The New York Times Magazine | April 24, 2022
There is a project underway to build a 150-mile-long hiking trail through the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq — from the Nineveh Plains to the snow-covered mountains that border Iran. Can the first long-distance trail in Kurdistan knit together a nation?
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The New Yorker | February 26, 2021
Inside Xinjiang's Prison State
Survivors detail the scope of China’s campaign of persecution against ethnic and religious minorities, including “reeducation” camps, prison sentences, coerced labor, and other methods of forced assimilation.
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The New Yorker | March 18, 2021
A New Yorker Documentary in Virtual Reality
A 360-degree documentary takes viewers inside one of Xinjiang’s “reeducation” camps, guided by the recollections of three men who were imprisoned together at a facility in Tacheng.
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Emmy Award | Peabody Award | Special Jury Recognition for Immersive Journalism at SXSW | Special Jury Prize at NewImages Festival | Grand Prize at VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival | Venice Biennale Best of VR Selection
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The Believer | Issue 127 | October 2019
Weather Reports: Voices from Xinjiang
An oral history of China's mass internment drive
It was in some mountainous place. We drove out in a windowless van with a metal grate inside. I couldn’t see anything. I couldn’t understand what my sentence was—what I’d done wrong.
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National Magazine Award finalist | Jamal Khashoggi Award for Courageous Journalism | The Reporting Award from New York University | Longform Best of World | The Believer Best of the Decade
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The New Yorker | Online
In 2013, a Stanford medievalist accidentally discovered a secret world of art dealers who destroy artifacts to sell their disjecta membra. I decided to track one down.
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London Review of Books | Vol. 38 No. 18
Diary (On an Arson Epidemic)
As towns across Germany have accepted their federal allocation of asylum seekers, administrators have fashioned shelters out of disused factories, motels and parish houses. At the moment, someone tries to burn one of these improvised hostels to the ground every two to three days.
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