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Sitdown Sunday: Changing basketball and teenagers joining Isis

The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.

IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair. We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour. 1. Why are teenagers joining ISIS?

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Teenagers from western countries are joining ISIS at a rate of knots. But what drives kids who have only ever known western values to go Syria and Iraq and take up arms? The New Yorker’s Ben Taub met one of the teens to find out. 43 minutes, 8,774 words

2. An Oral History of Kevin Garnett, the Player Who Changed the NBA

Celtics Bobcats Basketball Source: Chuck Burton

If you’re anyway aware of basketball, you will know who Kevin Garnett is. However, his indelible impact on the sport is somewhat lost on this side of the pond. Here,  Bleacher Report have a massive oral history of the man’s career, from high school phenom to NBA MVP to NBA champion. Part 1: Reading time: 32 minutes, 6,420 words Part 2: Reading time: 30 minutes, 6,082 words

3. How this psychologist treats soldiers who can’t let go of what they did at war

Mideast Iraq Source: AP/Press Association Images

Regardless of your feelings on the rights and wrongs of war, the fact remains that it is hell for those involved. For American soldiers, coming home can be just as hard. Here’s how they’re treated, from 7 minutes, 26 seconds, 1,488 words

4. Who killed Alberto Nisman?

Argentina Prosecutor Source: AP/Press Association Images

Days before he was due to release a damning report on the Argentine government, Alberto Nisman was found dead. Was it murder or suicide? BBC’s Wyre Davies investigated. 14 minutes, 27 seconds, 2,890 words

5. The boy who burned inside

There was no one to protect Marco Flores, and, just 9 when it started, he couldn’t protect himself. But then one day he realised that others he loved were in danger, and that it was up to him — up to him to end it.

25 minutes, 48 seconds, 5,163 words

6. What’s it like to edit The Guardian?

Prince letters legal challenge Source: John Stillwell

Since 1821, there have been just 10 editors of The Guardian newspaper. For the last 20, the man in that job was Alan Rusbridger. On Friday, he left the job. His leaving was marked by this 4,100-word editorial.

20 minutes, 47 seconds, 4,157 words

…AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES… Eric Moskowitz talks to the man whose carjacking ordeal was different from all others. He recalls the night that the suspected Boston bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, jumped in his car and told him to drive. (The Boston Globe)

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