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King of the Dump

How a trash heap in Thailand became the scene of a philanthropic turf war.

"They want to see misery"

Nature Boy: a Cuban embargo story

The Cuban-American artist Edel Rodriguez recounts his trip back to Havana after emigrating 34 years ago, putting a human face to the highly political news of détente between the two countries.

"At once Family and Foe"

The Stakes of Kobani

Burying the bodies of Kurdish fighters fallen in neighboring Syria reopens old wounds in the heartland of Turkish Kurdistan.

“Life has stopped in all Kurdish lands”

History Baked in Banana Leaf

How a savory rice and meat dish remains a fragile thread between modern Sri Lanka and 16th century Dutch Burgher settlers.

The story of the lamprais

Welcome to Dollywood

Log cabins! Water slides! Rotisserie chicken! In Dolly Parton’s Tennessee hometown, Americana gone awry

Show Me the Yuan

Superagent Sheng Li wants to bring Hollywood-style talent management to Chinese sports.

Slow Boat From China

A Diary of Fifteen Days on a Cargo Ship

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The Grumpy Monks

Mount Athos, a womanless monastic republic within the Greek state, features hallowed rituals, the odd brawl, and occasional visits from Vladimir Putin.

Land of Fires

In the depth of Azerbaijan's earth boils a holy fire that has shaped the country's history and people for millennia.

En Route to Liberia

Even for a veteran of foreign assignments, sometimes just getting there can be the hardest part.

Nomads on the Grid

An ambitious program is bringing modern tech to Mongolia’s 800,000-strong nomadic population.

Roadside Relics: Q&A with Ryann Ford

Ryann Ford spent the last five years photographing the country's rest stops, before they disappear completely.

My Father’s Hong Kong

The story of a working class immigrant family and a changing city.

Back to the Mountains in South Sinai

After suffering two decades of sporadic violence, Egypt’s Bedouins are trying to build an ecotourism industry and break down stigmas about their homeland.

A Bloodbath at the Bentota Fish Market

This stretch of pristine sand beach in Sri Lanka is a tourist’s dream. But as Marco Ferrarese discovers, it also has a dark side.

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