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Updated: Stallone Will Not Take on the Islamic State in New Movie

Iraqi armed forces, even with extensive support from Iran and the United States, have mostly failed to achieve meaningful victories against the Islamic State. But what armies have failed to accomplish, one man is set to achieve on the big screen.

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Just What Makes a ‘Good European’?

Nietzsche, Merkel, and the long, strange history of an elusive idea. (Hint: They don’t listen to Wagner.)

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The New Face of Global White Nationalist Terror

The Charleston shooter, like Anders Breivik, shows how the radical white right has become ever more unhinged and dangerous.

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Bloodsport

From cockfighting to buzkashi, Afghanistan’s pastimes are as brutal as the country’s history.

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The Gold, Skype-Equipped Shipping Container Being Used to Connect America With Iran

A gold-gilded shipping container, currently stationed in Washington, D.C.’s Woodrow Wilson Plaza, provides 20-minute video links to the Iranian capital of Tehran; Herat, Afghanistan; and Havana, Cuba.

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Sick Beats and Sykes-Picot

This Arabic-language, M.I.A.-inspired Israeli girl band from the Negev desert is looking to become the Arab world's next pop superstar. History isn't on its side.

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Erdogan’s Kurdish Chickens Are Coming Home to Roost

The president's peace process with his country's Kurds could be the very thing that prevents him from coming out on top in the coming elections.

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