The ‘Dear Leader Haircut’

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Men in North Korea used to be able to style their hair in 10 different ways, now they can choose only one, that of their leader Kim Jong-Un. Formerly known as the “Chinese smuggler haircut,” the sharp fade with a floppy top has also been worn stateside by Brad Pitt, and is sure to be a staple on the street for ironic trendsetters this summer. Follow the leader.

“A critical-design version of The Hunger Games”

Yosuke Ushigome’s Commoditised Warfare series, part of MoMA’s Design and Violence project.

If There’s One Thing Congress Can Do, It’s Get a Cool Coin Made

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The curved 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin from the United States Mint celebrates the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The coin is the result of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, a law passed in 2012.

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“It was on my first exploration that I realized I had, unwittingly, bought an illegal cocaine plantation.”

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Sometimes saving the rainforest means saving the people too.  Wildlife presenter Charlie Hamilton James bought a slice of land high up in the Andes in an effort to close off an illegal logging route, what he found was an impoverished community willing to do anything to survive.

“Bill Clinton, Eat Your Heart Out”

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Glenn O’Brien muses on The Mistress (France’s Secret Weapon)

It Felt Like a Kiss

By Adam Curtis

Put some headphones on and immerse yourself.

“The story of America’s rise to power starting in 1959, it uses nothing but archive footage and Amercia pop music. Showing the consequences on the rest of the world and in peoples mind.”

News From Outside the Comfort Zone

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Ignorance was bliss…

 

China Vice

Bad Days in Baghdad

Jamaican Turf War

North Korea goes to vote

Libya threatens to bomb N Korean ship over deal with rebels

Iraq says Saudi Arabia and Qatar are waging war against Baghdad

Social media mercy in Iran juvenile hanging case

Burma’s hateful Buddhists

Crisis continues in Central African Republic

Australia’s new stolen generation

Private industry continues to profit off of misery (pictured)

Maoists clash with India

Syria rebellion hijacked by extremists

Crimean split

 

KC Ortiz / @kcortizphoto

KC Ortiz is a photojournalist based in Bangkok

 

Muslim Girl With Balloon

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Banksy modifies his most iconic artwork to bring attention to the third anniversary of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Lunchtime Laughter

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama

Memory Wound at Sørbråten

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Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg removed a slice of Norway’s Utoya island for one of his designs for memorial sites commemorating the lives lost during the July 22, 2011 terrorist attacks.

“The concept for the Memorial Sørbråten proposes a wound or a cut within nature itself. It reproduces the physical experience of taking away, reflecting the abrupt and permanent loss of those who died. The cut will be a three-and-a-half-meters-wide excavation. It slices from the top of the headland at the Sørbråten site, to below the water line and extends to each side. This void in the landscape makes it impossible to reach the end of the headland.”

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Lunchtime Laughter

Obama, Putinized

Frontline Homies

Redesigning the Union Jack

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If Scotland declares independence from the UK, what changes will the iconic flag have to go through?

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Seth Rogen’s Opening Statement Before a Senate Hearing on Alzheimer’s Research

Funny, yet touching.

Printables

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American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga by Alexis C. Madrigal

A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in the biggest state

Memorials for Ukrainian Heroes and Martyrs of the Current Revolution

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Painted by TECK from Lviv, Ukraine.

Sergey Nihoyan, RIP

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Printables

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Putin’s Run for Gold by Brett Forrest

At $50 billion and counting, the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, will be the most expensive Olympic Games ever. Intended to showcase the power of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, they may instead highlight its problems: organized crime, state corruption, and the terrorist threat within its borders

Global Politics in 30 Seconds

Down With Business Suits!

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At the CELAC Summit in Havana, Cuba yesterday, the chillest president in the world (Uruguay’s Jose Mujica) briefly spoke out against formal business attire, stating that the dress was imposed on the world by the English during the Industrial Revolution, and that to maintain prestige in the world “We all had to dress up like monkeys with ties.” His point to other Latin American leaders was simply that they should try to relate to the people of their country, instead of their wealthy peers.

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