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A Journalist Was Killed in Mexico. Then His Colleagues Were Hacked.

MEXICO CITY — The messages arrived at a familiar moment of crisis for Mexico’s fragile journalist community — another reporter killed in the line of duty. Javier Valdez, a prominent investigative reporter, had been shot dead only [...]

Portugal Dispatch: This Town Once Feared the 10-Story Waves. Then the Extreme Surfers Showed Up.

NAZARÉ, Portugal — At the market in the ancient fishing village of Nazaré, Portuguese pensioners shopped for their fruit and vegetables. Retired fishermen chatted over coffee. And a record-breaking American surfer sipped on a cucumber [...]

An Afghan Police Chief Took on the Taliban and Won. Then His Luck Ran Out.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — One of the most devastating Taliban assassination strikes of the long Afghan war on Thursday killed a regional police chief with a larger-than-life reputation as one of the last stalwarts against the militants. [...]

Con Man Claimed to ‘Cure’ Childless Women. Blackmail Followed, Then Bodies.

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — For years, Rasool Landay went from place to place in northern Afghanistan, offering a very specialized and in-demand service: treatment for women unable to have children. Now he is on the run. Religious [...]

Kent Sorenson Was a Tea Party Hero. Then He Lost Everything.

*/ ]]> Inmate No. 15000-030 is released into the frigid January morning at 8:46, a gray custodial suit of sweatpants and long-sleeved thermal clinging to his immense frame, a bushy salt-and-pepper beard wrapping around his face, a guard [...]

In Brazil, ‘Queer Museum’ Is Censored, Debated, Then Celebrated

RIO DE JANEIRO — Had it gone as planned, an exhibition that opened last year in Brazil — which included a drawing of smiling children with the words “transvestite” and “gay child” stenciled across them — would likely have [...]

The ‘Steely-Eyed Killer’ Who Became a Star on Fox News – Then Lost It All

On May 6, 2011, retired Lt. Col Bill Cowan appeared on Fox News to talk about the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, which he opposed. At the time, Cowan had been a respected Fox News military analyst for a decade; his combat [...]

Atlacomulco Dispatch: Mexico Town’s Identity Was Defined by 1 Party. Then, the People Turned on It.

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Nowhere in Mexico did loyalty toward the Institutional Revolutionary Party run as deep as in Atlacomulco. But even here, the PRI suffered a symbolically devastating defeat. Source: NYT > World

War Robbed Him of His Family, Then His Eyes, Then His Love

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Today, he marches for peace across Afghanistan. But his thoughts and poetry are fixed on the girl he lost, and bittersweet images of another life. Source: NYT > World
Gina Haspel Almost Thought Better Of Her CIA Nomination, But Then Trump Thought Better Of Her Thinking Better Of It
Whee! Gina Haspel, Donald Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, almost threw in the water-soaked towel over a prisoner’s face Friday when she met with White House officials, telling them she worried her involvement with the CIA’s torture program [...]