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Netanyahu’s speech to Congress: The drinking game

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about to address a joint meeting of Congress. The planned speech is as anticipated as it has been polarizing. If you're following along, take a swig of your coffee (or stronger stuff) each time Netanyahu utters one of these phrases. 1. 2,000 years (in reference to the long history of Jewish […]

Listen: ‘Jihadi John’ complains about questions from British intelligence services

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

LONDON -- The last time we heard his London accent, Mohammed Emwazi - also known as "Jihadi John" - was brandishing a knife in Islamic State videos that showed the beheading of Western hostages. But in a new recording posted Tuesday, the voice of a younger Emwazi recounts a conversation he allegedly had with a British […]

Why Midwestern farmers want to break the Cuba embargo

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

HAVANA -- Cuba policy sometimes makes strange bedfellows, which is how a man like Thomas Marten, a burly Illinois soybean farmer with a bushy red beard, had come to Havana to make a statement about the principles of free enterprise. "As a Republican, I believe in trade for the betterment of all people," he said, […]

What House of Cards gets wrong about Russia, the Middle East and the United Nations

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Warning: There are major spoilers throughout this post. House of Cards, the ridiculously popular, binge-watch-baiting Netflix drama that tells the tale of Frank Underwood's ruthless political rise, is fiction. The show thrives on absurd...Show More Summary

China’s biggest viral video right now is this two-hour-long documentary on pollution

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The most popular viral phenomenon on Chinese Internet right now has nothing to do with the color of a dress or a baby weasel riding a woodpecker. It's a 104-minute-long documentary about the environment. Produced and narrated by Chai Jing, a former investigative reporter for Chinese state television, the film "Under the Dome" is in […]

Austrian actor complains of harassment at the U.S. border because of his Arab name

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Austrian actor Elyas M'Barek only wanted to promote his new movie when he gave an interview to Berlin-based newspaper Tagesspiegel that was published Sunday. What will be mostly remembered of it, however, are his complaints about immigration officers at U.S. airports. "If you have an Arab name, you will be treated in a particular way... I accept […]

The case against Netanyahu’s speech to Congress

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver an address to a joint meeting of Congress on the threat of Iran. In a series of tweets ahead of departing for the United States, he framed the speech as the product of "a fateful, even historic mission" and styled himself as "the emissary of all Israelis." But […]

Sweden blocks plan to honor woman who hit a neo-Nazi with a purse

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

When Danuta Danielsson stepped out of a crowd in the Swedish city of Växjö in 1985 and hit a neo-Nazi with her purse, the photo quickly became famous around the world. Danielsson was widely praised back then: Her mother had reportedly survived a German Nazi concentration camp, according to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter. Våren 1985 var jag […]

Why Mr. Spock has a special place in the world of foreign policy

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Actor Leonard Nimoy died on Friday at the age of 83. He had led a long and full life, with career footnotes that would be the crowning achievement in lesser obituaries, but for most, he'll always be remembered best for one thing: His role as Mr. Spock in "Star Trek." For those who care about international […]

Watch: Israeli politician’s awkward imitation Frank Underwood from ‘House of Cards’

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Michael Oren, Israel's former ambassador to the United States and a candidate in the country's upcoming elections, appeared in a video heralding the new season of Netflix's hit show "House of Cards." He then goes on to urge voters to cast their ballot in favor of his Kulanu party, a small centrist faction, on March 17. Oren, who […]

Why an American blogger was hacked to death in Bangladesh

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

On Thursday night, Avijit Roy, a well-known Bangladeshi American writer and religious skeptic, was surrounded by unidentified assailants armed with cleavers and hacked to death. His wife, Rafida Ahmed, sustained serious wounds and is fighting for her life. On social media, you can find awful images of the immediate aftermath of the incident, with Ahmed, drenched in […]

John Legend took a strong, moral stand at the Oscars. Now he’s performing in Bahrain.

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

As he accepted an Oscar for Best Original Song with fellow musician Common last weekend, John Legend made headlines with a powerful speech. "We say that 'Selma' is now because the struggle for justice is now," Legend began, later adding that there were "more black men under correctional control today than were in slavery." The speech stirred a […]

After South Korea legalizes adultery, stock value of condom manufacturer spikes

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

For the last 62 years, South Koreans could face up to two years in prison if they were found guilty of adultery. On Thursday, the country's Constitutional Court finally struck down the ban on extramarital sex which dates back to 1953. “It should be left to the free will and love of people to decide whether to maintain […]

How Netanyahu and the White House differ on Iran’s nuclear program

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress on March 3, focusing on the dangers of Iran's nuclear program, and the threat it poses his country. The planned speech is laden with controversy: the White House sees it as a deliberate attempt to undermine U.S. negotiations with Tehran; other critics believe […]

Chart: The sad state of religious freedom around the world

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

More than three-quarters of the world's population lived in countries with "high" or "very high" levels of restriction on religion in 2013, according to a new Pew Research Center report titled "Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions...Show More Summary

Watch: Islamic State militants smash ancient, irreplaceable artifacts with sledgehammers

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

A video uploaded to social media Thursday appeared to show Islamic State fighters destroying ancient artifacts in the Iraqi city of Mosul and its environs. The jihadists have been in control of the city since last summer. Their puritanical, fundamentalist brand of Islam deems icons and images of divinity, including those from pre-Islamic civilizations, to be forbidden. […]

Mohammed Emwazi and the debate over poverty’s link to terrorism

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Earlier this month, Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that the United States couldn't win the fight against the Islamic State by simply killing all the militants. Instead, she suggested, other factors had to be considered, including "a lack of opportunity for jobs." Harf's comment was widely mocked (it prompted […]

Austria is taking controversial steps to tighten a 100-year-old ‘Law on Islam’

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Igniting fresh controversy, Austria's parliament has approved significant changes to the country's "Law on Islam" — a revamping of a 103-year-old law to expand certain legal protections while also placing new restrictions on Muslim organizations and how adherents practice their faith. Show More Summary

Mohammed Emwazi filed a complaint after routinely being stopped by authorities. He received this response.

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Mohammed Emwazi, the Kuwaiti-born Briton who has been identified as the Islamic State fighter "Jihadi John" notorious for beheading westerners, was a familiar face to British authorities during his time in London. As my colleagues Adam...Show More Summary

Quiz: Which foreign language should you learn?

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Are Americans losing their interest in foreign languages? According to a study by the Modern Language Association, the number of students who learn a language other than English decreased by about 100,000 between 2009 and 2013. As The Post's Roberto A. Ferdman assessed earlier this month, one of the reasons for the sudden drop could be that in […]

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