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PRI's The World

They'll never admit it, but many countries pay ransoms to get their hostages back

Thursday, August 21, 2014

If you're being held hostage by terrorists overseas and you're French or Spanish, there's a good chance your government will find a way to free you — by paying a ransom through indirect means. If you're American or British, your best bet is to try and escape — or hope for a daring military raid.

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The Takeaway

The Frightening Power of ISIS Propaganda

Thursday, August 21, 2014

This week, ISIS sent a pointed message to the West with a brutal video showing the beheading of an American journalist. It's the latest tactic of a terror group with a robust PR wing.

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PRI's The World

At the very worst of times, James Foley's family demonstrates strength and faith

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sustained by a strong Catholic faith, family members of American journalist James Foley were known by friends and colleagues for their strength and warmth during Foley's long captivity in Syria.

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PRI's The World

If you're a kidnapped American hoping for help from the government, 'that isn’t going to happen'

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

James Foley's kidnapping and murder is a sad trend in the war in Syria, but it's paying off for terrorist groups. They've collected millions of dollars in ransoms, and journalist David Rohde, who spent seven months in Taliban captivity, says current kidnapping policies aren't keeping journalists safe.

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PRI's The World

Hundreds of Britons, including the man who killed James Foley, are fighting for ISIS

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The man who executed American reporter James Foley spoke with a British accent, presumably one of hundreds of British nationals that authorities think are fighting alongside members of ISIS. So why are they there, and how can they be stopped?

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PRI's The World

An American veteran and a jihadi share memories of Robin Williams

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This isn't the setup for a joke: Last week, after the death of Robin Williams, a US Army veteran and a supporter of Islamic militant group ISIS tweeted their regrets. Soon the pair were swapping recollections of their favorite Williams movies and other pop culture trivia.

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PRI's The World

Who wants a caliphate, anyway?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The idea of a caliphate has a powerful history for Muslims, who enjoyed their greatest political and military successes under ancient caliphs. But Muslims are divided over whether the caliphate proclaimed by ISIS militants is worthy of that proud mantle.

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New Sounds

Alone at My Wedding

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This New Sounds is all about party music from the Balkans, Near East, and Central Asia.  From the frantic and sweaty pop that provides the soundtrack for celebrations in Egypt, to Punjabi wedding music, it’s all here.  Listen to music from the Albanian horn band Fanfara Tirana, along with a Bjork tune arranged by Syrian pop legend Omar Souleyman.  Then there’s music from Egyptian DJs of the Cairo Liberation Front, and music from Brooklyn-based Punjabi sweaty-making party band, Red Baraat.  Plus, listen to the highly danceable Syrian electronic dabke music, also heard at weddings and parties.  And more.

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PRI's The World

ISIS is moving to the 'top of the list' of counterterrorism worries

Monday, August 11, 2014

Move over, al-Qaeda: The militants of ISIS are becoming a huge concern for counterterrorism officials as they gain battlefield experience and recruit new jihadis from as far away as Europe and the United States.

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The Takeaway

Hope for a Breakthrough in the Middle East

Friday, August 01, 2014

Hundreds of thousands in Gaza are now displaced, and that number runs into the millions when you include the regional turmoil. David Miliband, who served as British Foreign Secretary from 2007 to 2010, explains why there could be a new direction to alter the conflict. 

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The Takeaway

ISIS: From Militia to State

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The conflict in Syria is producing some gruesome images and harrowing statistics. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that 1,600 people had been killed in just 10 days this month.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Gaza crisis: what does current conflict mean for Netanyahu, Hamas and the wider middle east?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gaza crisis: what does current conflict mean for Netanyahu, Hamas and the wider middle east?

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The Takeaway

The Case for Inaction in Iraq and Syria

Friday, July 11, 2014

Has the U.S.'s failure to intervene in Syria ultimately allowed ISIS to grow in power and spread to Iraq? Owen Bennet-Jones, host of Newshour on the BBC World Service, argues that inaction might be the wisest response.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Caliphate, Then and Now

Thursday, July 03, 2014

ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, claims to have set up a caliphate and wants to be referred to as "the Islamic State". Fawaz Gerges, chair of Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies and professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and author of  The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World  (Cambridge University Press, 2013) talks about the history of the caliphate - both imagined and real - and why ISIS is trying to establish one (and if they've succeeded).

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The Takeaway

Syria's Refugee Crisis: One of Six Million Stories

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

 The United Nations Human Rights Council estimates that more than 6 million Syrians have been displaced as a result of the war. We bring you just one story of all those countless tales of devastation, heartache, and loss. Here, a Syrian refugee describes the homeland he's left. 

 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

What would an Erdogan presidency mean for Turkey?

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

What would an Erdogan presidency mean for Turkey?

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The Takeaway

ISIS Makes Its Move

Monday, June 30, 2014

In an announcement on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, the extremist Sunni militant group has declared itself a sovereign state in Iraq and Syria. Is this a turning point in the crisis, or just a stunt?

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The Takeaway

How a Turkish Leader is Starting an Opposition Movement in PA

Friday, June 27, 2014

huge political constituency in Turkey aims to challenge the Turkish Prime Minister, using Islamist style governance.  Their champion? An exiled Turkish leader, living in Rural Pennsylvania, who is responsible for a growing network of schools and political institutions. 

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The Takeaway

The High Price of Turkey's Silence With ISIS

Friday, June 27, 2014

For years, Turkey permitted rebel groups to cross the border into Syria in the hopes that they would topple the Assad regime. But Assad held firm and Syria has since become a hotbed of ISIS activity and terrorism that has ultimately spilled over into Iraq.

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The Takeaway

The World's Richest Jihadi Group

Monday, June 23, 2014

Business is booming as the Sunni militants of ISIS loot banks, traffic weapons, and most recently, capture an oil refinery. How did the group get such deep pockets? And will they keep getting deeper? 

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