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JUL 24, 2014

Palestinians mourn their relatives, whom medics say were killed by Israeli shelling, at a hospital morgue in the southern Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014

Photo by Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Is There Any Hope for Peace in Gaza?

Casualties are rising in the clash between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. Is the conflict really irresolvable? If not, who could broker a settlement between Hamas and Israel? Andrew Liepman, a former U.S. intelligence official who spent time in Gaza during active peace talks, explains. Read more »

A pro-Russian separatist at the MH17 crash site in Ukraine's Donetsk region, July 17, 2014

A pro-Russian separatist at the MH17 crash site in Ukraine's Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. Photo by Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Three Threats to Passenger Planes

International investigators are examining evidence from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which crashed last week near the Russia-Ukraine border. MH17 is widely thought to have been hit by a Buk surface-to-air missile, but the Buk isn't the only threat to commercial aircraft. Read more »

Shopping basket in supermarket

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What's Behind the Obesity Epidemic? Easily Accessible Food—Lots of It

Surprisingly, the U.S. obesity epidemic coincides with more physical exercise and wider availability of fruits and vegetables. Changes in food availability and cost could be what's driving the trend: As waistlines have grown and relative prices have shrunk, Americans have been eating more of everything. Read more »

Soldiers climbing a staircase in an abandoned Abu Ghraib building, June 23, 2005

Soldiers climbing a staircase in an abandoned Abu Ghraib building, June 23, 2005. Photo by U.S. Army

How to Counter Jihadist Sanctuaries

Syria has become a global magnet for jihadists, Seth Jones told the House Homeland Security Committee this morning. In fact, it likely has more Westerners than any jihadist battlefield in modern history. To counter this threat, the U.S. must detect and deter the flow of Western extremists to and from Syria, Iraq, and other terrorist safe havens. Read more »

Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo during a speech in Serang, Indonesia, July 16, 2014

Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo during a speech in Serang, Indonesia, July 16, 2014. Photo by Beawiharta/Reuters

What to Expect from Indonesia's Jokowi

After an emotional election, Joko Widodo appears to be Indonesia's new president. This is good news, according to Jonah Blank. Whereas his opponent, who's now challenging the results, has openly questioned the value of democracy, "Jokowi based his entire political program on empowering ordinary citizens." Read more »

Bicycle cars in New Delhi, India

Bicycle cars in New Delhi, India. Photo by Galyna Andrushko/Fotolia

The Future of Driving in Developing Countries

As more people in rapidly developing countries are able to buy their own cars, pollution, traffic, and safety have become growing concerns. But research suggests that economic booms don't necessarily put more cars on the road. Knowing (and influencing) how much people will drive can help policymakers plan for the future. Read more »

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