The militants are targeting Iraqis who venture into the wild to search for the delicacy, demanding ransom for those they don’t simply kill.
Steven Lee MyersThe modern peril of an old tradition: the hunt for the desert truffle. A great article by @Alissanyt. I wanted to go picking myself, back in 2009 and 2010, but the security folks balked at the risks.
The authorities appear to be escalating efforts to crush a student-led campaign for workers’ rights that has evaded Beijing’s control.
Steven Lee MyersChina is forcing university activists to watch taped confessions of their arrested classmates. “You can’t imagine that people will give up the fight because of a video,” one says. @HernandezJavier on the authorities' fight against dissent.
Francis’s natural optimism about Communists is being encouraged by cynics around him who know better.
Steven Lee Myers"Francis may have natural sympathy for Communists because for him, they are the persecuted. He doesn’t know them as the persecutors they become once in power, like the Communists in China," Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun writes in @nytopinion