• Getting to the Gateway to the Underworld and Inners of Alexander Binder

    Binder spent three years making these photos, with endless trips down south to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. Initially inspired by Iceland’s volcanoes, he spent days and nights lurking through Italy’s volcanic wasteland, watching the elemental forces at work and capturing uniqu…

  • I Almost Died Traveling from Somalia to Lampedusa

    "The cannibalism didn't start until our second boat journey, from Libya to Lampedusa. We had already been traveling for ten days; people were dying and there was no food. I actually saw one guy cutting a piece of flesh from another man's body. "

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    Welcome to Hell... in Norway

    Hell is a quaint little village in Norway. There are red-roofed houses, a post office, a grocery store, even a church. It literally freezes over during the winter. There's also the Blues in Hell Festival, which this year brought a host of legendary blues singers to Hell, includin…

  • My Two Glorious Weeks at Baghdad's Hotel California During the Iraq War

    In October 2003, my squad got assigned to one of the best gigs in the country. We were supposed to be an emergency "Quick Reaction Force," but in reality we spent most of our time playing Halo.

  • Oktoberfest in Iraq Was Super Fun

    Erbil, in Iraq's Kurdish north, has got a long way to go before being considered a nightlife spot, but there is one event that looms large over the drinking scene, the annual celebration of Oktoberfest in a small compound located in a dusty residential area.

  • Scotland Loves Buckfast, the UK's Version of Four Loko

    Politicians and activists say the monk-brewed beverage should be banned because teens get hammered and use the glass bottles as weapons. Teens reply, “It’s cheap and gets you off your face!”

  • Stepping Lightly in Afghanistan’s Soviet Tank Graveyard

    Afghanistan's Kabul Military Training Center, where the country's finest military cadets learn to disarm IEDs and handle machine guns, is also home to a massive jumble of wrecked military hardware rusting in the sun.

  • Scrap or Die

    One sweltering afternoon in July, I found myself breaking and entering into a derelict warehouse on the east side of Cleveland. I was in the middle of a crash course in metal theft from a man named Jay Jackson.

  • Brazil Wants to Tear Down an Indigenous Museum to Put Up a Parking Lot

    The Brazilian government wants to destroy the Museum of Indian Culture in Rio de Janeiro to build a parking lot for the new World Cup stadium that sits next door.

  • Swimming with Warlords

    I returned to Afghanistan in June for my fifth visit, on the eve of America’s 2014 planned withdrawal, to attempt to understand what had happened to the country in the 12 years since I first set foot there and what might happen this time, after I left.

  • Chinese Teenagers Are Obsessed with Justin Bieber, Too

    Justin Bieber is in the middle of the Asian segment of his Believe world tour. As well as playing some arena shows, he's marked the occasion by making his groupies carry him up the Great Wall of China and skateboarding around Beijing as his own sweating bodyguards followed him.

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    Black Bike Week

    Once a year the traffic in South Carolina comes to a standstill as the streets fill with brightly customized sports bikes, with their riders taking advantage of the state’s "no helmet" law to perform burnouts and stunts up and down the main strip along the seafront.

  • Hyenas in Ethiopia Will Eat Out of Your Mouth

    Anywhere else in the world, feeding a hyena by mouth would be a terrible idea. In Harar, Ethiopia, however, the residents have developed a unique symbiosis with the hyena population, transforming a regional villain first into a carrier of prophecy and then into a cultural institu…

  • Do People Care About Art in Las Vegas?

    Most people go to Las Vegas for gambling, free drinks, cocaine, and those nudie flyers they hand out in the street. Patrick C. Duffy, former president of the Las Vegas Art Museum is trying to change that perception, one tourist at a time.