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Blog Post Archive

The amazing story of a tsunami survivor who turned into a soccer star

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

More than a decade ago, Martunis, a young Indonesian boy, was lucky to be alive. Now, he's the subject of a really unlikely feel-good story. On Dec. 26, 2004, an earthquake triggered an epic tsunami in the Indian Ocean that crashed against the shores of 14 countries. Some 230,000 people were killed by the merciless wave. […]

Islamic State destroys priceless statues in ancient city of Palmyra

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

Separate reports this week indicated that Islamic State fighters were smashing cultural relics in the ancient city of Palmyra, once one of Syria's most crowded tourist destinations, but now in the grips of the extremist organization....Show More Summary

The war over Benghazi is still happening in Benghazi

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

A bit more than a year ago, I wrote a post on WorldViews with this headline: The war over Benghazi is actually happening in Benghazi. It charted the violence rocking the Libyan coastal city at a time when politicos in Washington were feuding over that other Benghazi: an overheated, polarizing scandal that had become totally divorced from the city which gave it […]

Why Ted Cruz thinks a U.S. Embassy in Havana is ‘a slap in the face’ of Israel

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

On Wednesday, President Obama hailed his administration's historic opening to Cuba as "another demonstration that we do not have to be imprisoned by the past." Formal ties have been reestablished after more than a half-century-long deep freeze. But many of his critics were not impressed. A slew of Republican presidential candidates panned the move as […]

Why the BBC said no when David Cameron asked it to stop using the term Islamic State

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

The debate over what to call the Islamist extremist group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria has been raging for well over a year now. The Washington Post, among others, now refers to it as the Islamic State, a name the group itself has used. However, others prefer to call it by its old name and […]

A robot killed a factory worker in Germany. So who should go on trial?

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

Prosecutors in Germany are leading an unusual investigation after a robot killed a contractor at a Volkswagen production plant in Germany on Monday. According to Germany's DPA news agency, the victim was in the process of installing the stationary robot when it suddenly struck and crushed the young man. According to the Financial Times, the contractor […]

In China, hostile foreign forces blamed for bursting stock market bubble

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

There are now officially more stock market investors in China than there are Communist Party members, Bloomberg reported this week. But if capitalists now definitively rule China, they have had a very rough few days. China’s stock market slumped again on Thursday, despite fresh moves by regulators to arrest a decline that has seen the […]

How not to write about Iran

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

In the Western imagination, Iran has long been a kind of bogeyman. It's the land of hostage crises and headscarves. It was part of the Axis of Evil (whatever that was). Its leaders grouse about defeating Israel, an American ally. Its mullahs, say Iran's critics, plot terror and continental hegemony. Supporters of the ongoing talks in Vienna, where Iranian diplomats and […]

MAP: Greece isn’t the first nation to default on a sovereign debt

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

After Greece defaulted on a payment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras signaled that he may accept bailout terms outlined by the country's creditors. It's not the first time that Greece has defaulted on its sovereign debts: In 2012, it did so twice. This time, the repercussions could be much […]

Did the flotilla to Gaza have ‘humanitarian aid’ aboard or not?

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

Pro-Palestinian activists aboard a Swedish vessel tried and failed to punch through Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza this week. Israeli commandos boarded the vessel, searched the ship and brought it to an Israeli port. The Israeli military called the operation “uneventful.” According to a report, Israel’s Channel 2, one of the activists was zapped with […]

The surprising Russian reaction to gay marriage in the U.S.

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

MOSCOW—At first, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling striking down all prohibitions against same-sex marriage last week inspired the predictable backlash of religiously infused recriminations that the world has come to expect from gay-propaganda-fearing Russia. Show More Summary

China’s new climate change plan — in four graphs

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

On Tuesday, China formally submitted its climate change action plan to the United Nations. The document, which can be viewed here (in Chinese first, and then in English), formalizes the commitment made by President Xi Jinping alongside President Obama last November – to reach a peak in emissions by 2030, and make “best efforts to […]

The U.N. says South Sudanese soldiers gang-raped girls and then burned them alive

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

A new report by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) claims to have found evidence that the Sudan People's Liberation Army and associated armed groups in South Sudan engaged in extreme sexual violence and torture against civilians. Some of the allegations are especially horrendous. Witnesses testified that in the northern state of Unity, there […]

Three Cuban cities on Pope Francis’s fall tour

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

A schedule of Pope Francis's eight-day trip to Cuba and the United States this fall shows he will meet with Raul Castro and celebrate Mass in three different cities on the island between Sept. 19 and 22. Francis will make his first speech of the trip upon arriving in Havana from Rome on the evening of Sept. […]

Chart: There are more Spanish speakers in the U.S. than in Spain

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

The population of Spanish speakers in the United States has now surpassed that of Spain, according to a report published by an organization affiliated with the Spanish government. As the chart shows, the total number of Spanish speakers in the United States — a figure combining estimates of native Spanish speakers and those with bilingual proficiency — […]

How Mexico is going to make Donald Trump pay

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

MEXICO CITY--One of the risks of having a business empire with tentacles encircling the globe is that if you refer to your business partners as drug-runners and rapists, there are plenty of people to get upset. In a fiesta of indignation, Mexicans have been lopping off presidential candidate Donald J. Trump's tentacles after his comments about the types […]

Here’s what is in the way of a ‘good’ Iran nuclear deal

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

They're happening again. In an elegant Vienna hotel, international diplomats and negotiators, including U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, will be locked in discussions with interlocutors from Iran over a deal aimed at settling global fears over Tehran's nuclear program. Few expect a final agreement to be reached before an artificial June 30 deadline, […]

This is what Greece looks like on the brink of economic disaster

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

As talks between Greece and its creditors broke down over the past few days, a Greek financial meltdown has become a very scary and very real possibility. Images from Greece show exactly how real the fears of the collapse were, with long lines at ATMs a recurring theme as people rushed to withdraw their savings. On Monday, Greece […]

Justice Roberts cited the traditions of four cultures in his dissent on gay marriage. Here’s what he didn’t mention.

last weekNews : BlogPost

In his written dissent to the Supreme Court's decision to effectively legalize gay marriage in all 50 states in the United States, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. made a conspicuous gesture to the rest of the world. He referred to the "social institution" that the majority of the court was "transforming," and anchored its legitimacy […]

In Kuwait, a man paused to gaze at worshipers. Then he blew them up.

last weekNews : BlogPost

A ghastly day of terror attacks on three continents began with a suicide bombing of a mosque in Kuwait. The attacker entered the Imam Sadiq mosque, one of the oldest Shiite mosques in Kuwait City, and detonated the explosives strapped to his body, killing at least 25 people and wounding hundreds. The Islamic State, an extremist […]

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