ISIS death threats and child beheadings force ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ forced to flee Iraq
Oct27

ISIS death threats and child beheadings force ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ forced to flee Iraq

The “Vicar of Baghdad” has quit Iraq after death threats and the beheading of children attached to his church by Islamic terrorists. Canon Andrew White, vicar of Baghdad’s St. Georges, Iraq’s only Anglican church, said the only answer to the terrorism and killing by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) was American “boots...

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Eight Months of War: Gains and Losses in the Ukraine Campaign (Gazeta, Russia)
Oct25

Eight Months of War: Gains and Losses in the Ukraine Campaign (Gazeta, Russia)

It has been eight months since the beginning of the Euromaiden protests, the toppling of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych and the current crisis over Ukraine. This editorial from Russia’s Gazeta takes stock of what Russia has gained and lost, and freely admits that in terms of the Russian social contract, ‘sausage in exchange for freedom can be considered terminated: the trend now is not sausage, not freedom – but...

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This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Northern Ireland’s Jane Morrice Denounces Male Politicians For Demeaning Women
Oct25

This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Northern Ireland’s Jane Morrice Denounces Male Politicians For Demeaning Women

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, Ravishly.com focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making around the world. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. For more on female politicians to watch, click here. Hajiya Inno Attahiru In Nigeria,...

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Freezing Worker Eggs: Are Apple and Facebook Playing God? (Germany, France, Switzerland)
Oct24

Freezing Worker Eggs: Are Apple and Facebook Playing God? (Germany, France, Switzerland)

Over the past year and a half, as the scale of the global mass surveillance being pursued by the National Security Agency in collaboration with America’s tech giants has become clear, these corporations – Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft – have become objects of derision for Americans and people around the world. Now it seems there is new cause to look upon these firms with suspicion. Over the course of the past...

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A Defeat for Dilma will Mean Victory for the ‘Empire’ (Vermelho, Brazil)
Oct24

A Defeat for Dilma will Mean Victory for the ‘Empire’ (Vermelho, Brazil)

Three days from now, the the people of Brazil will go to the polls to elect a new president, and as columnist Umberto Martins of Brazil’s Vermelho writes, the ramifications for the continent and the world are significant. Martins writes the the entire project to more tightly integrate Latin America against U.S. influence which was launched by now deceased Venezuela President Hugo Chavez could be badly damaged if right-of-center...

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Cartoon: Turkey takes action
Oct22

Cartoon: Turkey takes action

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(Updated) The Fight for Kobani Continues
Oct21

(Updated) The Fight for Kobani Continues

Update: The Pentagon confirmed today that one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies airdropped by U.S. forces to Kurdish fighters in Syria “most likely” fell into enemy hands, but that a majority “reached their intended recipients. “One bundle worth of equipment is not enough equipment to give the enemy any type of advantage at all,” Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Steve Warren told reporters. “It’s a...

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After U.S. airdrop, Turkey agrees to let Iraqi Kurds cross to fight at Kobani
Oct20

After U.S. airdrop, Turkey agrees to let Iraqi Kurds cross to fight at Kobani

ISTANBUL — In a dramatic policy shift, Turkey agreed Monday to allow fighters from Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region to cross its territory to help save the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobani from Islamist radicals, the Turkish foreign minister said. “We are helping peshmerga forces to cross into Kobani,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara. He spoke… graphic via...

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Of Oil and Ethnic Cleansing: Allow Me to Explain the Turks (La Stampa, Italy)
Oct20

Of Oil and Ethnic Cleansing: Allow Me to Explain the Turks (La Stampa, Italy)

Despite Turkey’s attempts to explain why it’s 400,000 man NATO military stands by passively as the Islamic State commits murder and mayhem a stone’s throw away – the world remains baffled. Is Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insane? Is he in cahoots with the terrorists? And why such an obsession about opposing the long-suffering, nation-deprived Kurds? Answering these questions in an amazing walk through...

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Cartoon: Turkey and the siege of Kobani
Oct19

Cartoon: Turkey and the siege of Kobani

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India At Risk Of Joint Attack By ISIS, Al Qaeda
Oct18

India At Risk Of Joint Attack By ISIS, Al Qaeda

Militants of the Islamic State group and al Qaeda could carry out joint attacks in India, the director general of the country’s National Security Guard, or NSG, said on Thursday, according to media reports. The statement by the head of the country’s counterterrorism force comes just over a month after al Qaeda announced the creation...

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Sunnis Won’t Oppose ISIS
Oct18

Sunnis Won’t Oppose ISIS

Peter Van Buren explains the hole in Obama’s ISIS strategy in The American Conservative. There is no path by which America can succeed in its goals in Iraq—repel ISIS and keep the country together—without the active participation of the Sunnis. It is very unlikely that will happen.   Obama’s strategy rests on the assumption that the Sunnis can be bribed and coerced into breaking with ISIS, no matter the state of things in...

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Operation ‘United Assistance’ in Images
Oct17

Operation ‘United Assistance’ in Images

We have been doing our best to report on the training, deployment and activities of our troops who are helping in the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa: Operation United Assistance. The Department of Defense has an entire web site devoted to Operation United Assistance. There is a wealth of information at the site not only on our troops’ activities but also on the Ebola disease itself, its origins and how...

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Obama Authorizes Call-up of National Guard Troops to Fight Ebola, If Needed
Oct16

Obama Authorizes Call-up of National Guard Troops to Fight Ebola, If Needed

President Obama today signed an Executive Order authorizing The Department of Defense to order to active duty reserve and National Guard personnel “as necessary to augment the active Armed Forces of the United States for the effective conduct of Operation United Assistance, which is providing support to civilian-led humanitarian assistance and consequence management support related to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West...

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UN Human Rights agency in crisis
Oct16

UN Human Rights agency in crisis

Human rights violations are increasing around the world but the United Nations agency responsible for protecting helpless people is in crisis. “By comparison with the needs, our capacity to deliver is paper thin,” its chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein lamented today. His agency is “being asked to use a boat and a bucket to cope with a flood,” he said. Global unease about proliferating human rights crises is palpable and the agency is...

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Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)
Oct15

Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)

What’s wrong with calling the newest terrorist scourge ‘the Islamic State’? Beyond handing the group an easy propaganda victory by conferring upon it attributes it lacks and doesn’t deserve, it contributes to the destruction of language and discourse by assigning false names and descriptions to all kinds of things, concepts and people. Columnist Jose Vitor Malheiros of Portugal’s Publico describes the...

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ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls
Oct14

ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls

If the brutal beheadings, the mass murders of innocent men, women and children and the numerous other atrocities committed by ISIL terrorists are not sufficient reason for the civilized world to “degrade and defeat” ISIL, here is just one more reason. Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry, October 14, 2014 Just days after we saw the best of humanity when Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Peace...

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The French American – A True Story
Oct14

The French American – A True Story

It is a story of idyllic young love in Nazi-occupied France, suddenly and heartbreakingly cut short — but never abandoned or forgotten. It is a story of bravery and patriotism. It is a story of war, intrigue, “La Résistance,” invasion and eventual liberation. It is also a story of hope and sheer perseverance on the part of a World War II veteran who, at age 93, is still a hopeless romantic. His name is John...

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The Sun Also Rises in Iraq
Oct13

The Sun Also Rises in Iraq

I find the photo above, of a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules pilot scanning over central Iraq as the sun rises and his crew returns to base, to be a poignant reminder that our troops in, around and over Iraq are risking their lives not only to combat the ISIL terrorists but also to render desperately needed humanitarian aid to the innocent victims of this murderous group. This C-130 is returning “home” after conducting a resupply...

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(Updated) Ebola Crisis – U.S. Military: ‘It’s Our Job’
Oct13

(Updated) Ebola Crisis – U.S. Military: ‘It’s Our Job’

Update: The Australian government will not send doctors or nurses to West Africa to help contain the Ebola crisis until it is certain “all of the risks are being properly managed”, the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has said, according to The Guardian. Parts of Prime Minister Abbott’s remarks, as reported by The Guardian: “We aren’t going to send Australian doctors and nurses into harm’s way without being absolutely confident that all...

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