‘It’s Not Rair, Not Right’: How America Treats Its Black Farmers

Sugarcane is Louisiana’s most lucrative, stable crop, yet lending discrimination, fraud, vandalism, and intimidation keep putting black farmers out of business. It isn’t just sugarcane.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Oct 30, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,950 words)

The American Civil War Didn’t End. And Trump is a Confederate President.

In her new column for The Guardian, Rebecca Solnit makes a solid argument that Donald Trump’s presidency, and his fervent support from white racists, mark an attempt of the Confederacy to rise again.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Nov 4, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,468 words)

On Washington’s McNeil Island, The Only Residents Are 214 Dangerous Sex Offenders

A legal mandate keeps Washington state’s most dangerous sex offenders in a controversial facility known as a civil commitment center. ‘Civilly committed’ means detained indefinitely. It’s a community safeguard because these men are likely to repeat their violent sexual crimes, but does civil commitment protect the general public?

Source: The Guardian
Published: Oct 3, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,367 words)

The Real Goldfinger: The London Banker Who Broke the World

Rowland Baring, governor of the Bank of England between 1961 and 1966, found the Bretton Woods system — which controlled the exchange of currency and used gold-backed US dollars as an “impartial” international currency — both unethical and damaging to the City of London. Many agreed. When banker Ian Fraser changed the way the global economy worked, his system allowed for the unprecedented concentration of wealth that we see today, and it created the destructive gap between rich and poor.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Sep 7, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,138 words)

Is Compassion Fatigue Inevitable In an Age of 24-Hour News?

The information age has exacted a high emotional cost, but lately, as one horror piles on another, things have become especially taxing.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 2, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,137 words)

Where Even Walmart Won’t Go: How Dollar General Took Over Rural America

In small towns across Kansas, residents and community leaders grapple with the increasingly ubiquitous presence of America’s fastest-growing retailer.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 13, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,417 words)

‘It’s nothing like a broken leg’: why I’m done with the mental health conversation

Hannah Jane Parkinson responds to so many empty refrains encouraging mentally ill patients to just ask for help, a beyond frustrating suggestion “when you’ve been asking for help and not getting it.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 30, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,513 words)

Arundhati Roy: ‘The Point of the Writer Is To Be Unpopular’

The acclaimed author answers questions from our readers and famous fans on the state of modern India, the threat of AI, and why sometimes only fiction can fully address the world.

Author: Tim Lewis
Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 17, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,412 words)

Underpaid and Exhausted: The Human Cost of Your Kindle

At a recent awards ceremony, the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, said, “I’m very proud of our working conditions and very proud of the wages we pay”. So why do the temporary Chinese “dispatch workers” who make Amazon Kindles and smart speakers earn barely $2 an hour, have to ask permission to use the toilet, and receive standard hourly rates for overtime, in violation of Chinese labor law?

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 9, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,608 words)

How Russia Let Britain Hide Its Dirty Money

Can rich Russian businesspeople, criminals and oligarchs influence British politics by investing their money in English assets? And is it too late to purge this money?

Source: The Guardian
Published: May 25, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,086 words)