For the next time wanderlust strikes: some mesmerizing, even stupefying views of contemporary Hong Kong, by Mariana Bisti (who also makes art with fans and markers).

To view the buying or selling of paintings as a morally tainted act is to neglect art history entirely.
Assessing Russia's homophobia in light of Masha Gessen’s award-winning portrait of seven Soviet-born Russians.
Hate crimes committed by white supremacists increased 67% in Los Angeles County last year.

A designer, a professor, a neuro-oncologist, and an artist explain why they brave congested traffic, thick rubber, and freezing cold water to spend time in the ocean around New York City.

In Jacksonville, you're significantly more likely to receive a pedestrian citation if you're poor, black, or both.
A Zimbabwean reporter, who spent 35 years with the Associated Press, explains what to expect next.

Mugabe is one of the last surviving members of a club of African big men—a club that included the likes of Mobutu Sese Seko, of Zaire, and Daniel Arap Moi, of Kenya. These men led necessary and bold opposition to colonial rule, but then grew addicted to power and its opulent trappings. They began to see themselves less as rulers of their lands than as owners.

From 2003, Samantha Power’s “How to kill a country: Turning a breadbasket into a basket case in 10 easy steps.”

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The House passed the most sweeping tax overhaul in three decades in two weeks, without a single hearing.

Some people say that “Caste gives color to society. Different castes make it interesting.” So why doesn’t he want to be an untouchable for a change, if that’s what he wants?

A fascinating conversation with Sujatha Gidla—once an “untouchable” in India, now a conductor on New York’s subway.

↩︎ Conversations with Tyler
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Based on chart-topping hits, Maroon 5 is the most popular musical act of the 21st century.
Brazil's murder rate equals the rate of many countries combined.
Cards Against Humanity buys land on the US-Mexico border, hoping to thwart Trump's plans for a wall.

Medieval Icelandic crime victims would sell the right to pursue a perpetrator to the highest bidder. 18th century English justice replaced fines with criminals bribing prosecutors to drop cases.

A look at some very different forms of legal process.

↩︎ Slate Star Codex
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Jared Kushner works on the White House's sensitive foreign policy issues with only interim security clearance.

It disallows contributions, donations, or “anything of value” provided by a foreign national to sway an election. It also bars a campaign from offering “substantial assistance” to a foreign national engaged in spending on American races.

Trump Jr.‘s Wikileaks chats may have been brief, but they also may have violated federal campaign-finance rules.

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An interactive map of every record store on Earth.

Up and down and in and out is all around.

Some people go for smoke breaks, I just stare at the wavegrower tumblr for five minutes at a time. Pair with Rafael Toral's Space Elements series for maximum meditation.

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Sexual partners are less likely than total strangers to give CPR to someone having a heart attack.