Max J. Rosenthal
Max is PRI's Digital Editor. He was formerly a reporter for The Huffington Post in Beirut and Cairo and the Associated Press in Jerusalem.
When ISIS accounts were kicked off of Facebook and Twitter, the terrorist group turned to Russian social network VKontakte to keep up its propaganda and fundraising. A new report from a Russian news site exposed the extent of the militants' use of Russian sites and that seems to have started a crackdown by authorities.
Tourism is way down in Egypt due to the last three years of political unrest there. But if you have always wanted to explore the pyramids, Google Street View is now ready to help you. As the US prepares for war on ISIS, the terrorist group has extended its propaganda front with a western-focused, cutting-edge video production wing. And we ask whether western media should show the gruesome images coming from war and terrorism, all in today's Global Scan.
Science, Tech & Environment
The passenger pigeon was hunted out of existence a century ago, but it turns out extinction may not be permanent after all. Scientists are working on a way to use the numerous surviving passenger pigeon samples to re-engineer the living thing.
Arts, Culture & Media
The conversation about events in Ferguson involves race, but maybe not in the way you think. While a new study showed that most white Americans don't have non-white friends, many people say it shouldn't be taken as an indicator of personal racism but rather large-scale issues that deserve the real attention.
Conflict & Justice
The presidents of Russia and Ukraine sat down for peace talks on Tuesday, even as their respective armies continued to fight along the Russian-Ukrainian border. Ukraine believes that it's close to military victory over pro-Russian separatists, but an influx of Russian soldiers may change that.