The crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine last week has become an international crisis. Over the course of the recovery effort and investigation, Russian-back rebels were reported to be uncooperative: Bodies had been left to decompose in the sun for three days, and others were reportedly not recovered altogether, in what some suspected as an effort to obscure evidence of Russian involvement. A prominent Ukranian rebel leader appeared to confirm that pro-Russian separatists had access to an anti-aircraft missile launcher of the type used to bring down flight MH17. Nevertheless, Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved record-high approval ratings at home.
Israel’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas is in its third week, with the death toll in Gaza reaching the 1,000 mark during a humanitarian cease-fire Saturday that has allowed for the retrieval of more bodies. This latest military campaign by the IDF has taken place under an ever evolving social media landscape, providing an unprecedented access to the experience of Palestinians that may be causing higher popular scrutiny of Israel’s actions. A peaceful resolution doesn’t seem to be on the horizon any time soon.
Should the United States Grant Asylum to Victims of Domestic Violence?
By Emily Bazelon
Sept. 12 2014 6:04 PMShould the United States Grant Asylum to Victims of Domestic Violence?The courts are finally granting asylum to victims of domestic abuse. Victims of gang violence are still out of luck.Emily Bazelon
The Apple Watch Will Make Everyone Around You Just a Little Worse Off
By Felix Salmon
Sept. 12 2014 5:51 PMThe Apple Watch Will Make Everyone Around You Just a Little Worse OffFelix Salmon
This Was the First Object Ever Designed
Sept. 12 2014 11:17 AMWhat Was the First Item Ever Designed?
Don’t Expect Adrian Peterson to Go to Prison
In much of America, beating your kids is perfectly legal.
By Mark Joseph Stern
Sept. 14 2014 2:37 PMDon’t Expect Adrian Peterson to Go to PrisonIn much of America, beating your kids is perfectly legal. Mark Joseph Stern
How the Apple Watch Will Annoy Us
A glowing screen attached to someone else’s wrist is shinier than all but the blingiest jewels.
By Felix Salmon
Sept. 12 2014 5:51 PMHow the Apple Watch Will Annoy UsA glowing screen attached to someone else’s wrist is shinier than all but the blingiest jewels.Felix Salmon
A Little Bit Softer Now, a Little Bit Softer Now …
The sad, gradual decline of the fade-out in popular music.
By William Weir
Sept. 14 2014 11:44 PMA Little Bit Softer Now, a Little Bit Softer Now …The sad, gradual decline of the fade-out in popular music.William Weir
Is Everyone Going to Declare Independence if Scotland Does It?
By Joshua Keating
I Tried to Write an Honest Profile of One of Bollywood’s Biggest Stars. It Didn’t Go Well.
Roads & Kingdoms
Sept. 12 2014 9:09 AMI Tried to Write an Honest Profile of One of Bollywood’s Biggest Stars. It Didn’t Go Well.I set out to write an honest profile of Shahid Kapoor, one of India’s biggest stars. His fans may never forgive me.
Sept. 12 2014 4:36 PM“There’s No Tolerance for That”Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh say they don’t abide domestic abuse. So why do the Seahawks and 49ers have a combined six players accused of violence against women?Jeremy Stahl