The Week: Most Recent World Posts recent posts.en-usTue, 21 Oct 2014 11:30:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent World Posts from THE WEEKTue, 21 Oct 2014 11:30:00 -0400Caretakers of a disputed land<img src="" /></P><p>In East Africa, in a nook at the northern tip of Kenya between South Sudan and Uganda, there lies a disputed region called the Ilemi Triangle. South Sudan and Kenya both claim it, but so do the people who have always called this land home. They include the Turkana, a small, traditionally nomadic group of herders.</p><p ><br />A man herds livestock from grazing grounds at the end of a day. | (<em>REUTERS/Siegfried Modola</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />(<em>REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic</em>)</p><p ><br /><br /> <br />A woman and children bathe in a hot spring pool in the Turkana region of the Ilemi Triangle. | (<em>REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic</em>)</p><p><br />But a decades-long drought has forced the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:30:00 -0400Will Kobani be ISIS's Waterloo?<img src="" /></P><p>Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have been trying to capture the Syrian town of Kobani for about a month. On Oct. 7, right after the U.S. started bombing ISIS targets around the primarily Kurdish border town, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that "Kobani is about to fall."</p><p>That dour assessment was shared by U.S. military. "Airstrikes alone are not going to fix this, not going to save the town of Kobani," Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said Oct. 8. "We know that. We know that ISIL is going to continue to grab ground and there are going to be villages and towns...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:22:00 -0400Syrian women know how to defeat ISIS<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>To the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Syrian women are slaves. To much of the rest of the world, they are victims.</p><p>It's time we expose their real identity: an untapped resource for creating lasting peace. Listening to and implementing the ideas of women still living in Syria is key to weakening ISIS and stabilizing the region at large because, in many ways, they have a better track record laying the foundations for peace and democracy than any other group.</p><p>Over the last two years, we've worked side-by-side with Syrian women leaders as they propose concrete steps to end the war. Most recently...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Michelle Barsa and Kristin WilliamsTue, 21 Oct 2014 08:56:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 21, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years for manslaughter</strong><br />South African double-amputee track star Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day in 2013. Pistorius, who said he thought an intruder was in his bathroom when he fired through the door and killed Steenkamp, was acquitted of murder but convicted on Sept. 12 of the South African equivalent of manslaughter in the U.S. legal system. The judge said the sentence struck a "delicate balance" between mercy and justice. [<em>The Washington Post</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:57:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 20, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. U.S. airdrops weapons to Kurds fighting ISIS</strong><br />The U.S. military on Sunday airdropped weapons and ammunition to Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, near the besieged town of Kobani in Syria, on the Turkish border. The U.S. Air Force C-130 transport aircraft also dropped medical supplies. The material was supplied by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. The U.S. said its 135 airstrikes against ISIS in recent days had slowed the Islamist group's offensive in the area. [<em>Reuters</em>]</p><p >&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>Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:59:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 19, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. North Korea and South Korea trade gunfire</strong><br />North Korean and South Korean soldiers briefly exchanged gunfire on Sunday across the heavily-fortified border between the two nations. It was the second such shootout between the two sides in the past 10 days. The incident began when about 10 North Korean troops approached the boundary line between the two nations and disregarded warnings to turn back. Troops from the South then fired warning shots, leading to a 10-minute volley of gunfire that did not result in any reported casualties or injuries. [<em>The Associated Press</em>, <em>Reuters</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:32:00 -0400How ISIS gets its hostages<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Recent accusations that a U.S.-backed rebel group in Syria helped facilitate the capture of an American journalist that ISIS later beheaded have drawn attention to a little-discussed phenomenon: the hostage black market.</p><p>Militant groups the world over have used kidnap for ransom as a fundraising tactic &mdash; Al Qaeda has raised at least $125 million since 2008 &mdash; but the larger organizations that ultimately do the negotiating often have help from smaller fish in the initial stages of a capture. Since 9/11, Al Qaeda has perfected a protocol of enlisting local gangs to do the actual kidnappings...</p> <a href="">More</a>By John KnefelSun, 19 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400India's graves of cotton<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p class="TextBlock" data-role="paragraph" data-type="text" data-align="left" data-effect="dropcaps">Rahul Udebham's wife tells me about the morning before it all happened, when the loan shark came to claim payment of all the debts, how he paced like mad among the cotton plants screaming: "If you don't pay, this land will be mine!"</p><p class="TextBlock" data-role="paragraph" data-type="text" data-align="left">That same evening her husband disappeared and came back hours later, drunk, covered in mud and with bruises on his hands. Then, she says, he left the house that night as if he was walking towards a deep emptiness, until he got lost in a shiver of stars. The next morning, with the first light, she found him writhing in agony, on his last gasps of life.</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">(<strong>More from...</strong></span></p> <a href="">More</a>By Fernando Molina Cort├ęsSat, 18 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -0400Why people struggle to comprehend massive losses of life<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>People find it difficult to understand the true value of loss of life when the numbers are large. For instance, a study found that people are more willing to donate money to an organization when just one of many identified victims' picture was shown, than when the same organization was presented as one helping millions of people.</p><p>This sort of biased decision-making is the result of the "affect heuristic." Heuristics are shortcuts that our brains use to work through day-to-day life. In this case, the heuristic is the result of subtle feelings or faint whispers of emotion.</p><p>These affective judgments...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Emir EfendicSat, 18 Oct 2014 11:00:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 18, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. President Obama names Ron Klain 'Ebola czar'</strong><br />President Barack Obama appointed Ron Klain the administration's "Ebola czar" on Friday. Klain will be responsible for ensuring the government response to any threat of a U.S.-based Ebola outbreak is handled correctly. Formerly chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, Klain also helped Obama prepare for presidential debates. He is president of Case Holdings and general counsel for Revolution, an investment firm. [<em>CNN</em>]</p><p >&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/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:26:00 -0400