“You Won’t Be Killed if You Don’t Do Anything Wrong”: The Philippines on the Eve of Duterte’s Presidency

Rodrigo Duterte has won the Philippines’ election with an almost unprecedented mandate. No one knows what will happen when he takes office on June 30th, but one thing is certain: there will be blood.

Incivility? Examining the Controversy Behind Civil Forfeiture

An underground marijuana operation. A former high school teacher. An unsuspecting wife. The scene resembles something from Breaking Bad, but for Kathleen von Hofe, the situation became a reality when the Branford, Connecticut police department raided her home in 2001. While Harold von Hofe admitted to growing and distributing marijuana in the basement of their …

Plastic Paradise: Brazil’s Cosmetic Surgery Boom

A surgeon penetrates the bridge between your two nostrils. Tweezers enter the space created by the incision, lifting the skin off your nose as if it is the hood of a car. Now comes the scalpel, cutting bone and transforming cartilage until the nose takes on its desired shape. This disquieting and quease-inducing procedure—rhinoplasty—should be …