Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 30, 2011 5:52PM ET
In the same year that Reddit, 4chan and Anonymous all entered the mainstream lexicon, "trolling" had more of an effect online and offline than ever before.
Dec 30, 2011 10:42AM ET
"TEPCO's involvement with anti-social forces and their inability to filter them out of the work-place is a national security issue," a Japanese Senator with the Liberal Democratic Party said on background.
Dec 30, 2011 10:23AM ET
Citizens of Samoa are getting one last gift for the 2011 holiday season: a paid day off and a four day work week.
Dec 30, 2011 9:45AM ET
Violence continued in Syria on Thursday despite the arrival of the Arab League's monitors, and now the appointed leader of the monitors is being called into question over his own spotty human rights record.
Dec 29, 2011 5:10PM ET
There are three ways to look at the Obama administration's historic arms deal with Saudia Arabia announced earlier today: Through the lens of geopolitics, domestic politics, or both.
Dec 29, 2011 4:30PM ET
Meet "Antonio C," the name court documents give to a nearly century-old Italian man looking to divorce his wife of 77 years.
Dec 29, 2011 3:17PM ET
It's no huge surprise that News Corp. is likely lining its emergency war chest with settlement funds to keep phone hacking victims quiet as the scandal prepares to enter yet another year of revelations.
Dec 29, 2011 2:09PM ET
A judge just sentenced Reynaldo Bignone, former leader of Argentina's military junta, to 15 years in prison for setting up a torture center in a hospital basement during the 1976 coup.
Dec 29, 2011 12:17PM ET
For Afghans, having to use Taliban approved ring-tones in order to save one's life wouldn't be so bad if the tones didn't have gunshots in the background.
Dec 29, 2011 11:28AM ET
Police in Egypt raided 17 NGO offices on Thursday, including those of two U.S.-based organizations that apparently made the list because of a Mubarack-era ban on foreign interference in local politics.
Dec 29, 2011 11:02AM ET
At least some U.S. officials say the military got 'played' when it acted on local intelligence to conduct a drone strike in Yemen last year, killing not a terrorist but a political rival of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Dec 29, 2011 10:44AM ET
The high stakes standoff between Iran and the U.S. over the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world's oil, was inflamed Thursday when Iran's navy claimed to have recorded video of a U.S. aircraft carrier entering the Port of Oman.
Dec 29, 2011 9:56AM ET
Out of the year's 365 days, here are 10 that made 2011 what it was.
Dec 29, 2011 9:48AM ET
Reports are filtering out of Syria this morning that security forces opened fire on protesters several blocks away from a government building Arab League fact-finders were visiting.
Dec 29, 2011 8:57AM ET
Yep, it's another controversial statement from Hugo Chavez -- but he really seems to dial up the Nut-O-Meter to 11 with this cancer conspiracy theory.
Dec 29, 2011 8:41AM ET
First there was Great Leader Kim Il-sung, then Dear Leader Kim Jong-il. Now North Korea sings the mandatory praises of its Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un.
Dec 29, 2011 5:38AM ET
The North Korean state news agency has been caught manipulating photos from the memorial service of Kim Jong-il, but in such a minor and pointless way that it underscores the paranoid insanity of totalitarian regimes.
Dec 28, 2011 3:07PM ET
The Russian Foreign Ministry just posted a scathing overview of the United States' human rights violation -- many of them obviously reference Guantanamo and the Patriot Act -- that sort of reads like an old issue of The Nation Magazine.
Dec 28, 2011 12:49PM ET
Sure, we knew that China some air pollution problems, but this photo getting attention on Reddit drives the point home.
Dec 28, 2011 11:46AM ET
We asked for the Internet to make Siku the Danish baby polar bear famous, and it delivered.
Dec 28, 2011 11:25AM ET
China's long-anticipated report detailing what caused one bullet train to crash into another one back in July came out on Wednesday, and while 54 people share the blame, the bulk of the responsibility has been assigned to one dead guy and another who's already in jail, limiting political fallout.
Dec 28, 2011 10:42AM ET
"Ask Osama bin Laden" has become President Obama's catchphrase and policy when it comes to the fight against al-Qaeda, but the successful results of America's drone program only provide one answer--and perhaps it's not the only one we want.
Dec 28, 2011 10:09AM ET
There are odd holiday traditions and then there's the annual priestly brawl in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity.
Dec 28, 2011 9:13AM ET
Remember that guy who appeared on Iranian television last week and admitted to being a spy? Well, now he's on trial, and the prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Dec 28, 2011 8:59AM ET
As the U.S. preps further sanctions against the Iran, the rogue nation wants us to know, by the way, that it controls the Strait of Hormuz, through which, just so you know, a huge chuck of the world's oil supply flows.
Dec 28, 2011 7:25AM ET
A homemade bomb was thrown at an Arabic school in southern Nigeria two days after a series of bombings that targeted churches on Christmas Day.
Dec 28, 2011 5:41AM ET
Thousands of North Korean lined the snowy streets of Pyongyang on Wednesday morning to watch the funeral procession of Kim Jong-il.
Dec 27, 2011 4:47PM ET
The U.S. Treasury Department issued a report Tuesday saying they would not term China a "currency manipulator," despite widespread claims that the Chinese government keeps the value of the yuan artificially low
Dec 27, 2011 4:20PM ET
The Mexican military has been trying and failing for months to bring down a jerry-rigged radio system that the brutal Zetas cartel uses to run both its drug business and its related killing sprees.
Dec 27, 2011 4:05PM ET
Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari gave a speech today on the fourth anniversary of the assassination of his wife, Benazir Bhutto, to defend democracy, criticize the country's military and courts, and try to regain support amid recent scandals.