The Living and the Dead
The New York Times Magazine July 19, 2017
In October, Iraqi forces set out to retake Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest cities and ISIS’s biggest stronghold in the country. It would take them nine months and cost thousands of lives.
Surviving the Fall of ISIS
National Geographic October 2016
As Iraqi and coalition forces invade Mosul, the last ISIS stronghold in Iraq, the grim details of the extremist group’s rule come to light.
The Prosecutor and the President
The New York Times Magazine June 26, 2016
The International Criminal Court embodied the hope of bringing warlords and demagogues to justice. Then Luis Moreno-Ocampo took on the heir to Kenya’s most powerful political dynasty.
On the Run in Burundi
The New Yorker April 27, 2016
“Where there are people, there is conflict,” a Burundian saying goes. It has been relevant in this tiny Francophone country for as long as most of its inhabitants can remember.
The Atavist October 2015
Tom Catena is the only surgeon for thousands of square miles in southern Sudan. His hospital, and his life, are constantly under threat. There is no end to the carnage he must treat, and no sign of it letting up. Why does he refuse to leave?
Should the United Nations Shoot First?
National Geographic March 2014
The UN allowed its troops to attack armed groups in Congo, which led to the defeat of the vicious M23 militia. But the battle for Africa’s heartland is far from over.
Love and Ruin
The Atavist February 2014
There were the lovers: Louis, a paratrooper-turned-archaeologist, and Nancy, a travel writer, wife of a CIA division chief. Then there was the place: Kabul, Afghanistan, in the 1960s.
Youssou N’Dour Has Left the Building
Departures October 2013
By 30, he was the sound of Dakar, the most listened-to musician in Africa. Now he’s mulling a run for the presidency of Senegal.
Terror At The Westgate Mall
The New Yorker September 22, 2013
When I arrived Saturday afternoon in the mall’s parking lot, policemen, AK-47s and pistols drawn, were running around, speaking into walkie-talkies. The crowd of journalists and onlookers was growing.
Debate Night in Kenya
The New Yorker February 2o, 2013
Kenyan candidates are referred to in the British manner, as aspirants, but they study American campaigns, so the country’s first-ever televised presidential debate was a slick production.
The Tunnels of Gaza
National Geographic December 2012
The tunnels of Gaza are a lifeline of the underground economy but also a death trap. For many Palestinians, they have come to symbolize ingenuity and the dream of mobility.
Christopher Nolan’s Games
The New Yorker July 19, 2012
Nolan’s films are contests with rules and phases, gambits and defenses, many losers and the occasional victor, usually a Pyrrhus type.
Obama’s Deportation Problem
Washington Monthly July 2012
By giving a reprieve to 800,000 undocumented immigrants, the president put out a fire of his own making. How Obama’s immigration enforcement policies got away from him.
The Good Bad Son
New York Magazine May 22, 2011
Seemingly overnight, Saif Qaddafi became a new man: not the deliverer his supporters had hoped but someone indistinguishable from his father.
The Curious Case of Joseph and Nicholas Brooks
New York Magazine February 7, 2011
The father was an Oscar-winning songwriter. The son, a college dropout bon vivant. Their alleged crimes: serial sexual assault and a murder in a hotel bathtub.
The Great Cyberheist
New York Times Magazine November 14, 2010
According to the prosecutor in the case of hacker and government informant Albert Gonzales, “The sheer extent of the human victimization caused by Gonzalez and his organization is unparalleled.”
Show Him the Money
Washington Monthly July 2010
Tom Donohue scares millions of dollars out of corporations. Is his U.S. Chamber of Commerce good for business?
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Arming the Drug Wars
Portfolio June 2008
American demand for drugs provoked the cartel wars in Mexico, and American guns smuggled over the border have made them staggeringly lethal.
Big Brother Inc.
Vanity Fair December 2007
Knowing your business is big business for Aristotle Inc., whose database of voter records has been an essential campaign tool for every president since Ronald Reagan.
Will Success Spoil MySpace?
Vanity Fair March 2006
MySpace has become the most popular social-networking site on the Web, a virtual city of sex and youth culture, with its own celebrities, Casanovas, and con artists. Its most unlikely character is its conservative new owner, Rupert Murdoch.