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Blog Post Archive

The fascinating story of the alcoholic, womanizing German double agent who turned the tide of World War II

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A 71-year-old working at an antique book dealer in Tokyo was sifting through a stack of old documents recently acquired from a Japanese collector when he came upon a fascinating discovery. According to a Tuesday article in the Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan's leading dailies, Yoshio Okudaira, the bookstore employee, found a signed 1938 letter from Nazi Germany's […]

Northern Ireland has a ‘gay cake’ controversy, too

last monthNews : BlogPost

By now, Americans are well aware of the political disputes that can be caused by food. Wedding cakes, in particular, have become a battleground for legal disputes between those who support gay marriage and those who oppose it. Even the humble pizza, far from a staple wedding item, has been dragged into gay marriage controversy in […]

What the Rohingya crisis says about racism and politics in Asia

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It takes a lot to forsake your home, clamber on to a crammed, rickety boat, and venture out into the uncertainty and danger of the high seas. But this is precisely what tens of thousands of people from Burma's Rohingya ethnic minority have done in recent years, leaving before the monsoon season settles in and their […]

Iranian cartoonist could face years in prison for image depicting politicians as monkeys

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On Tuesday, Atena Farghadani is due to go on trial in Iran. If found guilty of the crimes she is alleged to have committed, the 28-year-old could face years in prison. What are those crimes? According to Amnesty International, they include "spreading propaganda against the system" and "insulting members of parliament through paintings." Ultimately, the spark for her […]

Why the Iraqi army keeps failing

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Shiite militias have surged into Iraq's Anbar province, a largely Sunni region, in a government-sanctioned bid to recapture the provincial capital Ramadi, which was seized in entirety by the jihadists of the Islamic State at the end of the last week. Thousands have fled the city, which is less than 70 miles west of Baghdad. Ramadi's fall poses […]

Watch: How the Islamic State celebrated its victory in Ramadi

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

After at least a year of clashes between the Islamic State and Iraqi forces in Ramadi, militants claimed victory Friday after they gained control of major portions of the city. The capture of Anbar province's capital is seen as a major strategic win for the group, and the Islamic State didn't hesitate to spread accounts of their celebrations on social […]

Help wanted: Saudi Arabia seeks executioners

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Saudi Arabia has executed 85 people so far in 2015, already almost hitting the total number of executions in 2014. While Saudi authorities haven't explained what is behind this upward trend, don't expect it to end anytime soon: According to a job posting on a Saudi government Web site, the country is seeking more executioners to […]

Israel’s Netanyahu stops short of creating a Ministry of Magic

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

JERUSALEM — In his inauguration speech on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decried the problems he faced piecing together a ruling coalition despite an unexpected win at the polls in March. Indeed, it took "King Bibi" nearly two long, arduous months to reach agreements with four other parties to create the new government. He […]

Indian nurse dies 42 years after a brutal rape left her in a vegetative state

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Aruna Shanbaug, a 25-year-old nurse at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, was supposed to be getting married soon. But on the night of Nov. 27, 1973, her future came to an abrupt halt. A ward attendant at the hospital, Sohanlal Bharta Walmiki, choked her with a dog chain and brutally assaulted and raped her. Shanbaug was found […]

How South China Sea tensions have leaders in one Philippine province hoping the U.S. Navy returns to its old base in Subic Bay

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Opponents have gone to the Philippine Supreme Court to challenge a new, bolstered defense agreement between Manila and Washington, stirring old nationalist feelings against the United States, but here in Olongapo the establishment of a standing American presence couldn't be more welcome, at least among the city's political and business leaders.

Qatar arrests reporters investigating migrant worker conditions, again

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Migrant workers are an undeniably integral feature of Qatar's 2022 FIFA World Cup preparation. However, reporting on these migrant workers and the conditions in which they live is not an easy task, as one team from the BBC recently found out. According to journalist Mark Lobel, the Qatari prime minister's office had invited the BBC to […]

Vladimir Putin plays hockey and — surprise — wins big

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Two months after he mysteriously disappeared from the public eye, Russian President Vladimir Putin's machismo was again on full display as he skated with former NFL stars in an exhibition hockey match. Putin's team, which featured former NHL players Valeri Kamensky and Pavel Bure, won, 18-6, with the 62-year-old scoring eight of the goals. As is generally […]

Author Colm Tóibín on Ireland’s gay marriage vote: Nobody is invisible

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Irish author Colm Tóibín, considered one of the country’s foremost writers, sat down with Washington Post London Bureau Chief Griff Witte for an interview on May 14 at Trinity College Dublin. Ireland is set to vote May 22 on a referendum that would change the constitution to allow for same-sex marriage. What follows is an edited […]

Russia isn’t too happy about a Latvian statue that appears to show Putin being crucified

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The Russian Embassy in Latvia has written to express "extreme indignation and disgust" with an artwork on display in Riga that appears to show President Vladimir Putin being crucified, according to the embassy's Facebook page. Putin's spokesperson has also commented on the artwork. "This is bad," Dmitry Peskov was reported to have said on Friday. "This is on […]

India’s Prime Minister Modi is obsessed with taking selfies

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

It's selfie time! Thanks Premier Li. pic.twitter.com/DSCTszSnq3 — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 15, 2015 Narendra Modi knows the power of a good selfie. The Indian prime minister made that evidently clear on Friday in China, where he is in town for important (and potentially fraught) discussions with his Chinese counterparts. During a visit to Beijing's […]

These maps depict the world’s news in real time

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Around the world, an unimaginably large amount of news is produced every single day. While this news is designed to be read by average readers to inform and entertain, to some political scientists it represents something perhaps even more tantalizing: data. The Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone (GDELT) is one attempt to put that data […]

Islamic State fighters are at the gates of an ancient Roman-era city in Syria

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Reports indicate that Islamic State militants in Syria are positioned near Palmyra, a famous, ancient Roman-era city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. That's a concern, given the extremist group's penchant for smashing pre-Islamic antiquities as well as icons and shrines it considers blasphemous. Show More Summary

North Korea celebrates its ‘long history of magic’

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

It's been another weird week in news from the Hermit Kingdom. Outside observers were titillated by reports of the supposed punishment meted out on the country's North Korean defense chief, who was accused of treason, in part for napping during a high-level meeting, and reportedly executed in public with an anti-aircraft gun. [North Korea said to execute top […]

The biosecurity logic behind Australia’s threat to kill Johnny Depp’s dogs

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Australia is threatening to kill two dogs that belong to the American movie star Johnny Depp. The two Yorkshire terriers, named Boo and Pistol, have until Saturday to leave the country, according to Australian authorities. It's a dramatic threat, and one that has made headlines around the world. But the logic behind the threat is typical for Australia, […]

How the South China Sea could help Beijing level the nuclear playing field

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

HAIKOU, China -- The dispute over the South China Sea is about fish, oil, gas, freedom of navigation and, to a very large extent, assertions of national pride. But there could be another element as well, one that makes the sea especially crucial to China and has nothing to do with the rival claimants. Here […]

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