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The burial brigade "The bloody uprising against the Assad regime has now lasted for a year. And Hussein's story illustrates that, in this time, the rebels have also lost their innocence. Hussein and his fellow injured comrades speak openly about the fact that they, just like the regime's troops, torture and kill."
Afghanistan: When the going's good "Then we hand over to them and leave with heads held high. Does this sound credible?... There is no way to pay the army after we go. The Afghan army and police will cost about $4.5 billion in 2014, and the Kabul government's total revenue will be $1.6 billion."
The god of gamblers "The speed of Macau's growth is breathtaking; for a decade, the economy has ballooned, on average, nearly twice as fast as mainland China's. In 2010, high rollers in Macau wagered about six hundred billion dollars, roughly the amount of cash withdrawn from all the A.T.M.s in America in a year."
The case against kids "There are many urges apparently arising from our biological nature that we nonetheless should choose not to act upon. If we're going to keep having kids, we ought to be able to come up with a reason."
I'd like 11 and a half tons of resin please "What's it like to make giant monuments for Rachel Whiteread? Or to paint spots for Damien Hirst? The people behind some of Britain's best known art share their highs - and lows."