Author Archives: stephanfaris

Europe Is Horrified by Trump, but He’d Fit Right In

My piece on the Donald Trumps of Europe is this week’s cover of the international edition of Bloomberg Businessweek. From the volume of the outrage, you’d think Europeans had never dealt with the likes of Donald Trump before. The French newspaper Libération … Continue reading

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Starbucks Faces Struggle to Take on Italian Coffee Traditions

My piece on the rhythms and traditions of Italy’s coffee culture has just been published at Time. Like the tides of the sea, an Italiancaffé – or bar – has its recognizable rhythms. There’s a rush of office workers at … Continue reading

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Big in Hungary: Whips and Axes

The Atlantic has just published my short piece on Baranta, the youngest of the world’s so-called traditional martial arts. Around this time last winter, at a gymnasium 45 minutes outside Budapest, I was startled to come across a group of … Continue reading

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Online Life of American Murdered in Italy Spurs Theories About Her Death

My piece on murder in the age of social media has just been published by Time. The aftermath of Ashley Olsen’s death is an example of how, in the age of social media, the private can suddenly turn very public. The … Continue reading

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The Solar Company Making a Profit on Poor Africans

My profile of M-Kopa, a company selling solar power to people making less than $2 a day, has just been published by Bloomberg Businessweek. Tom Opiyo is the best-performing salesperson at M-Kopa Solar, a Kenyan company selling solar power systems … Continue reading

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Barcelona’s New Mayor Wants to Send Tourists Packing

Bloomberg Businessweek has published my profile of Ada Colau, Barcelona’s activist-turned-mayor. In 2007, Ada Colau put on a black leotard, a yellow cape, and a Zorro mask and gate-crashed a campaign rally in Barcelona. For two and a half minutes, … Continue reading

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You’re Invited to a Finnish Tea Party

My profile of Finland’s version of the Tea Party has just been published in Bloomberg Businessweek. In early August, Timo Soini, the foreign minister of Finland, mounts a stage at the convention center in the town of Turku. The occasion … Continue reading

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How 3-D Printing Is Saving the Italian Artisan

Bloomberg Businessweek has just published my piece looking at how cutting-edge technology is rescuing traditional Italian craftmanship. Northeast Italy’s industrial heartland stretches roughly from Milan to Venice, along the floodplains of the Po River all the way to the Adriatic. … Continue reading

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Homelands

My short e-book for Deca on an orphan named Patience and a case for open immigration is now up for free at Longform. When I was in Liberia during the civil war in 2003, I met a four-year-old girl named Patience. … Continue reading

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In Europe, the Refugees Keep Coming

A short piece I did for Bloomberg Businessweek on Europe’s refugee crisis is in this week’s issue. On a wintry day in early February, four rubber dinghies—each loaded with more than 100 people—pushed off the Libyan coast into the icy … Continue reading

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