The Week: Most Recent World Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 23 Jul 2014 09:06:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent World Posts from THE WEEKWed, 23 Jul 2014 09:06:00 -0400A model, a murder, and the seedy underbelly of Shanghai<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Diana O'Brien was a few months shy of her 23rd birthday when she was stabbed to death in a Shanghai stairwell. She had come to China as a fashion model just 12 days earlier.</p><p>It was 2008. China was in the midst of a dizzying economic boom that had begun in the early 1990s and was then picking up pace with the approach of the Beijing Olympics. As market reforms attracted the most powerful corporations from across the globe, foreign models graced Shanghai's billboards; Chinese companies had come to believe that everything sold better when advertised by a white face. But to these clients &mdash...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Mara HvistendahlWed, 23 Jul 2014 09:06:00 -0400Your next summer getaway: An East German bunker<img src="" /></P><p>Where are you going for your summer vacation? Oh, the beach? That's nice, but the more intrepid traveler can head for a historical "reality experience" in an East German bunker.</p><p>Set in the town of Rennsteighoehe, the "Bunker-Museum" was originally built in the 1970s as a shelter for the district's command unit in case of an emergency. Today, the 38,750-square-foot bunker offers visitors the option of donning National People's Army uniforms and spending the night as East German soldiers &mdash; for only 109 euros ($150 USD) a head.</p><p>Take a vicarious look at this unique vacation through the fascinating...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:17:00 -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 -0400After Flight 17, do we need missile defense systems for commercial airliners?<img src="" /></P><p>Ben Gurion International Airport is adjacent to a war zone, and so, when a rocket fired by Hamas or its proxies landed in its vicinity on Tuesday, U.S. carriers decided to stop flying there. That's obviously smart and prudent.</p><p>Since the mid-1970s, almost a dozen commercial jets have been shot down by missiles. As shoulder-fired missile launchers proliferated, it become easier to envision a scenario in which jets taking off and landing could become prime targets for terrorists. Thriller fiction has beaten that scenario to death since the 1980s.</p><p>Counter-measure technology, like heat flares and...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderWed, 23 Jul 2014 06:06:00 -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 -0400Why America is duty bound to help Iraqi Christians<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Just 11 years ago, there were 1.5 million Christians living in Iraq. Since the U.S. war there, that number has plummeted to approximately 400,000 &mdash; and it is still falling fast. The chaos created by the U.S. invasion, occupation, and withdrawal, as well as the ongoing Syrian civil war and insurgent-fueled unrest in much of Iraq, has dramatically increased the persecution and pressure on Iraq's Christians and other religious minorities.</p><p class="p1">ISIS, the emergent Islamist terrorist group that spans from Syria into Iraq, has already taken over Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. They painted signs...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:15:00 -0400Israel's invasion of Gaza shows peace talks were a sham all along<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The day started with a cease-fire, and ended with a ground invasion.</p><p>Israeli troops moved across the border into the besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday night, the first large-scale ground offensive since a 2008-2009 war that killed more than 1,400 people and caused widespread destruction. The invasion followed hours of heavy shelling aimed at clearing improvised explosive devices from the border.</p><p>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the offensive would seek to destroy "terror tunnels," after two attempted Palestinian incursions into southern Israel in the past two weeks, one of which left eight...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Gregg CarlstromMon, 21 Jul 2014 09:12:00 -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 -0400Israel has only two choices: Eliminate the Palestinians or make peace<img src="" /></P><p>Israeli lawmaker Moshe Feiglin is right.</p><p>Last week, Feiglin, a member of the Knesset on the extreme-right flank of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party, laid out in the ultranationalist media network <em>Arutz Sheva</em> his plan for "achieving quiet in Gaza," starting with:</p><p >One warning from the prime minister of Israel to the enemy population, in which he announces that Israel is about to attack military targets in their area and urges those who are not involved and do not wish to be harmed to leave immediately. Sinai is not far from Gaza and they can leave. This will be the limit of Israel...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/emily-l-hauser" ><span class="byline">Emily L. Hauser</span></a>Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:15:00 -0400How much can Obama squeeze Putin?<img src="" /></P><p>Last week was the biggest news week of the year. Israel invaded Gaza. A passenger jet was shot down, almost certainly by Vladimir Putin's shadow army in Eastern Ukraine. And thanks to a Friday night news dump, the event with probably the greatest long-term impact on us largely escaped attention. That would be the kicking of the can down the road on nuclear talks between Iran, the U.S., and five other world powers.</p><p>All of these events are connected in a dangerous and potentially destabilizing way. Twenty-four hours after the Malaysia Airlines jet with at least one American passenger was downed...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/paul-brandus" ><span class="byline">Paul Brandus</span></a>Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:09:00 -0400