Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Ritika Singh
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:15 PM

Today is the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. The New York Times gives us an update on Dzhokar Tsarnaev and the ongoing preparations for his November trial.

The search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight went underwater yesterday, although the submarine’s first look at the seabed of the Indian Ocean was cut short because of depth restrictions. It has been a week since any pings have been detected. Meanwhile, China has been on the receiving end of some ire from the international community for false reports and misleading information, which has thrown the search effort off course.

Shocker! The Washington Post and the Guardian won Pulitzer Prizes for public service for their reporting on NSA surveillance. The Washington Post covers the story---and, minimally, the controversy. It also comes as no surprise that Ben dissents on the matter.

Speaking of Bens, the Associated Press’ Ben Fox writes about the thick veil of secrecy surrounding Guantanamo’s Camp 7. Unsurprisingly, Fox strongly implies that the degree of secrecy is excessive and perhaps nefarious.

Hearings at Guantanamo Bay on United States v. Mohammed et. al. ground to a sudden halt yesterday as defense attorneys alleged that FBI agents had sought to enlist the help of members of defendant Ramzi bin al-Shibh’s defense team. Spencer Ackerman of the Guardian reports on yesterday’s proceedings, and Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald covers today’s. Wells was almost-there, covering it almost-live, until today's public proceedings also ground to a halt.

The Hill reports that the U.S. Army has denied an appeal from Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, as convening authority Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan approved the finding and sentencing of the court. Josh Gerstein of Politico also has the story.

As Jane noted yesterday, a massive bomb blast has killed at least 72 and injured over 164 more in the largest terrorist attack in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Islamic militants are assumed responsible.

Despite significant delays, Syria’s recent delivery of chemical weapons brings the total percentage of weapons that the Assad regime has surrendered close to two thirds. Originally, the surrender and destruction of the weapons was supposed to be completed by mid-February. The Times has more.

The Times editorial board discusses the futility of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and argues that it is time to move on from the Middle East.

We move on, then, to the latest from Ukraine. The Wall Street Journal informs us that Ukrainian troops have moved to retake cities in the eastern part of the country. There has been at least one clash between the military and pro-Russian forces so far. President Vladimir Putin wanted to talk to President Obama last night; the latter said a diplomatic solution was still possible.

MIT Technology Review has a brief interview with Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky Labs, on issues related to cyber---including a brief comment on the state of the cyber conflict in Ukraine.

Forbes has a piece on the implications of Google’s recent acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a producer of high-altitude drones. Business Insider takes a closer look at the drones themselves.

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