Long Reads Of The Week: ISIS, Sex And Silicon Valley

5 great reads you might have missed from around the web

1 | In the midst of global controversy, Qatar is pushing ahead with its plans to host the World Cup in 2022, investing an astonishing $200bn into the project. For the GuardianRobert Booth finds out what lengths the world's richest country is going to to become a football nation.

2 | For the New York Times Magazine, C.J. Chivers investigates the mysterious lethal substance red mercury that bomb makers around the world — including ISIS — have been tying to get their hands on for decades to obtain nuclear bomb-level capabilities. The snag? It doesn't exist.

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3 | In Texas, an evangelic academy goes to extreme lengths to keep its young followers 'pure'. Writing for Lapham's Quarterly, Jeff Sharlet visits the 'hell house' to watch a theatrical display of sex and violence with some young Christians fighting their urges.

4 | Also in the Guardian, Adam Nicolson travels to a rural community in Romania where neighbours, unable to rely on their government for support, resort to sometimes deadly violence to assert their rights over small strips of land.

5 | Finally, for the Atlantic, Hanna Rosin explores the troubling rise in suicides in Silicon Valley. Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves?

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