This week for BuzzReads, Gregory Johnsen tells the gripping tale of a 2008 terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Yemen — and how much worse it could have been. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
In September 2008, seven militants in Sanaa killed themselves and 12 others in the deadliest assault on a U.S. Embassy in a decade. And if not for an unlikely hero, things would have been unimaginably worse.
Nearly 13 years after my sister’s death, a reluctant Sunday visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, where public spectacle and private grief have a permanent home together.
This week for BuzzReads, John Knefel rides along with the advocates who are fighting to make heroin use safer. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
With heroin use at epidemic levels, harm reduction — a bold, long-contested approach to treating addicts — is gaining political traction. But are we ready to make it easier to shoot heroin even if it means fewer deaths?
Four years ago, the promising Rutgers defensive lineman was paralyzed from the neck down during a game. Now he’s battling to win back his body while becoming an inspiration to many.
In Batanes, the northernmost islands of the Philippines, a small indigenous population routinely survives the most violent storms in the world. But in an era of unprecedented weather disturbances, can centuries-old methods of adaptation survive modernization and economic struggle?
One of the very few women judges in boxing history rose to the pinnacle of her sport, judging dozens of title fights, until two controversial decisions ended it all. This is the story of CJ Ross.
This week for BuzzReads, Laurel Fantauzzo reports from the most disaster-ready corner of the storm-ravaged Philippines. Read that and these other stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
A romantic drama about young cancer patients doesn’t seem like it would spur the same fanaticism as The Hunger Games, but The Fault in Our Stars — in particular, John Green, who wrote the YA best-seller — is proof that teenage feelings are special effects too.
Our teen idols are “all heart, no libido” — so what happens when they grow up? Ricky Nelson, Rock Hudson, Zac Efron, and the impossible contradictions of masculinity.
This week for BuzzFeed, an investigation into why a gay teenager perpetrated an elaborate series of fake hate crimes against herself. Read that and these other stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
Ten years ago, a liberal San Francisco suburb was traumatized by a rash of hate crimes against a 17-year-old lesbian. But when it was revealed that the victim herself had staged the attacks, the entire community turned on her and she never spoke about the incidents publicly. Until now.
Seven months after allegations of racism were raised, little has changed. “There is a strong sense of ‘There’s nothing you can do about it.’”
The 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate is trying to challenge the notion that his party is out of touch with poor people the old-fashioned way: by talking to some.
Ten years ago, Britney Spears said she was working on an album called Original Doll, but her label denied its existence. The search for Britney’s “lost album,” and the freedom that still eludes her.
This week for BuzzReads, David Peisner considers a British soccer club’s anti-Semitic nickname and explores whether chanting it should be made illegal. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and the rest of the web.
The Heartbleed bug put the spotlight on OpenSSL, the security toolkit used by many of the internet’s biggest sites and looked after primarily by two men who’ve never met in person. For the first time, Steve Marquess and Stephen Henson speak about how they became the overworked, underpaid stewards of our online security.
A pair of prosecutors known for helping schools accused of mishandling sexual assault cases is under fire from victims and activists. Do Title IX consultants work for students or the administrators that hire them?
Is Tottenham Hotspur’s nickname — the Yids — an anti-Semitic slur that should get its fans arrested, a misunderstood tradition, or a rousing cry for Jewish pride? Whatever the answer, it has become a flashpoint for discussion of free speech, civility, and the public image of an increasingly lucrative sport.
This week for BuzzReads, Amanda Petrusich explores why astrology is gaining popularity. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and web.
In an April marked by angry eclipses portending unexpected change, the ancient, long-debunked practice of astrology and its preeminent ambassador might be weirdly suited for the 21st century.
This week for BuzzFeed, Amy Saunders tells the forgotten story of the first woman to fly solo around the world. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
Jerrie Mock was a 38-year-old housewife from Columbus, Ohio, when, 50 years ago this week, she accomplished what Amelia Earhart is famous for having failed to do. But in the decades since, as Mock’s life began to unravel, history all but forgot the pilot who made it.
Tom Lehrer is considered one of the most influential figures in comedy — despite a body of work consisting of just 37 pitch-black songs and a career that stopped abruptly when the counterculture he helped spawn eclipsed him. You can ask him why he quit, but good luck getting an answer.
This week for BuzzReads, Jake Rossen explores why doctors are especially vulnerable to online reputation attacks. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
In the untamed world of online comment sections, no one is more vulnerable to criticism than doctors, who are restricted by confidentiality laws from defending themselves against even the most outlandish of claims. With patients increasingly dependent on internet marketplaces to find care — and increasingly prone to frustration — it’s the caregivers who get hurt.
It’s been more than four years since Shane McMahon left the family business — the $2.3 billion WWE juggernaut — to launch a video-on-demand company in China. But, as WrestleMania again approaches without him in the fold, those challenges may make being suplexed through a plate of glass feel like a breeze by comparison.
The “Gas Pedal” rapper might be the first genuine pop-crossover star to come from this tight-knit, influential community. But if he looks like he’s not enjoying the ride, it’s because he’s got a chip on his shoulder the size of Northern California.