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The battle over Pablo Neruda’s corpse
“‘He wrote all these love poems, but he was a son of a bitch,’ said a reporter from a wire service.”
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What liberation looks like for Afghan women
“If a man rapes a woman, she might be forced to marry him, because in Afghanistan sex before marriage is dishonorable.”
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East vs. West, again
“The end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union had posed a truly existential threat.”
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Among the apocalyptic libertarians of Silicon Valley
“I was startled that all these negative ideologies could be condensed so easily into a positive worldview.”
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Greeting the holidays in an age of mass incarceration
“Just so you motherfuckers know, I’ll be spending Christmas with my family, eating a good meal, and you’ll all be here, right where you belong.”
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Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:

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A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.

Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”

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Publisher's Note — December 18, 2014, 3:24 pm

Amid redactions and monotony, reckless CIA cruelty

The massive prose work does possess a certain irony and subtlety, as well as a sickening urgency, which make it worth reading as a book, rather than as an accumulation of outrageous facts.”

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The Senate Intelligence Committee reports on CIA torture, Greenpeace defaces the Nazca Lines, and Putin’s tiger is filmed killing a dog

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Borderline Euphoric

Cold War II gets a bipartisan welcome

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Introducing the January 2015 Issue

Jen Percy examines women’s rights in liberated Afghanistan, Sam Frank hangs out with Silicon Valley’s apocalyptic libertarians, Emily Witt analyzes Pinochet’s legacy in Chile, and more

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Americans protest police brutality, 188 Muslim Brotherhood supporters are sentenced to death in Egypt, and 14 people are arrested for using the Domino’s pizza-ordering app to test stolen credit card numbers.

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A grand jury in St. Louis decides not to indict Darren Wilson, German scientists grow spinal cords in petri dishes, and London police stab a Staffordshire terrier to death.

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Obama reveals his plan for immigration reform, the Keystone XL pipeline fails in the Senate, and Afghanistan’s first amusement park thrives

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