Tag: World

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Let’s Die Together

The rise of anonymous group suicide in Japan.

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Trouble in Paradise

Pitcairn Island is impossibly remote, populated by descendants of a ship of British mutineers. Revelations that child molestation and rape had been a way of life for generations exposed them to the outside world.

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An Investigation Into Xinjiang’s Growing Swarm of Great Gerbils

Tracking a rumored gerbil infestation through China’s bureaucracy.

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The Torture Colony

A utopian German settlement in Chile had already turned darkly cultish by the time it became a secret torture site for enemies of the Pinochet regime.

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Mother Earth Mother Board

A 42,000-word, 3-continent spanning “hacker tourist” account of the laying of the (then) longest wire on earth.

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Basta Bunga Bunga

On Silvio Berlusconi’s hedonism.

Berlusconi is Italy’s waning Hugh Hefner, alternately reviled and admired for his loyalty to his own appetites—except that he’s supposed to be running the country.

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The Tunnels of Gaza

Life and death in an underground economy.

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The Expendables

Life in the French Foreign Legion.

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Kafka in Beijing

An alleged rape and one woman’s futile quest for justice in modern China.

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Here & Gone

On the strange relationship between Lionel Messi and his Argentinian hometown.

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Arab Spring Break

A 21-year-old UCLA math major leaves his $9,000-a-month internship to fight with the rebels in Libya.