The Week: Most Recent Home Page Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 28 Nov 2014 13:00:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Home Page Posts from THE WEEKFri, 28 Nov 2014 13:00:00 -0500The 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, 28 Nov 2014 13:00:00 -0500Sylvan Esso's 6 favorite songs from growing up<img src="" /></P><p>Sylvan Esso, a duo that casts buoyant folk melodies over beds of skittering synthesizers, formed almost by accident. Singer Amelia </span>Meath<span> and producer Nick Sanborn were in separate bands when Sanborn was tasked with creating a beat-forward remix of a song from </span>Meath's<span> folk group, Mountain Man. That remix proved so rewarding for them both that they decided to form their own band, continuing to meld </span>Meath's<span> playful yet commanding voice with Sanborn's minimalist beat textures. The collaboration yielded their self-titled album, </span><em>Sylvan Esso</em><span>, which debuted in March to </span>critical acclaim<span>.</p><p><em>The </em><em>Week</em> spoke...</p></span> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/samantha-rollins" ><span class="byline">Samantha Rollins</span></a>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:00:00 -0500Christian Bale: Moses would be droned today</P><p>Actor Christian Bale has been busy doing research as he transitions from Batman to Moses for the upcoming film <em>Exodus: Gods and Kings</em>. On <em>Nightline</em> this week, he related some of his conclusions about the ancient Israelite hero:</p><p >[He was] absolutely seen as a freedom fighter for the Hebrews, but a terrorist in terms of the Egyptian empire&hellip; What would happen to Moses if he arrived today? Drones would be sent out after him, right? [ABC]</p><p>You&rsquo;ll be able to judge for yourself when the movie comes out Dec. 12.</p> <a href="">More</a>By Bonnie KristianFri, 28 Nov 2014 11:35:00 -0500Police arrest man for pointing a banana at them</P><p>Police in Colorado arrested a man this week, saying they feared for their lives because he pointed a yellow weapon at them:</p><p >"I immediately ducked in my patrol car and accelerated continuing northbound, fearing that it was a weapon," [one officer] wrote in the affidavit, which lists [the two cops] as victims. "Based on training and experience, I have seen handguns in many shapes and colors and perceived this to be a handgun." [<em>The Daily Sentinel</em>]</p><p>The "gun" in question was actually a banana, and the man wielding it yelled, "It&rsquo;s a banana!" when he saw the police becoming alarmed. He was still...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Bonnie KristianFri, 28 Nov 2014 11:25:00 -0500Why Saudi Arabia's rivalry with Iran could keep oil prices down for years</P><p>OPEC, the world's leading group of oil exporters, this week declined to slash production, disappointing countries, such as Iran, that would like to see oil prices climb amidst a worldwide glut of oil and natural gas. The group's decision to maintain its level of output was led by Saudi Arabia, which somewhat mysteriously is keen to keep prices low.</p><p>Liam Denning at <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> writes that Saudi Arabia's move may be part of its ongoing rivalry with Iran over influence in the Middle East:</p><p >Saudi Arabia&rsquo;s chief antagonist is fellow OPEC member, and main geopolitical rival, Iran....</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:18:00 -0500Watch the thrilling first trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII</P><p>"There has been an awakening," says a mysterious voice as the first trailer for <em>Star Wars: Episode VII </em>begins. "Have you felt it?"</p><p><iframe width="600" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>From there, the cryptic trailer highlights several new characters in the <em>Star Wars</em> universe: a troubled-looking man in a Stromtrooper uniform (John Boyega), a young woman riding a Landspeeder (Daisy Ridley), and a mysterious man wielding a red lightsaber with a nasty-looking hilt. It's not until the end of the trailer that the real nostalgia trip begins: John Williams' immortal score kicks in as the Millennium Falcon takes on a pair of TIE Fighters.</p><p>What does it...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:32:00 -0500Girls on Film: The immortal Mike Nichols<img src="" /></P><p>It's impossible to overstate the reach of Mike Nichols, who died this week at the age of 83. He made multiple award-winning films; was half of one of history's most influential comedy acts alongside Elaine May; mentored many of the talents we know and love today; and offered work so thoughtfully human that his impact extends well beyond the reach of film. <em>The Graduate</em> earned Nichols his only Golden Globe and Oscar wins, but he is one of the few people in history to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, and his films influenced the craft more than many of his contemporaries.</p><p>Like many, I was...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/monika-bartyzel" ><span class="byline">Monika Bartyzel</span></a>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:30:00 -0500Your weekly streaming recommendation: Much Ado About Nothing<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>Watch a trailer for <em>Much Ado About Nothing</em>:</p><p><iframe width="660" height="398" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Stream <em>Much Ado About Nothing</em> on Netflix.</p><p><strong>Listen to more of <em>The Week's</em> streaming recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Days of Being Wild</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Nebraska</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Rachel Getting Married</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><em><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and TuneIn.*</strong></em></p><p > </p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:18:00 -0500The week's best photojournalism<img src="" /></P><p ><br /> Cayuga Creek rushes along following a massive snow storm in Lancaster, New York. | (<em>REUTERS/Mark Blinch</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A worker uses a metal cutter as others carry away dismantled parts of decommissioned Indian Navy Ship INS Vikrant at a ship-breaking yard in Mumbai. | (<em>REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Mountains are reflected in a small lake in the Austrian village of Seefeld. | (<em>REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A boy poses for a photo with a Christmas tree made up of the Japanese Manga character Doraemon at a shopping mall in Singapore. | (<em>REUTERS/Edgar Su</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia performs during a gala exhibition...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a> and <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:01:00 -0500Kim Jong Un's sister is rising up the ranks in North Korea</P><p>This week, North Korea's state news agency for the first time identified Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, as a deputy director of the country's ruling party during a joint visit to an animation studio, leading observers of the country to speculate that the supreme leader's sister has taken a more prominent role in the regime's governing apparatus.</p><p>Here's <em>Bloomberg</em>'s Andrew Davis:</p><p >Believed to be about 27, about four years younger than her brother, she had been shown more frequently in his presence this year in the official media. When Kim was absent from the public eye in September and October...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:59:00 -0500Gunmen targets public buildings in Austin</P><p>Police in Austin, Texas, shot and killed a man suspected of opening fire on three downtown public buildings &mdash; the Mexican consulate, the federal courthouse, and police headquarters &mdash; early Friday. Police said that the suspected attacker was killed near his car, and that a bomb squad was investigating suspicions that the vehicle had an improvised explosive device inside. Officers also are checking the man's residence for explosives.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:35:00 -0500Storm leaves 344,000 New England customers without power</P><p>The first major winter storm of the year left 344,000 customers in northern New England without power on Thanksgiving, after disrupting holiday travel on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Record snowfall piled up across the region, snapping tree branches and downing power lines. Officials said it could take several days to restore all power. "This is not something you should try to wait out in your house," said Michael Todd, spokesman for the New Hampshire Department of Safety.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:31:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 28, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. OPEC rejects pressure to reduce production, sending oil prices plummeting</strong><br />Oil prices dropped by 7 percent to $69 per barrel on Thursday, the lowest level since May 2010. The dive came after OPEC announced that it was leaving production levels unchanged, dashing expectations that the group of leading oil exporters would slash production to boost prices. Saudi Arabia pushed to keep production levels steady despite pressure from Russia, Nigeria, and Venezuela, which need higher prices to bolster their economies. [<em>CNN</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>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:25:00 -0500How to grow a microscopic alien garden<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Some sculptors work in marble, others in wood&hellip; but Harvard University biomineralization researcher Wim Noorduin creates his masterpieces inside a beaker. You'd be hard-pressed to put his flowery sculptures on a regular museum pedestal, though. They're actually microscopic crystal structures many times smaller than the width of a human hair.</p><p ><br />(<em>Wim Noorduin/World Science Festival</em>)</p><p>(<strong>More from <em>World Science Festival</em>: </strong>Six tiny scientific mistakes that created huge disasters)</p><p>Minerals can naturally assemble into impressive shapes, even at very tiny scales, and Noorduin's scientific research...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Roxanne PalmerFri, 28 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0500U.S. plans to build 'leaner, meaner Iraqi army'</P><p>When the Islamic State swept across Iraq earlier this year, it met little resistance from an Iraqi army hobbled by corruption, sectarianism, and poor management. Years of effort by American trainers and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars appeared to vanish over the course of a few weeks. So when President Obama proposed strengthening the Iraqi army as part of his plan to roll back ISIS and stabilize Iraq, eyes could not have rolled harder, at least among war skeptics.</p><p>We now have some concrete details about the Obama administration's plans, courtesy of <em>The Washington Post</em>. The U.S. does...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:43:00 -0500The horror of Black Friday has spread to Great Britain</P><p>It turns out that America is not the only country where people will claw at each other over flat screen televisions. Black Friday &mdash; the day when retailers offer large discounts on certain big-ticket items &mdash; has spread to Great Britain, where reports emerged of injuries, arrests, and generally appalling behavior at mega-stores across the country.</p><p>According to the BBC, "[a] man was arrested in Salford after he threatened to 'smash a staff member's face in,'" while in Middleton nearly 200 shoppers refused to leave a store "despite being told stock had all gone." In Stretford, a woman...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:09:00 -0500