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    • Thumb   The ghost city

      As Somalia struggles with a devastating famine, Need to Know takes a rare look inside Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a city struggling from decades of civil war, Islamist militants famine and piracy, to learn more about how the nation came to be in the state it's in today.
    • 9/11 remembered

      The photojournalists of VII Photo revisit September 11, 2001, presenting vivid scenes of Americans grappling with the aftermath of the attacks in New York City.
    • Why sovereignty matters

      Touting Libya as a triumph of interventionism before there is even a replacement government in place is the height of hubris and myopia, argues Joshua Foust.

Could the Boston attack impact U.S.-Russia relations?

by Guest Blogger for James M. Lindsay, Council on Foreign Relations The two Boston Marathon bombing suspects have reportedly been identified as Chechen brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. While their link to Chechnya remains unclear—the brothers lived in Kyrgyzstan and Dagestan and have been residents in the United States for some time—it has thrown a […]


Reading guide to Boston coverage

By ProPublica, April 19, 2013 Boston is on lockdown as the hunt for suspects in Monday’s Boston marathon bombing is ongoing. Waking up to the news this morning was being thrown into a sea of breaking updates, emergency warnings, and more than one conspiracy theory. To help you catch up, we’ve pulled together some of […]


Active scene: Updates on manhunt

Live video for mobile from Ustream PBS NewsHour will live-stream updates, including news briefings, from Boston as they happen in the player above.


Looking back on Iraq

This week marks ten years since United States forces invaded Iraq in March, 2003. News outlets across the country have resurfaced their coverage of the American occupation, as well as produced new content about the repercussions of the decade-long conflict.


Unpacking the semiautomatic

The violent massacres that occurred in Newtown, Aurora, Blacksburg, and Columbine were borne of very different circumstances — but there were some similarities. In each case, the shooter used a semiautomatic assault weapon or large-capacity ammunition magazine. Mass shooting location, date Weapon(s) used Columbine, Colorado, 1999 Hi-Point Model 995 carbine rifle, Savage Springfield 67H shotgun, […]


Drone strikes test legal grounds for ‘war on terror’

In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama declared that “a decade of war is now ending.” White House press secretary Jay Carney later said there was “no question” that the U.S. conflict with al-Qaida was “entering a new phase.”


  Women under fire

If you saw the Oscar-nominated film “The Hurt Locker,” you may have been left with the impression that the military’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (E.O.D) team is a men’s only club


Full text from the United Nations announcing drone inquiry

Statement by Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter- Terrorism and Human Rights concerning the launch of an inquiry into the civilian impact, and human rights implications of the use drones and other forms of targeted killing for the purpose of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency. The Special Rapporteur today issued the following statement at a press […]


Everything you need to know about drone strikes

You might have heard about the “kill list.” You’ve certainly heard about drones. But the details of the U.S. campaign against militants in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia — a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s national security approach — remain shrouded in secrecy. Here’s our guide to what we know and what we don’t know.


Paris murder mystery

By Eric Pape, Jan. 11, 2013 | PARIS — At first, it sounded like a horror story torn from the pages of American tabloids: the corpses of three women were found on the second floor office of an apartment building on Jan. 10. Two of the women had bullets holes in the back of […]