Staying there tends to make all the difference. When our correspondents are on the floor — or underground or on the ice or at sea — they, and you, can get up near to the tale, often uncomfortably so, uncovering necessary information that no cell phone job interview could ever seize.

This means traveling to some of the world’s most far-flung and unsafe locations, from an Islamic Point out camp in Syria, to the jungles of Thailand wherever armed rosewood smugglers roam, to an Afghan arena where the vicious battling dogs pose the the very least of the dangers.

Dwelling there matters, far too. When our correspondents expend yrs as residents of the locations they deal with, they find cultural truths about a state that only slowly and gradually expose themselves. The Germans really like to go quickly and, as we’ll see, to get naked. The Senegalese will hardly ever pass up a exercise. The Lebanese may perhaps not like every other, but they like basketball. In China, a parade can signify an eviction.

Expend plenty of time in a location and even humble objects and day-to-day animals can expose outsize insights about a country’s temper and manners. Clay pots in Myanmar. Bagels in Montreal. A quirky ’60s convertible in Britain. A rooster in France. Snakes in Canada.

While covering India’s climatic extremes, a health-related unexpected emergency intervened, and the tale became not only about monsoons, but also about Indian modern society, the human mind and cancer.

“I was taken for useless by a mortuary crew, who toe-tagged me with the next ID: ‘Unknown Caucasian male, age 47 and a half,’” our reporter wrote. “Nothing could have cheered me up extra. It was only times until my 70th birthday.”

—By Rod Nordland

“Paraguay is the land of impunity,” explained a notorious drug kingpin we interviewed in his prison mobile.

Australia’s biggest city has a unusual superpower: It turns urbanites into chicken men and women, and birds into urbanites. Interacting with the big avian inhabitants is a day by day journey and (primarily) a delight.

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