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2 hrs ago | The Japan Times
U.S. President Barack Obama's reaction to the videos of two American freelance journalists getting beheaded by Islamist militants gives me the uncomfortable feeling that the American people are getting punk'd - again. The same thing happened 13 years ago last week, when a dozen and a half Muslim fundamentalists attacked our financial and political capitals using our own planes.
6 hrs ago | Real Clear Politics
Long before the latest convulsions in the Middle East, but certainly encouraged by them, that unendangered species of think tank fellow or academic known simply as the "Middle East Expert" perfected a new lexicon for the English language. Everything that has occurred in a troubled region, from the auto-immolation of a Tunisian street vendor to the barrel bombing of Aleppo, has been made intelligible, if not inevitable, by this carefully constructed lexicon of the elite opinion-makers and policy-formulators of our day.
It is official: U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama is at war again. After toppling Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi with aerial bombardment, staging bombing campaigns in Somalia and Yemen, and recently initiating airstrikes in northern Iraq, Obama has declared war on the Islamic State, a decision that will involve infringing the sovereignty of another state, Syria, where this barbaric group is largely based.
FACING JUSTICE: Private Chelsea Manning at her sentencing in August 2013. The simmering debate about the evolving US military strategy in Iraq and Syria has been joined by an unlikely pundit: Army Private Chelsea Manning.
I spent some time recently at a symposium commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Cuban rafter crisis that brought 35,000 desperate migrants to America's shores. Held at my alma mater, Florida International University, the symposium featured stirring pictures of Cubans who boarded boats, inner tubes and anything else that could float to cross the shark-infested waters between Cuba and Florida in 1994.
"My brother Chris says I make two kinds of films: depressing and really depressing. So, that may be my range," Rory Kennedy says, laughing a little bit before adding, "I don't really see it that way.
Top from left, Jordanian Foreign Minister, Sheikh Sabah Khaled al Hamad, Foreign Minister of United Arab Emirats sheik Abdullah Bin Zayed al Nahyan, unidentified, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, Norwegian Foreign Borge Brendem, front row from left, Iraqi President Fouad Massoum, French President Francois Hollande, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini prepare to walk away after a group photo at the French Foreign ministry in Paris, Monday Sept. 15, 2014, prior to a meeting on the Islamic State group.
An Iraqi prisoner accused of war crimes as commander of al-Qaida's resistance of the U.S. military in invasion of Afghanistan in 2003 met for the first time Monday with the lawyer chosen by the Pentagon to defend him: a Marine Corps lawyer who was part of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, in his 50s, sat in a white robe and turban separated from his new counsel, Marine Corps Lt.
A Navy commander has chosen not to court-martial a nurse who refused to conduct forced-feedings of hunger strikers this summer and has instead asked a board to determine whether the nurse should be allowed to stay in the U.S. Navy. The nurse, a Navy lieutenant whose name has never been made public, reportedly turned conscientious objector before the Fourth of July after handling months of nasogastric feedings of prisoners shackled to a restraint chair.
15, 2014. Graphic shows possible coalition support in the fight against the Islamic State and UPDATES with commitments from Germany, England and Australia; 4c x 4 1/2 inches; 195.7 mm x 114 mm; WASHINGTON - Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism.
Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism. The contrast in images illustrates why tiny but rich Qatar is an intriguing player in what President Barack Obama says will be a long battle to stop and eventually destroy the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves after a family photo at the conference intended to come up with an international strategy against Islamic State extremists in Paris, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.
A video of a Buckingham Palace guardsman who was marching comically and showing his dance moves has become a YouTube sensation. The video has gone viral with nearly two million views.
This is a RUSH transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," September 12, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
The U.S. Navy has awarded a $234 million contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. The contract has a total potential value of $1.5 billion over five years if all options are exercised.
The U.S.Navy has identified a pilot presumed dead when two F/A-18 Hornets crashed Friday while flying off the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the western Pacific. Lt. Nathan Poloski, 26, a native of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., was declared presumed deceased Sunday, the Navy said in a release.
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