From Syria’s breakdown to Europe’s new anti-Semitism to the shock after Boston, we are again missing the warning signs of the brutality of which humanity is capable.
“The human species is a deeply flawed biological product”—so wrote my countryman Arthur Koestler.There is ample evidence to confirm Koestler’s thesis: the carnage in Syria, the grotesque imprisonment and sexual abuse of young women in Cleveland, the lethal Boston Marathon explosions, and the Sandy Hook massacre, even the rise of anti-Semitism in my native Hungary, from which my parents, my sister, and I escaped to America in the aftermath of the Soviets’ 1956 invasion.
On Friday, Britain's home secretary reopened the case of Daniel Morgan, a private investigator found murdered in 1987 after attempting to expose police corruption connected to the News of the World. Peter Jukes talks to the victim's brother, who hopes the true story behind Morgan's death will finally be revealed.
It is Britain’s biggest unsolved murder, and described by a senior police officer as “the pivotal crime of the times.” It plunges into the heart of what former prime minister Gordon Brown called the “criminal-media nexus” exposed by the hacking and bribes scandal that engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid titles. Only on this occasion the crimes went well beyond privacy intrusion and corrupt payments, to a brutal killing.On Friday, home secretary Theresa May announced a judge-led public inquiry into the murder of Daniel Morgan, who was found with an axe embedded in his head in a South London car park in 1987.
David Cannadine is a distinguished historian of the British aristocracy, but can he end our binary view of human history once and for all, or will he be ostracized by his peers?
Historians need conflict as poets need spring. Just a smattering of examples: Frederick J. Teggart, writing as the First World War came to an end, called civilization “the result of the stimulus evoked by the friction of one group upon another.” The same year, the declinist Oswald Spengler disagreed with Teggart that one group can stimulate another, but he was not against the fact that civilizations clash. “Between the souls of two cultures the screen is impenetrable,” he wrote in the best-selling Decline of the West.
Off the coast of Brazil, in one of the earth’s least explored waters, geologists have made an intriguing find.
Geologists are not generally all that excitable. After all, developments in their field generally take place over millions of years. But when scientists began scouring the Atlantic off southeast Brazil in 2011, they suspected that they were on to something— and something very big, at that.Two years—and half a dozen deep-sea expeditions later—the geological world is abuzz. Brazilian marine geologists are poring over the rubble dredged up from the undersea excavations in the so-called Rio Grande Elevation, and the research done by a Japanese exploration vessel, which deployed a mini, three-man submarine to comb the same waters before sailing on to Rio.
The U.S. needs a stable Pakistan, and the new leadership to emerge from this election will face huge challenges. Shirin Tahir-Kheli on the biggest issues facing the country right now.
May 11, 2013 will likely be a watershed moment in Pakistani politics. For the first time in its 66-year history, an election will transfer political power from one civilian government to the next. The often bleak landscape of economic woes, political paralysis, terror attacks, sectarian strife, and Taliban threats about democracy being “un-Islamic” did not prevent political parties from fielding candidates, and voters will likely not be intimidated to stay home en masse as election fever grips the country of 180 million.
Obama administration officials were adamant that Benghazi was fallout from the protest of an anti-Muslim YouTube video. U.S. diplomats on the ground knew it was a terrorist attack.
For 11 days after the 9/11 anniversary assault on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, top Obama administration officials told the public that the assault stemmed from a protest of an anti-Muslim YouTube video. That was the public line from the White House in the closing weeks of a presidential election season, but it was not the view of several State Department officials at the time or the U.S. personnel on the ground in Libya. At a hearing Wednesday of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee on Benghazi, Trey Gowdy (R–South Carolina) read into the record an email from Beth Jones, the acting assistant secretary of State for Near East Affairs.
As investigation reaches eighth month.
The blame game was in full force at the Benghazi hearings in Washington on Wednesday, as the investigation into the September 11 attack that killed four Americans reached its eighth month. House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa set the stage for the fiery debate by slamming the Obama administration, part of an attack from the right that Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings later claimed was “unfounded.” But it was ex–deputy chief of mission in Libya Gregory Hicks’s highly emotional account that brought the real drama. Choking up during the intensely political hearing, Hicks said the phone call he received telling him Ambassador Christopher Stevens was dead was the “saddest call” of his life.
Authorities in Belgium, France, and Switzerland say they’ve got the robbers who stole $50 million worth of ice from Brussels Airport. But details are sketchy, reports Christopher Dickey.
Belgian authorities announced Wednesday that in cooperation with the Swiss and French they’d rounded up 31 suspects in the stunning $50 million diamond heist at Brussels Airport last February. But the account they gave of the gem theft had very little clarity or color.According to Jean-Marc Meilleur, a spokesman for the Brussels prosecutor’s office talking to reporters in Brussels, “In Switzerland, we have found diamonds that we can already say are coming from the heist, and in Belgium large amounts of money have been found.
The rebels weren’t behind those fireballs. As the international community refuses to officially intervene, Mike Giglio on how regional players are stepping up their own involvement in Syria.
As Israeli jets bombed Damascus on Sunday, Ahmad al-Khatib stood awestruck in his apartment. Two miles away, from heavily fortified Mount Qasioun, fireballs lit the predawn sky as the blasts shattered Khatib’s windows and rattled his chest. He knew right away that these weren’t rebel attacks. “We haven’t been able to do anything like that since the revolution started,” the opposition activist and aid worker says.The airstrikes hit key military installations and were the second by Israel in as many days.
While Obama wrings his hands over a ‘red line,’ the U.N. sits on the sidelines. How long until Syria as we know it falls off the map? Janine di Giovanni sounds the alarm—again.
Happy Easter, Orthodox Christians of Syria.If you were able to celebrate the holiday on Sunday, that is. Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life. But not for you.I wonder how many Syrian people actually enjoyed their holiday. Or how many have recently enjoyed the beauty of their country: the rolling olive groves, the ancient ruins, the multicultural bazaars now bombed to oblivion.They should enjoy what they can. At this rate, the country that once was Syria will probably not exist next year.
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She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.
The White House abandoned Democrats fighting for the closing. What’s different this time? By Josh Rogin.