The Week: Most Recent World Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 31 Oct 2014 08:57:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent World Posts from THE WEEKFri, 31 Oct 2014 08:57:00 -0400How ISIS sells women and children<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>In early August, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria swept into the small Yazidi village of Maturat in Iraq's Sinjar district and took women to the Badush prison in Mosul. Hundreds more women and girls were herded into an ancient citadel in the town of Tal Afar in the northern province of Nineveh. From Tal Afar, a group of 150 unmarried girls and women, mostly from Christian or Yazidi families, were selected and reportedly sent to Syria "either to be given to ISIL fighters as a reward or to be sold as sex slaves," according to a report released on Oct. 2 by the United Nations' human...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Colum LynchFri, 31 Oct 2014 08:57:00 -0400The 7 best Halloween-themed 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 /> <strong>**See more cartoons**</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 31 Oct 2014 08:45:00 -0400Israel's quiet doomsday submarines are almost ready<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The Israeli navy is a bit of an odd duck. It's designed largely for coastal and eastern Mediterranean warfare. But among all of Israel's small corvettes and missile boats are some some seriously mighty submarines.</p><p>Israel is also investing heavily in growing its submarine fleet. It's a reflection of Tel Aviv's increasing reliance on the underwater boats for a range of operations  &mdash;  including nuclear deterrence.</p><p>Right now, three <em class="markup--em markup--p-em">Dolphin II-</em>class submarines are under construction at Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipyards in Kiel. Once the submarines complete their trials and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Robert BeckhusenFri, 31 Oct 2014 08:44:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 31, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Suspect in Pennsylvania police killing caught after 48-day search</strong><br />Law enforcement officers captured Eric Frein, one of the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives, in Pennsylvania on Thursday after a 48-day manhunt. Frein, a 31-year-old survivalist, is suspected of killing one Pennsylvania trooper and wounding another in a September sniper attack on a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. U.S. Marshals on routine patrol caught him inside a hangar at a small airport that had been abandoned since 1998. Authorities said Frein was armed but surrendered without a fight. [<em>USA Today</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0400How the brides of ISIS are attracting Western women<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p >"You can find shampoos soaps and other female necessities here, so do not stress if you think you will be experiencing some cavewomen life here. &hellip;And lastly for the married sisters or soon to be married, bring makeup and jewellery from the West because trust me there is absolutely nothing here. &hellip;Unless you plan on looking like a clown ting."</p><p>These are the words Umm Layth published on her Tumblr, "Diary of a Muhajirah," meaning one who has made the "hijrah," or journey to the Islamic State. Umm Layth is a blogger from the north of Britain who is now living in the Syrian town of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Ruth MichaelsonThu, 30 Oct 2014 08:54:00 -0400When the petrodollars run out<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>It's good to be Vladimir Putin these days. The Russian president can jerk most European countries around without fearing the consequences, thanks to their dependence on his natural gas. Meanwhile, Putin's customers are probably dreaming of the day when they can tell him to piss off. But when they can finally live independently of his resources, international influence won't be the only thing that crumbles for Russia and other petrostates.</p><p>I'm not talking about the kind of energy independence that the United States may gain from fracking, or Brazil by exploiting its deep-sea oil reserves. I'm...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Daniel AltmanThu, 30 Oct 2014 08:41:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 30, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Giants win their third World Series in five years</strong><br />The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in a hard-fought Game 7 to win the World Series on Wednesday night. The Giants were the first team to win three Major League Baseball championships in five years since the New York Yankees won four in five years in the late 1990s. Giants ace and series MVP Madison Bumgarner, who had already earned two wins in the series, pitched the last five innings and held on to the team's narrow lead by allowing just two hits, getting the final out with the tying run on third. [<em>San Jose Mercury News...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:01:00 -0400These charts show just how bad Ebola has gotten in West Africa<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The worst-ever outbreak of the deadly virus Ebola has likely killed upwards of 5,000 people,</span><span> mainly in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Isolated cases have now begun to appear in </span>Europe<span> and the U.S., too.</p><p>In other words, it's bad. Here's a look back at how the situation initially progressed.</p><p>The chart below shows all the reported cases from January through Aug. 31, broken down by week. What started out as a problem only in Guinea passed into neighboring regions pretty quickly. The chart shows us how the number of Ebola virus cases have exploded in subsequent weeks.</p><p>As of mid-October, 4,555...</p></span> <a href="">More</a>By Simran KhoslaWed, 29 Oct 2014 14:20:00 -0400Why the defense industry is ripe picking for hackers<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Israel's Iron Dome rocket-defense system may not work, but China would like to know for itself.</p><p>Reports indicate that Chinese hackers have attempted to steal data on the Iron Dome from Israeli contractor Rafael. But this instance of cyber-espionage is only one in a series of recent a</span>ttacks<span> targeting different defense firms around the world.</p><p>Beyond the obvious fact of the development of the internet, trends in intellectual property law are transforming the nature of military industrial espionage.</p><p>The traditional world of technology espionage has involved a bewildering and fascinating array...</p></span> <a href="">More</a>By Robert FarleyWed, 29 Oct 2014 08:31:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 29, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama argues against automatic Ebola quarantines</strong><br />President Obama implicitly criticized automatic quarantines of health workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, saying that "we don&rsquo;t want to discourage our health care workers from going to the front lines." Obama did not directly address the controversial quarantine policies imposed by the governors of New York and New Jersey, but he said, "We know that the best way to protect Americans ultimately is going to stop this outbreak at the source." Liberia's president called the quarantines a troubling "overreaction." [...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:53:00 -0400