Launching the Brick Moon: GPS’ path from the space race to smartphone

Aaron Lovell

Over the past 25 years, GPS has evolved from a battlefield novelty to a smartphone staple. Beset by technological challenges, Pentagon infighting, and the arc of history, the road to space-based navigation was grueling.

Modi's India: caste, inequality, and the rise of Hindu nationalism

Abigail Fradkin

Caste and social inequality persist in modern India, but the poor are now political in a way unheard of in the first several decades after independence.

Nowhere to Turn: a Nepali Cab Driver in Qatar

J. Zach Hollo & Xiran Liu

Sarun, a cab driver in Qatar, had not been paid in nearly four months. His family back home in Nepal desperately needed the money. He hadn't been home in two years, and his boss controlled his passport. All Sarun could do was wait.

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The unintended consequences of the EU’s aid to Eritrea

Isabel Larroca

In an attempt to halt mass migration, the EU is failing to address serious human rights violations.

The Disappearing Act of the World’s Most Valuable Art

Nicole Orttung

Sold to anonymous bidders and quiet buyers, classical masterpieces often go into hiding for years at a time. The art market has been operating with minimal transparency or oversight for years – dragging treasured artwork from the spotlight to the shadows.

Surrounded by war, can Jordan’s tourism industry survive?

Maya Wesby

Tensions and bloodshed in the Middle East have scared away scores of tourists from Jordan’s safe borders. What does this mean for the nation’s tourism-dependent economy, and how will it recover, if it can?

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