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Preparing Our Middle East Partners to Fight Their Own Battles

FORT POLK, La. -- In training exercises in a mock Afghan village constructed here on a base amid swampland, the U.S. Army is applying the military lesson of the war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq: Help your partners beat the enemy, but don't try to do the fighting yourself. Letting othe

REALCLEARPOLITICS - 2018-01-19 08:00:00

Exhibition presents the work of three artists who trace their family stories to histories of political turmoil

CHICAGO, IL.- Traversing the Past: Adam Golfer, Diana Matar, Hrvoje Slovenc at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago presents the work of three artists, all of whom trace their family stories to histories of political turmoil, violence, and displacement. In using persona

ARTDAILY.COM - 2018-01-19 08:00:00

Be Careful What You Wish For: A 'Persian Spring' Would Be a Disaster

The experiments with regime change in the Middle East are not encouraging. After a week of violent demonstrations in several large cities and small towns, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), announced that the "sedition" has been defeated.

NATIONALINTEREST.ORG - 2018-01-19 00:47:28

Sofia Ek teaming up with Camilla Belle on audiovisual book

Sofia Ek is teaming with actress Camilla Belle to launch her first audiovisual book, "The Minefield Girl," a memoir about her time in Libya. "I am excited to have the talented Camilla Belle bring her soft and sweet yet stern tone to my life changing experience in the former military dictatorship of

PAGE SIX - 2018-01-19 02:28:28

McPherson: About Those "S***hole" Countries

President Trump caused a stir when he allegedly referred to some Third World countries as "s***holes" in a recent meeting on immigration reform with congressional leaders. The president used the term to label those countries whose emigrants we're apparently supposed to shun. Predictably, the preside

PATCH - 2018-01-19 00:11:23

Jerusalem embassy move complicates Mike Pence trip to Middle East

CAIRO | Vice President Mike Pence lands in Cairo for the first leg of his Mideast tour on Saturday with a scaled-back itinerary that reflects a changed Middle East diplomatic landscape in the wake of President Trump's decision to move the U.S. Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. Notwithstanding the warm p

WASHINGTON TIMES - 2018-01-18 23:59:59

Tillerson to talk Syria, North Korea during swing through Europe

Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonDecline in US travel spurs business push for visitorsOvernight Defense: GOP chair blames Dems for defense budget holdup | FDA, Pentagon to speed approval of battlefield drugs | Mattis calls North Korea situation 'sobering'Mattis: North Korea situati

THE HILL - 2018-01-18 20:01:06

HRW annual world report highlights 'populist challenge'

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] published its annual report [text, PDF] Thursday, covering global human rights issues from late 2016 through November 2017, and more than 90 countries. It highlights human rights problems occurring in Turkey, Egypt, Libya, Russia, China, Yemen, Bu

JURIST.ORG - 2018-01-18 22:06:00

CNN Names New Moscow Bureau Chief

As more stories of global significance continue to pour out of Russia in 2018, CNN believes now is the right time to strengthen its bureau in Moscow. Nathan Hodge is joining the network from The Wall Street Journal to take on the role of CNN Moscow bureau chief. Hodge was WSJ's Moscow bureau chief f

ADWEEK - 2018-01-18 20:01:24

Jim Foley's legacy: Press freedom and advocacy for US hostages overseas

Courtesy: The James Foley Foundation PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Shortly after her son was executed by ISIS terrorists, Diane Foley met with then-President Barack Obama who assured her bringing her son home was a top priority for the country. Diane Foley looked at the president and told him, he knew

WPRI - 2018-01-18 22:00:54

Rights group: World must act to end Libya turmoil, abuses

CAIRO (AP) - Human Rights Watch says the world must do more to help end rights abuses in chaotic Libya, which has emerged as one of the main corridors for migration to Europe. The U.S.-based group says in its annual report Thursday that most of the over 200,000 migrants and asylum seekers who reache

NY DAILY NEWS - 2018-01-18 14:11:47

How Not to Defuse the Korea Crisis

Most people intuitively get it. An American preventive strike to wipe out North Korea's nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles, or a commando raid launched with the same goal in mind, is likely to initiate a chain of events culminating in catastrophe. That would be true above all for the roughly 76 mi

NATION - 2018-01-18 18:37:07

Migrants shift to old, risky route to Spain and Europe

MADRID (AP) - Stronger border controls in Turkey and Libya, together with instability in northern Morocco, are pushing record numbers of migrants and asylum-seekers to attempt a hazardous western Mediterranean Sea passage from North Africa to Europe. The International Organization for Migration says

NY DAILY NEWS - 2018-01-18 14:58:23

Nigeria seek redemption against Libya

Following an uninspiring goalless draw against Rwanda, Nigeria's home-based Super Eagles will hope to redeem themselves when they take on Libya in a group C encounter at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Friday. The Eagles, joint second in the group together with Rwanda, will face an e

ESPN - 2018-01-18 14:57:50

Libya sets 2018 oil contracts, Glencore keeps Sarir/Messla grades

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Glencore is keeping the marketing rights for the Sarir and Messla crude grades for a third year even though BP and Shell are returning to lift Libyan oil in a sign the country's industry is perceived as becoming more reliable, sources said. One source familiar with the ma

REUTERS - 2018-01-18 16:14:28

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean Sea is surrounded by an extraordinarily diverse group of countries: Italy, France, and Spain to the north, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, and Syria to the east, and to the south, the North African countries of Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, and Libya. This means that there isn

KQED - 2018-01-18 15:00:03

US Wary of Islamic Extremism Growth in Africa

With the Islamic State's so-called caliphate almost completely retaken in Iraq and Syria, many American leaders are concerned the group might try to create a new hub elsewhere. Islamic extremism creeps up in impoverished, politically disillusioned populations with masses of young, unemployed Muslim

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2018-01-18 14:16:48

Tanzania to Crack Down on Ships With Suspicious Cargo

Tanzania's government has de-registered an explosives-laden Libya-bound ship flying the country's flag when it was seized by Greek authorities earlier this month. The government says it will also take a closer look at ships being registered in the East African country. Speaking to reporters Thursday

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2018-01-18 14:37:33

What lies beneath: Snow may hide dead migrants on Alps route

Col de l'chelle mountain pass, Italy (CNN)Mountain guides in the Italian Alps are warning that when the snow melts there this spring they may find bodies of migrants who have been attempting to make the treacherous land crossing from Italy into France. The tightening of border controls between Franc

CNN - 2018-01-18 12:57:53

Why Tunisians are back on the streets seven years after the Jasmine Revolution

Seven years ago in January a popular uprising in Tunisia ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. This year over 770 Tunisian civilians have been detained and one civilian has been killed in protests that commemorated what became known as the Jasmine Revolution. The protests which began on January

THE CONVERSATION - 2018-01-18 13:58:52