A local courier rests his legs atop the batteries of his electric bicycle as he rides through Beijing's Tiananmen Square.David Gray / Reuters

A Hello to Arms: A New Generation of Steely-Gazed Anarcho-Communists Head Off to Syria
John Knefel | The Village Voice
“In eleven days, Guy and Hristo will leave the comfort of their families’ homes in Chelsea and south Brooklyn, respectively, and attempt to smuggle themselves into Syria to join the Kurdish militia known as the People's Protection Units (YPG). They will become the first reported American anarchists to join the leftist group, which is based in a swath of northern Syria that has been renamed Rojava. Most of the more than 100 American citizens who have made the journey to fight alongside the Kurds—whether with the YPG in Syria or the Peshmerga in Iraq — have been military vets, Christian crusaders, or adventurers looking for thrills and a chance to kill ISIS fighters.”

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Citizen Khan
Kathryn Schulz | The New Yorker
“Hot Tamale Louie was the son of nobody knows who, the grandson of nobody knows who, and the great-great-grandson of nobody knows who. He had been selling tamales in Sheridan since Buffalo Bill rode in the town parade, sold them when President Taft came to visit, was still selling them when the Russians sent Sputnik into space and the British sent the Beatles to America.”

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The Donald and the Dictator
Daniel Wagner and Aram Roston | BuzzFeed
“Donald Trump tried to raise money from the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi two years before a 2011 revolution toppled the brutal leader, according to four people with knowledge of the effort. Trump even tried to set up a meeting with the tyrant himself, three of the sources say, to explore business ventures—despite the Libyan leader’s notorious sponsorship of terrorism that killed scores of Americans.”

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The Best and Worst Internet Experience in the World
Christina Larson | MIT Technology Review
“No matter where you go across [China] today—from booming megacities to the increasingly desolate countryside—you see online delivery men steering electric bicycles, with metal carts hitched behind.”

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Greed, Passion, Lust, Betrayal, and the Olympics in Between
David Segal | The New York Times
“For organizers of the Summer Olympics, telenovelas are a problem. Last year, before the Zika virus made international headlines, and before the wheel of impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff started turning, the country’s International Olympic Committee representatives would readily profess to one worry: that more Brazilians would watch soaps than the Games.”

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How Do You Say ‘Gnarly’ in Amharic? Ethiopia Gets Its First Skate Park
Gregory Warner | NPR
“ ‘It was just 20 kids that were sharing, I think five boards?’ [Sean] Stromsoe recalls. He felt as if he was looking back in time—to an era when skateboarding wasn’t as commercialized and competitive as it is today.”

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