Malaysian leaders have turned the airmen into scapegoats without a single persuasive fact. Meanwhile, the government’s culpability in the loss of 239 people grows.
Commercial aviation has never faced a crisis as grave as the one presented by Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370. At a time when flying has never been safer airplanes just don’t go missing without trace. And yet one has, taking 239 people with it. Vanished.Public confidence in the governance of international air travel is shaken. The reputation of two world-esteemed companies, Boeing and Rolls Royce, is at stake. Not only that, but the whole technical hubris of the age of super-connectivity has been rendered hollow by the discovery that, in fact, we are not being watched all of the time wherever we are on the planet.
The libertarian godfather has become one of the biggest cheerleaders for the "referendum" that will lead to Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula.
In the Crimea crisis, it seems Ron Paul thinks that libertarianism stops at water’s edge.The former Republican congressman and libertarian icon has long enjoyed a mixed reputation in the United States. While many admire Paul for his small government views on civil liberties, other shy away from a politician who has criticized the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and allowed a series of racist and conspiratorial news letters to be published under his own name.
Israel is facing a fertility-clinic crisis, with a rapidly dwindling number of donors and a confounding decline in the quality of semen—but doctors are fighting back.
In 2006, 45 Hezbollah missiles fell in the streets near Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center, in northern Israel. Not one rocket hit the building. Still, after 33 days of treating the wounded, with explosions going off worryingly close, directors of the emergency ward came to a swift conclusion. This hospital needed to be bomb proof. Rambam was going underground.Seven years later, a three-story car park sits atop the medical center, as doctors stream down from the ground-floor hospital entrance and go to work.
Putin appears to be using elite commandos—Spetsnaz—to spearhead his stealth move into Crimea and, perhaps, beyond.
Forget the military forces massed on the border and brief incursions into Ukrainian territory and airspace. Russia is invading Ukraine in the shadows. The same special operations forces that appear to be rigging the election in Crimea are quietly escalating tensions inside other parts of eastern Ukraine. This week the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) arrested a group of people led by a Ukrainian citizen who were said to be scoping out three of its most crucial military divisions in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson.
Investigators announced Saturday morning that the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has turned into a criminal investigation. Get up to speed on the mystery here.
By now it’s nearly impossible to not have heard about the mysterious case of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But if you’re a bit shaky on the details of what exactly happened to the missing jetliner, you’re not alone. The information that has come to light in the days since the Boeing 777 and its 239 passengers and crew disappeared without a trace, has only added to the confusion. As investigators, international authorities and conspiracy theorists attempt to piece together what little clues they have as to the plane’s whereabouts, here is a simple guide to what we know, what people think, and what we need to find out.
Malaysia's prime minister said Saturday the plane was deliberately diverted, and there are two possible routes it took. One is extraordinarily unlikely, the other is simply grim.
The Malaysian prime minister's assertion Saturday that Flight MH370 was deliberately diverted from its flight path by human intervention adds more confusion than clarity. Without an airplane there is no real evidence, just guessing.Three kinds of guessing: the informed, the uninformed, and the demented.We have to assume that this new statement is informed. But by what?Most likely it is at least partly based on information provided by the London-based Inmarsat company that provides satellite links to airplanes and shipping.
Schools in East Jerusalem are getting incentives to change to the Israeli national curriculum—but parents are up in arms because the Bagrut fails to mention Palestinian history and claims to territory.
Three schools are visible from the office door of the Parents’ Council of East Jerusalem. The schools are small, a few rooms each, and rented out on odd floors of multipurpose buildings. Hatem Khweis, a member of the Parents’ Council, points out that none of the schools has a playground for their students. Nor, for that matter, air-conditioning or a library.These schools, and many others like them, are part of East Jerusalem’s attempt to fill a void of some 2,200 needed classrooms that weighs heavily on the city’s education system.
The space-launch business shows just how difficult it is to make sense of sanctions aimed at Putin’s actions in Ukraine.
When a Soyuz space capsule touched down in Kazakhstan this week with two Russians and American Astronaut Mike Hopkins aboard after 166 days in orbit on the International Space Station, a small irony was obvious. While they’d been floating around in a gravity-free model of international cooperation, their governments had been plunging toward a major confrontation over the future of Ukraine.But the even greater irony evident out there in space is the extent to which America’s satellites—including the super-secret birds sent aloft by the National Reconnaissance Office—depend on Russian-built engines to get into orbit in the first place.
Forget investigative reporting, even critical commentary is now out of bounds as the Kremlin clamps down on Web news sites.
Until this week, a handful of websites seemed to be the last bastions of the free press in Russia. But on Thursday those bastions fell. The Kremlin blocked three independent news sites, including one run by former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, as well as a widely read investigative blog, Livejournal.com, by Alexei Navalny. Only two years ago, during protests in Moscow against the return of Vladimir Putin to the presidency, the Russian online media played a key role mobilizing demonstrations.
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