The Week: Most Recent from Harold Maasshttp://theweek.com/editor/articles/harold-maassMost recent posts.en-usFri, 29 Aug 2014 07:59:00 -0400http://theweek.comhttp://theweek.com/images/logo_theweek.pngMost Recent from Harold Maass from THE WEEKFri, 29 Aug 2014 07:59:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 29, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/267300/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-29-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/267300/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-29-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0124/62321_article_main/w/240/h/300/people-assess-the-damage-after-shelling-hitnbspdonetsk-eastern-ukrainenbsp.jpg?208" /></P><p><strong>1. Russian sends tanks into Ukraine</strong><br />NATO confirmed Ukrainian government reports that two columns of Russian tanks and troops had invaded southern Ukraine, seizing a strategic town on the way to Crimea, a region annexed by Moscow in March. Ukrainian border guards fled their posts as the armored forces crossed into the country. The intelligence gathered by the Western military alliance was supported by claims made by a Russian-supported separatist leader that at least 3,000 Russian gunmen were fighting alongside Ukrainian rebels. [<em>Los Angeles Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/267300/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-29-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:59:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 28, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/267207/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-28-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/267207/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-28-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0124/62275_article_main/w/240/h/300/incursion-what-incursion.jpg?208" /></P><p><strong>1. Ukraine says Russia is sending more troops over the border</strong><br />Ukraine accused Russia of sending a fresh wave of troops over its eastern border on Wednesday, dimming hopes that a meeting between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin a day earlier would lead to a cease-fire. A rebel leader said thousands of Russians were fighting alongside pro-Russian separatists, but Russia denies its soldiers are involved. Ukraine said it had detained a Russian soldier who confessed his unit was helping rebels open a new front near Crimea, which Moscow annexed in March. [<em>Reuters...</em></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/267207/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-28-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:59:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 27, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/267119/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-27-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/267119/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-27-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0124/62233_article_main/w/240/h/300/a-palestinian-girl-celebrates-the-cease-fire-with-her-father.jpg?208" /></P><p><strong>1. A new cease-fire takes hold in Gaza</strong><br />Israel and the Palestinians reached a deal on a long-term cease-fire aimed at ending their seven-week conflict in Gaza. The truce was negotiated in Cairo and took effect Tuesday evening. It appeared to be holding early Wednesday. The agreement called for the opening of blocked Gaza border crossings. Despite that concession to Palestinian demands, Israel claimed a significant victory, saying its armed forces had destroyed tunnels Hamas militants had been using to launch attacks in Israel. [<em>Reuters</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/267119/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-27-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:51:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 26, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/267044/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-26-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/267044/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-26-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0124/62194_article_main/w/240/h/300/woohoo.jpg?208" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama approves surveillance flights over Syria</strong><br />President Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria in a significant step toward greater U.S. involvement in the country's three-year civil war, Defense Department officials said Monday. The approval covers both flights by drones and U2 spy planes. The U.S. does not plan to notify the government of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Obama administration has called for Assad's ouster and is trying to figure out how to strike ISIS rebels without helping Assad. [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/267044/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-26-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:52:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 25, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266958/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-25-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266958/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-25-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0124/62169_article_main/w/240/h/300/bravo-mom.jpg?208" /></P><p><strong>1. Islamists release an American journalist in Syria</strong><br />An al Qaeda affiliate in Syria &mdash; the Nusra Front &mdash; unexpectedly freed American freelance journalist Peter Theo Curtis on Sunday, nearly two years after he was kidnapped. Curtis' release came less than a week after the beheading of another U.S. reporter, James Foley, by the more radical Islamist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Qatar, a U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, mediated on behalf of Curtis. [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/266958/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-25-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:57:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 22, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266885/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-22-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266885/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-22-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0124/62139_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-national-guard-withdraw-from-fergusonnbsp.jpg?208" /></P><p><strong>1. Nixon pulls National Guard from Ferguson as protests grow calmer</strong><br />Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) announced Thursday that National Guard troops would begin withdrawing from Ferguson after two days of easing tensions there. Nixon said the troops had helped restore calm following sometimes violent protests over the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, by a white policeman on Aug. 9. Attorney General Eric Holder visited the St. Louis suburb on Wednesday and promised a fair investigation. [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/266885/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-22-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:56:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 21, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266779/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-21-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266779/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-21-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0124/62079_article_main/w/240/h/300/holder-meets-with-captain-ron-johnson-in-ferguson.jpg?208" /></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="http://theweek.com/article/index/266779/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-21-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:50:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 20, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266690/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-20-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266690/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-20-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0124/62038_article_main/w/240/h/300/foley-in-november-2012nbsp.jpg?208" /></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="http://theweek.com/article/index/266690/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-20-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:55:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 19, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266607/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-19-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266607/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-19-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0124/62004_article_main/w/240/h/300/at-least-31-protesters-were-arrested-in-ferguson-missouri-last-night.jpg?208" /></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="http://theweek.com/article/index/266607/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-19-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:58:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 18, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266543/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-18-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266543/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-18-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0123/61968_article_main/w/240/h/300/protesters-demonstrate-in-ferguson.jpg?208" /></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="http://theweek.com/article/index/266543/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-18-2014">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 15, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266451/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-15-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266451/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-15-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0123/61938_article_main/w/240/h/300/capt-ronald-johnson-of-the-missouri-state-highway-patrol-who-was-appointed-to-take-control-of.jpg?208" /></P><p><strong>1. Missouri Highway Patrol takes over security from police in Ferguson</strong><br />Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) announced Thursday that the State Highway Patrol would take over security in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after five days of protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a police officer. Nixon was facing rising criticism over the heavy-handed response by St. Louis County police armed with military gear. President Obama said there was "no excuse" for using excessive force against protesters. [<em>The Kansas City Star</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/266451/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-15-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:30:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 14, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266379/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-14-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266379/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-14-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0123/61906_article_main/w/240/h/300/mission-accomplished.jpg?208" /></P><p><strong>1. U.S. helps break siege that trapped Yazidis atop an Iraqi mountain</strong><br />U.S. airstrikes have helped Kurdish fighters break a siege by Sunni extremists on Iraq's Mount Sinjar, U.S. officials said late Wednesday. A U.S. reconnaissance team spent a day on the mountain and concluded that most of the Yazidis who had been trapped there had already escaped. A few thousand remain, but they are in good shape thanks to supply airdrops, making it less likely U.S. troops will be sent in on a rescue mission, Defense Department officials said. [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/266379/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-14-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 8, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266063/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-8-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/266063/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-8-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0123/61764_article_main/w/240/h/300/obama-authorizes-limitednbspairstrikes-against-isis.jpg?208" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama authorizes limited airstrikes and humanitarian airdrops in northern Iraq</strong><br />President Obama on Thursday authorized limited airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria insurgents in northern Iraq. Obama also announced airdrops of food and water to members of the Yazidi religious minority trapped on top of a mountain by extremists. The first supply drop took place on Thursday. The airstrikes will be used if insurgents try to take the mountain or advance on Irbil, the Kurdish region's capital and site of a U.S. consulate. [<em>USA Today</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/266063/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-8-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:59:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 7, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/265985/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-7-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/265985/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-7-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0123/61727_article_main/w/240/h/300/a-map-of-global-health-issues-at-the-cdcs-emergency-operations-centernbsp.jpg?208" /></P><p><strong>1. CDC raises its alert level over Ebola</strong><br />The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday declared its highest state of alert over the Ebola outbreak that has killed 932 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Guinea. The move will allow the CDC to deploy dozens more staff to West Africa and indicates that the agency believes the crisis &mdash; the worst Ebola outbreak ever &mdash; could continue for a long time. [<em>NBC News</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/265985/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-7-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:51:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 6, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/265910/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-6-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/265910/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-6-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0123/61685_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-walls-of-the-military-base-where-us-army-maj-gen-harold-greene-was-shot-and-killed.jpg?208" /></P><p><strong>1. American general killed in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan</strong><br />U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene was shot and killed in Kabul on Tuesday in an apparent insider attack by a member of the Afghan armed forces. Greene was the highest-ranking member of the U.S. military killed in the line of duty since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Greene, 55, was a key figure in the training of Afghan security forces, and he was making a routine visit to a training center when he was shot. [<em>The Washington Post</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/265910/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-6-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 06 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -040010 things you need to know today: August 5, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/265829/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-5-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/265829/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-5-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0123/61640_article_main/w/240/h/300/a-palestinian-flashes-the-victory-sign-in-gaza.jpg?208" /></P><p><strong>1. Egypt's proposed three-day cease-fire begins in Gaza</strong><br />Israel pulled its last troops out of the Gaza Strip early Tuesday just before a 72-hour truce began at 8 a.m. local time. The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was proposed by Egypt, which plans to broker indirect talks in an attempt to end a month of bitter fighting. "It's clear now that the interest of all parties is to have a cease-fire," said Bassam Salhi, a member of the Palestinian delegation in Egypt. [<em>Los Angeles Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/265829/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-august-5-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:58:00 -0400