New world news from Time: Haruo Nakajima, the Actor Who Played the Original 1954 Godzilla, Dies Aged 88

(TOKYO) — He stomped over miniature bridges and buildings in a rubber suit and gave the world Godzilla, the fire-breathing, screeching monster that became Japan’s star cultural export and an enduring symbol of the pathos and destruction of the nuclear age.

Haruo Nakajima, who portrayed Godzilla in the original 1954 classic, died Monday of pneumonia, his daughter Sonoe Nakajima told The Associated Press on Tuesday. He was 88.

The film, which went on to become a mega-series and inspired Hollywood spinoffs, struck a chord with postwar Japan, the only nation in the world to suffer atomic bombing, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the closing days of World War II.

Vivacious and energetic, Nakajima said he invented the character from scratch, and developed it by going to a zoo to study how elephants and bears moved. He said it was important to show the pathos of the creature, which could only smash everything in its way.

The theme of his Godzilla was grand and complex, he said, addressing [...]  read more

New world news from Time: The Pakistani Taliban Has Launched a Women’s Magazine

The Pakistani Taliban has launched a magazine that, according to its opening editorial, aims to persuade the “women of Islam to come forward and join the ranks of mujahideen [holy warriors].”

The Guardian reports that the 45-page inaugural issue of Sunnat-i-Khaula —which translates to “the Way of Khaula,” in reference to a 7th century female warrior — includes an interview with the unnamed wife of the leader of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, and advice for would-be female jihadis. An editorial reportedly suggests that prospective recruits organize secret gatherings with “like-minded jihadi sisters” and learn how to use “simple weapons” and grenades.

Michael Kugelman, a South Asia specialist at the Woodrow Wilson Center in the U.S., told the Guardian the new publication could serve an important strategic purpose for the “struggling” organization as it tries “to re-establish networks and membership after [...]  read more