Newsweek Nov-14-14

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how does isis fund its reign of terror?

The Islamic State’s staggering successes come at a cost. After all, it’s not cheap to wage war and manage territorial conquests whose population is now roughly the size of Austria’s. So how can ISIS, cut off from the rest of the world by financial and trade sanctions, and under daily aerial and land bombardment by some of the richest countries in the world, afford to maintain a well-armed military and pay other bills? Interviews with Iraqi, Kurdish, European, Syrian and American government officials, analysts and intelligence agents sketch a portrait of ISIS’s robust, sprawling, and efficient financial operation. The terrorist group relies on a relatively complex system to manage its far-reaching networks. It’s currencies of choice—cash, crude oil and contraband—allow it to operate outside of legitimate banking channels. Turkey’s southern corridor, Iraq’s…

the battle of ilovaisk: details of a massacre inside rebel-held eastern ukraine

Petro Poroshenko, the former chocolate king and recently elected president of Ukraine, stood proudly on the podium in Kiev’s Independence Square as 1,500 goose-stepping servicemen, armored vehicles and rocket launchers passed before him. The military’s top brass, decked out in summer dress uniforms and enormous peaked caps, were determined to put on a show for their new commander in chief. Crowds of smiling families in traditional embroidered shirts turned out to wave tiny yellow and blue Ukrainian flags in the summer sunshine. It was August 24, the anniversary of the day the country won its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. This year Ukraine’s Independence Day carried particular symbolism, since pro-Russian separatists held eastern regions of the country. The celebrations were intended to shore up support for Poroshenko, who three months…

opinion: partisan blockage

Can American democracy survive modern America? As this country’s people have been ripped apart of late, leaving two often-irrational tribal factions—conservative and liberal—that question has become ominous. The era of even vague respect for political opponents is gone. For too many liberals, conservatives are gun-toting, racist fanatics who win political office by fraud and are dedicated to establishing a Christian theocracy run by greedy plutocrats as part of a plan to destroy America. For too many conservatives, liberals are baby-killing, lazy takers who win political office by fraud and are dedicated to imposing a socialist empire run by a Muslim Kenyan. If those descriptions struck you as absurd, please continue reading. On the other hand, if you nodded your head and screamed, “That’s right!” please go back to surfing your favorite conspiracy…

plans to rebuild gaza keep getting undermined

The war is over; now comes the reconstruction. Slowly— actually very slowly and unsurely to boot—Gaza is starting the task of rebuilding its devastated homes and stores and schools after the summer war with Israel. But as winter approaches, and despite billions of dollars in donations and a great deal of international good will, unresolved political and regional issues are dimming any hope that there will be a quick return to normal life in the Strip. After two weeks in which building materials for the reconstruction effort sat locked up, unused in Gaza warehouses, the United Nations finally announced a week ago that the first batches of cement, concrete, steel and bricks could be handed over to local contractors. However hesitantly, the job of rebuilding homes destroyed in the war between…

disc connect

On Main Street in the tiny hamlet of Amagansett, New York, there’s a florist, a wine store, a few restaurants, a handful of clothes stores and then there’s Innersleeve Records, which opened a little over two years ago. Owner Craig Wright started in the music business in the late 1980s, collecting records and working at a record store when vinyl was on the way out. Today vinyl is in, and his store buys, sells and trades records. “I’ve done it long enough for the trend to come back,” he says. “A lot of record stores closed when rents were rising and sales declining. But now sales are increasing.” At a time when album sales are falling, the growth of vinyl is a bright spot in the music industry. In the first…

ebola panic looks familiar to aids activists

In 1984, public school officials forced a seventh-grader to learn his lessons at home over the telephone when they learned he had hemophilia and HIV. They eventually allowed him to return, but other students refused to sit near him. The boy was taunted, and windows of his home were smashed. Cashiers at the grocery store avoided touching his mother’s hands. The reaction was typical of the time: As many as 50 percent of Americans believed people with HIV should be quarantined. Ryan White became an advocate for AIDS research and awareness and, after his death at 18 in 1990, a symbol for all that had been wrong about the public’s response to HIV. By 1985, when White was hounded at school, researchers knew that HIV was transmitted through sex, breast milk and…