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The Metamorphosis of an Islamic State Warrior

Meet Abdelaziz Kuwan, a nice young man from Bahrain who went to Syria to fight Assad. Before long he was raping girls and beheading men.

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The Final Betrayal of Egypt’s Revolution

The democratic revolution in Tahrir Square awakened high hopes in Egyptians. Two years later, it ended in blood and tears.

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Watching Top Gun in Tehran

Life in 1980s Iran was unbearable. And then Masoud the video-man came to call.

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And the City Swallowed Them

A model, a murder, and the seamy underbelly of 2008 Shanghai.

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The Islamist Identity Crisis

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood became more illiberal after its first brush with power -- sparking an authoritarian reaction that makes a democratic future seem further away than ever.

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A Murder in the Kingdom

The unsolved killing of a photographer in Bahrain's forgotten Arab Spring.

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How Zionist Extremism Became British Spies’ Biggest Enemy

In World War II's aftermath, MI5 turned to fight a new threat. It wasn't the Soviets. It was bombers from Jerusalem.

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The Seduction of George W. Bush

How the president of good and evil bromanced Vladimir Putin. And how a warm friendship turned to ice.

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