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Inside FARC’s Postwar Jungle Camp Finishing School

YARI PLAINS, Colombia — At dawn in a jungle clearing in southern Colombia, rebels wearing pixelated fatigues, berets and Lenin badges form up in a loose parade before the start of their school day. 2,199 more words


Dispatch 25: Rope-a-Doping the Mainstreaming of Deviancy

ONE of the many curious sights in Cleveland at the Republican Convention was boxing promoter Don King, who had apparently been snubbed by Trump as a speaker at the convention, working the room like a conquering hero. 551 more words

David Levi Strauss

'We Do Not Need America's Support'

ERBIL, Iraq — The northern Iraqi village of Bashir has been all but flattened by war. Abandoned houses lie in heaps of rubble along the eerily quiet streets. 1,653 more words

U.S. Foreign Policy

Tasers, radios and trust

Throughout those first months of training, I was on the radio. It wasn’t just reading manuals. I took phone calls from the administrative phone lines, ie. 2,891 more words



I’ve been a dispatcher for 22 years. You’d think by now I could understand any deputy or officer say any name, no matter what.  Well, you might think so, but you’d be wrong. 517 more words


The Perils of a Post-ISIS Iraq

The Islamic State fighters who occupied Sheikh Burhan Mizher al-Assi’s village in northern Iraq did not content themselves with simply blowing up his home. They also destroyed the tombstones erected above his parents’ buried remains in the local cemetery. 1,984 more words


First Helmand, Then Afghanistan

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — Abdul Hakim seems to have just vanished. The 15-year-old boy left his madrasa across the Pakistani border to visit relatives in Afghanistan. 4,002 more words