Chinua Achebe Dies at 82

Chinua Achebe, African Literary Titan, Dies at 82
Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian author and towering man of letters whose internationally acclaimed fiction sought to revive African literature and rewrite the story of the continent that had long been told by Western voices, died on Thursday in Boston. He was 82.

Postscript: Chinua Achebe, 1930-2013

NYPD Racist Quotas Revealed in ‘Stop and Frisk’ Trial
Attorney: ‘That’s why there is such an epidemic in these communities of people getting stopped and frisked—because the police are told to get numbers’

‘Shrouded in Secrecy’: US Soldiers, Drones Proliferate in Niger
Human rights advocates question growing US ‘strategic foothold’ in West Africa

Vladimir Putin rolls out the red carpet (and guards on horseback)
for visit of President Xi Jinping

Russian premier gives unprecedented welcome to new Chinese leader as relations thaw

With US-Russia relationship toxic, Moscow looks to strengthen ties with China
China’s new President Xi Jinping chose Moscow, where he arrived Friday for a three-day visit, to be his first foreign destination, highlighting strengthening ties between China and Russia.

Friction behind the smiles
Analysis: Obama’s visit will likely be hailed as a success, but disagreements on Iran nuke program, stalled peace process remain

‘Most Palestinians hate Obama’; US president gets heated reception in West Bank
The two presidential choppers landed in the Palestinian presidential compound in Ramallah twenty minutes ahead of schedule. The force of their landing blew plumes of dust and litter over thin lines of ceremonial guards and bagpipers saluting the arrival.

Freedom Arrives in Palestine (you’re welcome)
US President Barack Obama, uncompromising civil rights defender and national change guru, arrived in Palestine today – a move that some of his Republican opponents didn’t even think was geographically possible.

Protests held in Jordan ahead of Obama visit
Members of the Jordanian communist party demonstrated have demonstrated against US President Barack Obama’s visit to the region by staging a protest in front of the US embassy.

The Iraq War: Ten Years in Ten Numbers
While observers of the Iraq War anniversary argue over the scale of the mistake — a colossal folly rooted in imperial ambition and hubris, or simply an error based on faulty intelligence and misplaced fear — the devil is in the details. These numbers, assembled by some of the 29 contributors to the Costs of War Project based at Brown University, help put the past 10 years in perspective.

As Iraq Anniversary Fades, ‘Strategic Narcissism’ Stands out

France, Britain fail to win easing of Syria arms ban
France and Britain failed to persuade the European Union to back their call to lift an arms embargo on Syrian rebels on Friday despite warning that President Bashar al-Assad could resort to using chemical weapons.

Syria’s Assad vows to cleanse nation of extremists

With Obama as Broker, Israelis and Turkey End Dispute
Under persistent prodding from President Obama, Israel and Turkey resolved a bitter three-year dispute on Friday with a diplomatic thaw that will help a fragile region confront Syria’s civil war, while handing the president a solid accomplishment as he closed out his visit to the Middle East.

South Korea says source of cyberattack didn’t come from China
South Korean officials said a cyberattack that froze networks at broadcasters and banks this week came from a domestic source and not China, contradicting an initial conclusion.

Real liars go to Tehran
Uncle Marx never thought about this one: history repeating itself as double tragedy after already being a farce in the first place. Let’s examine the case in hand. First of all, take a close look at this Wall Street Journal op-ed from September 2002, in the hysterical run-up towards the invasion of Iraq.

Hamas appeals to Egypt after Israel halves Gaza fishing zone
Hamas complained to Egypt on Friday after Israel suspended part of a Cairo-brokered truce agreement by halving Palestinian access to fishing waters in response to a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip.

Sins of Omission
The New York Times coverage of Hugo Chavez’ death was a bunker buster of misinformation.

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