Category: World

The Misunderstood Roots of Burma’s Rohingya Crisis

Over the past month, a crackdown by Burma’s military has forced more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state to flee to neighboring Bangladesh in what the UN human-rights chief has called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” The military crackdown was prompted by an attack August 25th by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a Muslim militant group with…

The Cold War’s ghostly radio broadcasts

During the Cold War, shortwave radio broadcasts were critical to American espionage efforts. “HM01 Spectogram,” from Shadows of State. | Spectograms are the visual representation of sound, in this case the sound of a shortwave radio transmission. | (Lewis Bush) Shortwave transmission sites — known as “number stations,” because initial broadcasts were simply strings of numbers — were used by…

Bali after the Eat, Pray, Love boom

Each week, we spotlight a dream vacation recommended by some of the industry’s top travel writers. This week’s pick is Bali. (Courtesy image) There have always been better reasons to visit Bali than to escape something, said Alyssa Giacobbe at The Boston Globe. The island in southern Indonesia, home to most of the nation’s Hindu minority, has always been a…

Official: Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades

By DANICA COTO SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress said Sunday that Hurricane Maria’s destruction has set the island back decades, even as authorities worked to assess the extent of the damage. “The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back nearly 20 to 30 years,” said Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer…

Rescue Dogs At Work After Mexico’s Earthquakes

After being struck by three major earthquakes in the past month, rescue workers and volunteers across Mexico have been working around the clock, with the help of local and international teams of sniffer dogs and their handlers. These search and rescue dogs have spent weeks now clambering over collapsed buildings, helping their human counterparts locate survivors trapped inside. In turn,…

The Enduring Appeal of Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel secured her fourth term as chancellor Sunday after German voters handed her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU)—and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU)—the largest share of votes, a largely anticipated result marking the end of a race that several observers had written off as “boring.” They weren’t wrong. In the weeks leading up to the…