Today's Five Best Columns
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Apr 11, 2012 2:00PM ET
All eyes will be on Syria tomorrow as the country promises to "cease all military fighting throughout Syrian territory as of 6 a.m."
Apr 11, 2012 12:20PM ET
The New York Times on the U.S.'s energy boom and the fate of nuclear energy, The Guardian on bees, AccuWeather on icebergs, and the Associated Press on seals
Apr 11, 2012 12:11PM ET
Syria has "promised" the United Nations that it will stop fighting tomorrow, and we'd believe them if, oh yeah, they weren't Syria.
Apr 11, 2012 5:58AM ET
The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.6 (and several big aftershocks) have struck off the western coast of Indonesia, setting off tsunami warnings all across the Indian Ocean.
Apr 11, 2012 5:44AM ET
U.N. envoy Kofi Annan said today "I believe it’s a bit too early to say that the [peace] plan has failed,” despite all evidence that it already has.
Apr 10, 2012 2:12PM ET
Tuesday was a bad day for Chinese politician Bo Xilai and his family: First Bo was suspended from the 25-member Politburo that runs China, then his wife was reportedly arrested for the murder of a British businessman.
Apr 10, 2012 1:33PM ET
It's difficult to interpret the widely-touted deal between the U.S. and Afghanistan over night raids in any way other than as a political gift to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Apr 10, 2012 11:50AM ET
The New York Times on pollution in Mexico City, the Los Angeles Times on green big-rigs, Scientific American on renewable energy in Hawaii, Bloomberg Views on food safely, and Capital New York on bioluminescence
Apr 10, 2012 9:54AM ET
North Korea doesn't have a lot of experience dealing with the press (because it rarely does) so when it gave its most detailed defense of its rocket launch this morning, it didn't go over so well.
Apr 10, 2012 9:02AM ET
Anders Breivik wasn't insane when he carried out the killing spree he's confessed to in Norway last year, and he's not insane now, court-appointed psychiatric experts said on Tuesday, but they didn't say why they'd reversed a November finding that he was insane.
Apr 9, 2012 2:50PM ET
In Beijing, where air pollution threatens to take years off your life, some people have no interest in riding a bike if they can possibly afford a car, which is a shame because rediscovering the tradition of cycling could help reduce the smog that chokes the city.
Apr 9, 2012 2:33PM ET
Playing off of James Cameron's recent underwater adventure today is webcomic xkcd, which offers its nerdy followers a to-scale look at the oceans' depths.
Apr 9, 2012 1:13PM ET
Thomas Friedman on the other Arab Spring, NPR on the warm winter, The Daily Climate on fires in the Amazon, Scientific American on a cleaner rickshaw, and Reuters on sick polar bears
Apr 9, 2012 12:01PM ET
With one day left until the United Nations' special envoy Kofi Annan's cease-fire plan comes into effect, Syrian security forces are waging an unyielding campaign of violence against rebel forces across the country.
Apr 9, 2012 9:40AM ET
North Korean officials tried to ease tensions over its upcoming rocket launch by opening its launch pad on Sunday to the international press. It didn't work.
Apr 8, 2012 11:20AM ET
Syrian troops are supposed to withdraw from urban areas by Tuesday, but Bashar al-Assad's government have added some eleventh hour demands that are casting serious doubts on the success of the ceasefire.
Apr 7, 2012 4:42PM ET
After the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika, Vice-President Joyce Banda was sworn in as Malawi's new head of state on Saturday, BBC reports. She is the first female head of state in southern Africa.
Apr 7, 2012 1:37PM ET
The 158th Boat Race between Cambridge and Oxford was interrupted Saturday afternoon when a man in a wet suit enjoying a leisurely swim came into oncoming traffic.
Apr 6, 2012 12:49PM ET
The White House wants us to know something important about Iran—but what is it?
Apr 6, 2012 12:41PM ET
The Los Angeles Times on solar in the Southwest, The New Yorker on the ExxonMobile and the GOP, Good on plastic bags, National Geographic on global warming and Inuits, and BBC on endangered ducklings
Apr 6, 2012 12:00PM ET
M.E.K. might be the most infuriating thing you will read about the global war on terrror today: The New Yorker's Sy Hersh reports that during the Bush years, the U.S. military trained the Iranian opposition group even though it is and was on the State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations.
Apr 6, 2012 10:38AM ET
When a U.S. District Court in New York sentenced arms dealer Viktor Bout to the minimum term of 25 years in prison on Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said it would hurt relations with the United States, which might be just the right thing for Barack Obama.
Apr 6, 2012 8:35AM ET
With the threat to Alaska's marine life looming, United States Coast Guard brought an end to the eerie story of Japan's drifting ghost ship by unleashing cannon fire and sinking the vessel in what experts deemed the most environmentally-safe location on Thursday.
Apr 6, 2012 5:38AM ET
The President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika, died on Friday after suffering a heart attack, prompting some cheers over his death and some concerns over succession.
Apr 5, 2012 6:09PM ET
Europe is scratching its head over the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down President Obama's signature legislative achievement.
Apr 5, 2012 2:46PM ET
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange likes to complain about the media, and with the debut of his new talkshow next week, get ready to hear a lot more of it.
Apr 5, 2012 12:31PM ET
Nicholas Kristof on arsenic in chicken, Slate on ecologically friendly farming in Cuba, Mother Jones on the low cost of stopping climate change, Good on not buying leather, and NPR on the end of the Ice Age.
Apr 5, 2012 12:17PM ET
After weeks of bluster, North Korea is finally going to fire a satellite into polar orbit next week, which raises several questions.
Apr 5, 2012 11:36AM ET
The Chinese government shutdown Ai Weiwei's self-surveillance project commemorating the year anniversary of his own arrest, so we thought we'd look back at what the Chinese artist has been up to since the government put him under house arrest.
Apr 5, 2012 10:56AM ET
Once KONY 2012 broke all kinds of internet video records, a sequel was inevitable. Now that it's arrived -- with Mad Max-ish title Kony 2012: Part II - Beyond Famous, little sticks out from its 19-minutes other than the basic idea: "KONY 2012 was a good thing" and maybe, "Joseph Kony is still pretty awful."