Venezuela: Fucked 

Hamilton Nolan · 07/13/16 04:30PM

The Venezuelan military has seized control of the nation’s major ports and has been placed in charge of distributing food in an attempt to deter murderous, starving food bandits. That is not even the worst news.

Israel Should Be in Germany

Hamilton Nolan · 07/23/14 12:43PM

Israel and Palestine are warring again. Civilians are dying again. Families are losing their homes, and chaos persists. Again. This would not be happening if Israel were located somewhere that makes more sense: in Germany.

Indie Dance Band Kidnapped for 30 Hours in Mexico

Camille Dodero · 10/10/13 06:30PM

Holy hell, this is harrowing. This past weekend, Delorean, an electronic-pop act from Barcelona, performed at the Mexican installment of the Mutek Festival and on Monday morning, they were still at their Mexico City hotel when an emergency call came in, urging them to vacate the premises due to a shootout. They complied—and were taken hostage.

Breaking Development in North Korea Crisis: 'Leek Widely Used for Dishes in Korea'

Hamilton Nolan · 03/29/13 12:37PM

North Korean leader Kim Jon Un has placed his nation's missiles on standby and announced that he is targeting the American mainland. The leader has made recent brash public gestures of militarism, and the Pentagon has vowed to strengthen our nation's West Coast missile defenses in response. With tensions between the U.S. and the unpredictable North Korea at an all time high, the slightest signal by either side could set off a cascading set of responses that could end in disaster. So you can imagine the shockwaves rippling throughout the intelligence community right now, as analysts try to parse the latest strategic volley from North Korea's official news service:

How Dare Someone Try to Shoot Down One of Our Drones?

Hamilton Nolan · 11/09/12 03:20PM

Sound the war bells, grab your gear, and prepare to man the bombers, fellow Americans: the dirty nation of IRAN has wiped its shit-stained bootheel upon our national sovereignty, in the following manner: they shot at one of our spy drones. We say it was outside of Iranian territory; they dispute that. Either way, the strong, muscular foreign policy view of this must be: Hey, That Was Ours, And We Must Escalate Into All Out War, Or We Might Look Weak. From The Guardian:

Venezuelan Politicians Brawl in the National Assembly

Hamilton Nolan · 02/11/11 09:15AM

Venezuelan politicians: when they're not holding boob job fundraisers, they're brawling in the national assembly, as they did yesterday, when this spat between a pro and an anti-Chavez legislator turned into one of those big "everybody rush the stage and watch other people pushing each other" nightclub-style fights. Sure, you could say "Incidents like this and the cheap jokes they inspire just prove that Americans don't pay attention to other countries unless they do something bad and sensational," but that's kind of the point.

More Than 30 Dead in Somalia Hotel Attack

Hamilton Nolan · 08/24/10 08:11AM

In an incident with shades of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, at least 33 people—including six politicians and an 11 year-old boy—have been killed in a Mogadishu, Somalia hotel, in an attack by anti-government insurgents. [NYT. Pic: AP]

Thai Protesters Live the Recession Dream

Hamilton Nolan · 05/19/10 08:38AM

Sick of all these rich guys' crap, Thai protesters went ahead and set the country's stock exchange on fire today. "Earlier in the day, Thailand's benchmark index finished up 0.7% on hopes for a quick resolution." Efficient-market hypothesis: disproved. [WSJ]