Wednesday, November 19

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The 'Caliphate's' Colonies: Islamic State's Gradual Expansion into North Africa

“The Jihad route leads from Tunisia via Tripoli into Turkey and on to Syria. Thousands have followed the path into Syria, and only a few have returned.”

Tuesday, November 18

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Firestone and the Warlord

How a major American company helped bring Charles Taylor to power in Liberia.

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Dave Chappelle Is Back (This Time We're 100% Sure It's Maybe Totally for Real)

The comedian on his show business bucket list, Donald Sterling, and whether he ever feels guilty for being funny.

"I just know that sometimes the things that scare you the most or make you want to cry the most or are the most tragic are the things you just gravitate to or address in a comedic context, partially because you shouldn't."

Previously: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah's "If He Hollers Let Him Go," a Best of 2013 pick.

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The Smartest Bro in the Room

A profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

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The Internet Has Solved the Problem With Music

"Imagine a great hall of fetishes where whatever you felt like fucking or being fucked by, however often your tastes might change, no matter what hardware or harnesses were required, you could open the gates and have at it on a comfy mattress at any time of day. That’s what the internet has become for music fans. Plus bleacher seats for a cheering section."

Previously: "The Problem With Music," Albini's 1993 essay in The Baffler.

Monday, November 17

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Death by Deadline

How bad lawyering and an unforgiving law cost condemned men their last appeal.

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The Programmer’s Price

Superstar coders, like actors and athletes, now have agents.

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Hell Is Other People

A report from the Central African Republic, where "acts of extraordinary cruelty have become commonplace."

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Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji

The rapid rise of a wordless language.

Sunday, November 16

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A Father's Scars

Virginia state senator Creigh Deeds, a year after his mentally ill son stabbed him multple times before committing suicide.