There's a siege going on in Belgium as I write this, of a suspect in the Paris attacks - in general, I'd recommend the Guardian and Vox for good, quick updates on this or pretty much any breaking news situation.
Me elsewhere: TV news and Flesh and Bone thoughts
Beirut, Also the Site of Deadly Attacks, Feels Forgotten
The Cult of the ‘Amateur’ (This does not seem like a good time to put an amateur in charge of the country!)
I don't actually want Sanders to be kept off the ballot, but I'm glad someone is challenging his registration because a. they're RIGHT and b. it's fun.
This is great: An Interview With the Gay Dad Targeted for Adopting Kids and Helping Foster Children
Fascinating: The Pentagon's Missionary Spies
Nuremberg Nazi Site Crumbles, but Tricky Questions on Its Future Persist
"The Assad suburb": How Syria ghettoized the military to keep it loyal
This is an amazing statement in several ways: A spokesman for Blavatnik, Andrew Garfield, said: “I don’t think we are going to comment. The allegations are primarily directed at Oxford.”
Peak Inequality: Investigating the Lack of Diversity Among TV Directors
"– ‘Tis the smoke-choked air of this cursed mill town, that so fills and oppresses me I think I shall never be rid of it, and if they were to cut me open after I have left this body, they would find nothing but ash and soot inside
– You questioned capitalism and the class system, if only for a moment
– He never was well, mum"