Newsweek Aug-22-14

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poker face

In 2007, the head of the FBI’s Cyber Crime Fraud unit, Leslie Bryant, issued a stern warning to Americans: “You can go to Vegas. You can go to Atlantic City. You can go to a racetrack. You can go to those places and gamble legally. But don’t do it online. It’s against the law.” Four years later, with much fanfare, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) unsealed sweeping indictments against the online poker industry’s Big Three—PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker. The companies, all located offshore, were hit with a raft of charges, including wire fraud, bank fraud, money laundering and operating in the U.S. in willful violation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). A mere eight months later, on the Friday before Christmas Eve 2011, then-U.S. assistant attorney…

the girls who tried to kill for slender man

This is a tale of a young friendship gone horribly wrong. In late May, in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, Wisconsin, two 12-year-old girls allegedly lured a friend into the woods and stabbed her 19 times. The victim, also 12, managed to crawl to a road, where she lay on the sidewalk with stab wounds in her arms, legs and torso, blood soaking her black fleece jacket, until a bicyclist found her and called 911. According to police, the assailants had been plotting the crime for months. Their motivation? They said they wanted to prove themselves worthy of Slender Man, an evil character who lives only on the Internet. It sounds like the outlandish plot of a horror movie, in part because it is incredibly rare for young girls to murder.…

where is the palestinian gandhi?

Amid every cycle of violence and revenge in Israel over the past 60 years came the cry: “Where’s the Palestinian Gandhi?” Not so much today. The answer has been blown away in the smoke and rubble of Gaza, where the idea of nonviolent protest seems as quaint as Peter, Paul and Mary. The Palestinians who preached nonviolence and led peaceful marches, boycotts, mass sit-downs and the like are mostly dead, in jail, marginalized or in exile. Mubarak Awad is one of the latter. Often dubbed “the Palestinian Gandhi” or “Palestinian Martin Luther King Jr.,” Awad now teaches the theory and practice of nonviolence at American University in Washington, D.C., far from his Jerusalem home. Israel kicked him out in 1988. Five years earlier, he had opened the doors of the Palestinian Center…

who’s to blame for the isis crisis?

Unfortunately, most Americans only remember the shoes. In December 2008, during former President George W. Bush’s final visit to Baghdad, an Iraqi journalist disrupted a press conference by throwing two shoes at him and yelling, “This is dog!” Ask pretty much anyone in the United States about the incident and that person can recall it—after all, the stunning footgear flinging was broadcast again and again on national television with plenty of commentators commentating about the attempted assault and the insult implicit in it. Then ask what that press conference was about and you’ll get blank stares. But as the Iraqi government—and in turn, the United States—faces renewed threats from the Sunni fundamentalist group best known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, it is helpful to understand the…

why russia and cuba are partying like it’s 1962

It seemed like old times: In Havana in early July, Castro, the revolutionary leader of Cuba, embraced the current occupant of the Kremlin—once upon a time the isolated Communist island’s sugar daddy—together gleefully sticking a finger in the eye of their Cold War rival in Washington. In this case, the Castro was Raúl—the younger brother of the ailing (or still alive?) Fidel—who now runs Cuba, and Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, who seems driven to not only reconstitute (to the extent he can) the Soviet Union but also to put the old band of anti-American developing-world countries back together again. This was the second visit from Russia’s leader since the Soviet Union fell apart and—much to Havana’s fury—Moscow effectively dumped it as an unaffordable client state. But as Putin, since his annexation…

leisure class dismissed

For many working Americans, an August vacation is a welcome respite. The challenge of balancing work and life’s other obligations can seem almost overwhelming at times. Yet Americans often have more time on their hands than they seem to think. Out of the 168 hours in a week, the average American worker spends 39 hours on work-related activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s (BLS) American Time Use Survey. Sleep and basic personal care consume another 64 hours. That leaves 65 hours a week—nine hours a day—to spend as we choose. Anyone who has children knows that time not spent working or sleeping is not entirely your own. Sizable chunks of time go to the mundane: child care, household chores, eating and the like. But the BLS finds that after deducting…