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PRI's The World

'In a dark place like Syria, just saying the truth is something more valuable than you can imagine'

Thursday, August 21, 2014

After surviving a siege and chemical weapons, Qusai Zakarya became an activist in his native Syria. Now in the US, he reflects on the death of "true martyr" James Foley, the American journalist who died at the hands of ISIS this week — and blasts the Obama administration for not acting in Syria.

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PRI's The World

The pact between Hitler and Stalin that paved the way for World War II was signed 75 years ago

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Seventy-five years ago this week, the world was turned upside down when Hitler and Stalin signed a pact of alliance. Within days Hitler invaded Poland, starting World War II. Roger Moorhouse, a historian, has a new book out on the momentous but often-forgotten "Devils' Alliance."

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PRI's The World

Algerian artists are 'exposing the scars' of the country's recent civil war

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Not too long ago, Algeria fought a traumatizing civil war between the country's military and Islamist militias, now commonly called the "Black Decade." Today, a younger generation of Algerians is trying to reconcile the country's trauma through art, but the government has a policy of overlooking it.

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PRI's The World

The Mosul Dam is a 'ticking time-bomb' for more reasons than you might think

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Mosul Dam is vital to Iraq, but it's one of the most dangerous dams in the world. Without constant upkeep, which is threatened because of fighting over the dam, it's at risk of collapsing and sending a tidal wave down the Tigris River

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PRI's The World

US veteran says police response in Ferguson 'isn’t the country we fought to protect'

Friday, August 15, 2014

The heavy-handed police response to civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, this week, has drawn a lot of criticism from veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Phillip Carter, a former army captain, wrote a piece for the Daily Beast entitled "Ferguson's Cops Are Armed Like I Was in Iraq."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

When did the Police Turn into the Military?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Footage from the protests in Ferguson, Mo. have portrayed the St. Louis suburb as a modern-day war zone, with police officers in armored vehicles and military grade weapons. Kara Dansky, a senior counsel at the ACLU, explains how and why federal programs have created incentives for police departments to use paramilitary tactics and artillery.

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PRI's The World

The convoy of Russian aid trucks is stalled on the road to Ukraine

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A convoy of more than 250 trucks left Moscow on Tuesday headed to eastern Ukraine, purportedly laden with humanitarian aid. What happens when they get there?

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PRI's The World

For a team of researchers stranded on an island with a storm coming, the solution was simple. Send in the Navy

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A team of NOAA researchers were counting Hawaiian monk seals on a small chain of Pacific islands when they discovered that Tropical Storm Iselle was headed their way. It took a rescue mission by the US Navy to get them out safely.

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PRI's The World

The fight against ISIS takes a back seat to squabbles in Baghdad

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The fight between Nouri al-Maliki and Haidar al-Abadia for the prime minister's job in Iraq could be hurting the fight against ISIS in the north.

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The Takeaway

Can The U.S. Help Iraq Save Itself?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thousands of Kurdish Yezidis remain trapped atop Mount Sinjar, and on Sunday evening, Britain's Royal Air Force was forced to abort an aid drop amid fears that the thousands below could be injured. Here, The Takeaway examines what it takes to make humanitarian missions successful.

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PRI's The World

A Marine who fought in Iraq reflects on the country's challenges today

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tim McLaughlin was one of the first US Marines to enter Iraq in 2003. He was there on the day the statue of Saddam Hussein fell. The American flag that was placed on top of the statue belonged to him.

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PRI's The World

Many veterans remember Robin Williams' morale-boosting performances for the troops

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The late Robin Williams made many of us laugh just when we needed it most. His gift was perhaps never more poignant and important as when he performed for US troops fighting overseas. The comedian devoted many hours to entertaining with the USO.

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PRI's The World

Moscow has a long history of making interesting excuses for its military interventions

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NATO says a Russian invasion of Ukraine is "highly probable." The Ukrainian government says a large convoy of humanitarian aid coming from Russia is just a "Trojan horse." If the humanitarian crisis is indeed a pretext for an invasion, it certainly wouldn't be Moscow's first time.

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PRI's The World

How artists and sculptors healed maimed soldiers during World War I

Monday, August 11, 2014

There were no face transplants in the era of World War I. But there were masks. And for disfigured soldiers returning home from the Western Front, these face masks were a lifeline.

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WNYC News

New York Veterans Weigh in on U.S. Military Action in Iraq

Friday, August 08, 2014

Recent New York veterans are weighing in on President Barack Obama’s decision to launch air strikes on Islamic extremists in Iraq, and provide humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of inhabitants of the country who fled to remote mountains in the north, where they are now trapped.

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PRI's The World

Six months later, no one knows exactly who died in an American drone strike in Yemen

Friday, August 08, 2014

On December 12, 2013, a drone strike killed a group of twelve men in Yemen. But beyond the number of the dead — and the compensation paid to the victims' families — almost everything else about the attack remains murky.

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PRI's The World

The Gaza War resumes — and both sides are unhappy

Friday, August 08, 2014

A 3-day ceasefire in the Gaza Strip ended early Friday. Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel, and Israel retaliated with air strikes. War fatigue is growing but neither side appears ready to give ground.

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PRI's The World

The situation in Iraq is 'a humanitarian crisis that could turn into a genocide'

Friday, August 08, 2014

Tens of thousands of Yazidis, an Iraqi minority group are stuck in the mountains of Northern Iraq where they fled from ISIS. They have little food, water and no way out.

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PRI's The World

How an American scientist helps grandmothers in Argentina find their ‘stolen’ grandchildren

Thursday, August 07, 2014

For three decades, Mary-Claire King has led efforts to improve genetic technologies that can be used to identify the stolen children of Argentina’s Dirty War. Her partnership with The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo has yielded remarkable results.

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PRI's The World

Residents of Gaza are digging through the rubble, anxious to find scraps of their past

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Huge swathes of Gaza lie in rubble in the aftermath of intense fighting between Hamas and Israel. Gazans who have returned to their homes during a ceasefire are shocked by the damage and hoping that the short peace will hold.

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