Surveillance prompts creation of covert clothing

World Aug 18, 2013

Surveillance prompts creation of covert clothing

by Dana Priest

At the Pentagon and CIA, they are known as "countermeasures," the jargony adaptation of Newton's Third Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The U.S. Army in Iraq jammed cellphones to counter deadly roadside bombs triggered by calls. Osama bin Laden switched ...

Egypt insurgency takes root in Sinai

World | FOCUS Jul 29, 2013

Egypt insurgency takes root in Sinai

by Abigail Hauslohner

More than three weeks after the military coup that ousted Egypt's first democratically elected — and Islamist — president from power, the roots of a violent insurgency are burrowing fast into the sands of the Sinai Peninsula. The rapid thud of machine-gun fire and ...

Repression surges in Putin's Russia

World Jul 8, 2013

Repression surges in Putin's Russia

Last week was a busy one for Russian authorities, who arrested the only nationally known opposition mayor for bribery, sought six years in prison for crusading blogger Alexei Navalny and asked a court to find a long-dead attorney guilty of tax evasion. The trial of ...

Urban shift aided PM but brought corruption

World / Politics Jun 6, 2013

Urban shift aided PM but brought corruption

by Peter Beaumont

The protests triggered in Turkey by plans to redevelop a park into a shopping mall at first seem an unlikely cause for public anger. In reality, the demonstrations over Taksim Square's Gezi Park go to the very heart of Turkey's modern discontents. Why it has ...

New Delhi cracks down on foreign-funded NGOs

Asia Pacific May 21, 2013

New Delhi cracks down on foreign-funded NGOs

by Rama Lakshmi

Amid an intensifying crackdown on nongovernmental groups that receive foreign funding, Indian activists are accusing the government of stifling their right to dissent in the world's largest democracy. India has tightened the rules on nongovernmental organizations over the past two years, following protests that delayed ...

U.S. program secretly feeding Syrians

World Apr 17, 2013

U.S. program secretly feeding Syrians

by Liz Sly

In the heart of rebel-held territory in Syria's northern province of Aleppo, a small group of intrepid Westerners is undertaking a mission of great stealth. Living anonymously in a small rural community, they travel daily in unmarked cars, braving airstrikes, shelling and the threat ...

Court drops suit to ban comedy show

World / Politics Apr 8, 2013

Court drops suit to ban comedy show

CAIRO AP A Cairo court on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Islamist lawyer demanding that a popular Egyptian satirist's TV show be banned for allegedly insulting the president and containing excessive sexual innuendo. Judge Hassouna Tawfiq said the court dropped the complaint against Bassem Youssef's ...