World reacts to terrorist synagogue slayings in Israel
Nov19

World reacts to terrorist synagogue slayings in Israel

NEW YORK (Press Release) –The American Jewish Committee praised world leaders who have spoken out against Tuesday’s deadly Palestinian terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers. Four worshipers were killed and at least six others wounded by the two terrorists who struck with guns, axes and knives. “Jerusalem is on edge, thanks to Palestinian incitement from the top of the Palestinian Authority, as well as its unity...

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First 90 Troops Returning from Africa Begin ‘Controlled Monitoring Period’
Nov18

First 90 Troops Returning from Africa Begin ‘Controlled Monitoring Period’

As America was sending the first of our troops to West Africa to help combat the Ebola virus, the safety and wellbeing of those troops was foremost on everyone’s mind:The families of those being deployed, the American people in general and the military leaders responsible for such a mission. These were some initial reactions from those who would be most directly affected by those deployments, who would just be doing their jobs. Sgt....

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Tel Aviv Diary: Barbaric Attack in Jerusalem (Guest Voice)
Nov18

Tel Aviv Diary: Barbaric Attack in Jerusalem (Guest Voice)

It seems it has finally happened. The thing we all feared. We appear to have entered into a religious war; a religious war that looks like it was inspired by the brutality of ISIS. This morning, a little before 7:00 AM, two terrorists entered the Kehillat B’nei Torah Synagogue in the religious neighborhood of Har...

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Decrypting the Arab Obsession with Conspiracy Theories (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Nov16

Decrypting the Arab Obsession with Conspiracy Theories (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Why is the Muslim world such fertile ground for every conspiracy theory imaginable? Using the attacks of September 11, 2001, the revolts of 2011 (the Arab Spring) and the recent offensive by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as a jumping off point, Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour consulted authors, politicians and economists to investigate. The upshot: while anti-imperialism, a narcissistic wish to blame others, and a sense...

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ISIS commanders reign with brutal violence, extortion and hypocrisy: former bodyguard
Nov16

ISIS commanders reign with brutal violence, extortion and hypocrisy: former bodyguard

GAZIANTEP, Turkey – Saddam Jamal held the mother and father at gunpoint and forced them to watch as his jihadist comrade murdered their children, one by one. The ISIS commander felt no remorse for killing this Syrian family, his bodyguard said, nor did he believe he was fulfilling a God-given creed: for him being a...

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Chinese Pollution Data Censored During Climate Change Summit
Nov12

Chinese Pollution Data Censored During Climate Change Summit

As China and the U.S. agree a landmark deal on global carbon emissions, it has emerged that Chinese authorities have ordered air pollution monitoring websites and apps to remove American data on emissions. The agreement struck by Barack Obama and his counterpart Xi Jingping in Beijing sees China, the world’s biggest emitter of CO2, agreeing...

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Major announcement: US, China announce groundbreaking pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Nov12

Major announcement: US, China announce groundbreaking pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

BEIJING — Creating an opening for a larger international agreement, China and the United States on Wednesday announced new targets for greenhouse gas emissions that are intended to help curb global climate change. As part of the arrangement, announced by the White House, the United States would cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent… Photo via...

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US Airstrike Targets Senior ISIS Members
Nov09

US Airstrike Targets Senior ISIS Members

U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State targeted a meeting of area ISIS officials, possibly killing leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Two witnesses told Reuters the strike targeted a house where senior Islamic State officers were meeting. Local television channel al-Hadath said dozens were either wounded or killed, and ISIS fighters evacuated a hospital to treat survivors. Area… US Airstrike Targets Senior ISIS...

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Republican Senate takeover gives war hawks, neocons bully pulpit
Nov08

Republican Senate takeover gives war hawks, neocons bully pulpit

Republican insiders say legislation already is in the works to pressure the White House into expanding the war against the Islamic State and increasing pressure on Russia and Iran, as the GOP takeover of the Senate provides neocons and war hawks with their first bully pulpit since the end of George W. Bush’s presidency. While there… Republican Senate takeover gives war hawks, neocons bully...

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Breaking: Obama Authorizes Additional Troops in Fight Against ISIL
Nov07

Breaking: Obama Authorizes Additional Troops in Fight Against ISIL

The Defense Department has announced that, “as part of the strategy to defeat ISIL terrorists,” President Obama has authorized up to 1,500 additional troops to Iraq, pretty much doubling the number of U.S. forces on the ground there now. The new authorization gives the U.S. military the ability to deploy up to 3,100 troops. About 1,400 U.S. troops are now on the ground in Iraq, just below the previous authorized limit of 1,600 troops...

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The Night the Wall Came Down
Nov05

The Night the Wall Came Down

There are certain images to which one is an eyewitness — images seen through one’s own eyes or through the miracle of television — that are seared into one’s memory, forever. Of course 9-11, President Kennedy’s assassination, the Challenger space shuttle disaster, “shock-and-awe,” rank high among them. I personally will never forget the night of Nov. 9, 1989, the night when “the Wall...

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‘iGay’: Apple Does it Better than Church of Rome (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Nov04

‘iGay’: Apple Does it Better than Church of Rome (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘came out of the closet’ as they say, proclaiming proudly in the pages of Business Week that ‘I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.’ Columnist Bert Wagendorp of the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant calls Cook’s comments ‘a beautiful and powerful provocation’ in ‘the most Christian country in the world’ and which goes the pope...

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(Update) Slinking Out of Afghanistan?
Nov04

(Update) Slinking Out of Afghanistan?

UPDATE: Read the touching reflections on the end of our mission in Afghanistan by a person who was in Helmand, here. Ryan Evans quotes an Afghan farmer, “There was war before the foreign troops arrived, there was war while they were here, and there will be war after they leave” and concludes: Helmand is where I came to know the world, my fellow man, myself and the messy realities of all three. I came home three years ago a different...

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U.S. Midterms: Obama Weakened When World Needs America Most (Le Monde, France)
Nov03

U.S. Midterms: Obama Weakened When World Needs America Most (Le Monde, France)

President Obama is facing a ‘thumping’ as President Bush called his public rejoinder after the 2006 midterm elections. Unlike Bush, though, President Obama is judged to be not only weak and ineffective at home, but ineffective and indecisive abroad. For Le Monde, journalist Dominique Simonnet and historian Nicole Bacharan outline the danger to the West and the world when an American leader is as weakened as the current...

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Russia warns it’s coming for the Arctic’s oil, including an area Canada claims as its own
Oct31

Russia warns it’s coming for the Arctic’s oil, including an area Canada claims as its own

MOSCOW – Russia has warned that it will revive its claim to a huge swathe of the Arctic in the hope that it can secure the rights to billions of tons of oil and gas. Moscow has long seen the seabed off its northern coastline as a mine of valuable hydrocarbons and is keen to...

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Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for Operation Inherent Resolve
Oct31

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for Operation Inherent Resolve

As some 1,400 U.S. troops continue to provide security and advice to Iraqi government and Kurdish troops in Iraq, as Air Force and Navy pilots and crew members continue to fly hundreds of humanitarian missions over Iraq and Syria and continue to conduct airstrikes against ISIL in those two countries and while “thousands of troops” are supporting those operations from various locations in the Middle East, the Defense Department (DOD)...

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Canada’s Terrorism Turning Point
Oct30

Canada’s Terrorism Turning Point

TORONTO, Canada — The live TV coverage on CBCNN brought back memories of another assassination — the assassination of JFK. A funeral procession punctuated by drumbeats and bagpipes. Only this time, a country’s grief focused on Corporal Nathan Cirillo. Only this time, the haunting image of a child that’ll be reproduced forever was Carrillo’s 5-year-old son Marcus, bravely walking in the parade, his life...

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Kobani Reinforcements Pour In Via Turkey
Oct29

Kobani Reinforcements Pour In Via Turkey

Update as of 5:10 a.m. EDT: At least 150 fighters of the rebel Free Syrian Army, or FSA, entered Syria overnight from Turkey on Wednesday to help Kurdish fighters battling militants of the Islamic State group in the town of Kobani, Agence France-Presse, or AFP, reported, citing local Turkish officials. Last week, Turkish President Recep...

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The ‘Blackwaterization’ of War: Obama is Gambling on it (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Oct29

The ‘Blackwaterization’ of War: Obama is Gambling on it (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

After a trial that for some reason lasted seven years, last week a jury convicted four former Blackwater mercenaries of murdering 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in a firefight on September 16, 2007 aka/ Baghdad’s Bloody Sunday. For Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist Christian Merville writes that despite the convictions – which will inevitably be appealed, the privatization of warfare is precisely what President...

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Put North Korea on trial for crimes against humanity says UN inquiry
Oct28

Put North Korea on trial for crimes against humanity says UN inquiry

The UN Security Council should sue North Korea in the International Criminal Court (ICC) for ongoing crimes against humanity, the UN’s top investigator said. He urged firm action against the regime’s long list of human rights violations against almost all the country’s 24 million people, including arbitrary detention, torture, executions and prisons camps. “This would send an unequivocal signal that the international community is...

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