Slowly but surely
May’s 11-day conflict between Hamas and Israel arrived abruptly, unfolded at breakneck speed and then disappeared from the news agenda before many of us had a firm grasp of what was happening. This often happens with big stories, and part of our Slow Journalism mission at Delayed Gratification is to revisit such major events to get a longer-term perspective on why they mattered – and what happened after the eyes of the world turned elsewhere. That’s exactly what we’ve done in our in-depth report on the May conflict, starting on page 070
Another of our aims is to tell unreported stories, such as that of Medine Nazimi. This Uighur woman living in Istanbul brushes off hardship and threats to her safety to go out on the street each day and demand the release of her sister, detained in Xinjiang by China. The story of Nazimi and her community, which begins on page 032, is one of the most powerful we’ve published in the magazine to date.
But we’ve also always tried to find the light amid the darkness: in this issue, for example, we’ve got inspiring stories of the tree-planters reforesting machine-logged tracts of Canadian wilderness (page 056), the fight to save the northern white rhino, which has only two remaining members, both female (page 016) and the innovators trying to kickstart a circular economy (page 096). For those disappointed that their nation didn’t win the Euros, we’ve crunched the numbers to give an award to every team (page 106) and for those looking to make a fast buck, Evil Stick Man has the lowdown on dropshipping (page 067).
Thanks as always for supporting our work – we couldn’t do this without you. We hope you enjoy the issue,
Rob and Marcus, editors
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