The Syrian Catastrophe, Explained in 3 Minutes

The Syrian civil war started in 2011 on the heels of the Arab Spring. It has seen the creation of the Islamic State, half of the country’s residence displaced from their homes, and outside forces getting involved. This QuickTake on the state of Syria looks at how the war unfolded, the players involved, and where the conflict is headed.…

Al Jazeera Investigates: Stealing Paradise

AJ’s Investigative Unit has uncovered corruption in the Maldives. Secretly filmed interviews describe how men on mopeds carried millions in cash to the Maldives’ political elite. President Abdulla Yameen and his former deputy, Ahmed Adeeb, are accused of receiving cash in bags filled with up to $1m, so much that it was “difficult to carry,” according to one of the men who delivered it.…

Forget Interest Rates, Can the Fed Buy Stocks?

While the Fed has the world focused on a potential rate hike, there is something much more important you should be focusing on. In this week’s Letter, Ivan talks about exactly what that is, how the world is changing to accommodate it, and how to prepare yourself for such an event.…

Array of Things Introductory Video

Array of Things is designed as a “fitness tracker” for the city, collecting new streams of data on Chicago’s environment, infrastructure, and activity. This hyper-local, open data is supposed to help researchers, city officials, and software developers study and address critical city challenges, such as preventing urban flooding, improving traffic safety and air quality…but is it?…