The Week: Most Recent World Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 24 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent World Posts from THE WEEKFri, 24 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400The 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, 24 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400The week's best photojournalism<img src="" /></P><p ><br /> Widows light sparklers after offering prayers on the banks of the Yamuna River, in India, as part of Diwali celebrations. | (<em>REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Yodimiler Arias, 8, stands with other young wrestlers as they listen to instructions from their teacher, in a park in Old Havana, Cuba. | (<em>AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Moonlight splashes across the snow-covered Concordia, the confluence of the Baltoro and Godwin-Austen glaciers in Pakistan, near K2, the world's second-highest mountain. | (<em>REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />An Ocean Spray employee shows off a handful of cranberries from a promotional cranberry...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:37:00 -0400How Block the Boat is fighting the Israeli government -- in California<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>This weekend, activists will attempt to block the unloading of a container ship in Oakland, California. Here's what's going on, and what's behind it.</p><p><strong>What is Block The Boat?<br /></strong>Block the Boat is a political campaign of nonviolent direct action against the state of Israel that bills itself as similar to the anti-apartheid movement against white South Africa &mdash; one of the first major boycotts of which also happened at the Oakland port back in 1984. By throwing sand in the gears of the Israeli economy, Block the Boat seek to change Israeli policy towards Gaza and the West Bank.</p><p><strong>Which company...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryan-cooper" ><span class="byline">Ryan Cooper</span></a>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:42:00 -0400Al Qaeda's next target: American oil tankers<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Al Qaeda discusses strategic attacks on chokepoints of oil shipments from the Middle East to the West in its first issue of <em>Resurgence</em>, an English-language propaganda magazine posted to al Qaeda online forum In a 117-page issue produced by As-Sahab, a new South Asia al Qaeda media branch, the group lays out the American oil flow system in detail and suggests the interruption of that flow with attacks.</p><p>The extremists have recently taken a back seat in western media to their more evil counterparts, ISIS, but they are still plotting the destruction of America. In an article called...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Sarah KaufmanFri, 24 Oct 2014 08:35:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 24, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. New York doctor found to be city's first Ebola case</strong><br />A New York City doctor tested positive for Ebola on Thursday, becoming the city's first case. The doctor, Craig Spencer, had recently returned from Guinea, where he treated Ebola patients. Spencer reportedly took a subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn and went to a bowling alley on Wednesday night before waking up the next morning with a 103-degree fever. Health workers quarantined his fianc&eacute;e and two others, and tried to track down anyone who might have had contact with him before he was rushed to a hospital. [<em>The New York Times</em>]</p><p >&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:01:00 -0400How foreign aid screwed up Liberia's ability to fight Ebola<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama is sending military personnel and $750 million to Liberia and other Ebola-afflicted countries in West Africa. At this point, such aid might offer the only hope of containing this deadly epidemic &mdash; but foreign aid also had a big hand in creating Africa's Ebola problem in the first place.</p><p>How? By breeding a dependence mentality that has prevented these counties from generating their internal institutional defenses to deal with public health emergencies.</p><p>Nothing illustrates this better than the contrasting courses of the disease in Liberia, one of the most heavily indebted...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/shikha-dalmia" ><span class="byline">Shikha Dalmia</span></a>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:16:00 -0400When Khomeini said no to Iranian nukes<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The nuclear negotiations between six world powers and Iran, which are now nearing their November deadline, remain deadlocked over U.S. demands that Iran dismantle the bulk of its capacity to enrich uranium. The demand is based on the suspicion that Iran has worked secretly to develop nuclear weapons in the past and can't be trusted not to do so again.</p><p>Iran argues that it has rejected nuclear weapons as incompatible with Islam and cites a fatwa of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei as proof. American and European officials remain skeptical, however, that the issue is really governed by Shiite Islamic...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Gareth PorterThu, 23 Oct 2014 09:16:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 23, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Ottawa locked down after gunman attacks Parliament</strong><br />A gunman, identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, shot and killed a soldier guarding Canada's National War Memorial, then entered the Parliament building across a plaza and started shooting there. Zehaf-Bibeau, who was believed to be a convert to Islam identified as a "high-risk traveler," was killed in a shootout with security personnel. The attack left Ottawa, Canada's capital, on lockdown, and came three days after an attack on two soldiers in Quebec. [<em>Bloomberg News</em>, <em>The Washington Post</em>]</p><p >&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, 23 Oct 2014 07:59:00 -0400The U.S. is about to sell weapons to Vietnam. That's bad news for China.<img src="" /></P><p class="Body">One morning last June, the people of Vietnam woke up to someone else's oil rig in their backyard. The 30,000-ton Haiyang Shiyou-981, owned by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, was parked 70 miles inside waters controlled by Vietnam.</p><p class="Body">The resulting standoff at sea, in which one Vietnamese fishing boat was sunk, has driven Vietnam to seek assistance from an unlikely source. Vietnam has requested its old enemy, the United States, sell it weapons to counter an even older enemy, China.</p><p class="Body">Vietnam and China have shared a mutual border for more than 2,000 years. Those have not exactly been happy...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kyle-mizokami" ><span class="byline">Kyle Mizokami</span></a>Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:08:00 -0400Why is the Pentagon stuffing caves in Norway full of tanks?<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The Pentagon sent tanks, armored vehicles, and containers full of other military gear to caves in Norway. It's all for the U.S. Marine Corps, which wants to update and expand its Scandinavian stockpile.</p><p>The Corps has stashed weapons and equipment in the Norwegian countryside since the 1980s. With this setup, Marines can fly in and be ready for a fight in no time.</p><p>In addition, the Pentagon saves money by not having to keep a large force in Norway year-round. Washington already spends billions each year running huge bases across Europe.</p><p>But in the past, Marines rushing toward the sound of gunfire...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Joseph TrevithickWed, 22 Oct 2014 09:57:00 -0400