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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

MAP: Russia’s expanding empire in Ukraine and elsewhere

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

A cease-fire negotiated in Minsk, capital of Belarus, between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine went into effect Friday. Fighting has raged through the summer in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, industrial hotbeds near the border with Russia, leading to thousands of deaths. "The highest value is human life, and we must […]

Clinton in Mexico, worried about Russia

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

MEXICO CITY — Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, in a mostly upbeat speech about the state of the world, said  Friday that she was “particularly concerned” about Europe faltering in the face of Russian intimidation. “I do worry about President Putin’s view that Russia should dominate its border and intimidate people beyond its borders,” […]

Watch: 2,000 years of European history in less than a minute

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The video shows the shifting borders of Europe over the span of 2000 years — from the rise of ancient Rome to Europe as it was after the crumbling of empires and the fall of the Soviet Union. It was published on YouTube this week by the New Scientist, in conjunction with a piece in the magazine's […]

Christie in Mexico to ‘listen and learn’

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

MEXICO CITY — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) south-of-the-border tour wrapped up its second day on Thursday, as he met with businessmen in Mexico City and signed an agreement to boost educational exchanges -- but shied away from the hot-button issues between the two countries. The Republican’s second foreign trip as governor—the first was […]

The Lebanese ice bucket challenge has morphed into burning Islamic State flags

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Last weekend, several Lebanese activists started a trend which has since gained prominence under the hashtag #BurnISISFlagChallenge or #BurnISIS. The protesters burned an Islamic State flag in retaliation to the presumed beheading of a Lebanese officer, an idea which quickly motivated others to post similar pictures or videos. Show More Summary

Why Germany (and Europe) fears Uber

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Be it Airbnb, Uber or Lyft, the idea of sharing and earning or saving money at the same time has found many supporters here in the United States. Across the Atlantic in Europe things look different: Earlier this week, a German court practically banned Uber nationally, a decision that came after months of protest against it […]

Where are the gates of Hell?

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Vice President Biden said Wednesday that the United States would follow the jihadists of the Islamic State "to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice." Biden was speaking following reports of the beheading of a second American journalist who had been in captivity with the Islamic State. "They somehow think that it’s […]

Why al-Qaeda is opening a new wing in South Asia

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

In a video message released by al-Qaeda's media arm, terrorist leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the creation of a new branch of the organization in South Asia. Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent would "raise the flag of jihad" through Muslim lands it now deems "occupied" by nonbelievers. In the 55-minute video, Zawahiri designated Umar Asim, a militant […]

The Maginot Line didn’t stop the Nazis. Could a wall save Ukraine?

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

As Ukraine looks increasingly under threat of a full-scale invasion, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk suggested a remarkable defense plan: A wall along its border with Russia. Speaking at a government session Wednesday, Yatsenyuk listed the potentially huge construction project "the Wall" among other defense initiatives. Show More Summary

Watch: U.S. ambassador to Britain struggles to speak Welsh

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

LONDON -- The U.S. ambassador to Britain is not, it seems, afraid of a mouthful of consonants. Before the NATO summit that kicks off Thursday in Newport, Wales, Matthew Barzun tried speaking the oldest language on these British Isles and tweeted the results in a good-natured video in which he concedes his Welsh needs “improvement.” The Welsh gave him […]

The world’s awful summer, in numbers

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

This summer has been rife with war and crises. Here is an overview over the hideous carnage wreaked in the past three months. Casualties in conflicts Iraq: More than 5,574 deaths The death toll, provided by the United Nations, excludes Anbar province. The most lethal month was June, when the Islamic State militants' territorial gains in […]

Here’s what really happened in the Gaza war (according to the Israelis)

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

TEL AVIV — On a high floor of the Israeli defense ministry, a top intelligence officer sat down with a small group of foreign journalists Wednesday night to run through his slide show on the 50-day Gaza war — what surprised the Israelis about their enemy Hamas and what did not. With the condition of anonymity, […]

The crisis in Ukraine, as told by leaked phone calls

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

"If I want, I could take Kiev in two weeks." That's supposedly what Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a phone call with European Union Commission President José Manuel Barroso, as European and American officials struggle to dial back Moscow's power play in eastern Ukraine. Putin's supposed threat was published in European papers this week. But the Russians […]

LinkedIn thinking twice about its adoption of China’s aggressive censorship

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

After complaints and clear examples of bowing to Chinese censorship diktats, LinkedIn says it may have acted too hastily in friending China’s government. LinkedIn executives said Tuesday that they are reconsidering their policies, after seven months of censoring content from China deemed too sensitive. "We do want to get this right, and we are strongly […]

The mysterious figure the U.S. targeted in Somalia

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

While the world was discussing U.S. strikes on the Islamic State in Iraq and debating the merits of action within Syria last week, American officials were apparently planning military action somewhere quite different: Barawe, Somalia. Show More Summary

Remembering Steven Sotloff through his journalism

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

As a former editor at Time magazine, I had the privilege of briefly working with Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist believed to have been beheaded in Syria by Islamic State jihadists. Sotloff, a freelancer, disappeared in August 2013 while on a reporting trip in the environs of the Syrian city of Aleppo. I can't pretend […]

Why Pakistan’s political crisis matters

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The political chaos in Pakistan has deepened, with the country's embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif now vowing not to step down despite escalating protests against his rule. The demonstrations, which have taken place for more than two weeks, took a violent turn over the weekend, with opposition activists attacking the state television channel and taking it off air, […]

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

2 months 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

2 months 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.

2 months 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. […]

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