Meet the British Grandfather Who Taught Brazil’s Riot Police How to Fight
Brazil has a reputation for dealing with protesters by killing them. Sensing PR problems in the lead up to the World Cup, they called Steve Costello, a 72-year-old British karate instructor, so riot cops would have an arsenal of effective fighting...
This Guy Played for Gaddafi's Basketball Team at the Start of the Libyan Revolution
Alex Owumi is an American ball player who was recruited by Al-Nasr, a team owned by the Gaddafi family. He enjoyed a few months as the team’s point guard before the revolution broke out in February of 2011.
With Coalition Troops Leaving Afghanistan, Women's Rights Will Take a Step Back
When the last Western soldier leaves the country, will the religious conservatives pass a new slate of repressive laws?
The American Filmmaker Who Became a Freedom Fighter in Libya
In 2008, Matthew VanDyke set off on a three-year motorcycle expedition around North Africa and the Middle East. He popped into bin Laden's old home, went to cockfights in Iraq, visited mausoleums in Afghanistan, and generally had a pretty nice time...