The Week: Most Recent World Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 16 Apr 2014 11:06:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent World Posts from THE WEEKWed, 16 Apr 2014 11:06:00 -0400Israel and Russia are getting along. Have the neocons noticed?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Russia and Israel seem to have a growing affinity for each other. A few weeks ago, Israel abstained from a vote in the U.N. censuring Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The Israeli newspaper <em>Haaretz</em> reported that this is a sore spot for the White House and a diplomatic novum on the world scene:</p><p >A senior Israeli official said that Israel's absence from the United Nations vote was viewed around the world as an extremely irregular measure, a departure from a long-standing Israeli policy of voting with the United States in the UN. While the Americans viewed Israel's behavior as ungrateful, in light...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:06:00 -0400How Ukraine can fend off the Russians, in 7 simple steps<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Ukraine hangs at a precarious moment, twisting in an uncertain wind. Russian troops are still massed along the eastern border, and President Vladimir Putin seems intent on keeping his options open: Will he choose invasion, destabilization, or negotiation? The most likely path forward seems to be a Russian attempt to destabilize Ukraine through a covert campaign. The United States and its NATO allies should lean in to help the Kiev regime prepare to conduct counterinsurgency operations, given what appears to be obvious Russian support to violent separatists.</p><p>Step one should be assessing the potential...</p> <a href="">More</a>By James StavridisWed, 16 Apr 2014 08:28:00 -040010 things you need to know today: April 16, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Ferry sinks off South Korean coast</strong><br />At least four people died and 295 were missing Wednesday after a South Korean passenger ferry carrying 450 people capsized and sank off the country's south coast. About 320 of the people on board were high-school students traveling with teachers to the resort island of Jeju. Search vessels and helicopters hurried to the scene to pluck people from the stricken ship. Authorities said they could not immediately determine what went wrong. [<em>CNN</em>, <em>The Guardian</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:57:00 -040010 things you need to know today: April 15, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. The <em>Post</em> and <em>The Guardian</em> win a Pulitzer for Snowden stories</strong><br /><em>The Washington Post</em> and <em>The Guardian</em> were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service for their articles on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, Columbia University announced Monday. The articles resulted in a review of the NSA's mining of telephone and internet communications data, and sparked a debate on balancing privacy rights with the need to thwart terrorists. [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:50:00 -0400Inside the U.N.'s failed Darfur mission<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>At 6:20 p.m. on March 24, 2013, a convoy of United Nations and African Union peacekeepers escorting three buses of displaced residents of Darfur to a peace conference was stopped by a group of uniformed men in a pair of Toyota Land Cruisers.</p><p>Mistaking the heavily armed men for government soldiers, the convoy commander, Lt. Paulinus Ifeanyi Nnadi, stepped out of his armored vehicle to talk them into allowing the vehicles through. As he walked toward the SUVs, five gun trucks filled with armed rebel fighters opposed to the talks roared out of the bush.</p><p>The rebels boarded the buses and ordered...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Colum LynchTue, 15 Apr 2014 07:19:00 -0400The next Cold War with Russia could be fought in movie theaters<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The Conversation<br />Russian cinemas could soon face far more restriction than the fines they have been faced with after showing <em>The Wolf of Wall Street</em>. Lawmakers there are debating a new bill that would restrict the number of foreign films shown by domestic cinemas. The bill, proposed by Robert Schlegel, aims to limit the number of foreign films imported by Russia to 50 percent. Currently they account for 70 percent of the Russian film market.</p><p>Schlegel is a deputy for the United Russia party, with which Putin is closely aligned. Coming at a time of heightened East-West tensions over the Ukraine crisis, this should...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Stephen HutchingsMon, 14 Apr 2014 10:54:00 -0400Meet China's protest archivist<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Chinese protesters often post photographs of their actions on social media, with the hope of drawing public scrutiny. But the images and tweets they share are often either censored, or get lost in the torrent of social media information that cascades across the screens and phones of 618 million wired Chinese. Since October 2012, one 34-year-old migrant worker has taken it upon himself to bridge this gap.</p><p>That's when Lu Yuyu began a one-man project to document protests around China, powered by the Internet. Each day, Lu collects information about protests on social media outlets such as Sina...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Yaqiu WangMon, 14 Apr 2014 08:20:00 -040010 things you need to know today: April 14, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Three die in shootings at Jewish community centers in Kansas</strong><br />Three people, including 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood and his grandfather William Lewis Corporon, were shot to death at two Jewish community facilities outside Kansas City on Sunday. The suspect &mdash; Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller &mdash; shouted "Heil Hitler!" as he was arrested. The Southern Poverty Law Center described him as a "raging anti-Semite" with past ties to the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups. [<em>CNN</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:53:00 -040010 things you need to know today: April 13, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. IPCC: Worst-case climate change can still be avoided</strong><br />The worst-case scenarios of global climate change can still be averted in an affordable manner, according to a United Nations report released Sunday. The report, the third and final installment from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, concluded that a concerted effort to funnel hundreds of billions of dollars away from fossil fuels and into renewable energy would trim global economic output by a slim 0.06 percent. The IPCC called on world leaders to work together, with IPCC official Ottmar Edenhofer saying, "Climate policy isn...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:40:00 -040010 things you need to know today: April 12, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Pro-Russia militants seize more Ukrainian buildings</strong><br />Several dozen men took over a police station in eastern Ukraine this morning, raising a Russian flag and barricading the building. Ukrainian officials claim the militants seized at least 400 handguns and 20 automatic weapons to distribute to pro-Russia protesters. The militants appear to be Ukrainian, but the headquarters takeover is the latest building seizure by Pro-Russia forces, which come in the wake of a buildup of Russian troops along Ukraine&rsquo;s border. Russian President Vladimir Putin maintains those movements are part of a military...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:30:00 -0400