The Guardian

28 April 2020

The Madhouse of the Mask Market

Countries have hoarded masks, and used them as chips in geopolitical games. Thieves have made off with them. One mask broker described it “the craziest market I’ve ever seen.” The global scramble for this vital item has exposed the harsh realities of international politics and the limits of the free market.

27 March 2020

“It’s a Razor’s Edge”

Around the world, more than 40 teams are working on a vaccine for Covid-19. We followed one doctor, living like a monk in a Cambridge college room, engaged in the most urgent quest of his life.

20 February 2020

Inside the Attack on JNU

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

28 January 2020

My Life as a Quiz Obsessive

At its finest, quizzing today is never about shallow recall; it’s an exercise in nimble thinking, and possibly the only forum where the entirety of your life – everything you’ve ever seen, read, tasted, heard, heard of, or lived through – can be marshalled as pure knowledge.

21 November 2019

Our Home-Delivered World

The great trick of online retail has been to get us to do more shopping while thinking less about it.

23 July 2019

Is fair trade finished?

Fairtrade changed the way we shop. But major companies have started to abandon it.

25 April 2019

Air vs Paper: World War Loo!

I asked Redway what he’d do if he went into a restroom and saw only a hand dryer. He started digging through the pocket of his coat. A jingle of keys emerged, then some coins, and finally, a crumpled sheet of paper towelling.


18 October 2018

A thousand polite complaints

For three years, Miqdaad Versi has waged a quixotic campaign against the endless distortions in news about Muslims.

15 June 2018

The World’s Top Art Detective

Find someone who looks at you the way Jamie Martin looks at his Fourier-transform infrared microscope.