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SEP 11, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a live televised address on his plans for military action against the Islamic State, September 10, 2014

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To Defeat ISIS, Follow the Money

President Obama has outlined approaches for the U.S. and its allies to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS: continued use of air power for strikes and humanitarian aid, support for those fighting on the ground, and international cooperation to stem the flow of foreign fighters to and from the region.

The president also wants to target ISIS's money. According to Howard J. Shatz, its business model presents many opportunities: Drones can detect oil-smuggling trucks, “life insurance” costs can mount if enough jihadists are captured or killed, and couriers may lead to higher-ups. Read more »

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, one victim of a reported mass hacking of celebrities' intimate photos

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, one victim of a reported mass hacking of celebrities' intimate photos. Photo by Adrees Latif/Reuters

Nude Celebrities Could Bolster the Cloud

A recent leak of hacked nude photos violated the privacy of dozens of celebrities. But there's a silver lining, writes Lillian Ablon: Consumers and the tech industry may now pay more attention to cloud privacy, password creation, and user authentication. And users may think twice about what they store in the cloud. Read more »

Russia's Prime Minister Medvedev and President Putin in Yalta, Crimea, August 14, 2014

Russia's Prime Minister Medvedev and President Putin in Yalta, Crimea, August 14, 2014. Photo by Dmitry Astakhov/Reuters/RIA Novosti/Pool

The Crushing Cost of Crimea

President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea unfolded swiftly and without bloodshed. But Russia's only land-connection to Crimea runs through Ukraine, the now-hostile state from which it seized the peninsula. According to Larry Hanauer, this presents numerous costs and challenges for governing Moscow's new prize. Read more »

Yes and no boxes on a clipboard

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Helping Ex-Cons by Banning the Box

Many job applications ask if candidates have been convicted of a crime. Employers may disqualify those who tick the “yes” box, making it difficult for a growing number of Americans to land a job. According to Lois M. Davis, “ban the box” laws that delay the question until later can give ex-cons a chance at employment. Read more »

Palestinian fighters in an underground tunnel in Gaza

Palestinian fighters in an underground tunnel in Gaza. Photo by Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Gaza: Tunnel Warfare's Latest Chapter

The recent clash in Gaza will be remembered, in part, for Hamas's elaborate tunnel network. Underground warfare may seem exotic, but it's hardly a new phenomenon, writes Scott Savitz. From U.S. Civil War soldiers, to the Viet Cong, to medieval fighters—history books are full of tunnelers and those seeking to counter them. Read more »

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara, June 10, 2014

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara, June 10, 2014. Photo by Umit Bektas/Reuters

A Nuke Deal Won't Change Iran's Politics

A nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 is far from a sure thing, writes Alireza Nader. And even if an agreement materializes, it's unlikely to score political points for President Hassan Rouhani. In fact, a deal with the West could energize his rivals in their bid to stave off change in Iran. Read more »

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