Months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack [on the United States consulate] there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault. […] And contrary to claims by some members of Congress, it was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.
The New York Times' David Kirkpatrick dives deep into the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, and finds that the GOP conspiracy theory just doesn’t pan out. (via ericgeller)


Scarred by war and neglect, Sarajevo Olympic venues crumble into oblivion

Abandoned and left to crumble into oblivion, most of the 1984 Winter Olympic venues in Bosnia’s capital Sarajevo have been reduced to rubble by neglect as much as the 1992-95 conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia.

They were state-of-the-art facilities nearly three decades ago, when Sarajevo made the former Yugoslavia the first communist country to host the Winter Games.

The bobsleigh and luge track became a Bosnian-Serb artillery stronghold during the war and is nowadays a target of frequent vandalism, still bearing the scars of war epitomized by defensive holes drilled by the troops. 

Many areas of Mount Bjelasnica, where Bill Johnson became the first American man to win an Olympic skiing gold after a spectacular downhill run, were sites of extensive combat during the fighting and some still pose a mine risk.