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Why The D.C. Press Must Take Collective Action To Protest Trump

News organizations face an incoming Trump administration that seems sure to institute new media restrictions that are far more stringent than the Obama White House’s rules for photographers. Yet we don’t we hear much in terms of an organized protest.

January 13, 2017

Foley’s Mother Felt Like ‘Annoyance’ To U.S. Government

Washington (AFP) — The mother of executed U.S. reporter James Foley said she felt her son’s case was an “annoyance” to the U.S. government. In an interview aired Thursday with CNN, Diane Foley said her family was warned it could be charged if it tried to raise ransom money to free their son. The family […]

September 12, 2014

Kerry: U.S. Troops Might Deploy To Iraq If There Are ‘Very Dramatic Changes’

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Foreign Staff BAGHDAD — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised the possibility Wednesday that U.S. troops might be committed to ground operations in Iraq in extreme circumstances, the first hedging by an administration official on President Barack Obama’s pledge that there will be no U.S. boots on the ground to […]

September 10, 2014

Hundreds Gather For Memorial Service For Beheaded Journalist Steven Sotloff

By Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald MIAMI — Hundreds of mourners began arriving Friday for a memorial service for Steven Sotloff, journalist whose murder was revealed earlier this week by Muslim militants in Syria. About 800 were in the Temple Beth Am synagogue as the service, open to the pubic, began at 1 p.m. Crowds […]

September 5, 2014

‘Islamic State’ Claims Beheading Of Second U.S. Reporter: Video

Washington (AFP) — Washington (AFP) — The so-called “Islamic State” released a video on Tuesday showing a masked militant apparently beheading an American journalist and threatening to kill a British captive. The footage, seen by AFP after it was found online by private terrorism monitor SITE, shows 31-year-old freelance reporter Steven Sotloff dressed in orange […]

September 2, 2014

IS ‘Waterboarded’ Syria Captives: Report

Washington (AFP) — At least four Western hostages held by the Islamic State in Syria, including murdered American journalist James Foley, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, The Washington Post said Thursday. Foley, whose recent execution at the hands of the extremists provoked revulsion, and the other kidnapped Westerners, were waterboarded “several […]

August 29, 2014

Family Releases Letter James Foley Wrote In Captivity

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times James Foley was held in a cell with 18 other captives, who supported one another and invented distractions like trivia, checkers, and Risk to keep up their spirits, according to a letter released by his family Sunday. The letter was posted on the Facebook page Free James Foley shortly […]

August 25, 2014

‘Live Bravely, And With Passion’: Town Remembers James Foley

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times ROCHESTER, N.H. — For nearly 21 months after James Foley’s capture in Syria in late 2012, his family held out hope for his safe return, keeping faith that they would never see a day like Sunday with a Mass in his memory. The courageous photojournalist seemed to have nine […]

August 25, 2014

Family Credits Qatar For Negotiating U.S. Journalist’s Release

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau EDGARTOWN, Mass. — An American journalist and author who spent almost two years in the hands of al-Qaida-linked captors in Syria was released Sunday after a successful negotiation for which his family credits the Qatari ruling family. Exactly what, if anything, was promised to the group was not disclosed. […]

August 25, 2014

Brother Of James Foley Says United States ‘Could Have Done More’

By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times A brother of slain American journalist James Foley said Friday the U.S. government could have done more to help him escape the militant group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, which had demanded a $132 million ransom before beheading him in a grisly video released this week. “There’s more […]

August 22, 2014

Jihadist Captors Sent Taunting Letter To Foley Family: Employer

Washington (AFP) — Journalist James Foley’s jihadist captors sent his family a taunting and rambling email threatening to kill him, just a week before making public a video of his execution, the American reporter’s employer said Thursday. GlobalPost said it released the full text of the email from Islamic State (IS) militants “in the interest […]

August 22, 2014

For Sotloff Family, Quiet Waiting For News Of Kidnapped Journalist

By Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald It was a day of quiet waiting Thursday for the family of Steven Sotloff, a Pinecrest journalist abducted by Muslim jihadists in Syria who on Tuesday threatened to kill him. “He’s still alive, so there is nothing to say,” his mother, Shirley Sotloff, told a crowd of reporters assembled […]

August 22, 2014

Justice Department Opens Criminal Probe Into Journalist’s Beheading

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The FBI and federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the Islamic State beheading of American journalist James Foley, with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. vowing Thursday that those responsible for the videotaped slaying will be held responsible. “We have an open criminal investigation,” […]

August 21, 2014

United States Reveals Failed Bid To Rescue Hostages

by Jérôme Cartillier Washington (AFP) — U.S. special forces were sent into Syria this year to try to rescue American hostages held by Islamist militants, U.S. officials said, as international revulsion mounted Thursday over the beheading of journalist James Foley. President Barack Obama demanded that the world take action against the “cancer” of jihadist extremism […]

August 21, 2014

Secret Terror: Fate Of Journalist Steven Sotloff Now On World Stage

By Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald MIAMI — A grisly recording of Islamic jihadists decapitating an American journalist that was posted on the Internet Tuesday revealed more than just the group’s pitiless, homicidal soul. It also uncorked one of the Middle East’s dirty little secrets: that a Florida man has been held hostage in Syria […]

August 21, 2014

Families Of U.S. Journalists Missing In Syria Filled With Dread

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times Friends and relatives of Austin Tice, an American journalist who disappeared in Syria two years ago, were preparing to hold a candlelight church vigil for him in Houston on Tuesday when they received shattering news: James Foley, an American journalist whose family had befriended the Tice family, had been […]

August 21, 2014