The Week: Most Recent World Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 21 Aug 2014 07:50:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent World Posts from THE WEEKThu, 21 Aug 2014 07:50:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 21, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama vows justice for James Foley</strong><br />President Obama on Wednesday called the beheading of freelance journalist James Foley by an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist "an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world" and vowed "to see that justice is done." The White House confirmed the authenticity of an online video clip showing the murder. The Pentagon said U.S. commandos had tried this summer to rescue Foley and other journalists kidnapped in Syria. [<em>Los Angeles Times</em>, <em>ABC News</em>]</p><p >&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, 21 Aug 2014 07:50:00 -0400How a Palestinian turned airstrikes into art<img src="" /></P><p>The tenuous 10-day cease fire that quieted the airspace between Gaza and Israel and allowed families to literally pick up the pieces of their shattered lives has ended.</p><p>Militants in Gaza fired a round of rockets at Israel on Tuesday evening, provoking a fatal airstrike from Israel. Blame ricochets back-and-forth, negotiations have been traded in for vows of violence, and experts worry the worst is still to come.</p><p>It's a harsh reality for those living in the war zone. But 27-year-old Tawfik Gebreel, who lives in Gaza, chooses to find some hope among the wreckage. The Palestinian architect and artist...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:24:00 -0400How Israel's hawks intimidated and silenced the last remnants of the anti-war left<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>TEL AVIV &mdash; Pro-war demonstrators stand behind a police barricade in Tel Aviv, chanting, "Gaza is a graveyard." An elderly woman pushes a cart of groceries down the street in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon and asks a reporter, "Jewish or Arab? Because I won't talk to Arabs." A man in Sderot, a town that lies less than a mile from Gaza, looks up as an Israeli plane, en route to the Hamas-ruled territory, drops a blizzard of leaflets over the town. "I hope that's not all we're dropping," he says.</p><p>Even before the war, Israel was shifting right, as an increasingly strident cadre of politicians...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Gregg CarlstromWed, 20 Aug 2014 09:32:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 20, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Gaza cease-fire collapses and Israel brings home its negotiators</strong><br />The truce between Israel and Hamas collapsed on Tuesday. Palestinians fired rockets into southern Israel from Gaza. Israel responded with airstrikes that targeted a Hamas commander and killed three people, according to Gaza health officials. The violence began eight hours before the 24-hour extension of the truce, which was intended to give negotiators in Egypt time to hammer out a long-term peace. Israel called its negotiators home. [<em>Reuters</em>]</p><p >&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, 20 Aug 2014 07:55:00 -0400The Catholic case for military strikes in Iraq<img src="" /></P><p>The moral authority of pontiffs has long been used to cajole world leaders into peace and reconciliation. Earlier this year, for instance, Pope Francis tried to restart talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority with a prayer service that included Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas.</p><p>That tradition of papal peace-making lends even more weight to the remarks this week from Pope Francis on the threat of ISIS and the genocide in Iraq and Syria. Talking with the press on his plane as it left South Korea, the pope warned that "unjust aggression" had to be stopped and that action from the international...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/edward-morrissey" ><span class="byline">Edward Morrissey</span></a>Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:11:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 19, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama sends Holder to Ferguson</strong><br />Protesters and police clashed again Monday night in Ferguson, Mo., despite the arrival of National Guard troops. Police came under "heavy gunfire," said Capt. Ron Johnson, who blamed "a tiny minority of lawbreakers" for the violence. Two civilians were shot, though not by police, and 31 were arrested. President Obama announced Monday that he was sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson on Wednesday to talk with investigators about the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Holder also will speak with community leaders in a bid to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:58:00 -0400Why China thinks it could defeat the U.S. in battle<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">For the first time since China's rapid ascent as a regional military power, officers in Beijing believe the Chinese army could invade Taiwan or attack a disputed island while <em>also </em>deterring intervention by U.S. Pacific Command.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">In other words, top Chinese military planners are now convinced they could defeat the United States. And some American thinkers are coming to believe the same thing.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">"U.S. forces in the region are becoming increasingly vulnerable to China's anti-access capabilities," David Gompert, a former Acting Director of National Intelligence now working for the think tank RAND...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By David AxeMon, 18 Aug 2014 09:38:00 -0400How the West produces jihadi tourists<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><em>"I've read of our heroes, and I wanted the same,</em><br /><em>To play out my part in the patriot game."</em> &mdash;Dominic Behan</p><p class="p1">Nine hundred years ago, Europe sent men to the Middle East to protect Christians there and put control of their faith's holy sites in the hands of Latin Christians. It even led to the reunion of Maronite Christians with the pope. Today, Europe sends young Muslims to the Middle East to destroy Christian churches and holy sites and to impose sharia law. America sends them too. It leads to Middle Eastern Christians fleeing in terror and crying out to the pope for help. The phenomenon is...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:20:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 18, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Governor sends the National Guard to Ferguson</strong><br />Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) announced Monday that he was sending National Guard troops to help restore peace in Ferguson, which has been rocked by unrest since a white police officer shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown. A private autopsy requested by Brown's family concluded that he was shot six times, including twice in the head. Attorney General Eric Holder also called for a federal autopsy to aid the investigation. [<em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, <em>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</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, 18 Aug 2014 07:53:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 17, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. One shot, seven arrested in Ferguson</strong><br />One man was left in critical condition Sunday after being shot in Ferguson, Missouri, as protests continued over the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. In addition, seven people were arrested for failing to comply with a new midnight-to-five a.m. curfew intended to quell the unrest that has percolated since an officer shot and killed Brown last Saturday. After a brief period of relative calm settled in following a few days of clashes between police and protesters, Gov. Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency, and police late Saturday again fired...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:40:00 -0400