Queer as TurbofolkA gay club in Belgrade embraces Serbia’s local pop music in all of its macho, misogynistic glory.
The Siege of Xian VillageAn ancient Chinese community in the shade of skyscrapers fights for survival.
Frozen DinnersWhat do you eat in Antarctica? How one polar chef confronts “the menace of the beige plate.”
Trouble in UtopiaIndia’s Auroville was envisioned as an international community free of government, money, religion, and strife. It hasn’t exactly worked out quite as planned.
The Strongest Man in IndiaHow Manoj Chopra went from male beauty contests and fistfights to flipping cars and inspiring millions of Indians.
Island in a StormA conflict between the government and indigenous people threatens one of Brazil’s most unique national parks.
Marooned in the DesertSixty-seven years after the Arab-Israeli War, 3,000 Palestinians remain forgotten and stateless in rural Egypt.
Kashmir’s Heroin HighwayThe war-torn region has become a major narcotics trafficking route, sparking a new Indian drug epidemic.
The Ukrainian SerengetiBordering war-torn Crimea, the world’s oldest steppe reserve—home to zebras, buffaloes, and wildebeests—fights for survival.
Egyptian RuinsA year after its destruction, Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art remains a bombed-out shell.
Life on the CongoIn a country with crumbling infrastructure, cargo barges are vital for ferrying goods and unofficial passengers along the Democratic Republic of Congo’s aquatic superhighway.
Turf WarOnce regarded as a symbol of backwardness, Iceland’s historic turf-roofed homes are making a comeback.
Suds KoreaKorean microbrewers are bringing IPAs and sours to a country used to watery lagers. If only the government would get out of their way.
Europe’s Waiting RoomThe Syrian civil war has turned Edirne, Turkey, back into the waystation for refugees that it was nearly a century ago.
The Lonely EndIn aging Japan, thousands die alone and unnoticed every year. Toru Koremura is there to clean up what they leave behind.
Saint of SardinesOn the eve of Lisbon, Portugal’s annual sardine-and-beer bacchanal, St. Anthony’s Day, Cara Parks looks at the uncertain future of a celebrated fish.
Sci-Fi CityDubai’s Comic Con draws 50,000 fans and cult figures like William Shatner and Gillian Anderson. But the real attraction is the futuristic city’s homegrown talent.
Sheikh of the SkiesTo curtail a growing pigeon problem, Dubai is turning to an ancient bird of prey.
After the CrashIn the Ukrainian town where Flight MH17 was blown out of the sky, 90 percent of adults are out of work, and young men drink vodka on airplane seats.
Soccer and Tear GasAn amateur team in Turkish Kurdistan competes against a backdrop of police violence and a moribund peace process.