korean pastor who moves defectors…

  • VICE on HBO Extended

    Escape from North Korea - Hanawon Resettlement Center

    Before a defector can officially become a member of South Korean society, he or she must complete a program at the Hanawon Resettlement Center. Thomas Morton sits down with the Director of Education to get a glimpse into the crash course that transforms defector into denizen.

  • VICE News

    West African Truckers

    The truck driver holds a mythic stature in American music, from the hayseed hagiographies of Slim Jacobs to the liner notes of Big Black's 'Songs About Fucking.' There aren't many songs about African truckers, but they are no less champions of industry than their US counterparts…

  • Trip Report: I Went to Lit Sober

    The Lit Lounge, if you aren't from New York, is a leering black hole from which few memories escape intact. If the standard, workaday memory is already 50 percent confabulation, the average Lit memory is about eight frames of reality cobbled together with stains, visible regret,

  • Music World

    The Only Record Store in Mauritania

    While filming in Africa we passed through Nouakchott, Mauritania, and decided to stop in the country's only record store, Saphir D'or. Turns out, it rules! We chatted with Ahmede Valle, shop proprietor and seasoned DJ, about record collecting and the unifying powers of music.

  • Americana

    It's Like Vietnam All Over Again - Part 1

    Over the last 50 years war reenactment has gone from something guys at the Elks Club did on the weekend to get away from their wives to a full-blown obsession among history buffs with enough free time to make the experience as true to life as possible. The Vietnam War has typical…

  • Fringes

    Bush League Rebels

    On my first day embedded with the UN stabilization force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I visited a camp in the city of Goma set up to house rebel combatants who had recently surrendered. The facility was split along ethnic and administrative lines, with only a chain-li…