Category: World

The Long History of North Korea’s Declarations of War

When Ri Yong Ho, the foreign minister of North Korea, called U.S. President Donald Trump’s fiery speech at the United Nations a “declaration of war” on Monday morning, the phrase ricocheted across Twitter. Within roughly an hour, Politico, The Independent, The New York Times, Business Insider, and even Gizmodo featured Ri’s words in their headline. Bloomberg Markets tweeted the quote,…

US allies accuse Russia of strikes in Syria

By Erin Cunningham and David Filipov | Washington Post ISTANBUL – U.S.-backed forces in Syria have accused Russia of launching airstrikes on their positions in the country’s east, where world powers and their proxies are scrambling for influence amid the collapse of the Islamic State militant group. The Syrian Democratic Forces, supported by the United States, said Monday that Russian…

Desperation sets in over parts of Puerto Rico

By Samantha Schmidt and Joel Achenbach | Washington Post JUNCOS, PUERTO RICO — In the heat and humidity here in the central mountains, Meryanne Aldea fanned her bedridden mother with a piece of cardboard Sunday as the ailing woman lay on her side, relieving a large ulcer in her back. The 63-year-old mother, Maria Dolores Hernandez, had cotton stuffed in…

Disconnected by Disaster—Photos From a Battered Puerto Rico

Five days after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, its devastating impact is becoming clearer. Most of the U.S. territory currently has no electricity or running water, fewer than 250 of the island’s 1,600 cellphone towers are operational, and damaged ports, roads, and airports are slowing the arrival and transport of aid. Communication has been severely limited and some…

Angela Merkel Reorients Germany

Why was Angela Merkel just elected to a fourth term as German chancellor? Ahead of Sunday’s election, the German journalist Robin Alexander offered one explanation. Since the economy is thriving and the nation’s politics are relatively placid despite the disruptive rise of a far-right populist-nationalist party, many Germans think they’re living on a “ship of stability and around us it’s…

Betsy DeVos scraps Obama-era guidelines on campus sexual assault

AS PROMISED, Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, has pitched herself further into the fraught politics of campus sexual assault. On September 22nd, she announced that she was rescinding Obama-era directives to universities on how they should investigate and adjudicate sexual assault claims. The move provoked fury. Patty Murray, a Democratic senator from Washington, said the education department was “continuing a…