Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 11, 2012 9:31PM ET
The Syrian rebel government scored a major victory on Tuesday night when the Obama administration threw its support behind the coalition. This doesn't mean we'll be sending them weapons anytime soon, though.
Dec 11, 2012 8:46PM ET
After weeks of warnings and several stops and starts, North Korea launched its long range rocket on Tuesday night. It crashed into the waters off the Philipines just a few moments later.
Dec 11, 2012 6:17PM ET
There's a custody battle brewing between the owner of the Ikea monkey that went viral this weekend and the authorities that seized him after he went looking for cheap Swedish furniture.
Dec 11, 2012 4:03PM ET
Two alleged spottings on opposite coasts this week captured the attention of semi-local news sources and now people are actually talking about them.
Dec 11, 2012 12:28PM ET
That said, The Guardian points out that the number of official Jedi Knights has actually decreased in the last decade.
Dec 11, 2012 10:01AM ET
Ralph Benko on Paul Ryan's decline, Jonathan Chait on Marco Rubio's rise, Pankaj Mishra on Asia's insurgents, Jonathan Steele on Afghanistan, and Noam Scheiber on jumping the cliff.
Dec 11, 2012 9:53AM ET
British military leaders are reportedly building a coalition to provide military help to the Syrian opposition, but the rebels are instead turning to an Islamist group that the U.S. says are terrorists — and maybe rejecting American help outright.
Dec 11, 2012 6:06AM ET
There are indications out of North Korea that the long range rocket they've been planning to send into space is being dismantled due to technical problems, which explains the decision to push back the launch by at least a week.
Dec 10, 2012 12:53PM ET
In all the chaos surrounding Egypt's current constitutional crisis the army has been given the authority to arrest civilians — but only temporarily. Egyptians have heard that one before.
Dec 10, 2012 11:02AM ET
The gains have come with disturbing new signs — video decapitations, al Qaeda links, and more — that the rebels may end up nearly as brutal in victory as the regime they're hoping to replace.
Dec 10, 2012 10:42AM ET
Police have arrested a monk and his nephew for allegedly helping eight people set themselves on fire, as a backward kind of new law begins to take effect: self-immolators and anyone who helps them can now be charged with murder.
Dec 10, 2012 9:44AM ET
Linda Hirshman on DOMA and Prop 8, Gordon G. Chang on China's deindustrialization, Carl F. Nathan on drug-resistant bugs, Michael Jacobs on the Doha climate deal, and Albert R. Hunt on campaign finance.
Dec 10, 2012 6:11AM ET
The two Australian DJs who prank called the hospital where Kate Middleton was staying last week, appeared visibly shaken in their first public interview since learning that one of the nurses they fooled committed suicide.
Dec 9, 2012 9:02PM ET
As Syria's rebels work to overthrow the tank-equipped Assad regime, they've learned that it helps to have tanks of their own. They deserve bonus points for integrating video game technology.
Dec 9, 2012 5:21PM ET
What looks like someone's pet monkey escaped Sunday and terrorized a Toronto IKEA, all while wearing a very stylish winter coat.
Dec 9, 2012 9:29AM ET
The normally upbeat Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez is taking his latest cancer diagnosis noticeably more serious than he did the last one. All signs are pointing to his health failing him very, very soon.
Dec 8, 2012 6:04PM ET
So, it looks like Mohamed Morsi finally listened to his critics. Egypt's President has canceled his executive decree giving him power over the courts.
Dec 8, 2012 2:49PM ET
That rocket launch North Korea was preparing for may not happen after all. Apparently North Korean scientists are considering delaying the rocket launch, scheduled for some time between December 10 and December 22, "for some reasons."
Dec 8, 2012 1:22PM ET
Things in Egypt are going to get a whole lot worse before they get any better. Presdient Mohamed Morsi is considering enacting martial law until the parliamentary elections in the spring, state-owned Al-Ahram reported Saturday.
Dec 8, 2012 11:25AM ET
Italians tabloid editors are probably jumping for joy right now. Silvio Berlusconi, the disgraced former Prime Minister of Italy, told reporters Saturday that he's ready to return to politics.
Dec 7, 2012 4:29PM ET
The organization's major global warming conference brought almost 200 countries together in Doha for the last two weeks, and, well, there was a lot of bickering.
Dec 7, 2012 1:16PM ET
Anti-government protesters in Egypt continue to fight against President Mohamed Morsi's actions, and now there be a postponement of the constitutional referendum.
Dec 7, 2012 1:13PM ET
As we remember the anniversary of Pearl Harbor on our shores today, take some time to look at the damage World War II wrought on Britain.
Dec 7, 2012 12:13PM ET
The Swedish ambassador crossed his legs during a meeting with the Iranian president, and Ahmadinejad was so offended that he crossed his own in retaliation. Huh?
Dec 7, 2012 11:05AM ET
The raunchy Latin genre known as reggaeton won't be soundtracking Cuban parties anymore. At least not legal ones. And that's... OK?
Dec 7, 2012 10:35AM ET
The woman who fell for a prank phone call made to the hospital where Kate Middleton was recently treated was found dead this morning after apparently committing suicide — and the pranksters will not be getting away with it.
Dec 7, 2012 9:56AM ET
John Cassidy on austerity, Paul Krugman on the job crises, Shashank Joshi on Syria, Jamelle Bouie on Bobby Jindal, and Glen Weldon on Bazooka Joe.
Dec 7, 2012 8:38AM ET
There's a reason that we've become all too familiar and obsessed with hyperemesis gravidarum and the royal primogeniture. And, no, Jon Stewart does not approve.
Dec 7, 2012 6:34AM ET
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan's largest island on Friday, sending a rush of water toward the shores and trigging tsunami warnings across the nation.
Dec 6, 2012 4:44PM ET
With so much backlash out there, we're wondering if President Mohamed Morsi really liked anything he said, either.