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Quiz: Country time!

As South Sudan becomes independent, it is the 34th new country in 20 years. How much do you know about the other new kids on the global block?

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The music plays on

As part of NTK’s ongoing collaboration with the VII Photo Agency, we bring you photographer Marcus Bleasdale’s portrait of one remarkable symphony orchestra that’s thriving in Congo’s capital city, Kinshasa.

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In America

To celebrate the nation’s founding, VII photographer Antonin Kratochvil presents a unique portrait of modern-day America, from sea to shining sea.

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Ready to eat: Scenes from a military meal

In combat, eating is often the only good thing about a day. The menu might feature lamb curry, goulash, kimchi or Skittles, depending on which country you’re from (guess which serves Skittles!). VII photographer Ashley Gilbertson provides a culinary tour of military rations.

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  Why you can’t handle the truth: the psychology of belief

Science journalist Chris Mooney explains how our pre-existing beliefs, far more than facts, color our conclusions about the world, from politics to religion.

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  Dave Zirin on civil rights, baseball and booing Carlos Santana

Earlier this spring, Major League Baseball held its annual gala Civil Rights weekend in Atlanta, where baseballs luminaries from past and present gather to honor their sports long tradition of racial diversity. But as The Nation’s sportswriter Dave Zirin tells us, when musician and fellow honoree Carlos Santana took to the podium, not everyone in Atlanta was cheering.

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John Edwards’ cheat sheet: What are the facts, and do they make him a criminal?

From ProPublica: The criminal case against the former presidential candidate may be unprecedented. What are the facts, and do they make him a criminal?

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The consequences of war: A photographer’s perspective

After years of covering the war in Iraq, VII photographer Ashley Gilbertson shares his perspective on the toll that war takes on soldiers, their families, the country and himself as a journalist.

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Life without lights: Living in ‘energy poverty’

Across the globe, 1.4 billion people live without electricity. VII photographer Peter DiCampo looks at the problems and solutions of “energy poverty” as he shares stories of life in the dark.