Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 13, 2012 1:37PM ET
Though Russians are panicking about the upcoming doomsday and Gail Collins is writing her column about zombies, it's important to note this new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Religion News Service.
Dec 13, 2012 1:08PM ET
The British government is still trying to solve the bizarre 2006 poisoning death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who was apparently not only working for MI6 but also with Spanish intelligence and his ex-KGB pals.
Dec 13, 2012 9:24AM ET
Michael Bloomberg on the fiscal cliff, Ezra Klein on conservative fiscal policies, Amy Davidson on Antonin Scalia, Michael Mazza on North Korea, and Xu Zhiyong on Tibet.
Dec 13, 2012 7:51AM ET
A high ranking Russian minister has publicly admitted that the Syrian government might lose its civil war, but doesn't seem excited about the possibility of a future without Bashar al-Assad.
Dec 13, 2012 6:32AM ET
China once again challenged Japanese claims to a disputed set of islands in the East China Sea, this time by sending a plane to patrol the area, which prompted Japan to scramble its own air force.
Dec 12, 2012 1:01PM ET
It's the first time Assad's forced have used the weapons inside their own country. A senior official says that Obama administration considers this "a significant escalation" — especially given the possibility that SCUDs could be used to deliver chemical weapons.
Dec 12, 2012 11:25AM ET
The headlines all say that North Korea's successful missile launch today brings them one step closer to a nuclear missile, but there are plenty — plenty — more steps to take before they get there.
Dec 12, 2012 11:00AM ET
If you're looking for some good news out of this whole diplomatic nightmare, may we introduce you to the over-enthusiastic North Korean newswoman who first announced it?
Dec 12, 2012 10:43AM ET
The sitar maestro died from respiratory and heart problems. Shankar had received heart-valve replacement surgery last week, just after being nominated for another Grammy.
Dec 12, 2012 10:19AM ET
Harold Meyerson on the downside of right-to-work, Adam Ozimek on the upside of right-to-work, Maureen Dowd on Zero Dark Thirty, Francisco Toro on Venezuela after Chavez, and Soner Cagaptay on Turkey.
Dec 12, 2012 7:59AM ET
A new crisis is falling upon the war-torn city of Damascus as reports say that food is running dangerously short, just as a long, cold winter is about hit the region.
Dec 12, 2012 6:43AM ET
The long wait is over and we've finally got the first words of Twitter wisdom from Pope Benedict XVI.
Dec 11, 2012 10:46PM ET
Imagine going Christmas shopping at your local mall, and someone starts shooting. That's exactly what happened in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, when a lone gunman killed three, including himself.
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.