The Week: Most Recent World Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 01 Aug 2014 15:19:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent World Posts from THE WEEKFri, 01 Aug 2014 15:19:00 -0400The week's best editorial cartoons<img src="" /></P><p ><br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> **See more cartoons**</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 01 Aug 2014 15:19:00 -0400The week's best photojournalism<img src="" /></P><p ><br /> Clowns gather for a group picture during the sixth annual Latin American Clown Congress in Guatemala City. | (<em>AP Photo/Moises Castillo</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A crew member checks guide wires as a hot air balloon inflates at the QuickCheck New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. | (<em>AP Photo/Mel Evans</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Yeoman Sergeant Bob Loughlin walks through the art installation "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red," marking the 100th anniversary of World War I, at the Tower of London. | (<em>REUTERS/Neil Hall</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />People look on as participants ride goats and sheep during a race in Fengshan, China. | (<em>REUTERS/China Daily</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Men rest their...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:34:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 1, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Violence shatters Gaza cease-fire hours after it takes effect</strong><br />Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire starting Friday, but the kidnapping of an Israeli solider and heavy exchanges of fire two hours after the truce took effect unraveled it. According to Israel, a unit clearing a Hamas tunnel was set upon by militants, who made off with one of the soldiers. "The cease-fire is over," said an Israeli spokesperson, as Israel launched "extensive operations on the ground" to find the missing soldier. [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&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>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:59:00 -0400The Nazi smart bomb that inspired China's most dangerous weapon<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>What is that strange bomb in the sky?</p><p>That's what the sailors of the Italian battleship <em class="post-pEm">Roma</em> must have wondered in the final moments before they died.</p><p>Naval warfare changed on Sept. 9, 1943. Dictator Benito Mussolini had been deposed, the new Italian government was abandoning a lost war and its doomed Nazi ally and the Italian fleet was sailing to Malta to surrender. But the habitually treacherous Nazis, who had always suspected their Italian allies of similar trickery, detected the Italian ships leaving port.</p><p>The Luftwaffe dispatched a force of Dornier Do-217 bombers to deal with the Italian...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Michael PeckThu, 31 Jul 2014 10:13:00 -0400Singapore's ruling party runs into trouble<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>These are the best of times and the worst of times in Singapore, the world's only global city without a natural hinterland, whose prosperity and good governance are the envy of much of the world, and a model for others to follow. But while the city-state remains an alluring success story to much of the outside world, Singaporeans themselves are starting to question the long-term viability of their longstanding adherence to elite governance, meritocracy, the primacy of growth, and state paternalism. The "Singapore consensus" that the People's Action Party (PAP) government constructed and maintained...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Donald Low and Sudhir VadakethThu, 31 Jul 2014 09:35:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 31, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. House GOP approves lawsuit against Obama</strong><br />House Republicans voted Wednesday to authorize Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to file a lawsuit against President Obama for allegedly abusing his power with executive actions, including delaying parts of his signature health-care law. "This isn't about Republicans and Democrats, it's about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold," Boehner said. Obama called the move a "political stunt." [<em>The Washington Post</em>]</p><p >&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>Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:59:00 -0400Why is the West so afraid of Islam?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">In perhaps the only sign of action from the West to the increased intensity of Christian persecution, France has opened itself up to refugees from Iraq, who are being driven out under pain of death by ISIS. This is a welcome reversion to form for France, which ever since the Middle Ages has periodically found ways to protect Christian minorities abroad. This is a great beginning &mdash; but it is such a small response to the magnitude of Christian persecution, happening not just in Iraq and Syria, but in Nigeria and Egypt as well.</p><p class="p2">Why hasn't there been a greater response from the once-Christian...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:21:00 -0400Recycling old land for a new life<img src="" /></P><p>Two and a half hours outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a vibrant, pesticide-free, organic farm. For more than a decade, Nisse and Armando have poured their lives into this land, converting it from a landfill abandoned by the government into rich soil that harvests corn, beans, squash, sweet potatoes, bananas, mangos, oranges, and much more each season.</p><p>But Nisse and Armando do not own this land. Technically, they are squatters, albeit productive ones, and could be kicked off any day.</p><p ><br />(<em>Matt Masin</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />(<em>Matt Masin</em>)</p><p><br /> The trip from Sao Paulo to the farm is a winding one, involving four subways, two...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:18:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 30, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Humanitarian crisis worsens in Gaza</strong><br />Israel continued its intensified bombing and shelling of Gaza on Wednesday, killing an estimated 40 people overnight and pushing the Gaza death toll to 1,270. The humanitarian crisis deepened after Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, leaving the Palestinian enclave without power or sewer services. Israel says the campaign will continue until it stops rocket fire and destroys the tunnels Hamas militants are using to attack Israelis. [<em>The Washington Post</em>]</p><p >&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, 30 Jul 2014 08:01:00 -0400The mystery behind China's aggressive push into space<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Months after its scheduled re-entry into Earth's atmosphere &mdash; and a surprise cameo appearance in hit space flick <em>Gravity &mdash; </em>China's first space station boosted into a higher orbit. It still speeds around the planet, doing &hellip; what, exactly?</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">No one outside of China's popular but opaque space program seems to know.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><em>Tiangong</em>, or "heavenly palace," blasted off atop a Long March 2F booster in 2011. "Chinese Gen. Chang Wanquan, commander of China's manned space program, declared the launch a success from a control center in Beijing, drawing applause from assembled Chinese politicians...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By Steve WeintzTue, 29 Jul 2014 09:45:00 -0400