Sunday, May 19, 2013
Christian Science Monitor: "In Venezuela, Hugo Chávez's successor seems to be turning toward big business for help in ending rampant scarcities of basic consumer goods and an almost 30 percent annual inflation rate."
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Mara Bovsun of the New York Daily News:
Among the most terrifying places in movie history is the pit from Silence of the Lambs, where serial killer Buffalo Bill imprisoned women before he murdered and skinned them.
Unbelievably horrific it may have seemed, but it was no figment of a writer’s imagination. The prison was drawn from life and a person whose crimes were front-page headlines shortly before Thomas Harris wrote the novel that would become the classic film.Read more.
When Oscar Pistorius — the South African "Blade Runner," who overcame a double amputation to compete in the Olympics last year — shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day, the millions he’d inspired were faced with a shocking possibility: that their hero was also a killer. With Pistorius claiming that Steenkamp’s death was an accident, Mark Seal delves into the murder case that has rocked the country, and the paths the couple took to that fatal night.Read "The Shooting Star and the Model."
Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
CBS News (60 Minutes): "As the U.S. military continues its exodus from Afghanistan, the long war has caused another exodus few know about in the U.S. Thousands of mostly teenage boys have fled their war-torn country to embark on a 10,000-mile trek to Europe that most will not complete — many because they die along the route."
Voice of America:
New York authorities have arrested 15 men accused of running a cigarette smuggling ring and say some of the suspects may have ties to Islamic militant groups.
Officials said Thursday the suspects allegedly smuggled more than one-million cartons of cigarettes from Virginia into New York, depriving the city and state of tax revenue.
They say despite the lucrative scheme, the suspects lived modestly, raising suspicions that they were sending the money elsewhere.
Authorities also say one of the suspects has ties to a blind cleric who helped plan a 1993 bomb blast in New York's World Trade Center. Another suspect is associated with a Lebanese immigrant jailed for killing a Jewish student in Brooklyn in 1994.
Investigators say they are working on tracking down the cigarette money
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tim Rogers, Time:
Deep inside the verdant expanse of Nicaragua’s Bosawás Biosphere Reserve — the western hemisphere’s second largest rainforest — a group of Mayangna indigenous warriors wielding spears, bows, snakes and reputed magical powers are being ordered to stand down after two weeks of preparing for battle against encroaching land invaders.
Leaders of the Mayangna Nation, the traditional guardians of the Bosawás, say they’re giving Nicaragua’s Sandinista government one last chance to oust the "colonists" — a group of timber traffickers, gold miners, farmers, cattle ranchers and land swindlers who the Mayangnas say are devouring the forest like a swarm of locusts. If the government is incapable of stopping the ravaging of indigenous communal lands, the Mayangnas say they’ll take matters into their own hands.Read the whole thing.