The Week: Most Recent from Harold Maass recent posts.en-usFri, 25 Jul 2014 07:59:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent from Harold Maass from THE WEEKFri, 25 Jul 2014 07:59:00 -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 -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 -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 -040010 things you need to know today: July 22, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Ukraine rebels hand over evidence from downed jetliner</strong><br />Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on Monday gave investigators passengers' bodies and the black boxes of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over separatist-held territory last week. Rebel leaders delayed releasing the evidence for days despite intense international pressure. Ukraine says separatists shot down the plane, with 298 people on board, using a missile supplied by Russia. Moscow denies responsibility. [<em>BBC News</em>, <em>The Australian</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>Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:56:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 21, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Fighting intensifies in Gaza</strong><br />Israel and Hamas on Sunday experienced their deadliest day of fighting since clashes began last week. Ninety-six Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers, including two U.S. citizens, were killed as Israel fought to shut down tunnels in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. In an emergency meeting, the United Nations Security Council called for an immediate cease-fire. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Egypt on Monday to push for peace. [<em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, <em>The New York Times</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>Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:59:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 18, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Malaysia Airlines plane downed by missile over Ukraine</strong><br />A Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down with a surface-to-air missile over a rebel-held area in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday. All 298 people aboard were killed, including top AIDS researcher Joep Lange and others heading to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. U.S. intelligence confirmed the attack but not the origin of the missile. Ukraine blamed pro-Russian separatists, who denied culpability. [<em>USA Today</em>, <em>The Washington Post</em>]</p><p >&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>Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:55:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 17, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama tightens sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis</strong><br />The White House announced expanded economic sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, targeting several large banking, energy, and defense companies over Moscow's "attempts to destabilize eastern Ukraine and its ongoing occupation of Crimea." The punished companies include Rosneft, a state-run oil company, and Gazprombank, Russia's third-largest bank. The Treasury Department also targeted Russian arms makers. [<em>The New York Times</em>, <em></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>Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:55:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 16, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Israel launches more airstrikes after Hamas rejects truce</strong><br />Israel resumed its airstrikes in Gaza on Tuesday after Hamas, which runs the Palestinian territory, rejected a cease-fire plan proposed by Egypt and approved by Israel's security cabinet. Israel warned that Hamas "would pay the price," and urged tens of thousands of Palestinians to leave their homes in northern and eastern Gaza, suggesting their neighborhoods would be targeted next. A fresh barrage of rockets from Gaza killed one Israeli man. [<em>The Dallas Morning News</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>Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:51:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 15, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Israel accepts an Egyptian cease-fire deal, but Hamas rejects it</strong><br />Israel's security cabinet approved a cease-fire plan proposed by Egypt on Tuesday, but the armed wing of Hamas rejected the deal, saying it was "not worth the ink with which it was written." It is not yet clear if the Islamist organization as a whole feels similarly. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested that if Hamas doesn't agree to a truce, Israel might launch a broad ground invasion of the Gaza Strip to stop Palestinian rocket fire, which continued after the cease-fire was supposed to have started early Tuesday...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:54:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 14, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Germany beats Argentina in World Cup final</strong><br />Germany won the World Cup on Sunday, defeating Argentina 1-0 in the final with a goal in extra time. The game appeared headed for a penalty-kick shootout when Germany's Mario G&ouml;tze caught a cross with his chest and volleyed the ball into the goal in the 113th minute of play. Thirty people were arrested in Buenos Aires when disappointed fans disrupted a celebration of the country's best showing since 1990, when it also lost to Germany in the finals. [<em>NPR</em>, <em>CNN</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>Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:52:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 11, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama offers to broker truce between Israel and Hamas</strong><br />President Obama offered to help start cease-fire negotiations between Israel and Hamas in a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. Obama condemned Hamas' firing of rockets into Israel and reaffirmed Israel's right to defend itself. Rocket fire continued early Friday from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. One rocket struck a gas station in southern Israel, igniting a fire and seriously injuring one person. Israel has hit Gaza with more than 1,000 airstrikes, killing at least 98 people. [<em>The Jerusalem Post...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:52:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 10, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Israel steps up its Gaza offensive as death toll rises</strong><br />Israeli airstrikes &mdash; intended to stop Hamas rocket fire &mdash; killed eight members of a family, including five children, in Gaza early Thursday, according to Palestinian officials. Israel's three-day air offensive has killed at least 66 people, Gaza medical authorities said. Israel says it is targeting Hamas sites, including launchers behind a barrage of more than 320 rockets into Israel. The rockets have paralyzed businesses and sent thousands fleeing southern Israel but caused no serious casualties. [<em>Reuters</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:58:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 9, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama urges approval of $3.7 billion plan to handle child-immigration crisis</strong><br />Senate Democrats vowed to move quickly on passing a $3.7 billion package President Obama proposed to confront a wave of thousands of children illegally pouring across the Southwest border. President Obama urged Congress to approve the spending, which would pay for caring for the children but also for swiftly deporting them. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he aimed to finish a bill by Congress's August recess, but many Republicans withheld support due to what they called Obama's failure to secure the border...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:53:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 8, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Israel steps up airstrikes after volley of rocket fire from Gaza</strong><br />Israel intensified an air offensive against Hamas with about 50 missile strikes in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday. The targets included four houses and some of the sites where suspected Hamas militants allegedly fired about 80 rockets into Israel on Monday and early Tuesday. Israel's army called up 1,500 reservists on Monday and expected to summon more Tuesday in preparation for a possible ground assault. President Obama urged Israel and the Palestinians to "act with reasonableness and restraint." [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:51:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 7, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. TSA bans uncharged cell phones from U.S.-bound flights</strong><br />The Transportation Security Administration said Sunday that it was banning uncharged cell phones from U.S.-bound flights from some overseas airports. Passengers will have to power up their mobile gadgets to prove they are not explosive devices &mdash; or leave them behind. The enhanced security measures appear to be in response to reports that terrorists in Syria and Yemen have developed bombs that can slip through existing airport screening methods. [<em>CNET</em>]</p><p >&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>Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -040010 things you need to know today: July 4, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Hurricane Arthur weakens after rattling North Carolina</strong><br />Hurricane Arthur knocked out power to thousands of homes on the North Carolina coast on Thursday as it hit the state's Outer Banks. The storm &mdash; the first of the 2014 Atlantic season &mdash; gained strength to become a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of 100 miles per hour as it began pelting eastern North Carolina with high winds and heavy rain. Arthur delivered the area just a glancing blow, however, before weakening and continuing north over the Atlantic. [<em>CNN</em>]</p><p >&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>Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:28:00 -0400