Anastasia Shymonyak

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Putin Drops the Bombs and Deals the Cards in Syria and Ukraine

Moscow appears to have better positioned itself to exploit the tumult in Syria as well as Ukraine. On the other hand, within the Euro-Atlantic alliance, the lack of vision and will has ushered in a policy of presumed containment in Syria and Ukraine, more or less by default. The consequence, (or at …

How the Media Became One of Putin’s Most Powerful Weapons

After decades of wielding Soviet-style hard power, Russia is developing a subtler form of influence.<p>Vladimir Putin is a news junkie.<p>The Russian president’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, didn’t use that expression when we talked by phone, but that’s what he described to me: a man at the center of …

Are Americans Really Champions of Racial Equality?

70 years after Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma, it's time to let go of the idea that America's morality will overcome its history of discrimination.<p>In his speech at Selma last month, President Barack Obama highlighted the inconsistencies between America’s egalitarian ideals and its history of …

Chechen commander in Ukraine drawn into Russian intrigue

LYSYCHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — From a dimly lit room at his base in eastern Ukraine, the commander of a battalion of Chechens fighting Russia-backed …

Palestinians Meet to Plan Attack on ISIS in Damascus

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Probably Won't End Up in Massachusetts

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In Turkey, Not Even Posters of Women Are Safe From Violence

After a deadly sexual assault on a minibus, a hidden-camera campaign gains new meaning.<p>On February 11, a 20-year-old college student named Ozgecan Aslan was riding in a minibus in the southern Turkish town of Mersin. When she was the last passenger still aboard the bus, the driver allegedly pulled …

Posters

The Surreal Saga of Suleyman Shah

Turkish troops swept into Syria this weekend to recover remains from the first Ottoman sultan's ancestor, who can't rest in peace 800 years after his death.<p>For years, as the civil war in Syria has raged on its border, Turkey has maintained a careful remove. As foreign soldiers made their way to …

Middle East

How Smartphones Hurt Sleep

Blue light makes the brain think it's time to wake up, just as you're getting ready for bed.<p>The answer to the question "How'd you sleep?" has, for most of human history, been "not too well." Even before the advent of electric light, people slept two or three to a bed, next to a chamber pot, and …

Sleep

Oscar Pistorius seeks to avoid harsher sentence for killing girlfriend

Some five months after he was convicted of culpable homicide, Oscar Pistorius is seeking to block prosecutors from asking for a more severe punishment.<p>Though the famed double-amputee runner was found guilty in the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, he escaped a verdict of …

The 5 Reasons Russia Has It Bad (But Ukraine Has It Worse)

After tense, all-night negotiations on Wednesday, European leaders reached a shaky deal with Russia for a ceasefire in Ukraine. That didn’t stop the …

Doctors Who Minimize Measles Should Lose Their Licenses

By now you’ve heard just about every opinion about measles—thanks to the outbreak which, aided by the unvaccinated, has spread from Disneyland to …

University of California to Require Measles Shots for Students

The University of California will require incoming students to be vaccinated for measles and other diseases beginning in 2017, as the current …

Why Measles Continues to Plague Us

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The Hypocrisy of Iran's Holocaust Cartoon Contest

The regime's response to Charlie Hebdo was intended to highlight Western hypocrisy regarding free speech. Instead, it casts a spotlight on the growing problem of anti-Semitism.<p><i>Charlie Hebdo</i>'s decision to put a drawing of a weeping Muhammad on the cover of its latest issue, the edition published …

Israel

What If America Had Never Invaded Afghanistan?

The story of one spy’s last-ditch effort to stop a war<p>Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Osmani, the Taliban’s military leader for southern Afghanistan, sat stolidly, his great bulk sup­ported in an overstuffed chair to my left. It was October 2, 2001, and events had been hurtling forward since the terrorist …

Afghanistan

Kidnapped Japanese journalist was on mission to free friend held by Isil

Tokyo seeking international assistance to win release of two hostages threatened by violent jihadi group<p>Kenji Goto, the Japanese journalist whom Islamic militants have threatened to execute, reportedly crossed into Syria to secure the release of Haruna Yukawa, another Japanese national who had been …

John Green Takes Fans Inside His Creative Process

It’s been 10 years since John Green’s first novel <i>Looking for Alaska</i> was published. So to celebrate, Dutton has released a special edition with an …