Today's Five Best Columns
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Jul 17, 2012 3:26PM ET
Stereotypes are powerful because they're easy, which is why we see them standing in again and again for "real" human qualities and characters. But they are also insidious, demonstrating so many ways to go wrong, and so few to go right.
Jul 17, 2012 2:25PM ET
A chart from the International Monetary Fund's global financial stability report shows just how dire the need for cash is for Spanish and Italian banks which are poised to receive fresh funds from the European Central Bank.
Jul 17, 2012 12:26PM ET
The town of Angers in France is petitioning Queen Elizabeth II to turn over the Crown Jewels of England because they say that crowns were basically stolen from them about 500 years ago.
Jul 17, 2012 10:41AM ET
The efforts of far-right loons to convince people that President Obama is a Muslim operative is finally working. But who would have guessed that secular Egyptians, scared of actual Muslim operatives, would be the easiest to convince?
Jul 17, 2012 5:43AM ET
The most prominent Syria defector to date says that his country's "wounded" regime may have already used chemical weapons on its people and has collaborated with Al Qaeda terrorists to orchestrate high profile bombings across the country.
Jul 16, 2012 7:55PM ET
About 80 percent of cell phone users in Kenya use mobile money, or payments by cell phone. Just over four years ago, nobody in Kenya was using mobile payments, according to World Bank.
Jul 16, 2012 5:43PM ET
In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda: A Chinese propagandist hits the mark, North Korea misidentifies its own foreign minister and press freedoms dwindle in Egypt.
Jul 16, 2012 5:31PM ET
Our neighbors to the north have reason to gloat: Canadians are on average wealthier than Americans.
Jul 16, 2012 1:23PM ET
It's not just international dictator gossip that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his mystery lady seem more and more like a married couple. Analysts are scrutinizing the public appearances for signs for how the young Kim's emerging leadership style will veer away from his father's.
Jul 16, 2012 10:13AM ET
Is there anything that could make the rather embarrassing American controversy over Olympics uniforms worse? Well, maybe.
Jul 16, 2012 9:29AM ET
Tom Coburn on Grover Norquist, Elizabeth Kolbert on climate change, David Lampo on the GOP and gay rights, Albert Hunt on candidates' fiscal plans, and Megan McLemore on protection for sex workers.
Jul 16, 2012 7:50AM ET
A freelance photojournalist who visited the town of Tremseh after reports of a recent massacre the says he saw first-hand the evidence of heavy artillery and mass executions by the Syrian government.
Jul 16, 2012 6:36AM ET
North Korea's highest-ranking military officer has been officially relieved from all his duties due to an unnamed illness, but many observers of the new regime doubt the official story.
Jul 15, 2012 6:25PM ET
Egyptian protesters were a bunch of schoolyard bullies to Hillary Clinton on Sunday when they threw tomatoes and shoes while chanting "Monica! Monica! Monica!" at her.
Jul 14, 2012 5:47PM ET
Syrian activists claimed yesterday of a new massacre in Tremseh, where pro-regime forces allegedly killed 200 residents of the small village with tank and helicopter fire. New reports suggest the town was filled with poorly armed opposition forces who brought knives to a tank fight.
Jul 13, 2012 5:16PM ET
Vladimir Putin is a well-documented badass, and badasses don't show up on time to work meetings when they could be drinking with their biker buddies instead.
Jul 13, 2012 3:18PM ET
We won't call it cosmic justice but it does make you wonder: On Wednesday, an Egyptian journalist died on live TV while defending Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
Jul 13, 2012 12:06PM ET
The New York Times had a pretty exciting story on its hands about a London trial featuring a expletive-laden on-field argument between soccer stars Anton Ferdinand and John Terry, but the paper's high standards turns a NSFW cluster-cuss into the most sterile argument ever.
Jul 13, 2012 11:53AM ET
The 2007 explosion at a Syrian chemical weapons plant still taints that country's safety record when it comes to its chemical weapons, so the news that it's breaking them out of storage is, well, disturbing to say the least.
Jul 13, 2012 11:16AM ET
Hot on the heels of uniting Germany's Jewish and Muslim communities under one common cause, Cologne's circumcision ban has found another enemy—the German government.
Jul 13, 2012 10:38AM ET
So, did you hear the big news that Saudi Arabia is finally sending women to to the Olympics? If you live in Saudi Arabia, there's a good chance you didn't.
Jul 13, 2012 9:36AM ET
The Opening Ceremonies are two weeks away, but organizers of the London Olympics are already taking heat over what could turn out to be the Games worst nightmare — a gigantic hole in security.
Jul 13, 2012 9:02AM ET
The Mexican cartels' tunnels under the U.S. border keep getting better and better—at least for the cartels.
Jul 13, 2012 5:43AM ET
Pro-government forces in Syria are accused of killing more than 200 residents of a small village near Hama, in what may the worst single incident of the 16-month uprising.
Jul 13, 2012 1:03AM ET
When Nicolas Sarkozy left office, most thought French politics would become way less interesting without him and his beautiful wife, Carla Bruni. The Hollande family are proving to be quite capable of filling the hole with some serious family Twitter drama, though.
Jul 12, 2012 5:53PM ET
In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda: Iran gets whimsical about its navy, China disses Hillary, and Russia slashes its propaganda outlets.
Jul 12, 2012 5:34PM ET
It's commonly known that it's not really a great time in Greece what with its debt and austerity measures, but don't tell that to 2 percent of Greeks, who think their country's finances are a-OK.
Jul 12, 2012 12:47PM ET
A regional German court's ban on circumcision has been met with agreement by Jewish and Muslim organizations united in denouncing it.
Jul 12, 2012 12:39PM ET
There's a fascinating tiff brewing between Japanese and U.S. diplomats after Hillary Clinton reportedly corrected a State Department official who referred to women drafted into prostitution by the Japanese during World War II by the widely used term "comfort women," asking that the Department instead call it like it is and say "enforced sex slaves."
Jul 12, 2012 10:24AM ET
Baghdad might not be able to get power to all its residents, but its PR machine has an hit upon an effective way to sooth some people's frustrations about their powerless, hot, summer misery: Katie Couric.