The Truth and Lies Issue

Powerful Photos of What Was Left Behind by America's Secret War in Laos

In her series, Operation Palace Dog, photographer Sadie Wechsler looks for ways to capture the veiled impact of American power in Laos.
Sadie Wechsler

Seven Places on Earth Where You Can Travel for $25 a Day or Less

When you know where to go and how to cut costs, international travel can be cheap. Here are some affordable options to inspire you to dig out your passport and start planning your next trip.
Evie Carrick

Bananacoin Is a Real-Life Cryptocurrency—and People Are Actually Buying It

Developers say that in addition to being a good investment, banana prices are also easy enough for our parents to understand. OK.
Jelisa Castrodale

In Laos, People Are Recycling Bombs from the Vietnam War into Jewelry

Local artisans and two women with very different connections to the bombings in Laos have come together to clear contaminated land and improve the local economy.
Hadley Cooper

Photographing the Disastrous Effects of Sand Mining on the Mekong River

Photographer Jian Gao traveled down one of the longest rivers in the world to see how demand for sand is driving the region toward a crisis it might not be able to come back from.
Jian Gao

The Laotians Clearing Their Country of America's Unexploded Bombs

The wounds of a secret war.
Stephen M. Bland

Southeast Asia Is a Mirrored World at the 2016 Singapore Biennale

Multimedia mirrors and full-scale replicas of household bomb shelters took center stage at the Singapore Biennale.
DJ Pangburn

Across the Mekong: The Life and Times of Master Song

The head trainer of Canada's Kai Singthong gym fled civil war in Laos, swam across the Mekong River into Thailand, and spent four years in and out of a refugee camp before starting a new life through Muay Thai.
Frances Watthanaya

Inside the US Effort to Clear Millions of Vietnam-Era Bombs in Laos

In some of Laos's impoverished rural villages, bomb craters have left the earth resembling the surface of the moon. The effort to clear Laos of war-era bombs goes on.
R. W. McMorrow

The Laotians Clearing Their Country of America's Unexploded Bombs

During the so-called "Secret War," the US dropped more than 2 million tons of ordnance on Laos—that's the equivalent to a planeload of bombs every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years.
Stephen M. Bland

In the Jungle with the Montagnards, Vietnam's Persecuted Indigenous Minority

I met with a group preparing to cross the Cambodian border in an attempt to make it to the UN office in Phnom Penh.
Clothilde Le Coz

Laos Is Still Under Attack from Its Secret War

Every day, a team of 20 women wake up knowing the jobs they have to go to could get them blown to smithereens: unexploded American cluster bombs dropped during the secret war in Laos could detonate at any moment as they clear dangerous landmines from...
Jake Hanrahan