What does the return of mercenary armies mean for the world? – Sean McFate | Aeon Essays

Two centuries ago, public armies replaced private ones as the dominant tool of warfare. Now, private armies are back

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When Bob Marley went to Africa

The public persona (and the politics) of Bob Marley–whose birthday it is today*–was heavily informed by his relationship with Africa, both symbolically and in a real sense. Director Kev…

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Hurricane Mary – Roads & Kingdoms

In late October 2015, tension began seeping into Monrovia, Liberia’s capital. One day, while passing through Congo Town, a relatively well-off neighborhood, I noticed crowds gathering as heavily armored members of the National Police Emergency Response Unit followed a woman. She was a whirlwind of activity, pointing, yelling, and directing crews wielding sledgehammers and crowbars …

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Capturing the Atomic Flea

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What kind of man would drop his daughter off a bridge?

An autopsy ruled that Phoebe Jonchuck drowned. But that doesn’t explain why she died.

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Writivism Stories 2015: Lagos Doesn’t Care

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We’re the Only Animals With Chins, and No One Knows Why

Despite much chin-stroking.

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