From the ice-bound passes of the Hindu Kush to the blazing heat of the Karakum Desert, Central Asia is a sub-continent steeped in illusion.
Every year Dispatches From The Edge gives awards to news stories and newsmakers that fall under the category of "Are you serious?"
The news from Syria is not good.
It is appropriate on this 11th anniversary to think hard about the need for a new direction in foreign policy.
The reports filtering out of Northern Mali are appalling: beatings and whippings for the slightest violations of Sharia law.
As the blazes continue to consume forests and destroy homes, the climate change that spawned them is continuously being denied or ignored by Republicans.
The discovery of the Higgs boson subatomic particle is one of the biggest triumphs in the history of science.
As we celebrate Independence Day, it is worth remembering how important documents are to us - and where the authority for those documents comes from.