Guantánamo’s Darkest Secret

“Instead, he began to wonder whether what he was actually protecting at Guantánamo was one of the government’s darkest secrets: that its highest-value military detainee was being held essentially by mistake, and that his isolation in Echo Special was intended to cover up the hell that had been inflicted upon him.”

Author: Ben Taub
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 15, 2019
Length: 78 minutes (19,519 words)

Lake Chad: The World’s Most Complex Humanitarian Disaster

As the massive Lake Chad started drying up in Central Africa, famine sent the native tribes scrambling to survive. Now political factions and jihadists have compounded the climate change and food shortages to throw this region where four nations meet into turmoil.

Author: Ben Taub
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Dec 4, 2017
Length: 31 minutes (7,981 words)

The Shadow Doctors

An underground network of medical workers and trauma surgeons in Syria, led by David Nott, aims to spread medical knowledge as the Syrian government strives to eradicate it.

Author: Ben Taub
Source: New Yorker
Published: Jun 28, 2016
Length: 23 minutes (5,992 words)

War Tourists Flock to Syria’s Front Lines

A group of misguided adventure seekers travel to a war-ravaged village in rebel territory north of Aleppo:

“Most people on their holiday go out partying, but we decided to do something a little different for once,” says Smith. They had “no contacts or anything like that” in southern Turkey or the northern part of Syria controlled by opposition forces. Nonetheless, they flew to Istanbul, hopped on a bus, and made their way to Kilis, a small, dusty town barely on the Turkish side of the Syrian border, the last safe stop on the road to Aleppo.

Author: Ben Taub
Source: The Daily Beast
Published: Nov 9, 2013
Length: 10 minutes (2,643 words)