| Feb 12, 2014
The merits of the nine nominees for the Academy Award for best picture are being debated by cineastes around the world. But as a college professor, this year's Oscar nominees also reaffirm the growing importance of the movies in the classroom and how film...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 12:03 PM
Amazon is good for online shoppers, but is it good for books?
That's what George Packer asks in this week's New Yorker, in a long article that looks at the online retailer as disruptor.
Amazon can be difficult to write about -- the company would not...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 2:39 PM
WASHINGTON -- Some lawmakers are trying to prevent the return to Baghdad of a cache of Iraqi Jewish community records, which were seized by the U.S. military during the Iraq war and occupation.
The Senate on Thursday unanimously backed a bipartisan...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 10:00 AM
In an old, whitewashed motel, where folklore has it studio executives once brought their secretaries for "lunch," Robert Greenwald, a mercurial man trailed by insults and death threats, leads a small band of filmmakers dedicated to unnerving political and...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 1:36 PM
The woman held at an Iraqi death row facility arrived for a meeting with a human rights group last year on crutches, the result, she said, of nine days of beatings and electric shocks.
Seven months later, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, the woman...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 9:13 AM
BAGHDAD -- Multiple explosions rocked Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 32 people in a brazen reminder of the ability of insurgents to penetrate the heart of the Iraqi capital.
The attacks come as militants fighting in the name of Al Qaeda are...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 9:21 PM
BEIRUT — The general command of Al Qaeda has disavowed one of its best-known and most successful affiliates, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which is waging a brutal guerrilla war in both Middle Eastern nations.
Apparently angered by the...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 5:00 AM
TAMPA, Fla. — As an Army sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gabriel Brown craved danger. Combat satisfied what he called his "adrenaline addiction."
When he returned home to Florida, nothing in civilian life provided the sense of invincibility that...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 5:13 PM
WASHINGTON — Iraq’s embattled government will be allowed to buy and lease Apache attack helicopters to help fight a renewed insurgency after a U.S. lawmaker lifted his long-running objections to the deal, the Pentagon said Monday.
| Jan 24, 2014
| 6:23 PM
WASHINGTON — Five years after President Obama vowed to expand U.S. relations with the Arab world and the broader Middle East, his administration is under fire from allies worried that the United States is scaling back its historic role as a power...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 10:38 AM
CAMP PENDLETON -- The explosion that killed four enlisted Marines during a Nov. 13 training exercise was probably caused when a grenade round was "dropped, kicked or bumped," according to a investigation report released Thursday.
The grenade set off...