A Horse Race in Thug Land

The rebel leadership of Eastern Ukraine pushes to elect a prime minister despite being engulfed in conflict and hounded by questions of legitimacy.

The Russian-backed Eastern Ukraine may give itself a winning score, but even if they stabilize their borders and keep the old regime out, will they ever win approval from NATO and the global community?

Abbas Warning over Holy Site Closure 

The Temple Mount is closed and tensions in Jerusalem escalate yet again after the shooting of an Israeli prayer rights campaigner, allegedly by Palestinian Moataz Hejazi, who was subsequently surrounded and shot dead by Israeli police.

Has anyone considered locking the two factions in a room together and forcing them to break bread until lasting peace is achieved? If they can’t achieve peace on their own, I hear Russia is still looking for a warm water port…

Tunisia Takes Partisan Turn after Islamist Loss

Parliamentary elections in Tunisia saw a surprising upset in which the underdog Nidaa Tounes party, “an amalgam of former regime figures and secular leftists,” nosed ahead of the Islamist Ennahda party, prompting anxiety about the democratic process and the future of cooperation in Tunisian politics.

Does this signal a turn toward secularism in Tunisia, or is it simply a sign of partisan division after the high sentiments and relative success of the revolution?

High Levels of Dangerous Chemicals Found in Air Near Oil and Gas Sites

Toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene have been found in 40 percent of air samples taken from fracking sites in five US states. The levels exceed federal limits, and anyone living within the immediate vicinity of these plants is likely to suffer from serious skin and respiratory ailments.

The story of toxic sites in the industrialized world should be familiar by now – but how can the poor and working class escape this plight, when their economic survival and their geographical heritage are often linked to these unlivable zones?

Mexico Is Looking for 43 Missing Students. What Has Been Found Is Truly Terrifying

In their search for nearly 50 kidnapped student protesters, investigators have uncovered a massive underworld connecting police and government corruption directly to the cartels. 

To what extent can a state’s infrastructure be compromised by direct involvement in organized crime before it can be considered a failed state?

Dog Helps Police Arrest Owner

The loyalty of dogs: easily swayed?