The Week: Most Recent World Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 30 Oct 2014 08:54:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent World Posts from THE WEEKThu, 30 Oct 2014 08:54:00 -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 -040010 things you need to know today: October 28, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Quarantined Ebola nurse allowed to leave New Jersey</strong><br />New Jersey officials on Monday discharged a nurse, Kaci Hickox, who had been forcibly quarantined when she arrived at the Newark airport after treating Ebola patients in West Africa. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who had faced intense pressure to let Hickox, 33, leave the hospital, announced the news via Twitter. Hickox, who called the state's quarantine policy "inhumane," tested negative for Ebola. She returned home to Maine on Tuesday and will be temporarily isolated at home under the state's Ebola protocols. [<em>USA Today</em>, <em>The Associated...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:58:00 -0400No, the U.S. doesn't have plans to nuke North Korea<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>At this point, you've probably heard plenty about Leon Panetta's new book, <em>Worthy Fights</em>.</p><p>But it's not just in Beltway foreign-policy circles that Panetta's memoir of his time as President Obama's secretary of defense has caused a stir. The book is a hot-button issue in northeast Asia, too, with several South Korean newspapers claiming Panetta considered the use of nuclear weapons against North Korea in 2011. The <em>JoongAng Daily</em>, for example, headlined its article "Leon Panetta reveals nuke plan for South Korea." The <em>Hankyoreh, </em>a Seoul-based daily newspaper, titled its story "Leon Panetta's memoirs...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jeffrey LewisMon, 27 Oct 2014 08:55:00 -0400Domestic extremists suckered youngsters into gathering intel on police officers<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Sovereign citizens groups are scary. For police officers, they're violent extremists. Now at least one group of sovereign citizens duped young people into collecting the addresses of police officers and other first responders in Austin, Texas.</p><p>An FBI alert from the bureau's San Antonio Division &mdash; obtained in August by the non-profit Web site Public Intelligence &mdash; details the creepy scheme.</p><p>Through late July of last year, small teams of "young individuals" combed through neighborhoods in Austin knocking on doors, according to the alert. When someone answered, the canvassers explained...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Matthew GaultMon, 27 Oct 2014 08:39:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 27, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. New York eases Ebola quarantine rule after White House intervenes</strong><br />Under pressure from the White House and health experts, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Sunday relaxed his state's strict policy of quarantining medical workers returning from caring for Ebola patients in West Africa. Administration officials and medical experts argued that the rules, announced Friday in New York and New Jersey, would discourage doctors and nurses from joining the Ebola fight. Cuomo, then New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said Sunday that those showing no symptoms could be quarantined at home. [<em>The New York Times...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:58:00 -0400