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The Doobie Underground

In Italy, grassroots cannabis social clubs dispense medical marijuana (and sometimes cheese) to ailing patients

Just Another Medicine?

The New Gin Craze

Centuries of squalor and imperialism have given gin a bad name. But now, liquor stores are stocked with brands featuring fancy bottles, funky names, and one-of-a-kind botanical blends.

License to Distill

Bolivian Ball

As basketball rises in popularity in Bolivia, teams are recruiting more and more American players, who have to learn a new language on and off the court - and overcome altitude sickness.

Photoessay by Eduardo Leal

The Last Days of Storytellers Street

Long past its glory days and plagued by spasms of violence, Peshawar’s Qissa Khwani Bazaar is at risk of being lost to history

Green tea and gossip

Madrid’s Rebel Orchestra

The rabble-rousing musicians of La Solfónica provide a soundtrack to Spain’s many protests

The Delicious Chaos of Cairo’s Chinatown

Egypt’s revolution (and counter-revolution) hasn’t stopped an influx of Chinese, who bring with them a rich and delicious culinary heritage.

The Conventioneers: Q&A with Yvette Marie Dostatni

The Chicago-born photographer attends conventions throughout the country, uncovering the many worlds hidden below the mainstream level of society.

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A Railway Pilgrimage in Pakistan

As a child growing up in Pakistan, the railway held a special place in Annie Khan’s imagination—even though she never actually rode a train. Last year, she returned to Karachi and boarded the country’s most…

A Village at the Edge

Awsard, a small village in Western Sahara, is located 170 miles from the nearest food market. A five minute walk, however, will take you to a massive Moroccan army base.

Brooklyn’s Ayahuasca Guru

The borough’s go-to man for the hallucinogenic potion is a ponytailed 33-year-old former Orthodox Jew. Go figure.

The Weird and Wonderful World of Korean Pizza

Sweet potato crust, fig and snail toppings, strawberry and cream cheese—in an otherwise conservative food culture, Seoul’s pizza makers aren’t afraid to experiment.

The Fat Man’s Belly

Hainan Island—best known for pirates, poets, and Miss World pageants—is now an unlikely player in China’s quest for supremacy in Southeast Asia.

The Fishing Otters of Bangladesh

For two centuries fisherman in the South Asian nation have relied on the whiskered river dwellers. Today, the practice is at risk of fading away.

Citizens With A Broom

In Burkina Faso, a group of activists headed by a charismatic rapper is working to clean up the government.

Bangkok Rock

When Jeremy Hartley moved to the Thai capital as an angsty 25-year-old, he found a home in the city’s thriving punk scene by grabbing a guitar, writing some awful lyrics, and starting a band. …

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