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I.S. = Invasive Species
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I.S. = Invasive Species By Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times 11 October 2014 AN Iraqi official recently told me this story: When the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, took over Mosul in the summer, the Sunni jihadist fighters in ISIS, many of whom were foreigners, went house to house. On the homes of Christians they marked “Nassarah,” an archaic Arabic term for Christians. But on the homes of Shiites they marked “Rafidha,” which means

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American suicide bomber’s travels in U.S., Middle East went unmonitored
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American suicide bomber’s travels in U.S., Middle East went unmonitored By Adam Goldman and Greg Miller, The Washington Post 11 October 2014 The Death of an American Suicide Bomber There were no U.S. air marshals watching the newly clean-shaven passenger on the transatlantic­ flight, no FBI agents waiting for him as he landed in Newark in May 2013 after returning from Syria’s civil war. As the 22-year-old Florida native made his way through

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On outskirts of Baghdad, Islamic State’s advances raise tensions
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On outskirts of Baghdad, Islamic State’s advances raise tensions By Loveday Morris, The Washington Post 16 October 2014 “If Anbar falls, it’s going to have a huge impact, for us and all Baghdad,” Gen. Ali al-Majidi, a commander with the Iraqi army’s 6th Division, said Tuesday as he visited troops on the front line near Abu Ghraib. “This is the gate of Baghdad; if they took this area, they could mortar the airport.” Iraqi officials complain

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Center for Peacemaking Practice presents Ambassador Larry Wohlers “Deconstructing the conflict in the Central African Republic”
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Center for Peacemaking Practice presents  Ambassador Larry Wohlers  “Deconstructing the conflict in the Central African Republic”

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Mimouna’s Moroccan Jewish Caravan: Panel discussion “Preserving the Past, Connecting in the Present and Building the Future”
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  Mimouna's Moroccan Jewish Caravan Panel discussion "Preserving the Past, Connecting in the Present and Building the Future" 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, 22 October 2014 The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, 8 W 70th St, New York, NY Named after the Moroccan Jewish celebration that marks the end of Passover, "Mimouna" is a non-governmental association (NGO) founded by a group of Moroccan Muslim students to preserve and promote Moroccan Jewish culture

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Upcoming Annual Lectures: Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
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Upcoming Annual Lectures Tuesday, October 28, 7 p.m. 20th Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Annual Lecture Communist Collaborators and German Occupation in the Soviet Union during the Holocaust, 1941–43 Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Theater   Thursday, November 13, 7 p.m. 2014 J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Annual Lecture “Lisbon Is Sold Out!”: The Daily Lives of Jewish Refugees in Portugal during World War II Helena Rubinstein Auditorium   20TH

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Islamic State advances against Yazidis on Iraq’s Sinjar mountain
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Islamic State advances against Yazidis on Iraq's Sinjar mountain By Isabel Coles and Saif Sameer, Yahoo News 21 October 2014 Islamic State militants advanced on Iraq's Sinjar mountain on Tuesday, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed. The attack is the latest threat to minority Yazidis, thousands of whom have shot, buried alive or sold into slavery by IS

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India warns Pakistan of more pain in Kashmir fighting
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India warns Pakistan of more pain in Kashmir fighting Reuters 21 October 2014 India warned Pakistan on Tuesday of more "pain" if it continued to violate a ceasefire on their disputed border in Kashmir and said it was up to Islamabad to create the conditions for a resumption of peace talks. The two sides exchanged mortars and intense gunfire this month, killing at least 20 civilians and wounding dozens in the worst violation to date of a 2003 ceasefire.

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Syria tribal revolt against Islamic State ignored, fueling resentment
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Syria tribal revolt against Islamic State ignored, fueling resentment by Liz Sly, The Washington post 20 October 2014 REYHANLI, Turkey — The cost of turning against the Islamic State was made brutally apparent in the streets of a dusty backwater town in eastern Syria in early August. Over a three-day period, vengeful fighters shelled, beheaded, crucified and shot hundreds of members of the Shaitat tribe after they dared to rise up against the

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In Burundi, UN envoy lauds role of women, youths in bringing peace to Great Lakes
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In Burundi, UN envoy lauds role of women, youths in bringing peace to Great Lakes Un News Centre 20 October 2014 Women and young people must play a central role in establishing a long-term peace for Africa’s Great Lakes Region amid the area’s renewed efforts to overcome a past scarred by conflict, a top UN official said today. Following his visit last week to Burundi, where he met with the country’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza, as well as

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