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Last Tango in Kabul by Matthieu Aikins

While war raged across Afghanistan, expats lived in a bubble of good times and easy money. But as the U.S. withdraws, life has taken a deadly turn

Beats by Gaddafi

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Artist Petro Wodkins’ Sound-of-Power series consists of handmade porcelain speakers made to resemble busts of infamous political leaders from around the globe. While the selection of figures is surprisingly limited and random (where’s Sadaam? no Bush?), buying into this idea will give you some type of ability to “Smash The State.”

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Richard Nixon, Panda Sex Ponderer

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Also, the story of how Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing became the first Pandas in America.
 
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The Greatest Double Agent in History by Alex Mayyasi

For his valor during World War II, Juan Pujol Garcia received awards from both Adolf Hitler and King George VI.

“On the Internet, Anyone Can Succeed”

Why Net Neutrality Matters (And What You Can Do To Help).

African Land Grab

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While it sounds like a pretty cool skateboard trick, this move was actually made by one dedicated father from Virginia who went all the way to an unclaimed arid desert in Northeast Africa to plant a flag, claiming the region as his own “Kingdom of North Sudan.” The reason? He promised his 6 year-old daughter she could be an actual princess. +1, America.

Everything is NOT awesome

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Greenpeace’s new ad calls for LEGO to halt its production of Shell-branded LEGO toys and end its partnership with Shell Oil, thus saving children’s malleable brains from oil company propaganda.

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“Longboard Cop”

Maintaining order on the dangerous paths of Green Bay, Wisconsin parks with a specially designed board that “has wider trucks, bigger wheels, and red and blue LED lights.”

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1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza

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An amendment attached to the annual state department budget bill would rename the Washington, D.C. street that the Chinese Embassy is on to Liu Xiaobo Plaza, after noted Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year sentence for subversion.

art by Shepard Fairey

“Never smoked crack — as simple as that”

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Marion Barry, Mayor for Life

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Prisoner of Denver by Hunter S. Thompson and Mark Seal (2004)

Just 22, Lisl Auman was convicted in 1998 of the felony murder of a police officer, a crime she didn’t commit, and is serving life in prison without parole. This summer, three years after gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson began his campaign to free Lisl, Colorado’s Supreme Court will rule on her appeal. Mark Seal joins Thompson in exposing the brutality, corruption, and arcane legal strategy which doomed an innocent young woman—and threatens every other American.

Che Peccato

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This year, Italy will be adding the sales of drugs, prostitution and smuggling to their GDP calculations, “a boost for its chronically stagnant economy.”

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