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Iraqis welcome further US airstrikes, but worry they'll get more than they asked for

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

President Barack Obama will address the nation Wednesday and unveil his strategy for defeating ISIS, the militant Islamist group in Iraq and Syria. And while Iraqis say they're happy about the prospect of more American airstrikes against ISIS, they want ground troops to stay away.

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PRI's The World

Toyota's most loyal customers may be Libyan militias

Monday, September 08, 2014

There's such a thing as bad publicity after all: Toyota pickup trucks are a common sight on Libya's battlefield, and the company is trying to limit the kinds of trucks it sells in Libya to get its name out of the line of fire. But Libyan fighters still have plenty of ways to use their favorite pickups.

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BackStory

Together Apart

Friday, September 05, 2014

Together Apart

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PRI's The World

Fijian peacekeepers in Iraq aren't just a battalion — they're a choir

Friday, September 05, 2014

Fijian soldiers have been part of UN peacekeeping operations in Iraq since 2004. Five have been killed and others are being held captive by the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda. One way the brigade stays committed and strong is to sing. And they believe it keeps them safe, as well.

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PRI's The World

Al-Qaeda arrives at Israel's doorstep in the Golan Heights

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Israel-Syria border had been quiet for decades, even though the two countries are technically still at war. But that changed three years ago, when civil war broke out in Syria. Al-Qaeda-linked militants fighting the Syrian regime have battled for the border region, and just won control over it. That is making Israelis quite nervous.

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PRI's The World

NATO takes aim at Russia's attacks — online

Thursday, September 04, 2014

With Russia's military intervening in Ukraine, NATO has plenty to discuss at this week's summit. But one aspect of the conflict with Russia goes beyond Ukraine. It lies in cyberspace. And NATO is set to ratify a measure that would directly confront Russian and others on the virtual battlefield.

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PRI's The World

President Putin calling for peace is like an arsonist offering to put out a fire, a reporter says

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a seven-point peace plan with Ukraine, but only after his government helped cause the chaos and bloodshed.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Art Can Reveal Dark Impulses Under the Veneer of Civilized Behavior

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Artists such as Max Beckmann, George Grosz, and Yokoo Tadanori, and filmmakers Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kurosawa Kiyoshi were affected by fascism and its consequences.

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PRI's The World

If Putin picks a fight with NATO, what's the West willing to do about it?

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

With Russian troops invading eastern Ukraine, NATO is preparing its own military response — of a kind. The alliance is expected to announce the creation of a rapid reaction force that could send 4,000 soldiers to Eastern Europe within hours. But is that enough to deter Vladimir Putin?

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PRI's The World

A former UN relief coordinator says Iraqi and Syrian refugees pose the biggest humanitarian crisis of our generation

Monday, September 01, 2014

Jan Egeland says the current crisis caused by the Syrian civil war affects far more people than the notorious violence in Rwanda and the Balkans more than a decade ago. And the former UN official says no nation is addressing it — from the West to the Arab World, or powers like China and Russia.

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PRI's The World

Ukraine seeks NATO membership as Russia moves troops across the border

Friday, August 29, 2014

In an emergency meeting Friday, NATO condemned Russian military action in Ukraine and accused Moscow of violating Ukraine’s sovereignty. Now, Kiev has announced its intention to seek NATO membership. But it's still not clear what Western countries can do to stop Russia's invasion.

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PRI's The World

The number of British Islamist fighters rises, and so does the UK's threat level

Friday, August 29, 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron says "the threat is growing" from groups like ISIS and the British subjects they've attracted to the fight in the Middle East. That's why the British government raised its terror alert level on Friday, but few other details are coming out about the threat.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Gabfest to End All Gabfests Edition

Friday, August 29, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Dan Carlin. This week: Executive action on immigration, the Ex-Im Bank and crony capitalism, and the centenary of WWI.

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PRI's The World

Ukraine faces up to a Russian invasion, while Moscow keeps denying it

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Russia says its soldiers aren't fighting in Ukraine, but evidence keeps piling up that Russia has invaded — even in Russia itself. That's caused some protests in Russia and disappointment in Ukraine, where people are feeling abandoned by the outside world.

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PRI's The World

Kurdish soldiers are paying for their weapons out of their own pockets

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Kurdish peshmerga forces have proven to be the most effective army in Iraq for battling ISIS. But in order to keep up the fight, they have to buy their own guns.

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The Takeaway

ISIS: America's Next War?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

After years at war, the United States is ramping up military involvement in Syria and Iraq, and the risk of another long, drawn-out conflict looms large.

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The Takeaway

When The White House Burned

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

About 200 years ago, British troops burned the White House in the midst of the War of 1812. Here, a British author commemorates the event—and its aftermath. 

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PRI's The World

Three years after its civil war, Libya is on the brink of another

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Three years after the revolution that overthrew Moammar Gaddafi, Libya faces an even worse crisis that threatens to destabilize the country and region. The US doesn't want to intervene, but fighting between Islamists and former Gaddafi loyalists has already dragged in other countries.

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PRI's The World

As peace talks start, Ukraine and Russia are still pressing for battlefield advantage

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The presidents of Russia and Ukraine sat down for peace talks on Tuesday, even as their respective armies continued to fight along the Russian-Ukrainian border. Ukraine believes that it's close to military victory over pro-Russian separatists, but an influx of Russian soldiers may change that.

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PRI's The World

Washington is talking tough on ISIS, but its plans for intervention don't seem to measure up

Monday, August 25, 2014

A growing number of high-ranking American officials say that ISIS, the militant group that controls much of northern Iraq, must be defeated. The White House is considering plans to send ground troops to aid Iraq in the fight, but experts say even those expanded plans won't be enough to win.

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