Sunday, October 17

The best of long read in 2020 | World News


What unites an eccentric professor of the Oxford classics, the evangelical billionaires of America and a little lost fragment of an ancient manuscript?

For seven decades, India has been held together by its constitution, which promises equality for all. But Narendra Modi’s BJP is transforming the nation into one in which some people count as more Indian than others.

It’s cheap, attractive, and convenient, and we eat it every day, it’s hard not to. But are ultra-processed foods making us sick and causing the global obesity crisis?

After decades among the hidden homeless, Dominic Van Allen dug a bunker under a public park. But his life would get even more precarious

In the midst of fear and isolation, we are learning that profound and positive change is possible.

You became the country’s de facto project manager, but what do you really believe? In an attempt to find out, I read (almost) everything Cummings has written in the last decade.

Cholera has been widely defeated in the West, but it still kills tens of thousands of people in the poorest countries every year. As we search for a cure for the coronavirus, we have to make sure it is available to everyone, not just those in rich nations.

A decade ago, violent racists exploited a national crisis and entered mainstream politics in Greece. Since then, the party has been embroiled in the biggest Nazi trial since Nuremberg, and is now falling apart, but its success remains a warning.

For decades, one company has dominated the world of tampons. But a new wave of brands has emerged, selling themselves as more ethical, more feminist and more environmentally friendly.

A funeral, a family and a journey towards a disappearing religion

How Republicans Applied Old School Racism To New Demographics And Lost

When he was six years old, Paul Alexander contracted polio and was paralyzed for life. He is now 74 years old and one of the last people in the world who still wears an iron lung. But after surviving one deadly outbreak, he didn’t expect to be threatened by another.

The pandemic has devastated global tourism, and many will say ‘goodbye’ to overcrowded cities and trash-strewn natural wonders. Is there a way to reinvent an industry that does so much damage?

(And if you enjoyed it, we also recommend Samanth Subramanian on the collapse of the airline industry)

After losing four pregnancies, Jennie Agg set out to unravel the science of miscarriage. Then a few months later, she found out she was pregnant again, just as the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Gene and Sandy Ralston are a 70-year-old married couple who are also among North America’s leading experts in finding the dead.

It was once a widely accepted way of explaining why some children had difficulty reading and writing. But in recent years, some experts have begun to question the very existence of dyslexia.

Nestlé’s sleek and stylish pod system changed the way we drink coffee. But in an age when everyone is a coffee snob and waste is evil, can he survive?

A handful of radical nature lovers are secretly breeding endangered species and releasing them into the wild. Many are prepared to break the law and risk the fury of the scientific establishment to save the animals they love.

A drone sighting caused the airport to close for two days in 2018, but despite a lengthy police investigation, the culprit was never found. So what exactly did people see in the Sussex sky?

In November 2019, James Le Mesurier, the British co-founder of the Syrian rescue group, died in Istanbul. What led an internationally renowned humanitarian to kill himself?

And finally: In case you’re curious, these were our 10 most read pieces of 2020

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