Abroad

Here’s some good news for those of you who went to see Captain Phillips, David Yanofsky at Quartz reports that Somali piracy was reduced to zero this year. Pat Garofalo at U.S. News & World Report put it this way: “2013 was a bad year for Somali pirates.”

From Istanbul, the New York Times writes about The Filth in Erdogan's Closet, specifically, the “$4.5 million secreted in shoe boxes in his study.” Andrew Finkel, who wrote the story, tweeted: “Absolute power corrupting tells only part of the Turkish story. Institutionalized greed pushing govt into absolutism.” David Kenner at Foreign Policy Magazine wrote, “I'm surprised at how sure Andrew Finkel is that the corruption charges against Erdogan aren't politically motivated.” Yalman Onaran from Bloomberg News added, “Maybe Turkish prosecutors are going after corrupt ministers because they are corrupt and it's their job to do so?”

Over in Beirut, the Huffington Post’s Joshua Hersh reports on an Explosion Killing Former Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah, 4 Others. He added, “Mohamad Chatah, killed in Beirut blast today, remembered as a voice of wisdom and force for moderation.”

The New York Times also covered the Powerful Blast That Shook the Lebanese Capital. Andrea Kannapell there posted, “Another bombing in Lebanon, but this one struck in shiny, rich, heavily patrolled central Beirut.” Colleague Dave Smith explained, “Lebanon has been deeply divided over the Syrian war. It is likely to be more so now.” Galen Moore from FierceBiotech put it clearly: “5 dead in Beirut car bombing, including a former ambassador to the U.S.”

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