The Week: Most Recent World Postshttps://theweek.com/section/index/worldMost recent posts.en-usFri, 19 Sep 2014 17:05:00 -0400http://theweek.comhttp://theweek.com/images/logo_theweek.pngMost Recent World Posts from THE WEEKFri, 19 Sep 2014 17:05:00 -0400The week's best photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/268481/the-weeks-best-photojournalismhttp://theweek.com/article/index/268481/the-weeks-best-photojournalism<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0125/62846_article_main/w/240/h/300/california-wildfire.jpg?209" /></P><center><br /> A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by ISIS, near Mosul, Iraq. (<em>REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah</em>) <br /><br /><br /> <br /> Hurricane Odile approaches Los Cabos, Mexico. (<em>AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano</em>) <br /><br /><br /> &ldquo;&rdquo;<br />A firefighter battling the King Fire watches as a blaze burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California. (<em>REUTERS/Noah Berger</em>)</center><center><br /><br /><br /> <br /> A Pakistani man looks at a sack of relief goods dropped from a helicopter in the flooded village of Multan district, Pakistan. (<em>AP Photo/Mansoor Abba</em>s) <br /><br /><br /> <br /> Pennsylvania State Police salute during a procession for a slain officer in Scranton, Pennsylvania. (<em>REUTERS...</em></center> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/268481/the-weeks-best-photojournalism">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:05:00 -0400The week's best editorial cartoonshttp://theweek.com/article/index/268471/the-weeks-best-editorial-cartoonshttp://theweek.com/article/index/268471/the-weeks-best-editorial-cartoons<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0125/62837_article_main/w/240/h/300.jpg?209" /></P><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p >**See more cartoons**</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/268471/the-weeks-best-editorial-cartoons">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 19 Sep 2014 16:08:00 -0400The surprising truth about the UNhttp://theweek.com/article/index/268401/the-surprising-truth-about-the-unhttp://theweek.com/article/index/268401/the-surprising-truth-about-the-un<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0125/62826_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-united-nations-meeting-in-progress-on-january-17-1946-during-the-early-years-of-its-inception.jpg?209" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Each September since 1945 has delivered a delightfully awkward few days when world leaders &mdash; some of whose armies have bludgeoned each other all year on the battlefields &mdash; all converge on the UN General Assembly in New York.</p><p>The meeting inevitably provides ammunition for commentators who think the UN is impotent &mdash; "all talk and no action." But this underestimates the impact &mdash; both positive and negative &mdash; that the UN can have around the globe.</p><p>The key to using the UN correctly is to be realistic about where it can, by nature, make a difference, and where it risks...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/268401/the-surprising-truth-about-the-un">More</a>By Michael SoussanFri, 19 Sep 2014 10:03:00 -0400How Scotland's independence movement lost the vote and still won everythinghttp://theweek.com/article/index/268433/how-scotlands-independence-movement-lost-the-vote-and-still-won-everythinghttp://theweek.com/article/index/268433/how-scotlands-independence-movement-lost-the-vote-and-still-won-everything<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0125/62824_article_main/w/240/h/300/celebrate-now-but-the-hangover-is-inevitablenbsp.jpg?209" /></P><p>"Do you believe Scotland should be an independent country?<br /> <br /> Nine words. Millions of different reasons for voting. In the end, the "No" campaign won by 2,001,926 votes to the "Yes" campaign's 1,617,989 on a record-high turnout of 84.5 percent. That's about 55 percent against independence to 45 percent for it.</p><p>It's a little less close than the final polls predicted &mdash; and significantly wider than Quebec's 1995 independence referendum, where the margin of victory was just 60,000 votes. But it still felt like a close-run race.</p><p>A few weeks ago, I imagined the referendum as a question of whether...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/268433/how-scotlands-independence-movement-lost-the-vote-and-still-won-everything">More</a>By <a href="/author/john-aziz" ><span class="byline">John Aziz</span></a>Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:08:00 -040010 things you need to know today: September 19, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/268432/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-september-19-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/268432/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-september-19-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0125/62822_article_main/w/240/h/300/david-cameron-is-pleased.jpg?209" /></P><p><strong>1. Scotland votes to stay in the United Kingdom</strong><br />Voters in Scotland rejected independence on Thursday in a historic referendum that threatened to break apart the United Kingdom. Turnout was a record 85 percent. Fifty-five percent of the 3.6 million people casting ballots voted to preserve the 307-year union, while 45 percent backed secession. Ahead of what was expected to be closer balloting, leaders of the Conservative, Labour, and Liberal Democrat parties promised to give Scottish Parliament "extensive new powers" if Scotland remained part of the U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "delighted...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/268432/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-september-19-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:00:00 -0400An independent Scotland will need its own army, navy, and air force -- and that could be a problemhttp://theweek.com/article/index/266869/an-independent-scotland-will-need-its-own-army-navy-and-air-force--and-that-could-be-a-problemhttp://theweek.com/article/index/266869/an-independent-scotland-will-need-its-own-army-navy-and-air-force--and-that-could-be-a-problem<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0124/62145_article_main/w/240/h/300/scotlands-existing-forces-would-need-some-reinforcements.jpg?209" /></P><p><br /></p><div class="section-inner layoutSingleColumn"><p class="graf--p graf--first">Today, voters in Scotland are deciding whether to remain within the United Kingdom. Scottish sovereignty rides on two things: any eventual negotiations between London and Edinburgh and the gradually evolving position of the Scottish National Party, the primary backer of the independence bid.</p><p class="graf--p">And if it happens, the resulting military reform is going to be a mess. If the vote is yay, the most optimistic date for negotiations is March 2016, but it isn't out of the question that sticking points could push this back. Defense could be one of those points.</p><p class="graf--p">In its white paper on a newly independent...</p></div> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/266869/an-independent-scotland-will-need-its-own-army-navy-and-air-force--and-that-could-be-a-problem">More</a>By Peter VineThu, 18 Sep 2014 09:05:00 -0400Why Japan is turning to high-tech floating islands to solve its energy needshttp://theweek.com/article/index/268047/why-japan-is-turning-to-high-tech-floating-islands-to-solve-its-energy-needshttp://theweek.com/article/index/268047/why-japan-is-turning-to-high-tech-floating-islands-to-solve-its-energy-needs<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0125/62660_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-future-of-energy-floats.jpg?209" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The Conversation<br /></p><p>Two companies in Japan recently announced they are to begin building two huge solar power islands that will float on reservoirs. This follows Kagoshima solar power plant, the country's largest, which opened in late 2013 and is found floating in the sea just off the coast of southern Japan.</p><p>These moves comes as Japan looks to move on from the Fukushima disaster of 2011 and meet the energy needs of its 127m people without relying on nuclear power. Before the incident around 30 percent of the country's power was generated from nuclear, with plans to push this to 40 percent. But Fukushima destroyed...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/268047/why-japan-is-turning-to-high-tech-floating-islands-to-solve-its-energy-needs">More</a>By Jon MajorThu, 18 Sep 2014 08:44:00 -040010 things you need to know today: September 18, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/268356/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-september-18-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/268356/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-september-18-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0125/62784_article_main/w/240/h/300/got-to-give-them-credit-for-brevitynbsp.jpg?209" /></P><p><strong>1. House backs Obama's proposal to arm rebels to fight ISIS</strong><br />The House on Wednesday voted in favor of authorizing President Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels under an expanded effort to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Some lawmakers expressed reservations, but a bipartisan, 273-156 majority backed the plan. Supporters said ISIS poses too great a threat to ignore. Most Democrats backed Obama but said they would not support sending combat troops, something Obama has vowed to avoid. Obama praised the House and urged the Senate to pass the bill. [<em>USA Today</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/268356/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-september-18-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:55:00 -0400The European Union was supposed to end nationalism. It gave it new life instead.http://theweek.com/article/index/268304/the-european-union-was-supposed-to-end-nationalism-it-gave-it-new-life-insteadhttp://theweek.com/article/index/268304/the-european-union-was-supposed-to-end-nationalism-it-gave-it-new-life-instead<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0125/62766_article_main/w/240/h/300/cataloniarsquos-separatist-supporters-rally-for-scotlandrsquos-independence-as-they-wave-their-own.jpg?209" /></P><p class="p1">From this corner of the world, the European Union always looked a dreary German project, one that was badly anti-democratic. The way the EU made nations vote over and over again on rejected treaties until it got the answer it wanted seemed unseemly in execution and Soviet in spirit. To an American conservative, Brussels appeared to be a locus of anti-nationalism, or post-nationalism.</p><p class="p1">And that was the intent. But looking at the events of 2014, I am starting to wonder if the EU isn't the mother of a 21st-century nationalism.</p><p class="p2">Patrick Buchanan, following Jerry Mueller and others, believes Europe...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/268304/the-european-union-was-supposed-to-end-nationalism-it-gave-it-new-life-instead">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:06:00 -0400The impossible promise at the heart of Scotland's campaign for independencehttp://theweek.com/article/index/268249/the-impossible-promise-at-the-heart-of-scotlands-campaign-for-independencehttp://theweek.com/article/index/268249/the-impossible-promise-at-the-heart-of-scotlands-campaign-for-independence<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0125/62742_article_main/w/240/h/300/david-bowie-knowsnbsp.jpg?209" /></P><p>The surprising resonance of Scotland's "Yes" campaign for independence from the U.K. can be in part attributed to its promise to end the hated austerity programs pursued by the British government since 2010. Promising to reverse cuts to social programs and increase public spending through government borrowing, the campaign argues, "Ending austerity can mean big gains for people living in Scotland":</p><p >The current Scottish Government has set out proposals to increase public spending by 3 percent a year compared to the 1 percent increase planned by Westminster. That would deliver an additional &pound...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/268249/the-impossible-promise-at-the-heart-of-scotlands-campaign-for-independence">More</a>By <a href="/author/john-aziz" ><span class="byline">John Aziz</span></a>Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:01:00 -0400