Sophia Jones is an editorial researcher at Foreign Policy.
The death of 50 percent of Somalia's camels poses a grave question: If camels can't survive, what can? Eastern Africa's drought is proving to be a death sentence for an animal that can normally survive weeks without water. In some areas, over 80 percent of livestock have perished, forcing families to abandon their homes and relocate in overcrowded refugee camps. Ahmed Mohammad, a Somali camel herdsman, told BBC:
Ari Melber is The Nation's Net movement correspondent, covering politics, law, public policy and new media, and a regular contributor to the magazine's blog.
There's so much fake drama in Washington that it gets hard to recognize big developments when they actually happen. By any measure, though, Republican leaders are offering a massive reversal to their debt threats.
Senator McConnell's proposal gives Obama everything on substance, in return for concessions on optics.
John McWhorter is a contributing editorfor The New Republic.
Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum may have a number of things to be embarrassed about. However, supporting an observation that there were more two-parent black families during slavery than there are today is not one of them.
His tax situation still isn't quite clear, but it looks like New York Yankees fan Christian Lopez is going to make out OK.
As we reported Wednesday, some experts were saying that Lopez might face a tax bill of up to $14,000 because of the gifts he was given by the Yankees last week after he graciously returned the ball that shortstop Derek Jeter smacked into the stands for his 3,000 career hit in the major leagues.
Stories are popping up across the news universe about President Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) having a heated/tense/barbed (choose your favorite word) exchange during Wednesday's budget talks at the White House — an exchange that ended with the president leaving the room.
The young black bear, which weighs about 130 lbs., apparently likes walking. The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis reports on evidence that it's a long-distance traveler. It may be the same bear spotted in Alabama and Mississippi.
An Austrian man has won a three-year battle to appear in his driver's license photo with a pasta strainer on his head. Niko Alm, a self-described atheist, argued he must wear the strainer for religious reasons. That religion is Pastafarianism.
While he can explain how it happened, Reuters columnist David Cay Johnston says "there's no excuse" for the huge mistake he made Tuesday when he wrote that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. had received billions of dollars in tax refunds from the U.S. government in recent years — when in fact it had paid billions of dollars in federal taxes.
Saudi Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel, 27, is very outspoken about the rights of women in Saudi Arabia. She has been lobbying to improve their employment opportunities by allowing them to work in the public realm, and to gain the right to drive.