Special Content for iPad Edition Includes:
- The Apostles’ Eternal Journey audio — Listen to photographer Lynn Johnson describe the difficulties facing Christians in India, and how their struggles parrallel those of early Christians.
- Fraternité in Marseille photo gallery — Swipe through images of life in Marseille.
- Rhino Wars video — Watch a video of author Peter Gwin getting a firsthand look at the making of a traditional Asian medicine from a rhino horn at a café in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Writers and photographers are available for interviews Feb. 15-March 15 (see specifics below).
The Apostles’ Eternal Journey, by Andrew Todhunter, photographed by Lynn Johnson Page 38) The Twelve Apostles were among Christianity’s earliest leaders. They spread their message across the ancient world after the crucifixion of Christ and left small Christian communities in their wake. From Matthew the former tax collector to the gentle physician Luke to Matthias, who replaced the traitor Judas, the apostles were Jesus’ most devoted disciples. They preached their faith across thousands of miles, and pilgrims still follow in their footsteps 2,000 years later. Todhunter and Johnson are available for interviews.
Rhino Wars, by Peter Gwin, photographed by Brent Stirton (Page 106) Last year, South Africa reported a record 448 rhinos poached, one every 19 hours. Sophisticated criminal gangs have begun targeting the animals for their horns, which on the black market can rival the price of gold. For centuries, rhino horns have been used in traditional medicines throughout Asia, but recently demand has skyrocketed in Vietnam, where rhino horn is rumored to be an effective ingredient in cancer treatments. Some South African game farmers are pushing a controversial solution: harvest the horns. A rhino horn will grow back if cut properly. The game farmers say the only way to guarantee the animals’ survival is through harvesting this sustainable resource, but conservationists oppose lifting the international trade ban on rhino horn. Meanwhile, the carcasses continue to stack up.Gwin and Stirton are available for interviews.
Fraternité in Marseille, by Christopher Dickey, photographed by Ed Kashi (Page 126) Marseille, France, is a melting pot of cultures. The Mediterranean metropolis of more than 850,000 is home to 100,000 foreigners from Algeria, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia and beyond, with much of the most recent influx being of Muslim origin. Yet these immigrants all seem to get along. Can the harmony last? Kashi is available for interviews.
Tales of the Arabian Seas, by Kennedy Warne, photographed by Thomas P. Peschak (Page 66) The Middle East evokes deserts, oils and political upheaval, while little attention is paid to the region’s seas. Brimming with life, the Arabian seas are home to alluring reefs, mudskippers and on-the-go ghost crabs, but human hands are taking more treasure than the seas can replenish. With overfishing, pollution and seabed dredging crippling the marine ecosystems, some nations are now working together to protect the richness of these seas. Warne and Peschak are available for interviews.
How the Rock Got to Plymouth, by Hannah Holmes, photographed by Fritz Hoffmann (Page 90) Strewn about the planet are countless numbers of boulders carried sometimes hundreds of miles by glaciers to their final resting spots. “As the climate cooled and the glaciers expanded 25,000 years ago, a southbound ice sheet slid over the loose blocks like molasses over spilled sugar and dragged them along,” writes author Hannah Holmes. Known as glacial erratics, they were once blocks of mountain face or bedrock and they include some of the United States’ most famous landmarks, such as Plymouth Rock. Holmes and Hoffmann are available for interviews.
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