Today's Five Best Columns
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Jul 19, 2012 12:15PM ET
At this point, it's not really clear that U.N. sanctions against Bashar al-Assad's regime would do anything to quell the violence in Syria, but we'll never find out since Russia and China vetoed the latest Security Council resolution today, the third time they've done so in the 16-month conflict.
Jul 19, 2012 9:23AM ET
All it took was a 70-word blog post and now Paul Krugman is a symbol of Western condescension toward the people of Estonia.
Jul 19, 2012 9:18AM ET
Little is know about the terrorist who carried out an apparent suicide bombing on a bus full of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, but one detail to emerge is that he was carrying a fake Michigan drivers license listing a Louisiana address.
Jul 19, 2012 8:35AM ET
As fighting continues to rage in the capital city, reports are that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is "directing a response" to yesterday's bombing of his top staff from the coastal city of Latakia.
Jul 19, 2012 6:49AM ET
Omar Suleiman, the long-time intelligence chief of Hosni Mubark who became his vice-president shortly before they were both ousted from power, has died while undergoing medical treatment in the United States.
Jul 18, 2012 6:27PM ET
After this week's revelation that Canadian households are richer than U.S. ones, Americans are in for the ultimate humiliation: Canadians are actually pitying us.
Jul 18, 2012 3:29PM ET
The shadow war between Iran and Israel may have reached a tipping point Wednesday following the bombing of a bus carrying Israeli tourists in the Bulgarian vacation city of Bourgas.
Jul 18, 2012 3:23PM ET
Can't go to London for the Olympics this summer? The Guardian has an interactive map of Olympic Park with 360º panoramic photos of the inside of major venues.
Jul 18, 2012 12:30PM ET
This morning, Foreign Policy published new results from a poll asking Americans what the president should do about the bloodshed in Syria, which primarily builds the case for why foreign policy shouldn't be conducted by opinion poll.
Jul 18, 2012 12:08PM ET
Some experts greeted China's announcement in June that The Great Wall is actually about 2 and a half times longer than previously thought with skepticism, suggesting their motives might not be purely archaeological.
Jul 18, 2012 12:00PM ET
Israel's prime minister says Iran was behind an apparent terrorist attack in Bulgaria, in which a bus carrying some 40 Israeli tourists exploded in an airport parking lot, killing at least three and injuring 27.
Jul 18, 2012 9:07AM ET
Is the ouster of North Korea's military leader a sign of more purges to come?
Jul 18, 2012 8:41AM ET
Egyptian protesters threw tomatoes at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade on Sunday, prompting Jon Stewart to ask on last night's The Daily Show: "I know you there in Egypt are new to the public protest thing, but the literal throwing of tomatoes? It's a bit of cliché, you know what I mean?"
Jul 18, 2012 6:17AM ET
A suicide bomber struck a national security building in the Syrian capital, killing two of the highest-ranking members of the Assad regime.
Jul 17, 2012 11:52PM ET
After firing the guy who was running North Korea's military on Monday, Korean State television is reporting that rather than interview a whole new slate of candidates to replace the departed general, Kin Jong-un found a perfectly suitable replacement: himself.
Jul 17, 2012 11:28PM ET
Even the British group responsible for health and safety are mad about concert promoters cutting off the Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney duet on Saturday night in London.
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.