Japan's clean aesthetic hid the ugly mess of war

Jul 28, 2015

Japan's clean aesthetic hid the ugly mess of war

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Why would anybody want to go to war? For some of us it’s incomprehensible. For others, there will be circumstances that make war justifiable — or even desirable. History tells us that the former demographic is usually added to by members of the latter, ...

Islamic State's Iraq  propaganda blitz takes to widescreen TV

Jun 15, 2015

Islamic State's Iraq propaganda blitz takes to widescreen TV

Islamic State militants have set up giant television screens in the Iraqi city of Ramadi and are using them to proclaim that they will seize more Iraqi territory after capturing the provincial capital last month, residents said. Efforts by the Sh’ite Muslim-led government and ...

Apr 17, 2015

Iran general's Iraq battlefield clout unsettling: Abadi

Iraq’s prime minister said on Thursday that he welcomed Iranian assistance in Iraq’s battle against Islamic State but suggested unease with the prominence of a top Iranian general, who has been widely seen in photos from Iraq’s battlefields. Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of ...

China media pooh-poohs Japanese luxury toilet seats

Feb 26, 2015

China media pooh-poohs Japanese luxury toilet seats

Japan’s luxury lavatories have become the latest flash point with China, after Beijing’s state-run media launched a thunderous tirade against built-in washers and pre-warmed seats on Thursday. The Global Times, which is affiliated with the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, devoted the editorial in ...

Jan 24, 2015

Founder of Russian gay teen site convicted of 'propaganda'

A Russian court on Friday convicted a journalist who set up a website to support gay, lesbian and transgender teenagers under a controversial law banning “gay propaganda” aimed at minors. The social networking site, called Children 404, is used by thousands of teenagers to ...