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Blog Post Archive

Chart: The world is too fat and it’s costing us $2 trillion a year

8 hours agoNews : BlogPost

We're fat -- and we're getting fatter. One estimate from earlier this year found that almost one-third of the world was now obese (that's more than 2 billion people) and that numbers had been rising, significantly, for decades. The world's growing obesity and the health problems that come with it are a big deal -- and […]

This war video game is not about the shooters. It’s about the victims.

8 hours agoNews : BlogPost

There are many war games that enable players to slip into the roles of elite soldiers or criminals. "This War of Mine" is different: It takes the viewpoint of civilians who have to survive in a besieged city. Instead of adrenaline rushes from playing war and wielding weapons, players experience the horrors of being a non-combatant surrounded by violent conflict. Although […]

Reindeer Cop, Siberia’s answer to crime

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

The antlered animals of Santa’s sleigh-pulling team may soon become Russia’s latest elite crime-fighting force. Russian officials are considering outfitting local police units in the country’s Far North with reindeer in an effort to apprehend criminals in the frozen tundra, according to a report in Russia’s Izvestia newspaper. The venture appears to have sprung from […]

No, Disney is not opening a Disneyland in Egypt

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

Could some of that Disneyland magic be coming to Egypt? Egypt's investment minister seems to think so. "There are discussions going on between Disney International to build in Egypt its first Disney Park in the Middle East, similar to Disney France," Ashraf Salman said on Tuesday, according to the state-run news MENA agency. Salman made his comments […]

Venezuela, where used cars are the best stock option

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

Yet there is one thing Venezuelan investors are plenty bullish on these days: used cars. On the consignment lots of Caracas, they make Google shares look sleepy. The value of used vehicles has doubled in the past year, dealers say, because virtually no new cars are entering the country and local assembly plants have been paralyzed.

Dry from the sky: How a bird’s-eye view drives home the extent of Sao Paulo’s drought

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

Aside from the scientists and specialists I would be talking to, what better way to illustrate the scale of the drought hitting São Paulo than to fly low over the dried up, five-reservoir water system that supplies half the population of South America’s biggest city?

Listen: The Ebola song that isn’t ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

The new recording of Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" already looks set to be a huge hit. Irish singer Bob Geldof, who organized the re-recording to raise funds to fight Ebola, told the BBC on Monday that pre-sales of the song had been "extraordinary" and had raised millions in just minutes. For a lot of people, […]

In Liberia’s capital, residents call Chickensoup Factory home

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

There is much to love about Liberia once you can see past the Ebola epidemic that has thrust the country into western consciousness. The coast line and countryside are beautiful, where they haven’t been destroyed by 14 years of civil war or decayed by neglect. Liberians are exceptionally friendly people, despite hardships—the civil war that […]

Why Netanyahu’s use of ‘blood libel’ is so explosive

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

In the wake of a deadly attack on worshipers at a Jerusalem synagogue, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invoked an incredibly loaded term to condemn what he says was Palestinian incitement to violence. The Israeli premier said the latest killings were the result of a "blood libel" against Israeli Jews, a phrase that carries with it the stigma of centuries of […]

Putin: Speak politely, but carry guns, too

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

MOSCOW — You could call it a Teddy Roosevelt moment: Russian President Vladimir Putin offered an extemporaneous adage Tuesday that sounded a whole lot like a twist on "big stick" diplomacy. “You can do a lot more with weapons and politeness than just politeness,” Putin said, according to several Russian news outlets. (Or maybe he’s […]

These 5 countries accounted for nearly all the world’s terrorism deaths last year

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

All around the world, terrorism is a huge threat. And what's especially worrying is that for all the advances made in recent years, the threat of terror seems to be worsening. A new report from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) finds that there was a 61 percent increase in deaths from terrorism globally in 2013. The group also […]

Map: The world’s 36 million slaves

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

To many Americans, slavery might seem like a problem from the distant past. However, it is very much a present reality, as a new report shows. Nearly 36 million people in 167 surveyed countries live in modern slavery. Such exploitation is not unique to Asian or African countries and is even present in the United States where a report […]

The Marxist-Leninist militants linked to the Jerusalem synagogue attack

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

It's not clear at present which, if any, Palestinian militant organization was behind Tuesday's attack at an Orthodox synagogue in Jerusalem. The incident led to at least four deaths, including those of three Israeli-American citizens. But the two men who carried it out are now believed to have ties to the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular […]

What you need to know about the attack on the Jerusalem synagogue

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

Two men attacked a synagogue in a Jerusalem neighborhood early Tuesday, resulting in the death of four worshippers and the wounding of several others before the police killed them. Here is what we know: Grief and anger outside synagogue...Show More Summary

Chart: The top buyers and sellers in the global arms race

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

The APEC Summit in Beijing last week and the G20 meetings held in Brisbane, Australia, were both reminders of how the center of gravity in world affairs is fundamentally shifting to Asia. But you don't need to look only at geopolitical powwows to find proof of that. Consider global arms sales, instead. The chart above […]

Watch: German town plays prank on neo-Nazis

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

For decades, neo-Nazis have traveled to the southeastern German town of Wunsiedel, where Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's deputy, was buried until 2011. The right-wing extremists march through the town in commemoration of Hess year after year, glorifying the horrors of the Third Reich. Show More Summary

‘Operation Carwash’ in Brazil causes normally staid business meeting to go off script

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

The scandal followed Rousseff to Australia, where she was attending the G-20 summit and gamely tried to put a positive spin on the new wave of arrests. “I think this could, in fact, change Brazil forever,” she said. “It is going to end...Show More Summary

Muslims discovered America before Columbus, claims Turkey’s Erdogan

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

In a televised speech in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Muslims had discovered the Americas three centuries before the voyages of Christopher Columbus. He was addressing a summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America. "Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher […]

Tanzania wants to sell 370,000 acres of its land so wealthy Gulf elites can hunt

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

The government of Tanzania is contemplating selling a large tract of protected land to a private firm that would turn it into a zone for commercial hunting and luxury safaris. According to Britain's Guardian newspaper, Tanzanian officials are still in talks to sell 1,500 square kilometers near the famed Serengeti national park to a private company connected to the […]

3 ways the U.A.E. is the Sparta of the modern-day Middle East

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

"Little Sparta." That's the term invoked by retired Marine Gen. James Mattis when speaking of the United Arab Emirates, a Gulf state whose close security ties with the U.S. were the subject of an expose last week in The Washington Post. And according to my colleague Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Mattis is not the only U.S. military official who favorably […]

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