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Blog Post Archive

3 reasons why U.S. should not arm Ukraine

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

In Washington, there are growing bipartisan calls to arm Ukraine as it combats a resilient Russian-backed insurgency in the country's east. The pro-Moscow separatists stepped up their offensives into government-held territory, adding...Show More Summary

Was Kayla Mueller’s situation different from other Islamic State hostages?

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

On Tuesday, the U.S. government announced that Kayla Mueller, a 26-year-old American held by the Islamic State in Syria, was dead. The news came days after the extremist group claimed Mueller had died in a Jordanian bomb attack, something the United States has not yet confirmed. Mueller was the last U.S. hostage known to be held by the […]

Argentine foreign minister: What do we gain from Alberto Nisman’s death?

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Argentina has been plunged into political turmoil by the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman the night before he was due to present a case alleging that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman had brokered an illegal deal with Iran to cover up a 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish […]

Iraq’s Christians ‘do not have much time left,’ says leading cleric

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The Archbishop of Irbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, delivered an impassioned plea to British lawmakers and clergy in London on Tuesday, urging "military action" to save Iraq's endangered religious minorities. Archbishop Bashar Warda, of the ancient Catholic Chaldaean Church, said the upheavals caused by the rise of the Islamic State, which […]

Why the Israeli elections are funnier than you think

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

JERUSALEM -- The news cycles here have been ominous, as usual. Restive Hezbollah on the Lebanon border. Islamic State wannabes in the Sinai. And the mullahs of Iran threatening to win a “bad deal” with the West that will allow their centrifuges continue to spin. So what gives with all the spoofy, goofy campaign ads? […]

Why a year-old Washington Post article about violence in the Central African Republic went viral

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Modern journalism thrives on analytic tools that tell us how often and widely our articles are being read. Understanding what readers are reading gives a sense of what news stories they feel are important to their lives. For analytics to really work, however, you also have to understand why readers are reading what they are reading. Sometimes, it's not that […]

Why it’s time to pay attention to Ukraine again, now.

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

This is a critical week for Ukraine, as the White House deliberates whether to send arms, European leaders push for last-ditch peace talks, and war rages on the ground. More than 5,300 people have died since the conflict started in April 2014, according to U.N. estimates, including hundreds in recent weeks. After months in which the […]

Watch: Little children apologize for terrorism

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

We heard an all too familiar refrain in the wake of the horrifying attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper, last month. After Islamist extremists murdered 12 people, some called on "moderate Muslims" to stand up to the fundamentalist adherents of their faith. Other commentators blamed the attack on policies regarding […]

Dutch police reveal a simple way to tell if your neighbor is illegally growing pot

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

What's the biggest problem for illicit marijuana cultivators? In the Netherlands, it might be snow. According to local police, dwellers whose houses are oddly snow-free despite precipitation are being closely monitored and suspected of illegally cultivating marijuana. Show More Summary

Crossword: What in the world, this week

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Do you know the name of the NBC News anchor who recanted a story that he was on board an Army helicopter that was hit by enemy fire in Iraq in 2003? If you do, give this weekly crossword puzzle a chance. If you have been following the news, you know what this creature is that we're […]

This ad for a vacuum cleaner sparked a diplomatic incident

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur sent a letter to the Malaysian Home Ministry protesting an advertisement for a vacuum cleaner. The ad, images of which can be seen online on social media, depicts a Western office worker sitting casually at home as a robotic device sweeps the floor around him. "Fire Your Indonesian Maid Now!," the […]

Hip-hop star Akon to hold concert in Iraq for Kurds fighting Islamic State

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Hip-hop star Akon has announced he will hold a concert in for Kurdish military forces in Iraq next month. In a video message, the popular singer of the hit songs "Lonely" and "I want to love you" announced he would soon perform at Irbil's international Hariri International Stadium. "Be there man," Akon tells viewers. "I'm telling you, you […]

Obama’s remarks on religious intolerance in India provoke outrage

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

President Obama’s comments that religious conflict has produced “acts of intolerance” in India that would have shocked the country’s peace icon, Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, provoked a stream of outrage in India on Friday. Obama made the remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday, which also raised the ire of conservative Christians in the […]

What do some Afro-Brazilian religions actually believe?

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

RIO DE JANEIRO — In its contemporary form, Brazil’s Candomblé religion looks about as removed from Western Christianity as could be imagined. It must have seemed positively diabolical, then, to the brutal Portuguese overlords whose slaves imported it from Africa, and whom they believed had been converted. Those slaves may have cleverly “synchronized” their own deities […]

Islamic State guide for female jihadis says women can marry from age nine

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

LONDON -- Girls can marry from the age of nine and most “pure girls” will be married by 16 or 17, according to a lengthy treatise published by female supporters of the Islamic State. Offering new insight into life of women in the Islamic State, a document called “Women of the Islamic State: Manifesto and […]

In Japan, it soon may be against the law to not take a vacation

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The Japanese government plans to submit legislation to the country's parliament that would make it mandatory for workers to take at least five days of paid vacation a year. The move reflects the desire of the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to curb Japan's notorious work culture, where office workers are known to log long hours and […]

Why jittery officials have banned action scenes from being filmed in Paris streets

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Last month's terrorist attacks in Paris have prompted increased security measures, from malls to synagogues. Now, officials are so cautious, they've banned the filming of action scenes in the city, for fear that actors could be mistakenly targeted by terrorists. "There's a problem with these action-type scenes, as the actors in uniform could be targets for terrorists," […]

Robert Mugabe fell over, tried to hide it, and ended up becoming a meme

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwe president and recently elected chair of the African Union (AU), was in Harare on Wednesday to give a speech. As he walked down from the podium, he appeared to trip and fall. It was caught on film. For a 90-year-old man, a trip is understandable. What's less easy to understand is what happened next: Zimbabwe's […]

Someone wants to spend $7 million on the rope used to hang Saddam Hussein

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

According to a Lond0n-based Arabic-language publication, bidders are vying to purchase the length of rope used to hang ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2006. An unnamed senior Iraqi political official told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that...Show More Summary

Argentina’s president sent out this strange, offensive, and frankly racist, tweet

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

The only thing worse than mocking an accent heard in another country is doing it publicly, via Twitter, when you're the president of Argentina, while you're in that other country on a high-stakes diplomatic visit. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner made a strange attempt at humor Wednesday morning when she took to Twitter during a meeting with […]

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