America’s ISIS War Now Called ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’


U.S. military operations against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, now in their third month, will officially go by the name Operation Inherent Resolve, the Pentagon says. Commander Elissa Smith, a representative for the Pentagon, confirmed the name choice to Newsweek Wednesday. Targeted strikes against the Islamic State (more commonly known as ISIS) began on August 8. ... Read More »

Pictures at an execution: The condemned in art

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A new exhibition aims to humanise condemned prisoners. From the sword to the electric chair, the death penalty has inspired challenging art, writes Jason Farago. One man, before dying, said, “I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.” Another said, “I’m going to a beautiful place.” A third: “I am innocent, innocent, innocent.” Those were their last ... Read More »

Thailand: Muslim Separatists Torch Six Schools in One Night


Insurgents in Thailand have torched six schools in one night, leaving thousands of children unable to attend classes. The arsonists tied the hands and feet of school security guards before pouring gasoline around the buildings in Pattani, southern Thailand, deputy governor of Pattani Somphoch Suwannarat was quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying. No one was injured during the attack, ... Read More »

Tony Abbott to ‘confront’ Vladimir Putin on MH17 shooting

Using an Australian football term, Mr Abbott said he would "shirtfront" Mr Putin

Australian PM Tony Abbott has said he plans to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over the shooting down of a Malaysian passenger plane in July. MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine. All 298 passengers, including 38 Australians, died. Mr Abbott said they were “murdered with Russian support”. Pro-Russian rebels denied ... Read More »

Does Anyone Else Find this Photograph of Kim Jong-un Scary?


Ebola is freaking us all out right now, especially the press photographs of people in haz-chem suits disinfecting buildings strewn with bodies. But what really caught my eye today was this photograph published in the New York Times of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un surrounded by a bevy of stern-faced military henchmen. It is choreographed, obviously, to convey the hackneyed, almost laughable ... Read More »

Turkey’s Hegemonial Ventures in Syria and Iraq

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As the U.S.-led air strikes targeted the Islamic State (IS) fighters across the Syrian frontier with Turkey, the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani became more forsaken than ever. The township is now at the mercy of IS militants, who are poised to capture it after three weeks of siege. Kobani, which is the Kurdish name of the township, is ... Read More »

Neither job nor gender identity killed Mayang Prasetyo. She died because of a man who felt entitled to murder her

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Questions should be asked of a media entitled to publish photos of a Brisbane murder victim posing in a bikini and referring to her as a ‘she-male’  Jump to comments A man murdered his partner and then committed suicide. These are the simplest facts we can offer about a tragedy that is both all too frequent and easily forgotten. But ... Read More »

ICC set for landmark Kenyatta appearance at The Hague

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The International Criminal Court in The Hague is set to hold the first of two days of hearings in which Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will be the first head of state to come before it. He is facing charges of crimes against humanity in connection with violence that followed the 2007 elections. More than 1,000 Kenyans were killed. The president’s ... Read More »

ISIS’ Ammunition Is Shown to Have Origins in U.S. and China


In its campaign across northern Syria and Iraq, the jihadist group Islamic State has been using ammunition from the United States and other countries that have been supporting the regional security forces fighting the group, according to new field data gathered by a private arms-tracking organization. The data, part of a larger sample of captured arms and cartridges in Syria ... Read More »