The cliché of the Russian chessmaster strategist might be a cliché for a reason. The regime of Russian President regime might have feet of clay, but the man is smart.
By going all-in on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war in Syria, he has put Russia at the center of the great game in the Middle East.
Now, for all intents and purposes, Russia controls the airspace over Syria.
Brooklyn's Lorely Rodriguez, who records as Empress Of, is out with her aptly titled debut LP, Me. Eschewing the hazy, experimental feeling of her past short releases, Me opts for a more direct, minimal approach. Rodriguez wrote the songs while living alone in a small Mexican town, and a strong sense of isolation, coupled with a growing need for self-reliance, seeps through Me's synth instrumentation.
Though Me may have been born of solitude, Rodriguez knows how to stay connected — or, at least, she knows the best jams that tackle the subject.
The job creation numbers for September were a bucket of cold water in the face. Six years after the economy began recovering from the Great Recession, and we're still nowhere close to getting the job market back to full health.
Whatever tribal divisions may cut through American society, we can all at least agree that's bad, right?
Not so fast.
In late September, the Supreme Court refused to stay the execution of Richard Glossip, whose conviction on a charge of murder has been strongly called into question. However, his execution was stayed at the last minute by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. Glossip's fate remains unclear, but we can be certain of one thing: The American death penalty system is irretrievably broken.
This was not the first time Glossip's case has come before the Supreme Court.