The Week: Most Recent World Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 28 Nov 2014 13:00:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent World 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 -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 -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 -050010 things you need to know today: November 27, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Justice Ginsburg undergoes heart procedure</strong><br />Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent heart surgery early Wednesday, the Supreme Court announced. Doctors put a stent in her right coronary artery, a procedure called a coronary catheterization, after she experienced discomfort while exercising the night before. She was expected to leave the hospital within two days and return to the bench on Monday. Ginsburg, 81, has survived colon and pancreatic cancer, and recently vowed to stay on the court "as long as I can do the job full-steam, and that, at my age, is not predictable." [<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>Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:42:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 26, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Ferguson protests spread across the U.S.</strong><br />Mostly peaceful protests spread from Ferguson, Missouri, across the country on Tuesday following the announcement that a grand jury had decided not to charge Darren Wilson, a white police officer, with the August killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Americans, calling the case a symbol of racial injustice, held at least 170 separate demonstrations, blocking bridges and highways. Protesters filled New York City's Times Square, holding their hands up and chanting, "Don't shoot." [<em>CNN</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>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:58:00 -0500Switzerland's big cheese<img src="" /></P><p>Ah, the power of Gruy&egrave;re.</p><p>The firm cheese keeps Jacques Murith and his family &mdash; sons Pierre and Alexandre, along with wife Elian &mdash; busy from beginning of the day to end. Nestled high in the mountains of western Switzerland sits the town of Gruy&egrave;res, and it is there that the family's cheese-making operation churns out around 200 wheels &mdash; weighing as much as 90 pounds each &mdash; of Gruy&egrave;re each year.</p><p ><br />Moleson mountain, in Gruy&egrave;res, rises over a pasture. | (<em>REUTERS/Denis Balibouse</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />Alexandre Murith loads newly made wheels of cheese on to a monorail...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:30:00 -0500Police militarization is a legacy of cold war paranoia<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The police who faced protesters in Ferguson, Missouri looked more like soldiers than officers of the peace. In August, citizens squared off with a camouflage-clad police force armed with tear gas and grenade launchers, armored tactical vehicles and rifles with long-range scopes. Since then, government officials and the media have blamed police militarization on a U.S. Department of Defense program, begun in 1997, that provides police with free surplus military gear. But the roots of militarized policing are much older.</p><p>To find the origins of modern militarized policing, we have to look back...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Joy RohdeTue, 25 Nov 2014 08:45:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 25, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Violence follows Ferguson grand jury decision against indicting police officer</strong><br />Violence erupted in Ferguson, Mo., after a grand jury decided late Monday not to file charges against a white police officer, Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. At least two police cars and six buildings were set on fire, and protesters, who had been demanding that Wilson be put on trial, blocked Interstate 44. Protesters in Ferguson and around the country have called the killing as an example of police brutality against African-Americans. [<em>The Washington Post</em>]</p><p >&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:58:00 -0500Don't blame Chuck Hagel: Obama's foreign policy has been a disaster from end to end<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">After just one year and nine months, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is out, and shouldering much of the blame for the president's foreign policy with his "resignation."</p><p class="p1">But canning Hagel won't help. The problems with President Obama's foreign policy have almost nothing to do with Chuck Hagel. Sources close to Hagel suggest that the Nebraskan realist mostly carried out orders from above, and only differed from the president in more quickly realizing that the Islamic State could constitute a threat to U.S. interests. In that, Hagel was right.</p><p class="p2">Obama partially owes his election to the difference he...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:03:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 24, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Grand jury resumes Ferguson deliberations as police brace for reaction</strong><br />Protests continued near Ferguson, Missouri, as a grand jury was set to resume deliberations on whether to file charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in August. Police, state troopers, and the National Guard are bracing for reactions to the grand jury verdict, which is believed to be imminent. President Obama on Sunday called for calm, saying that race relations are improving in the U.S. "First and foremost," he said, "keep protests peaceful." ...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:58:00 -0500