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    Taking In Global Flashpoints, Warmbier-Style

    This company loves misery. Young Pioneer Tours infamously took doomed American Otto Warmbier into North Korea, but somehow kept operating. Writer Kent Russell joined intemperate, fast-living serial clients of YPT on a rare tour of Chechnya and South Ossetia to imbibe the morally fraught world of “dark tourism.” It makes places where people have recently met violent deaths a commodity — regarded as solemn memorials, cues to get drunk, or both. Despite its role in Warmbier’s deadly imprisonment, the adventure firm gets five-star ratings and keeps its customers coming back for more.

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