Volume 21 Issue 1

12.30.14

No God? No Problem

In 2011, two English standup comedians were driving to Bath when they got to talking about an idea: What if there were a church for people who didn't believe in God?

12.29.14

The Glue-Sniffing Street Kids of Somaliland

No matter how prosperous Somaliland might become, it's doubtful that any of that good fortune will trickle down to Hargeisa's homeless children—young outcasts living on their own who are at best ignored and at worst abused and treated like vermin.

2.6.14

We Shootin’ Hoops

Listen to "We Shootin’ Hoops," the long-lost classic by the completely unknown white 80s hip-hop artist, Rat Tail, whose current whereabouts are unknown.

2.4.14

Two and a Half Men

Dad, will you help me with my math homework?

2.3.14
1.31.14

Delivering Bibles to North Koreans Is Tricky Business

Sanctions, threats, and aid from governments and NGOs have all failed to change the totalitarian regime in North Korea, but American Evangelical pastor Eric Foley says he has what the country needs: Bibles, and lots of them.

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1.30.14

The Brazilian Slum Children Who Are Literally Swimming in Garbage

Recife is known for its majestic bridges, but in November a newspaper photo highlighted one of the metropolis’s uglier aspects: a nine-year-old kid submerged in a garbage-filled canal beneath one of those famous bridges, picking cans out of the filthy...

1.29.14

Ritual

Falling asleep, I often find a convincing, semiconscious simulacrum of cozy peace by imagining a nonscientific, crayon-drawn version of a light field, and then focusing tighter and tighter on the black empty places in between the things.

1.28.14

Woman in a Green Beret - On the Front Lines of Gender Equality with Pakistan’s Lady Cadets

Lady Cadet Wardah was one of 32 women, ages 23 to 27, who comprised the Pakistan Military Academy 2013 lady cadet class. It's Pakistan’s answer to West Point; it’s just as hard to gain entry, and those who do, go on to lead young soldiers into battle.

1.27.14

The Romanian Village Ravaged by a Plague of Earthquakes

Izvoarele is a small village of 300 homes in southern Romania that had a problem late last year: There was constantly an earthquake happening, but no one knows exactly why so many quakes hit.

1.24.14

Denmark’s Controversial Teenage Muslim Superstar Poet

Yahya Hassan is an 18-year-old Muslim Palestinian immigrant to Denmark who has become a social critic, celebrity writer, and general shit-stirrer—all thanks to a slim volume of poetry.

1.23.14

Between Beirut and a Hard Place

Thirty-four years ago, on April 18, 1980, I was with a United Nations Peacekeeping patrol that was abducted in south Lebanon. The kidnappers released me after a couple hours, but they tortured and killed two Irish UN peacekeepers who had accompanied me...

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