February 4th, 2016

The Short: "Tanking"

by James Surowiecki (The New Yorker)

Since December, there’s been a nearly ninety-per-cent correlation between oil prices and stock prices. When oil has dropped, stocks have followed, and when oil prices have stabilized, stocks have tended to rise. This is historically unusual, and it’s confusing, too.

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The Long: 

"The Road to Germany: $2400"

by Alia Malek (Foreign Policy)

Some set out on a complicated journey to Europe with a crude graphic — a flowchart of the route from Turkey to Germany — as a guide. In its rudimentary geometry, refugees saw an impossible dream. In its illustrated stick figures, kicking their heels upon reaching the final destination, they saw themselves. They allowed an image, powerful and meditative in its simplicity, to shape their personal stories.

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