The Week: Most Recent World Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 25 Jul 2014 10:17:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent World Posts from THE WEEKFri, 25 Jul 2014 10:17:00 -0400How harsher sanctions could help Putin turn Russia back into the Soviet Union<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The Conversation<br /></p><p>The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has caused attention to shift once again to the prospect of even harsher penalties being imposed upon Russia by Western countries. Up to this point, sanctions have been limited to individuals within or close to Russia's ruling elite, as well as a few associated companies. While these sanctions may weaken support within Russia's elite for the current course of foreign policy, the effect on economic activity in Russia has been relatively muted.</p><p>The most recent discussions among European leaders led to an expansion of the existing list of Russians subject...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Richard ConnollyFri, 25 Jul 2014 10:17:00 -0400Why Israel can no longer let the Palestinian Authority be responsible for security in the West Bank<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Once again, the Israel Defense Forces have been forced to enter the Gaza Strip to fight for the safety of our citizens. We understand the risks of the current ground operation. Despite the fact that it cost me my position as deputy defense minister, I was willing to pay this personal price and vocally advocate for this operation. It was clear to me that the alternative of leaving Hamas's rocket operation and terror tunnels intact would have been disastrous for the safety and security of all Israelis.</p><p>In addition to our fight with Hamas, it is high time to reassess our relationship with the Palestinian...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Danny DanonFri, 25 Jul 2014 09:41:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 25, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Protests rock the West Bank ahead of a "day of rage"</strong><br />Israel deployed thousands of security forces around Jerusalem after Palestinian leaders called for a "day of rage" on Friday following massive overnight protests in the West Bank. Israeli tank shells reportedly hit a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people. Dozens of Palestinians had sought shelter there from fighting between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist Palestinian faction that runs Gaza. Israel said it did not target the school. [<em>NBC News</em>, <em>USA Today</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:59:00 -0400Why Netanyahu's endgame in Gaza sounds so far-fetched<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Until I heard CNN's weekend interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and watched Bloody Sunday unfold with scores of Palestinian civilian deaths and 13 Israeli soldiers killed, I thought I had the Gaza thing pretty much figured out. It would end &mdash; more or less &mdash; the way the two previous movies had concluded.</p><p>In both 2008-2009 and 2012, Israel degraded Hamas's high-trajectory weapons; but Hamas survived and restocked its arsenal with weapons of greater range, precision, and lethality. Hamas maintained control over Gaza and even derived a few political benefits in the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Aaron David MillerThu, 24 Jul 2014 08:57:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 24, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Arizona inmate gasps for 90 minutes during execution</strong><br />Arizona inmate Joseph Wood gasped for breath for an hour and a half before being pronounced dead by lethal injection on Wednesday. Wood's attorneys, who had requested more information about the new lethal drug combination the state planned to use, called it a "bungled execution." Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who called for a review of the execution, said Wood didn't suffer, but the two people he killed died "gruesome, vicious" deaths. [<em>CNN</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>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:51:00 -0400A model, a murder, and the seedy underbelly of Shanghai<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Diana O'Brien was a few months shy of her 23rd birthday when she was stabbed to death in a Shanghai stairwell. She had come to China as a fashion model just 12 days earlier.</p><p>It was 2008. China was in the midst of a dizzying economic boom that had begun in the early 1990s and was then picking up pace with the approach of the Beijing Olympics. As market reforms attracted the most powerful corporations from across the globe, foreign models graced Shanghai's billboards; Chinese companies had come to believe that everything sold better when advertised by a white face. But to these clients &mdash...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Mara HvistendahlWed, 23 Jul 2014 09:06:00 -0400Your next summer getaway: An East German bunker<img src="" /></P><p>Where are you going for your summer vacation? Oh, the beach? That's nice, but the more intrepid traveler can head for a historical "reality experience" in an East German bunker.</p><p>Set in the town of Rennsteighoehe, the "Bunker-Museum" was originally built in the 1970s as a shelter for the district's command unit in case of an emergency. Today, the 38,750-square-foot bunker offers visitors the option of donning National People's Army uniforms and spending the night as East German soldiers &mdash; for only 109 euros ($150 USD) a head.</p><p>Take a vicarious look at this unique vacation through the fascinating...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:17:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 23, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Kerry arrives in Israel to push peace</strong><br />Secretary of State John Kerry made a surprise visit to Israel on Wednesday to push for a cease-fire in Gaza. He flew into the country's main airport in Tel Aviv a day after the FAA suspended U.S. flights to Israel due to the threat of rocket fire from Gaza.The fighting between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist Palestinian faction that runs Gaza, has killed at least 31 Israelis and 650 Palestinians. [<em>The New York Times</em>, <em>CBS News</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&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, 23 Jul 2014 07:45:00 -0400A lesson for America from Flight 17: Don't arm the Syrian rebels<img src="" /></P><p>The story of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is notable for its jaw-dropping stupidity. As best as anyone can tell, the plane was probably shot down by pro-Russian separatists who are basically the Bundy Ranch of Ukraine, except Vladimir Putin has armed them to the eyeballs with top-of-the-line military hardware. The Netherlands, where the bulk of the victims are from, is extraordinarily pissed about this, and the European Union may well implement biting sanctions against Russia, for the sheer idiotic recklessness of it all if nothing else.</p><p>We should keep this in mind as pressure mounts in the U.S...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryan-cooper" ><span class="byline">Ryan Cooper</span></a>Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:08:00 -0400After Flight 17, do we need missile defense systems for commercial airliners?<img src="" /></P><p>Ben Gurion International Airport is adjacent to a war zone, and so, when a rocket fired by Hamas or its proxies landed in its vicinity on Tuesday, U.S. carriers decided to stop flying there. That's obviously smart and prudent.</p><p>Since the mid-1970s, almost a dozen commercial jets have been shot down by missiles. As shoulder-fired missile launchers proliferated, it become easier to envision a scenario in which jets taking off and landing could become prime targets for terrorists. Thriller fiction has beaten that scenario to death since the 1980s.</p><p>Counter-measure technology, like heat flares and...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderWed, 23 Jul 2014 06:06:00 -0400