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The Unlikely Origins of Russia’s Manifest Destiny

How an obscure academic and a marginalized philosopher captured the minds of the Kremlin and helped forge the new Russian nationalism.

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The Brainbelt Awakening

It’s time to stop championing the "lonely heroes" of innovation like Apple, Google, and Amazon and rally around the ingenuity of the world’s waning industrial communities.

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The Antonescu Paradox

Hitler’s Romanian ally led an utterly barbaric regime — that while often protecting Jews inside Romania’s borders, murdered them indiscriminately just outside those borders.

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‘I Think I May Die Tonight’

The story of an ambitious Rwandan journalist who challenged Paul Kagame’s leadership.

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Inside the CIA Red Cell

How an experimental unit transformed the intelligence community.

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The Saints and Smugglers of Syria’s Civil War

How expatriates ran a covert campaign to funnel millions of dollars worth of aid into one of Syria’s worst-hit towns -- right under Assad’s nose.

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Building the Kremlin’s Big Brother

Inside the minds of the engineers and computer scientists developing phone taps and facial recognition software for Moscow’s security apparatus -- no questions asked.

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Killing Abu Ghadiya

The untold story of a risky Delta Force mission to take out a senior al Qaeda militant inside Syria.

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North Korea’s Real Life Hunger Games

What it's like to fight for your life in North Korea.

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