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Taking to the Streets

Pro-democracy protests were loud in Moscow in 2011, but slowly got quieter

It was Monday, December 5, 2011—a grey, warm afternoon, and a thin cover of snow started melting again around Dmitry Medvedev’s luxurious mansion in Gorki, outside Moscow. Medvedev, Russia’s outgoing president, was in a good mood. His presidential watch was almost over—in a few months, Vladimir Putin would replace him in the Kremlin—yet he had a reason to celebrate with his staffers: the vote count of the parliamentary election the day before was showing that United Russia, the ruling party, performed well and secured a majority in Russian Duma. Medvedev was heading United Russia’s ticket. It was part of the “castling”...


How folklórico took over Texas

High schools compete in the dancing style and the best dancers find themselves recruited like all-star football players.

It’s as much a religion in Texas as cheerleading and has the attention to detail of...


King Yellowman

Meeting the Jamaican dancehall legend

This story first appeared in print in Stranger’s Guide Caribbean. Climbing quiet, verdant hills that lead...


My Father’s Land

The indelible marks of slavery in Jamaica

Where are your monuments, your battles, martyrs? Where is your tribal memory? Sirs, in that grey...


Under God

As Moscow transforms, one corner of the city remains sacred

There are places in Moscow that are directly under God’s protection, places for the sake of...


Desert Pilgrims

The wild characters drawn to Joshua Tree and Death Valley

On a late spring evening, I am walking through Joshua Tree National Park with Ken Layne,...


The Keepers of Flamenco

How a Roma tradition became one of Spain's most famous exports

Flamenco shoes of all colors lined the walls of the Gallardo store like rows of candy....


Pony Boys

Irish horse culture in the inner city

When the upstart Limerick hip-hop duo The Rubberbandits released their hit single “Horse Outside” in late...


Brexit’s Collateral

The stories of people on the Irish border affected by Brexit

Photographs by Lorcan Doherty It has been likened by some commentators to a slow-motion car crash—but...

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What Will it Look Like When You’re Old?

In March, researchers at the British Museum in London discovered the world’s oldest tattoo on an Egyptian mummy that had been housed in the building for more than a century. After infrared examination they discovered that what appeared as faint smudges on the man’s arm, were in fact tattoos of a huge wild bull and a goat. The researchers believe the 5,000-year-old images were to show strength and virility.

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