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Blog Post Archive

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement on U.S. citizens detained or missing in Iran

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

On Friday, the U.S. State Department released the following statement by John Kerry, calling on Iranian government to release the detained or missing Americans in Iran. The Unites States respectfully calls on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to release Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, and Jason Rezaian to their families and work cooperatively with […]

Putin thinks of the past when talking Ukraine – but the Arctic is where he sees Russia’s future

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

Vladimir Putin is a history buff, and he has made all sorts of historical allusions when talking about Ukraine over the past few days. First, there's the use of the word "Novorossiya," a historical region of the Russia Empire that is now part of Ukraine. The Russian president has referred to Novorossiya in passing before, but the use […]

France is asking the world to stop the chaos in Libya. Again.

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

On Sept. 15, 2011, Nicolas Sarkozy, then the president of France, addressed a crowd in Tripoli, Libya. "France, Great Britain, Europe, will always stand by the side of the Libyan people," he said, to cheers. Almost four years later, Libya is in trouble again and a new French president is calling on the international community to act. […]

Islamic State beheads Kurdish pesh merga fighter in video

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

IRBIL — On Thursday, Islamic State militants released another video of the purported beheading of one of their prisoners – this time an Iraqi Kurdish fighter for his government’s alliance with the United States. The Kurds, whose regional authorities have sought U.S. help in their battle against the Sunni extremists in northern Iraq, should reject […]

Canada joins the stupid Twitter war between Russia and the West

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

As WorldViews documented Wednesday (and earlier), some of the major regional players in Ukraine's months of crisis have engaged in a longstanding and frankly childish Twitter social media war on the sidelines of the conflict. There have been hashtags, subtweets and incessant trolling from both sides. Show More Summary

The long, grim history of U.N. peacekeepers caught in the crossfire

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

43 Fijian peacekeepers serving in the Golan Heights along the Syrian-Israeli border were detained by Syrian rebels Thursday morning, according to the United Nations. Earlier, rebels had gained control of the border crossing between Syria...Show More Summary

Ukraine says it’s being invaded by Russia, and can you please retweet

4 days agoNews : BlogPost

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry tweeted on Wednesday evening a pair of hashtag slogans, #UkraineUnderAttack and #RussiaInvadedUkraine, urging others to share the message. Authorities in Kiev claimed Wednesday that Russia was massing troops...Show More Summary

400 gnomes disappeared in Austria, and it’s causing a political scandal

6 days agoNews : BlogPost

Last weekend in the mountainous Austrian state of Vorarlberg, 400 gnomes disappeared. Nobody knows where they have gone. But everyone knows it's down to politics. With regional elections set for Sept. 21, the left-wing Social Democratic Party ordered 20,000 gnomes called "Coolmen" earlier this year. Show More Summary

A legacy of Gaza’s latest conflict: Wrecked high-rises

6 days agoNews : BlogPost

The Israel Defense Forces have leveled at least six high-rises in Gaza since Saturday, according to reports, after fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas resumed last week. Israel foregoes pinpoint attacks; now levels entire apartment towers & shopping complexes. Show More Summary

Russia says it invaded Ukraine by accident. Is that possible?

6 days agoNews : BlogPost

Authorities in Kiev claim to have captured 10 Russian paratroopers who crossed the border into eastern Ukraine, report my Washington Post colleagues, amid suggestions that Moscow is launching a "counteroffensive" in the region to help pro-Russian separatists. Show More Summary

The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken on a whole new life in Gaza

last weekNews : BlogPost

Facebook has been full of Ice Bucket Challenges in the past few weeks. While the viral initiative is supposed to raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and has found supporters around the world, some Gaza residents have invented their own version. In a video posted on YouTube Saturday, journalist Ayman al-Aloul tells his audience that he […]

China’s most ridiculous philanthropist accused of faking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

last weekNews : BlogPost

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a fantastically viral method of raising funds and promoting awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Participants generally create a video of themselves tipping a bucket of ice water over their head, and then nominate others to do the same. Most participants also donate a sum of money to ALS […]

Islamists carry out ‘public execution’ on a Libyan soccer field

last weekNews : BlogPost

Video footage has emerged of an execution-style killing carried out by an Islamist militia in the eastern Libyan city of Darna. In a statement published Friday, human rights group Amnesty International decried the execution, which took place in a soccer stadium on Aug. 19, apparently "organized by an armed group called the Shura Council of Islamic […]

Was Putin right about Syria?

last weekNews : BlogPost

What a difference a year makes. Around this time last year, the West was gearing up for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was accused of carrying out chemical weapons attacks on his own people. That intervention never came to pass, not least because domestic public opinion in countries such as […]

How the Islamic State is turning the Middle East upside down

last weekNews : BlogPost

One remarkable result of the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq has been how it seems to be shifting broader conceptions in the Middle East. It sometimes looks like enemies are becoming potential allies – and even old friends are starting to look a little suspicious. Are we really likely to see any […]

The foreigners who flocked to join the fight – in Ukraine

last weekNews : BlogPost

View Photo Gallery —Refugees flee the violence, some seeking shelter in Russia, while Ukraine says its army has penetrated the rebel stronghold of Luhansk in what could prove to be a breakthrough development in the months-long conflict. Foreign fighters have become central to the narrative of the Islamic State and its fighting in Syria and Iraq: Just […]

Losing his battle at home, French President Hollande fights abroad

last weekNews : BlogPost

As a country in which books are sacred, France should be worried. Among France's current top political bestsellers are titles such as “French, Are You Ready for Your Next Revolution?,” “France – Suicide of a Nation,” “How France Destroyed Its Power,” as well as “The Country We Tear Down.” President François Hollande ranks high on the cover of a book entitled […]

India bans film accused of glorifying Indira Gandhi’s assassination

last weekNews : BlogPost

After protests and a massive uproar over a controversial Indian film slated for release Friday, the Indian government ruled Thursday to ban the movie. If just one minute of the promo is viewed, you may wonder why what seems to be a romantic movie filled with music and running around trees has sparked so much controversy. […]

The logic of not paying ransoms

last weekNews : BlogPost

The U.S. government certainly tried to save James Foley before he was executed by Islamic State extremists. Sources have told The Washington Post that a secret raid was conducted in a bid to save the American journalist and others. It failed because the hostages were not at that location at that moment. However, there may have […]

Crossword: What in the world, this week

last weekNews : BlogPost

Good morning, and welcome to this week's WorldViews news crossword puzzle. It's been a week full of news from around the world, and I'm sure you will have no problem beating the clock on this edition of the puzzle. For first-timers, here's a quick rundown of how scoring works: The clock starts when you click the […]

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