Journal 107

Reykjavík seen from the tower of Hallgrímskirkkjaj, by Andreas Tille

This week — life as a foreign correspondent, a drought in Cape Town, the impact of the gender imbalance in India and China, and a murder in Iceland. 
If you only read one thing — Bloomberg Businessweek on the data mining company Palantir is worth the time.


Palantir Knows Everything About You | Bloomberg Businessweek | Society

An investigation into Peter Thiel’s data mining company reveals the extent of the surveillance done by government and corporate clients using their technology.

Too Many Men | The Washington Post | Society

A story examining the effects of the significant imbalance in the number of men and women that has developed in both China and India.

The murder that shook Iceland | The Guardian | Crime

The murder of a young woman caused huge upset in a country where entire years sometimes pass without any taking place. This story traces the detectives’ hunt for the killer, and the response from the community as a whole.

Dry, the Beloved Country | The Huffington Post | Society

A piece that examines the response to a severe drought in Cape Town. Whilst undoubtedly a crisis, it has also become “a kind of vast, unplanned, crazy — and fabulous — social experiment”.

This Is What It Was Like Learning To Report Before Fake News Was The Biggest Problem In The World | Buzzfeed | Life

A thoughtful story about writing stories, describing lessons learned as a foreign correspondent in Belarus twenty years ago.