Three weeks into deadly fighting in Gaza and along its border, Israeli forces have been surprised to encounter an extensive, sophisticated tunnel system that has been used by Hamas to infiltrate Israeli territory and carry out raids. The destruction of that tunnel system has become a focal point of Israeli military operations, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has emphasized that any cease-fire must allow his forces to continue identifying and sealing those tunnels.
With the world being on fire and all, it was easy to miss last week an intriguing piece of news: Hugo Carvajal, the former head of Venezuelan military intelligence, was arrested in Aruba. The U.S. government expected Aruban officials to extradite Carvajal -- wanted in the United States on drug-trafficking charges -- into the custody of American prosecutors.
Three weeks into the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas, the violence has taken a massive toll on the Gaza Strip, where more than 1,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in an aerial and ground campaign aimed at stymieing Hamas rockets and destroying the group's network of underground tunnels.
Since fighting first broke out between government and separatist forces nearly four months ago in Ukraine's east, the Communist Party has been a vocal critic of Kiev, voting against the ruling coalition and leveling severe -- and sometimes unfounded -- accusations against the government. The party is quick to denounce the revolutionary government in Kiev as fascists, prompting many leftists' opponents to label them a "fifth column" of Russian influence in Ukraine.
In the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, many Russian media outlets have put forth a variety of ridiculous conspiracy theories to explain the plane's demise. In the face of overwhelming evidence that Moscow-backed separatists shot down the plane, the Russian media stubbornly insists that the thugs armed, funded, and led by the Kremlin could not possibly have done such a thing. On Friday, a corner of the Russian media offered them all a powerful rebuke.