Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 16, 2012 9:39AM ET
Stephen Tuck on Martin Luther King Jr., James Fallows on Jon Huntsman, James Carroll on Catholics and the culture war, Ricardo Caballero and Francesco Giavazzi on Italy, and Fred Hiatt on the weak Republican field.
Jan 16, 2012 8:59AM ET
We here at The Atlantic Wire were kind of eagerly anticipating learning where that falling Russian space probe would crash-land this week... only to be massively disappointed that the Russian space agency Roscosmos lost track of where it landed.
Jan 16, 2012 6:13AM ET
Rescuers continue to search a grounded cruise ship for both survivors and bodies as the confirmed death toll from this weekend's accident off the coast of Italy was raised to six.
Jan 15, 2012 5:12PM ET
News outlets in Israel report that a planned military exercise was called off because U.S. officials didn't want to further antagonize countries in the Middle East, especially Iran.
Jan 15, 2012 2:22PM ET
Prosecutors are investigating the captain of the Costa Concordia, who reportedly went ashore on a lifeboat before all the passengers on the 950-foot liner had been rescued after it slammed a rock off of Tuscany.
Jan 15, 2012 10:03AM ET
The chief official of Qatar suggests Arab nations could send troops into Syria to stop President Bashar al-Assad's violence against his own people.
Jan 14, 2012 10:00AM ET
The French president reportedly told associates last month, "If we lose the triple-A, I'm dead." Well, France lost the triple-A bond rating, and Sarkozy is scrambling.
Jan 14, 2012 8:44AM ET
The would-be reformer who headed the UN's nuclear monitoring program says the military junta in Egypt is running the country just like in the bad old days.
Jan 14, 2012 8:24AM ET
Passengers of the Costa Concordia describe harrowing scenes as they tried to escape the cruise ship, which slammed an unseen obstacle just off the island of Giglio on Friday night, killing at least six people.
Jan 13, 2012 4:15PM ET
The cut list is now out for the several European countries who are the latest to get the downgrade treatment from Standard & Poors and France and Austria are just the latest to get knocked from a AAA down to a AA+ credit rating.
Jan 13, 2012 1:09PM ET
Apple released a complete list of its suppliers for the first time on Friday, saying some of the 156 companies with which it contracts don't adhere to its standards for labor or environmental practices, including a ban on child labor.
Jan 13, 2012 12:37PM ET
Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch national who confessed to killing a 21-year-old Peruvian woman five years after the disappearance of Natalie Holloway he's suspected of killing, has received a 28-year prison sentence from a Peruvian court.
Jan 13, 2012 11:08AM ET
Just in case you needed a couple more reasons to delete that Nigerian email scam in your inbox, how about about possible kidnapping and the stinging international embarrassment for falling for the scam?
Jan 13, 2012 10:29AM ET
It turns out releasing about 600 political prisoners was enough for the U.S. to make its own show of goodwill.
Jan 13, 2012 10:28AM ET
With another warning of a military coup, this time a call this week to British diplomats, Pakistan's Yousuf Reza Gilani is quickly becoming the "Prime Minister Who Cried Coup", when he should really be more worried about the country's Supreme Court.
Jan 13, 2012 10:01AM ET
If Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz, the U.S. Navy has a backup plan to save one-fifth of the world's daily oil trade: send in the dolphins.
Jan 13, 2012 8:47AM ET
Cartoonist Tony Auth on drone warfare.
Jan 13, 2012 8:46AM ET
This is not going to make Leon Panetta very happy. Two men in that widely-condemned "urination" video have been identified and investigated, offering more proof that the video is very real.
Jan 13, 2012 5:25AM ET
The Obama administration has reportedly opened a "secret" line of communication between Washington and Tehran in order to warn leaders there that closing the Strait of Hormuz would provoke an American response.
Jan 12, 2012 3:41PM ET
Overwrought headlines (see above) are the bread and butter of tabloid journalism, and accuracy comes second, the editor of Britain's Daily Star told an ethics panel there on Wednesday.
Jan 12, 2012 1:35PM ET
Within moments of Vladimir Putin launching his campaign website, calls for him to resign and drop his bid for Russian Presidency were so large that officials had to limit public access and continued to live in denial blame hackers.
Jan 12, 2012 1:24PM ET
In the three days since the United States resumed drone strikes in Pakistan after a two-month hiatus, it's carried out two attacks, killing 10 people and indicating the tactic of targeting terrorists with drones is fully back in favor with U.S. commanders.
Jan 12, 2012 12:05PM ET
If the latest statements from U.S. military men are any indication, the Pentagon is pretty worried that that awful video of Marines peeing on killed Taliban Afghans is not a fake.
Jan 12, 2012 10:43AM ET
When 32-year-old Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan was assassinated in a car bomb attack Wednesday, Iran immediately accused Israel of carrying out the attack. At this point, it's increasingly difficult to argue to the contrary.
Jan 12, 2012 9:56AM ET
After months of waiting, a former News of the World editor 'fessed up to a doozy of a crime: he told one of his reporters to bribe a prison guard and "chuck her some more money later" if need be.
Jan 12, 2012 9:50AM ET
So it looks like some good may have come out of Hillary Clinton's trip to Myanmar and/or Burma in November.
Jan 11, 2012 1:49PM ET
A week after ultra-Orthodox Jews dressed up like concentration camp victims and compared cops to Third Reich officers, Israel is one step closer to criminalizing the swastika and other Nazi-related speech.
Jan 11, 2012 1:37PM ET
After first saying it wouldn't respond, the United States has now denied it had anything to do with the Wednesday bombing death of an Iranian nuclear scientist.
Jan 11, 2012 12:50PM ET
It's the most dangerous career track you could choose, if you believe Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency.
Jan 11, 2012 11:52AM ET
The top suspect in the disappearance of an American teenager seven years ago has just confessed to murdering a 21-year-old woman in Peru five years to the day after the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba.