Friday, November 27

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A Dream of Secular Utopia in ISIS' Backyard

On a thin sliver of land called Rojava where "rules of the neighboring ISIS caliphate ha[ve] been inverted," a Kurdish Syrian college trains its future autonomous leaders.

Sunday, November 22

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ISIS Women and Enforcers in Syria Recount Collaboration, Anguish and Escape

They were cousins who grow up in Raqqa amidst parties, beaches, even bikinis. They married ISIS fighters to protect their families, then became morality policers.

Thursday, November 19

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The Doomsday Scam

Bomb makers—including ISIS—have been on a quest to obtain red mercury, a weapon reputed to be powerful enough to “create the city-flattening blast of a nuclear bomb.” They haven’t found it yet. That might be because it doesn’t exist.

Sunday, November 15

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The Mystery of ISIS

How a tattooed video store clerk with a history of drinking and drug use ended up at an Islamic self-help class leading to the birth of ISIS.

Friday, November 6

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The Displaced: Hana

The daily life and dwindling hopes of a 12-year-old Syrian refugee.

Wednesday, November 4

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Pat Dollard’s War on Hollywood

He was just another coked-up agent (repping the likes of Steven Soderbergh) when he disappeared into Iraq, shooting heaps of footage he would attempt to package into a pro-war documentary. And that was just the beginning.

Tuesday, November 3

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The Manipulator

On Ahmad Chalabi, the con man who pushed America to war. Chalabi died on Tuesday at the age of 71.

Monday, October 19

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Ten Borders

A Syrian refugee’s epic escape route through Europe.

Friday, October 16

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“Hello Father, The Boat is Sinking, So I Will Die.”

The disappearance of the Ghost Boat and its 243 passengers off the Libyan coast.

Saturday, October 10

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Boys in Zinc

Testimonies about the Soviet war in Afghanistan, reported by the 2015 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Saturday, October 3

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Out of Sight

A former prostitute turned arctivist and her taxi-driver husband go undercover in Iraq’s brothels.

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"They Were Torturing to Kill"

The photographs that Caesar, a Syrian military photographer, smuggled out of Assad’s death dungeons.