05/17/2013 03:03 pm ET

Best World Reads Of The Week: May 11 - May 17


Spending our days on the interwebs has its advantages, one being that we come across lots of excellent pieces of journalism. Every week, we'll bring you our favorite online reads that didn't appear on our site. Disagree with the selection? Leave your suggestions in the comments or tweet #bestreads at @HuffPostWorld.

The Rebel Behind The Syrian Atrocity Video
Time -- Aryn Baker
A gruesome clip showing a Syrian rebel commander cutting out and taking a bite of an organ of a dead government soldier sparked an outcry of condemnation this week. In an interview with TIME, Khalid al-Hamad says he has no regrets and even promises to release new horrifying footage.

In Myanmar, Apartheid Tactics Against Minority Muslims
Reuters -- Jason Szep
This harrowing special report by Reuters highlights the precarious situation of Myanmar's Muslim minority. "In an echo of what happened in the Balkans after the fall of communist Yugoslavia, the loosening of authoritarian control in Myanmar is giving freer rein to ethnic hatred," Jason Szep writes.

A Visit To Yemen's Zoo
The New York Times -- Thomas Friedman
On a visit in Yemen, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman warns Arab leaders it is time to focus on global environmental challenges. "Most of the old generation of Arab leaders never gave much thought to natural capital: the forests, shrubs and ecosystems that naturally store water, prevent runoff, flooding and silting. The new generation will have to be environmentalists, otherwise their new politics will be overwhelmed by environmental stresses."

Syria's Protracted Conflict Shows No Sign Of Abating
BBC -- Paul Danahar
Reporting out of Syria, BBC Middle East bureau chief Paul Danahar gives his somber reflections on the relentless violence in Syria: the situation is complicated; the FSA does not exist; Syria's opposition is not leading anyone; America does not know what do to; the conflict has descended into a sectarian war.

Chatting In Code On Walkie-Talkies In Pakistan's Tribal Areas
The Atlantic -- Panthea Lee
In Pakistan's tribal areas, residents use walkie-talkies to keep in touch, catch up with friends, and stay up to date on the latest drone strikes. The downside? You never know who's listening.