The round-up of Good Reads for this week includes a look at the plight of Christians in the Middle East, how online classes are faring, a visual timeline of US drone attacks, and why Japan's crime rate is so low.
So says a fairly credible CNN report.
Iraq withdrawal will occur by the end of this year, President Obama announced Friday. For the 39,000 US troops still in Iraq, withdrawal means most will be home for the holidays.
WikiLeaks has published almost 400,000 US military logs, mainly written by soldiers on the ground, detailing daily carnage in Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion: detainees abused by Iraqi forces, insurgent bombings, sectarian executions and civilians shot at checkpoints by US troops.
But ordinary Iraqis didn't seem to immediately grasp that the 400,000 Wikileaks documents could provide details on the deaths of thousands of people.
Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer while defending a Palestinian home in Gaza in 2003. Today, for all the fierce division the Corrie family's recent civil suit against Israel rekindles, her story speaks more than ever to our interconnections.
As violence falls in Baghdad, Al Qaeda in Iraq is taking its fight to desert outposts and rural villages.
But even in hiding, Al Qaeda in Iraq can carry out high-profile attacks and has infiltrated security forces.
Five years after the US invasion, some see flickers of hope.
Growing divisions among pro-US Sunni tribal chiefs threatens to unravel American gains against Al Qaeda.