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Elyse Wanshel

Elyse Wanshel is an award-winning journalist, based in New York City. She is currently a reporter for HuffPost, …

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Specialisms: Politics, News, Lifestyle, Health, Environment, Entertainment, Culture, Art

Alex Kopel

I'm a freelance journalist and copywriter from San Francisco, specializing in features on infectious diseases, technology, and culture. …

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Stefan Simanowitz

Stefan Simanowitz is a London-based freelance journalist writing & broadcasting on politics & culture from around the world. …

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Specialisms: Politics, Culture, Art

Sascha Cohen

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Latest Articles

The New York Water Crisis That Nobody's Talking About

Charlie Parker stood at the edge of the pond, his fishing rod in hand. He cast his lure into the air, landing it about 30 feet away in the dark water. His fishing rod made a clicking sound as he reeled the lure back to shore. If he catches a fish, he’ll have to throw it back, he said. “I don’t eat them anymore,” Parker said. “They’re contaminated.”
By Shantal Riley
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'Getting Brexit Done' Is a Fantasy

The 2019 general election is over. Uninspiring campaigns littered with misleading election ads, cringe-worthy interviews and empty promises have culminated in a larger than expected Conservative majority that Boris Johnson will hope ensures he can ‘get Brexit done’. Amidst the never-ending onslaught of propaganda, those three words evidently cut through the noise. The simple slogan helped the Conservatives win seats in Labour strongholds they haven’t had a chance of winning for decades. Now he
By Aaron Drapkin
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This University Just Acquired a Massive Collection of UFO Files

The frozen prairies of Canada have always been home to strange events and mysterious encounters. So it’s perhaps appropriate that the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg has just accepted a large donation of documents from a prolific UFO researcher confirming the province’s “unnatural history.”
By MJ Banias
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Trump's Plan to Label Mexican Drug Cartels as Terrorists Could Backfire in a Big Way

This article originally appeared on VICE US. Within a matter of two months, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel brazenly killed 13 Mexican police officers; the Sinaloa cartel took an entire city hostage after the arrest of one of its leaders; and nine U.S.-citizen women and children were massacred in northern Mexico. Soon after, President Donald Trump proposed a solution: designate the cartels as terrorist organizations. The idea of designating Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations may not
By Earl Anthony Wayne
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How Colonialism Brought South Indian Flavors to Indonesia: Akarasa

In this episode of Akarasa, a food series brought to you by GO-JEK, our host Ade Putri goes deep and far in a journey to discover the origins of Medan's favorite roti canai. She travels to Medan, North Sumatra, to meet the city's thriving Tamil-Indonesian community and then flies more than 2,000 kilometers to the city of Chennai, in India, to see, firsthand, where it all began.
By Jonathan Vit
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How Centuries of Chinese Migration Changed Indonesian Food Forever: Akarasa

In this episode of Akarasa, a food series made in partnership with GO-JEK, host Ade Putri discovers how something as simple as Chinese noodles can lead you on a journey through Indonesian history. She travels to Belitung to learn how tin mining changed the island's cuisine and then hits the streets of Jakarta to meet some of the people trying to recapture the nostalgic feeling of Sunday morning bakmi.
By Jonathan Vit
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Inside an Indonesian Debt Cult: Swissindo

With inequality growing exponentially over the past decades, people around the world have assumed massive debts. In Indonesia, a mysterious cult with the impressive name Swissindo World Trust International Orbit has attracted a global following for its promise to magically make one's debts go away. The group is led by Soegihartonotonegoro, a charismatic leader who calls himself M1, and presents himself as a godlike figure who can erase the world’s debt due to a seemingly limitless ancient inheritance. To find out the truth behind this bizarre story, VICE Indonesia correspondent Arzia traveled to visit the Swissindo Headquarters in Cirebon, Indonesia, and interviewed M1, and his followers. We also met with the manager of a local bank that had been targeted by Swissindo for its debt services, and a client of Swissindo's whose experience with the group was not exactly as anticipated.
By Jonathan Vit
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Teen Dragsters Risking It All For Fame And Fortune: Speed Jockeys

Drag racing is fueled by massive bets and fame in Indonesia. Boys as young as 14 race supercharged drag bikes on city streets for thousands of dollars. But these high stakes sometimes lead to gruesome injuries or death. VICE dives into the world of illegal street racing, following young racing star Eza Chemonk as he shines on the track but keeps going back to street racing for the thrill and massive payouts.
By Jonathan Vit
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Trials and Tribulations on the Streets of Jakarta: Fault Lines

The Indonesian capital is shook. The Jakarta governor's race exposed rifts many thought were long buried. Incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok, lost the election after failing to ride out an ugly campaign season marred by sectarian rhetoric, racism, and massive protests. Jakarta's new leaders Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno have tried to cool tempers, issuing a much-needed call for unity after winning the election's second round. But the election has left some to wonder whether tolerance and pluralism are slipping in the world's largest Muslim majority nation. Others argue that the election was really about class, not religion, explaining the results as a groundswell of anger from corners of the capital most wanted to ignore.
By Jonathan Vit
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What It Would Take for the UK to Turn Against the Royal Family

It's been a real car crash of a year for the Royal Family. Quite literally: in January, Prince Phillip broke a member of the public's wrist in a road collision that wrote off his Land Rover. Now, Prince Andrew is ending the decade tarnished by a disastrous Newsnight interview that left us with more questions than answers regarding his close relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The time between these two events saw the media occupied with the growing rift between Prince Willia
By Aaron Drapkin
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The Companies That Invest in the Earth's Destruction Must Be Held Accountable

You may not have heard of the company BlackRock, yet you are certainly feeling its impact. The global investment management corporation, responsible for managing $7 trillion worth of assets, is a massive backer of climate destruction, investing billions in new coal plant construction and the deforestation of the Amazon.
By Greta Moran
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This Silicon Valley Startup Is Dedicated to Detecting UFOs Off the California Coast

With this summer’s revelation that the US Navy considers UFOs and “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAPs) to be real, a team of venture capitalists, university professors, and military veterans are launching a project to track UFOs off the coast of California.
By MJ Banias
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The Improbable True Story of How 'Clerks' Was Made

In 1992, Kevin Smith wasn't sure what his path in life was. He had dreamt of writing for Saturday Night Live, skipping Shakespeare and psychology classes at The New School to sit around at 30 Rock, hoping that Lorne Michaels would notice him. That dream didn't pan out, and Smith ended up dropping out of college after his first semester. But a job as a clerk at a conjoined video store and Quick Stop in Leonardo, New Jersey opened more doors than he'd ever imagined. It became the setting for Smith
By Tatiana Tenreyro
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Kevin Smith's 'Jay and Silent Bob Reboot' Pays Tribute to His Entire Career

Kevin Smith almost died in February 2018, when he had a massive heart attack and was told he had an 80 percent chance of not making it. The filmmaker was at peace with the notion of passing on, seeing it as a high school graduation of sorts, moving on to the next chapter after accomplishing everything he's set out to do. But he had one regret: If he died, the last movie he'd made would be 2016’s Yoga Hosers.
By Tatiana Tenreyro
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I Study UFOs and This Is the Best UFO Documentary Ever Made

I have seen a lot of UFO documentaries, and after a while, they start to get boring. They tend to tell the same old stories, or promote some snake-oil-selling UFO "expert." Perhaps the biggest issue I take with UFO documentaries is that they never focus on what actually matters: the people at the center of the frenzy, and the trauma they experience.
By MJ Banias
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This Student Is One of the Top Scientists Studying Faster-Than-Light Warp Drives

Humanity ripping around the galaxy using warp drives is still the stuff of science fiction, but propulsion scientists are getting closer to understanding the physics that could take us there. And an undergraduate student at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, is now one of the leading scientists exploring the physics.
By MJ Banias
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