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Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Was Not as Brutal as ISIS
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Dead or Alive, Mullah Omar Is a Relic The Taliban leader helped shelter bin Laden, but he wasn't as brutal as the thugs ISIS is recruiting inside Afghanistan.Dan de Luce & Seán D. Naylor, Foreign Policy29 July 2015  They’ve been wrong before, but Afghan officials say that this time they’re really, absolutely, 100 percent certain that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar died two years ago in a Pakistani hospital. The office of Afghan

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Sudan and the Department of Justice: Moral myopia on a Grand Scale
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“Sudan and the Obama Administration Department of Justice: Moral myopia on a grand scale”  Eric Reeves 28 July 2015   Image: President Omar al-Bashir The Obama administration Department of Justice (DOJ) continues in its refusal to answer critical questions about the $9 billion settlement with French banking giant BNP Paribas (BNP) reached in June of last year. Specifically, DOJ refuses to answer questions about its plans for the $3.84

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UN Envoy for Syria Seeks to Resume Peace Talks
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U.N. Envoy for Syria Seeks to Resume Peace Talks Rick Gladstone, New York Times 29 July, 2015 Image: A severely wounded man was carried on a stretcher after an airstrike on Douma, a rebel-held suburb east of the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Monday. CreditSameer Al-Doumy/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The United Nations special envoy for Syria said Wednesday that he had invited a range of Syrians to participate in what he described as preparatory,

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A New Approach for South Sudan
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A New Approach for South Sudan Andrew S. Natsios, New York Times 28 July 2015 Image: Credit Tyler Hicks/The New York Times For a year and a half South Sudan has been torn apart by a civil war. The multitribal coalition that ruled the country after it gained independence from Sudan in 2011 — and that had governed the area for some years before then — has collapsed. The conflict was triggered by the competing personal ambitions of the leaders

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Somalia Update: AMISOM continues to struggle against Al-Shabab’s resilient insurgency
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Al-Shabab’s Resilient Insurgency African Union troops are having their "worst year" in Somalia since 2011. Can they still mount a final offensive against the al Qaeda-linked group? Ty McCormick, Foreign Policy 24 July 2015   TOROTOROW, Somalia — African Union troops, draped in shimmering belts of ammunition and sweating under the weight of their body armor, kept an uneasy watch as their commander addressed a group of Somali elders in the

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Winston’s Children Share Their Stories
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Winton’s Children Share Their Stories Sona Patel, New York Times 13 July 2015 Image: Nicholas Winton CreditPetr David Josek/Associated Press Nicholas Winton organized the escape of 669 children, mostly Jews, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II. After Mr. Winton died on July 1, at age 106, The New York Times asked the survivors, the original Winton’s Children, and their descendants — whose numbers now exceed 6,000 — to share

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US, Turkey Aim for IS-Free Zone in Northern Syria

US, Turkey Aim for IS-Free Zone in Northern Syria The Associated Press, New York Times 27 July 2015   BEIRUT — The United States and Turkey are finalizing plans for a military campaign to push the Islamic State group out of a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border, a move that would further embroil Turkey in Syria's civil war and set up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed Kurdish forces. A U.S. official said Monday that the creation

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Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?
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Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East? Eliza Griswold, New York Times 22 July 2015   Image: A statue destroyed by ISIS last summer in a 13th century church in Telskuf, Iraq. There was something about Diyaa that his wife’s brothers didn’t like. He was a tyrant, they said, who, after 14 years of marriage, wouldn’t let their sister, Rana, 31, have her own mobile phone. He isolated her from friends and family, guarding her jealously.

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South Sudan: Starving on the Streets

Starving on the Streets Adam B. Ellick, New York Times 23 July 2015   Nicholas Kristof travels to South Sudan, where he finds two women passed out on the street. They are among 5 million South Sudanese who cannot feed themselves because of a civil war and a drought.   Copyright 2015 New York Times

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The Myanmar Government’s Systematic Destruction of the Rohingya

The Myanmar Government’s Systematic Destruction of the Rohingya Dr. Nora Rowley 22 July 2015   Since 1962, the Burman Buddhist supremacist government of Myanmar has ruled with an exclusionary, authoritarian ideology. Rohingya of Rakhine State are excluded from citizenship and brutally persecuted because of their ethnicity. The government’s policies were described in 2000 as “Ethnic Cleansing” by the International Federation of Human

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