Earlier today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a video of himself speaking Mandarin in Beijing. Since then, I've gotten several emails asking about how Zuckerberg's Mandarin is. In a word, terrible.
This post was updated on October 22, 2014 at 11:18 pm
Speaking to his nation Wednesday night, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper blamed a deadly shooting at parliament that killed a Canadian soldier and wounded three others hours earlier on terrorism. The prime minister did not ascribe motive to the Parliament Hill attack, but he did tie the shooting to an "ISIL-inspired" incident in Quebec on Monday where one soldier was killed and another injured when they were run down by a man with declared sympathies for Islamic extremism.
The filmmaker Laura Poitras is concerned with the human effects of surveillance. She wants to understand what pervasive and sometimes aggressive American intelligence gathering does to people. And she wants to understand the human beings who have created it, run it, and become disillusioned by it -- men who now find themselves at war with the system. In her new film, Citizenfour, we get unprecedentedly close to the human source -- Edward Snowden -- of revelations that have rewritten the way that large parts of the world understand the nature of American intelligence, surveillance, and power.
Cluster bombs inflict heavy civilian casualties, giving the weapons a reputation as an indiscriminate killer that should be outlawed. But according to a Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday, Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in the city of Donetsk in early October. That, the report warns, may constitute a war crime.
The Swedish Navy continues to stalk the waters off the coast of its capital for a foreign -- all but certainly Russian -- submarine, and the country's military brass on Tuesday sounded an exasperated note to describe the unsuccessful hunt. "This is very serious," Sverker Göransson, the country's top military commander, told reporters. "I would even go so far as to say," he continued, "to say that it's fucked up."