Jewish Woman in Tunis, c. 1880. via University of Chicago Middle East Photos For the history of Tunisian Jews see this site
The results from a global exam that evaluates students’ reading, science and math skills are in and, once again, Chinese students appear to be reigning supreme while American students continued to underperform. But before you shake your head ruefully and scoff at the decline of Western-style education, take a look at how the data is organized. Show More Summary
In quieter times: A Ukrainian woman on Kyiv's main square last year during Independence Day celebrations. Credit: Michael Bociurkiw Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych returned from Vilnius, after snubbing offers of a much-anticipated...Show More Summary
When all other efforts to cull a teeming population of snakes failed, U.S. officials in Guam called in air support. On Sunday, approximately 2,000 dead mice pumped full of Tylenol were dropped across the island in an effort to eliminate a species of snake that officials say is responsible for inflicting millions of dollars of damage. Show More Summary
The Lebanese Armed Forces have built a 25-kilometer-long 2.5 meter heigh wall across from the Syrian area of Al-Qalamoun, which is currently the scene of a fierce battle, according to a report by NOW The wall begins at the Lebanese town of Arsal and reaches Ras Baalbek, separating the area from the Syrian town of [...]
The theme of this year's World AIDS Day, "Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-free Generation" could not be more timely. It reminds us that we as the United States join countries around the world in this fight against...Show More Summary
Fed up with managing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations effectively on life support, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his frustration by publicly warning the Israeli government of the consequences of failed negotiations. He...Show More Summary
Recent weeks have been abuzz with a tantalizing debate over whether the Philippine economy is a bubble posing as a miracle. And to be fair, both sides of the debate have raised a number of interesting issues, which reveal the strengths...Show More Summary
"They've helped sell my books," Max Blumenthal said Wednesday about the critics of his controversial and newly-published book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. Blumenthal was smiling before a seated audience at the New America...Show More Summary
One Russian TV host has had a vision of the awful fate that awaits Ukraine if it moves toward the European Union. It's a picture of Western decadence, and it can be glimpsed in a Swedish public television show that tries to teach children...Show More Summary
The Lebanese Justice Ministry announced Thursday that it is currently preparing a draft law for civil marriage. “The Justice Ministry’s Legislation and Consultancy Committee is preparing a draft law for civil marriage in Lebanon,” caretaker Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi said during a seminar. “The law that governs this kind of marriage must be a Lebanese [...]
(MADRID) — A Delta Air Lines passenger jet that experienced a hydraulics problem after taking off from Madrid has returned and made an emergency landing. No one was injured. Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant says tires on the main landing gear of New York-bound plane deflated as it landed but that the plane came to a rest safely. Show More Summary
As you might remember, last week I mentioned that according to research company eMarketer, Turkey has the highest Twitter penetration in the world. While Turkey's Internet population is 36.4 million, its Twitter users are estimated at 11.3 million, giving a Twitter penetration rate of 31.1 percent. Show More Summary
Mexican troops and federal police kept a nighttime watch on a rural field where thieves abandoned a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60, while officials began planning the delicate task of recovering the dangerous material. And while officials say a nearby town is not in danger, the thieves themselves are...
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Someone should launch a feature somewhere on American foreign and war policy under the rubric: How could anything possibly go wrong? Here are just two recent examples. The Obama administration intervenes...Show More Summary
(ALGIERS, Algeria) — Algerian army helicopters killed a high-level al-Qaeda operative and four associates as they sped through the southern Algerian desert, a local official said Thursday. Two four-wheel-drive vehicles carrying Khalil...Show More Summary
Security Council passes French-sponsored resolution paving way for deployment of an African Union-led force for a year.
( ABUJA, Nigeria) — Nigeria’s Aviation Ministry says the international airport at the country’s capital, Abuja, is closed with the runway blocked by a Saudi cargo plane. Hundreds of passengers are stranded. Domestic airlines Arik Air and Aero Contractors cancelled all Thursday flights to and from Abuja. Show More Summary
(FRANKFURT, Germany) — The European Central Bank kept its key interest rate unchanged on Thursday even though the recovery has weakened in the 17-country euro currency union. ECB President Mario Draghi said the bank was “ready and able” to take new steps to help the economy if that’s needed.” But none were announced. Show More Summary
The UN Security Council has authorized increased military action by France and African troops to try to end near-anarchy in the Central African Republic. The council unanimously approved a French-sponsored resolution today aimed at restoring security and protecting civilians in the impoverished country. The authorization is expected to lead to...