Losing My Shirt in Chernobyl

As seen in Roads & Kingdoms:

Before we left Kiev, the rules were carefully explained, clearly and in plain English.

During the two days we’d be inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone, it was absolutely imperative that everyone follow all safety protocols, and most importantly, we were to strictly comply with all instructions given us by our authorized state guide. We were also given a list of things that were, in no uncertain terms, “totally prohibited” to do within the zone, including consuming drugs or alcohol. In an interesting twist, smoking outdoors was also prohibited. Fully briefed, the ten of us piled into a white Mercedes van and settled in for the 90 minute drive. Continue reading

Here’s Who May (or may not) Have Been Behind Turkey’s Failed Coup

As seen in VICE News:

The attempted coup d’etat in Turkey last week resulted in more than 6,000 arrests, almost 300 deaths, and the destruction of the country’s parliament building. And while it failed to depose an increasingly authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the unsuccessful putsch succeeded spectacularly at generating untold numbers of theories — some more plausible than others — as to who was behind it. Continue reading