The Week: Most Recent World Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 27 Nov 2014 09:42:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent World Posts from THE WEEKThu, 27 Nov 2014 09:42:00 -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 -050010 things you need to know today: November 23, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dead at 78</strong><br />Marion Barry, the former four-term mayor of Washington, D.C., and a sitting member of the city council, died Sunday morning. He was 78 years old. Barry's family did not specify a cause of death, though the lawmaker had been in poor health for some time. Barry served as mayor from 1979 to 1991 and again from 1995 to 1999, with a six-month prison sentence in between after he was caught smoking crack. [<em>The Washington Post</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/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:42:00 -0500Inside Turkey's shadow war with ISIS<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>On a warm night in August, not long after the end of Ramadan, a Syrian refugee named Abu Salma boarded a bus in the Turkish border town of Kilis wearing his best clothes &mdash; crisp new jeans and a collared shirt.</p><p>As far as his family knew, he was traveling to a nearby wedding. In reality, he was headed to Urfa, a conservative, middle-class town in southern Turkey, where he met three other Syrians for a secret, one-time mission: to kidnap a group of men smuggling foreign fighters into Syria for the Islamic State (ISIS).</p><p>As the United States and the West continue their war against the makeshift...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jeff NeumannSat, 22 Nov 2014 12:00:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 22, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama quietly approves expanded U.S. role in Afghanistan</strong><br />Over the past few weeks, President Barack Obama reportedly gave the go-ahead on new guidelines for U.S. missions in Afghanistan. The new orders will not affect the number of U.S. troops stationed in the country &mdash; total American forces in Afghanistan are expected to be lowered to 9,800 by the end of 2014 &mdash; but they will impact the scope of the remaining troops' missions. Previous plans had limited troops to counterterrorism missions against al Qaeda, but the new guidelines will allow U.S. forces to provide air support to Afghan...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:38:00 -0500