• The Cops' Military Toys Aren't Just for Catching Terrorists

    While the circumstances of the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarneav in Boston last week were unique, the military muscle displayed by law enforcement is hardly reserved for responding to rare acts of terrorism. Increasingly, SWAT teams in tanks are the new reality of law enforcement.

  • Conspiracy Theorists Are Dangerous Enemies to Make

    The conspiracy world doesn’t like it when you question their accepted truths. So when Charlie Veitch announced that he didn’t believe the American government blew up the World Trade Center, it cut deep. The poster boy for the British conspiracy-theory world was about to become it…

  • I Refused to Join the Israeli Defense Forces

    Late last year, Moriel spent time in a military prison for refusing to live out his childhood dream of being a military commando. Military service in Israel is mandatory by law for Jewish youth. Yet, only around half of those eligible enlist and many more leave during their servi…

  • What Does Canada's Blocked Terrorist Attack Mean for the Canucks?

    Just as the Boston terrorist saga was coming to an end, a new Canadian terrorist plot was thwarted. Yesterday the RCMP revealed in a news conference they arrested two foreign citizens named Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser from the Montreal and Toronto areas respectively.

  • VICE on HBO Extended

    Going on a Raid in Bajaur

    While shooting in Bajaur, Pakistan—considered the main refuge and supply route for Taliban insurgents—Shane gets a firsthand look at what a raid operation with Bajaur scouts looks like.

  • 'Magic Wand' Bomb Detector Creator Found Guilty of Fraud

    The bomb detector that 56-year-old British millionaire James McCormick peddled sounded too good to be true. It could sense C4 at a range of 600 yards. And it could be programmed to root out other contraband, too. The pistol-sized device’s simple metal antenna would magically poin…

  • Burma's Rohingya Ghettos Broke My Heart

    Sittwe, the capital of Burma's restive Rakhine state, is a town divided. Or, put more accurately, segregated, thanks to the majority Buddhist Rakhine people developing a passion for beating, raping, and murdering members of the local Muslim Rohingya minority. I sat in on an art-t…

  • 'No Condoms as Evidence' Legislation Up for Debate in Albany

    Soliciting, promoting, and patronizing prostitution are all illegal in the state of New York. Carrying a condom is not illegal, but there’s no law that says the NYPD can’t confiscate a sex worker’s condoms and use them as evidence in trial. A proposed bill would make that policy…

  • 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

    BC Bud - Part 1

    With a reported value of over six billion dollars, it’s no secret that pot in British Columbia is big business. However, due to the recent legalization of weed in Washington and Colorado and the draconian laws, the entire industry is suddenly facing an identity crisis.

  • EARTH DAY NEWS! Smugglers of Endangered-Species Meat Crash into Coral Reef

    Happy Earth Day! If you’re in second grade, I hope you enjoyed painting a paper plate blue and green and singing “Recycle Me Maybe” at today’s assembly. If you’re not in second grade, I hope you enjoyed doing nothing out of the ordinary at all. Here’s a roundup of recent news to…

  • Dogmageddon

    Please Stop Believing

    I like to think of myself as an equal-opportunity offender, that all religions are just different sides of the same million-or-so-headed coin to me. The specifics of what ancient person has what magic power according to whatever secret text is simply a distraction. Dogma, in gene…

  • Killing Them Softly

    The Russian was 13 years old when he first killed a man. He has no regrets about it; the man he killed had mistreated his little sister. He built a weapon called a chupa chupa—a blade tied to a length of PVC pipe—and plunged it into his victim’s neck. “I learned a man’s most frag…

  • Bangladesh’s Islamists Call for Death of ‘Atheist Bloggers’

    On April 6, hundreds of thousands of men and boys spread out across Bangladesh's sweltering capital, Dhaka, to call for, among other things, the hanging of atheists. The mass mobilization of Islamists was spurred by a handful of “atheist” bloggers who are supposedly so offensive…