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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Middle East
Kris Kobach, Muslim Ban, Terrorism

This Study Proves Trump’s Travel Ban Is A Ridiculous Method To Prevent Terrorism

A report by the libertarian Cato Institute found there were 154 foreign-born terrorists who engaged in fatal attacks in the United States from 1975 to 2015. Twenty of these terrorists were refugees. Collectively those 20 people were responsible for killing a total of three people.

February 24, 2017
Iran threatens retaliation if Trump violates nuclear deal

Why Are So Many In The ‘Resistance’ Ignoring Trump’s Iran Warpath?

What use is that opposition when it cares only for Trump’s excesses at home but ignores—if not welcomes—excesses abroad? Consider this not an indictment on the whole of their ideology, but an honest question from a potential anti-Trump ally: why does the “Resistance” not seem to care about Trump’s Iran war path?

February 21, 2017
Refugee Policies

Taking Care Of Refugees Is A Moral Duty

It’s heartening, amid the wasteland of cynicism that our politics has become, to see church leaders going out on a limb, challenging not only Trump but all Christians in our body politic to attend to a central call of their faith — to serve the suffering — even though it involves sacrifice and risk.

February 12, 2017
Travel Ban, Trump, Immigration

U.S. History Shows The Folly Of Trump’s Immigration Ban

Banning immigration from seven majority Muslim countries and selectively admitting Christians is a bad idea for many moral and legal reasons. History shows that humiliating national or religious groups on the world stage by restricting their entry makes it harder to keep our allies. It can also create new enemies, which may put the U.S. at risk.

January 31, 2017
Aleppo, U.N., War Crime

U.N. Says Aleppo Assault ‘Likely A War Crime’

Plans to evacuate besieged rebel districts of Aleppo were under threat as renewed air strikes and shelling rocked the Syrian city in a bombardment the United Nations said “most likely constitutes war crimes”.

December 14, 2016
Trump policies

Anxious World Leaders Seek Clarity On Trump Policies

World leaders offered to work with Donald Trump when he takes over as U.S. president, but expressed anxiety over how he will handle problems from the Middle East to an assertive Russia and whether he will carry out a number of campaign threats.

November 9, 2016
kerry and lavrov

Kerry And Lavrov Holding Talks On Syria Ceasefire Deal

During the snap meeting, the two diplomats will hold talks on how to put an end to fighting in the war-torn country and further humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, according to the US State Department.

September 9, 2016
Kerry mideast

Cartoon: Secretary Kerry In The Mideast

Who wants peace?

September 7, 2016
Julian Raven, a supporter of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, holds his artwork at the Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Donald Trump Offers Gasoline To A World Aflame

Far from making America “great” again, a Trump presidency would be a descent into the uncertainties of anger, bitterness and division, pitting much of America against Trump’s choleric legions of anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-ethnic supporters.

July 19, 2016
Rouhani Iran Elections

Iranian Reformists Win Majority In Parliament and Religious Body

Reformists and moderate conservatives have won a majority of seats in the Iranian parliament following the first elections since the nuclear deal.

March 1, 2016
Syria Madaya Resident Starving Siege

Severe Malnutrition Confirmed In Syria’s Madaya, 32 Deaths Reported In Month: U.N.

The U.N. Children’s Fund UNICEF on Friday confirmed cases of severe malnutrition among children in the besieged western Syrian town of Madaya, where local relief workers reported 32 deaths of starvation in the past month.

January 15, 2016

‘Heartbreaking Scenes’ Witnessed In Starving Syrian Town

Aid workers who reached a besieged Syrian town spoke of “heartbreaking” conditions being endured by emaciated and starving residents, with hundreds in need of special medical help.

January 12, 2016

At Least 48 Killed In Attacks In Iraqi Capital, Eastern Town

Gunmen detonated suicide vests inside a shopping complex in Baghdad on Monday and a car bomb exploded nearby in an attack claimed by Islamic State that killed at least 18 people and wounded 40 others.

January 11, 2016

Saudi Arabia To Halt Flights, Trade With Iran: Minister

Saudi Arabia widened its rift with Iran on Monday, saying it would end air traffic and trade links with the Islamic republic and demanding that Tehran must “act like a normal country” before it would restore severed diplomatic relations.

January 4, 2016
Obamacare

5 Best Things That Happened In 2015

Amidst the domestic sturm und dang of overly hyped fears and hysterical pandering to our worst instincts, continued progress around the world made us safer, healthier and potentially even smarter. So as a public service and a tribute to the truth, let’s dwell on the positive developments of the past year for a moment.

January 4, 2016

Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties With Iran As Row Over Cleric’s Death Escalates

Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran on Sunday, responding to the storming of its embassy in Tehran in an escalating row between the rival Middle East powers over Riyadh’s execution of a Shi’ite Muslim cleric.

January 3, 2016

Capture Of Ramadi Complex Could Mark Strategic Victory Over Islamic State, But Will It Hold?

Anti-terrorism troops hoisted the national flag atop the key complex in the long-contested Sunni Muslim city west of Baghdad, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, Iraqi joint operations spokesman, said in a televised statement.

December 30, 2015

Iran Threatens Response To New U.S. Visa Restrictions

Iran will take reciprocal measures in response to any breach of this year’s nuclear deal, the Foreign Ministry warned on Monday, after Tehran said new U.S. visa restrictions contravened the historic agreement.

December 28, 2015

Seized Documents Reveal Islamic State’s Department Of ‘War Spoils’

Islamic State has set up departments to handle “war spoils,” including slaves, and the exploitation of natural resources such as oil, creating the trappings of government that enable it to manage large swaths of Syria and Iraq and other areas.

December 28, 2015

Turkey Sees No Normalization Of Israel Ties Without End To Gaza Blockade: Spokesman

Turkey sees no normalization in ties with Israel unless its conditions for ending the Gaza blockade and compensation for the deaths of 10 Turkish activists in 2010 are met, a presidential spokesman said on Monday.

December 28, 2015

The 5 Worst Things To Happen In 2015

You didn’t have to look very hard to find things to depress you in 2015. These five events are not meant to be an exhaustive list. But these problem symbolize the worst of what we’ve experienced in 2015 with the most potential for wrecking more havoc in 2016.

December 28, 2015

How The U.S. ‘Train And Equip’ Program In Syria Collapsed

When the first group of Syrians from a U.S.-trained force intended to combat Islamic State crossed into their country from Turkey in mid-July, they arrived in uniform carrying M16 rifles, mortars and flak vests. But they had no expense money, little food and no clear idea of how they, just 54 men, were to battle the extremists.

December 25, 2015

Iraqi Forces Consolidate Position In Ramadi Ahead Of Final Push Against Islamic State

Iraqi troops who have fought their way deep into the Islamic State stronghold of Ramadi were consolidating their positions on Friday ahead of a planned final assault to capture the city.

December 25, 2015

5 Things To Tell Your Republican Relatives At Christmas

The truth is there’s not much you can say to bum out your new uncle-to-be who’s wearing the “Make America Great Again” hat. But for any relatives who aren’t immune to facts, you can mention these five points.

December 24, 2015

Restive Debates About ‘Ruthless Things’ — Fifth GOP Debates Spotlights Terror At Home And Abroad

“We’re talking about ruthless things tonight,” co-moderator Hugh Hewitt said deep in the second debate. Indeed, Rick Santorum kicked off the affair by asserting, “We have entered World War III,” setting the tone for a pair of fractious, grim GOP debates focussed on national security and terrorism.

December 16, 2015